Helge's Switchblade Is A Windows Troubleshooting Toolbox That Fits On A USB Drive

Windows: If you're constantly being asked to fixed the computers of friends and family you might as well have a few tools to make the process take up less of your time. The free Helge's Switchblade toolkit is a collection of networking, security, system and other miscellaneous portable applications.

You can run the collection from a USB drive or CD-ROM and takes up around 200MB, which makes it easy to have on hand when loved ones ask for impromptu repairs.

In addition to standard tools such as Revo Uninstaller, PuTTY, FileZilla, PeaZip, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, CClearner, the K-Lite Codec pack and Notepad++ you can also use the program to retrieve and store log files, backup and restore common drivers and run common network commands like ipconfig without having to leave the tool for a command prompt.

All in all this is a seriously hefty collection of tools for the Windows power user. If you fit that description you should give Helge's Switchblade a look.

Helge's Switchblade [via GHacks]


Comments

    I used to be one of those people.. Then it got to the point where they were asking more and more questions and the question themselfs got more and more stupid.. So I just tell them to google the problem..

    Used to be questions about internal hardware and OS problems. Last question I got was 'how do I put the pictures in my iphone onto the computer'... I stared at them for a good whole minute and told him to google it..

    Still it might be a good tool to have one day.

      You stared at him for a whole minute before saying anything, just cause he asked for tech advice!
      I'm glad I wasn't there for that uncomfortable staredown moment!!

      I'm in the same boat. If I get asked a stupid, stupid question, I just send them a link from 'Let me Google that for you' http://lmgtfy.com/

      They never ask me again.

      Last edited 21/01/13 7:34 am

        I'm a grey beard. Things haven't changed much in the 30 years that I've supported people. If you charge them nothing, they expect everything. The majority of people are ungrateful, rude, hostile and arrogant if you do anything technology related for free - it seems to be different for non technology related support. I have helped hundreds (or more) over the last 30 years, including some good friends ... when I do the job, they are very grateful. When anything goes wrong - eg. a hard drive physically fails two years later, they bitch and moan about how I destroyed their computer. I know others who have encountered the same syndrome for themselves. These days I just tell people I don't know, unless they are my closest of closest of friends...
        I once helped a good friend purchase three laptops, one for the wife and two for their young kids at a huge discount. I found out that FOUR years afterward, the wife stuck the boot in because I bought slow computers that she now needed to replace. Needless to say, I just chalked them up as another arrogant/rude/selfish/ungrateful that I no longer will help with even the most basic of queries.

    I once fixed a computer for someone who had an illegal copy of Windows installed so I just did some basic spyware/antivirus/general clean for colleague of my step dad and then when they decided a year later they would take it to someone to get it formatted (i wouldn't answer their phonecalls as they were a massive hassle) they called my stepdad when they found out their windows wasn't legit to let me know they were going to sue me and take me to the ombudsman. That was a fun experience for 18 year old me :/
    At least my stepdad decided to step in and let them know what he thought of them and what would happen if the tried ... especially seeing as there was no payment made, and i didn't install their copy of windows ...

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