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Windows Hotfix Downloader 7.5

Take full control of your Windows updates

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 April 2014
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Downloads To Date: 2828
Developer: Alphawaves
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Windows Hotfix Downloader 7.5
Take full control of your Windows updates

Windows Hotfix Downloader is a portable tool which aims to give you more control of your Windows updates.

At its simplest, you might just use the program to download the list of updates for any or all of its supported products: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Office 2010/ Office 2010 SP2, Office 2013/ Office 2013 SP2 (both 32 and 64-bit editions are covered).

You're able to browse the list and view the Microsoft support pages for any particular update with a click or two. Any or all of the updates may then be downloaded and installed on your current PC, or saved for use on another system (handy for computers which don't have a permanent internet connection).

The program can also integrate updates, language packs, service packs, drivers and more into your Windows and Office setup discs, so any installation will be just as you'd like, no further manual updates required.

There are bonus tools to help you create bootable UEFI flash drives for installing Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1, create a bootable Office ISO image, even back up your drivers (slightly off-topic, but still useful).

You get some thoughtful settings, too. The program can prevent your PC from sleeping while Windows Hotfix Downloader is running, for example. You're able to set the priority of the update process. And there's an option to limit the program's bandwidth use, so limiting its impact on the rest of your system.

Version 7.5 brings:
 • Updated download list format (Windows 8.1)
 • Added Proxy settings

Verdict:

If you're a PC beginner, or only need to manage a single computer, then Windows Hotfix Downloader probably isn't going to help. But if you've some background in this area (you understand the importance of a setting like "Dism Location Path", for example), and you're currently managing several Windows systems, then the program could save you a lot of time and hassle.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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