Free software list for college studentsThe 2007.01 release of Software for Starving Students is now available for download at

Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We’ve gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.

This list provides you access to high quality software, free of charge. These guys, even if something on the list is not open source/free, have permission to distribute it via their compilation CD.

The List of free Software for Microsoft Windows includes

1. 7-zip – rar/zip/ace file archive reaer
2. ant renamer – batch file renamer
3. audacity – audio file editing tool
4. blender – 3D image creator
5. clamwin – free antivirus program although AVG is a much better free Anti Virus Software solution out there
7. deepburner – cd/ dvd burner
8. dia – diagram creation tool (visio copy)
9. eraser – file shredder, data removal tool
10. exact audio copy – audio cd ripper (lossless)
11. filezilla – ftp client and server
12. firefox – best free web browser 

This guide will show you how to make subtle changes in your favorite web browser whether it is Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer for faster internet access and faster net browsing and reduce web page loading times. The tweaks we will be making will result in increasing the maximum simultaneous connections per page.

Mozilla Firefox Tweaks for faster browsing

Step # 1: Open Mozilla Firefox. Type about:config in the address bar.

About config in Firefox

Step # 2: Filter for ‘network‘ in the filter bar

Filter for network in firefox about config

The myth of decreasing Windows XP boot times by using the “prefetch” feature in Windows XP is gaining traction again after being mentioned in popular tech blogs

Let us show their tip first and then we will go ahead and debunk this Windows XP myth.

We will show you how to make Windows XP boot faster by changing the prefetch values in your Windows Registry.

Note: The slower your system is larger the application, the more Windows PreFetch helps.So if you have a 64MB RAM on your machine, your system will experience reduced Prefetch benefits due to insufficient RAM. You need to have atleast 128MB for optimal Prefetching performance.

Step # 1: Press Start –> Run and type in regedit or press + R and then type in regedit


Launching Registry Editor through command prompt


Step # 2: Once the registry editor launches, navigate all the way using this path