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If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you've no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers. Here, we'll explain some of Windows' most confusing features, so you know exactly what's happening when you go to edit them.

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Nir Sofer, the intrepid developer behind NirSoft, is always pumping out free and useful tools for Windows. You may not need them all the time, but when it comes to password recovery, network monitoring, or getting intimate with the command line, his site should be one of your first ports of call. Sofer's latest project is OpenSaveFilesView, a utility that reveals most files that have been recently opened or saved on your system.

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The default registry editor that comes with Windows does its job with very few bells and whistles, something that can be desirable in a tool that tinkers with the guts of your operating system. Still, there are some features that would make using it much easier, but it's unlikely Microsoft will get around to adding them. Enter Resplendence with its Registrar Registry Manager, which adds bookmarks, regular expression searches and defragmentation tools to your registry-editing arsenal.

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Windows 8.1 is here, and it offers some handy new features for both the mobile and desktop crowd, including some clever SkyDrive integration. If you don't use SkyDrive and feel that it's in the way, you can easily get rid of it with a simple registry tweak.

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Aero Shake is a lesser-known but interesting Windows feature that lets you "shake" a window back and forth to minimize all other windows. If you find you often invoke this accidentally and it's driving you nuts, you can turn it off with a registry tweak.

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Windows: Glary Utilities is a comprehensive PC maintenance tool that cleans and repairs your system, optimises startup and memory, and shreds and undeletes files. The Pro edition, normally $US40 (discounted to $US28 right now) is completely free with this special promo.

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If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you've no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers -- but you may not know exactly what they do. In fact, some of our favourite Windows-related tricks and hacks require the use of these tools. Here, we'll explain some of Windows' most confusing features, so you know exactly what's happening when you go to edit them.