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General utilities: FileZ Archivers, Package Managers, Virtualization

PeaZip is a free WinRar and WinZip alternative. It supports a huge collection of formats. It also features secure deletion (it ensures that when you delete a file, there is no way of getting it back again), strong encryption, split and join files (“Splitting a file is cutting the data in span parts of desired size. Usually, this allows a large file to fit on multiple smaller supports or to fit in multiple email attachments”), and can verify checksum files.

  1. To search for an application, open a terminal window and run winget appname, e.g., winget search LibreOffice.
  2. Install applications: winget install LibreOffice.LibreOffice, winget install GIMP.GIMP, winget install ShareX.ShareX.
  3. Update an application (winget upgrade brave) or all the installed applications (winget upgrade ‐‐all)
  4. Uninstall applications. First, get the list of installed apps (winget list), and then uninstall the unwanted applications (winget uninstall GIMP.GIMP).
  1. Installation: Click on the Install Now button on its website. Start Windows PowerShell(Admin) and run the command (Step 2): Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; […]
  2. Let’s install some software: choco install musicbee -y (it installs MusicBee). You can also install multiple programs all at once: choco install musicbee vlc 7zip -y
  3. You can upgrade all your programs with only one command: choco upgrade all -y

How to Use VirtualBox

  1. Enable CPU Virtualization in the BIOS. Modern CPUs include hardware virtualization features that help accelerate virtual machines created in VirtualBox. BIOS, OC (Overclocking)/Processor or Chipset, Intel Virtualization Technology/Intel VT-x/Virtualization Extensions/Vanderpool and should be set to Enabled.
  2. Install VirtualBox Oracle VM Virtual Extension Pack. It enables USB support. File, Preferences, Extensions, +.
  3. Change Virtual Machine Folder. Virtual machines often involve really big files! File, Settings. On the General tab, Default Machine Folder.
  4. Create the Virtual Machine. Memory size, you should give half of your RAM to the Virtual Machine. Create a virtual hard disk now: Dynamically allocated.
  5. Mount the ISO file (install disk) into our virtual machine. Settings, Storage. CD icon in the Storage Tree box. Choose Virtual Optical Disc File.
  6. Install Guest Additions (resize the VM window, enable drag and drop): Devices, Insert Guest Additions CD image…
  7. Virtual Network Adapters. Settings, Network. Change the “Attached to” property from NAT to Bridged. The virtual machine will connect to your existing WiFi or Ethernet network, it allows the virtual machine to run as a member of your local network. Check the IP: ip a.
  8. Share Folders and Clipboards. Settings, General. Open the Advanced tab. Shared Clipboard and Drag’n’Drop: Bidirectional. Settings, Shared Folders.
  9. Take a snapshot. Machine, Take Snapshot. If there is a failure, it allows you to fall back to a working version quickly and easily.
  10. Enable USB Access. Settings, USB. Enable USB Controller: USB 3.0. Click on the + sign to add a new device.

Recuva allows you to recover your deleted files quickly and easily. balenaEtcher is an open-source software to create a bootable USB drive using ISO files safely and easily. ShareX is a free and open-source screenshot program for Microsoft Windows. WinDirStat is a free disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows. SuperF4 kills the foreground program when you press Ctrl+Alt+F4

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