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The 20 best free Windows Vista downloads

Free Vista tweaking and customisation tools

19. Feeds Plus

Fans of the RSS blog reader built into Internet Explorer 7.0 need this program. It enables you to read all of your feeds from a single location, instead of having to read one feed at a time. This is especially useful for people like me who subscribe to dozens of feeds. Rather than wasting precious moments clicking from feed to feed, you'll find them all in a single location. And because IE 7.0's feed reader has exceptional filtering, sorting, and searching prowess, finding a specific blog item is still easy.

Another treat: Feeds Plus will alert you when your favourite feeds have new content. This program works with Internet Explorer under Windows XP as well as with the version built into Windows Vista, so XP users will be happy with it, too.

Download Feeds Plus

20. Vista Battery Saver

Few things are more frustrating than having your laptop run out of juice during a cross-country flight, or at your favourite café. This program promises to lessen the likelihood of experiencing those frustrations. It automatically deactivates Windows Aero and the Windows Sidebar when your laptop runs on battery power, which (according to the author) will extend battery life. Alternatively, you can have the program automatically turn off Aero or the Sidebar when your battery level drops below a limit that you specify.

Download Vista Battery Saver

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