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50 free tools to extend your Windows XP PC

Extend XP today, for free

While Microsoft is keen for us to move to Windows Vista, we've got other ideas. With a brand-new service pack and a slew of useful add-ons XP works better than ever. Here are 50 tools that can extend XP's useful working life still further.

Five media boosters for XP

Picasa to Flickr

This plug-in for Picasa is free, handy and platform-independent. It uses a simple Java applet to let you zip files from the popular image editor directly to the equally popular Flickr photo-sharing service.

The Filter

Your party starts in 15 minutes and you've forgotten to create a music playlist. No problem. Seed this iTunes and Windows Media Player add-on with a handful of tunes you like. Not only will The Filter generate a killer party soundtrack, but it will dredge up hot tracks you'd forgotten were in your collection.

EvilLyrics

This free download gets rid of the junk code that accompanies most lyrics search results by looking for lyrics in the background whenever you play a song in iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player or another media player. The results aren't perfect, but they're on target more often than not.

ffdshow

Dodge the hassle of juggling multiple video formats by turning to this versatile plug-in, which supports most video players and provides all the video codecs you're ever likely to need.

Plugin Galaxy


This collection of free effects and filters for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro offers a range of warping and blurring effects, plus handy features such as a 'page curl' for image corners, all accessible within a single convenient interface. Plugin Galaxy is $70 (£35) to buy, but you can try it out for free.

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