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AutoCompress 1.4.1.23

Apply NTFS compression intelligently, only to the files which will benefit from it most

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Date Updated: 28 July 2014
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AutoCompress
Apply NTFS compression intelligently, only to the files which will benefit from it most

AutoCompress makes intelligent use of NTFS compression to shrink files only where it's likely to deliver good results.

There's little point compressing files which are tiny, for instance, or already compressed themselves (JPEGs, say). You'll save very little hard drive space, and just introduce an extra overhead when those files are opened, as they'll have to be decompressed first.

Of course figuring out this individually would take a very long time - and that's why you need AutoCompress. The program will scan the NTFS drive you specify, by default looking for files which can be compressed by 50% or more, and are at least 28 days old and 8KB in size, and enabling compression for these while leaving everything else alone.

Not happy with the default settings? Just change them: set the compression threshold to 30%, say, and the program will compress more files.

And the program also has an Uncompress option which works in a similar way, scanning your drive for files with the attributes you specify, and turning off compression whenever there's a match.

Please note, it's generally regarded as a bad idea to compress operating system files, for performance reasons if nothing else. We would recommend you don't compress your entire system drive (which is the default setting, so be careful), and also that you have a full system backup to hand just in case anything goes wrong.

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AutoCompress provides a quick and easy way to make smarter use of NTFS compression. The program defaults to compacting your entire system drive, though, which may not be such a good idea. Start by compressing something with data files - your user folder, maybe - and have a backup to hand just in case of problems.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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