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Don't Sleep v3.91 Updated

billon on 15 Aug 2016
  • 92KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Aug 2016
  • Suggested by joby_toss

Don't Sleep helps prevent system Shutdown, Standby, Hibernate, Turn Off and Restart operations. This is useful to temporarily disable automatic power-saving tools without modifying any system settings. Works great for running a presentation, defragmenting a disk, or encoding a large file.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DontSleep.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: dont disable poweroff
What's new?
  • Small improvements for Windows Server and update of the language files.
Latest comments
cikenkari on 2011-04-11 11:47

it dosn't work for me sorry,
i'm using antiscreensaver, it's just work fine!

Beau on 2012-02-05 17:25

I've been using Don't Sleep for some time now and it works great for me. It updates frequently but I never had a problem with the many previous versions. I use it when doing routine unattended maintenance, when making large backups and downloads.

allclownsareevil on 2012-02-05 19:20

I think "Don't Sleep" should win an award for the most updated program on TPFW. :-) Works well though, thanks.

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Shutter Lite v3.8

webfork on 13 May 2016
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 May 2016
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Shutter is a customizable program that lets you perform a variety of actions when a user-specified event occurs. Events include timer countdown, a certain time trigger, low CPU usage, user inactivity, a low battery, etc. The corresponding actions include shutdown, reboot, logoff, lock workstation, sleep, hibernate, etc.

The program can play a custom sound and/or run a program of your choice, in addition to displaying a user-configurable message. A web interface is also available that permits remote execution of one of a list of actions.

Note: The developer has added limitations in recent "Lite" versions of his software. Shutter is limited to 5 presets, events, and actions.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freemium, personal use only
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Shutter.exe.
What's new?
  • Added "Now" button for using the current time in On Time and Weekly events.
  • Cleaner layout of User Inactive event configuration.
  • Show Alarm and Message forms separately on taskbar.
  • Fixed Alarm and Message forms not staying on top when main application form is hidden.
  • Updated copyright information.
  • Added "Run Preset" action. Allows execution of multiple event-action schedules.
  • Warn if preset supplied through the command line could not be loaded. Do not silently start the default preset.
  • Set error exit code when failed to execute quick action from the command line.
  • Added quick actions: Turn Off Monitor, Mute Volume, Unmute Volume.
  • Internal code refactoring for events and actions.
  • Fixed miscoding of purchase URL on the Web Interface.
  • Restart events when any kind of power resume occurs, instead of only when triggered by user input.
  • Refactored internal suspend/resume operations on power events.
  • Added new Weekly event for triggering actions on specific days of the week.
  • Increased input range of hours/minutes/seconds to 10000 in Countdown event.
  • Added optional date selection to On Time event.
  • Cleaned layout of Countdown and On Time events.
  • Added options to export events and actions to clipboard.
  • Enable the shutdown privilege before suspending the system.
  • Revised code for enabling the shutdown privilege.
  • Revised code for detecting Windows version.
  • Display status of each action in the new Status table column.
  • Capture result of routines for quitting/closing/killing by window name.
  • Use exit code "1" instead of "0" when killing external processes.
  • Minor refactoring and code improvements.
Latest comments
Nessly on 2013-02-25 13:59

Works great. I find this very useful for uploading videos online. It can take hours for them to complete, so I usually do it overnight. However, I want the computer to shut off after they finish uploading. This program did the trick!

smaragdus on 2013-09-05 17:50

Shutter version 3.3 is no longer FreeWare for non-commercial use, it is now CrippleWare- Shutter Lite.

freakazoid on 2014-04-24 17:07

Recently, I upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update 1 and had trouble waking up the computer from sleep.

I tried various solutions, but ended up turning off automatic sleep in Windows and using Shutter to Sleep after X amount of time is inactive. Now, I'm able to wake the com up. I understand this is a workaround, but this ended up working for me.

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OnlyStopWatch v3.89

webfork on 3 May 2016
  • 48KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Sep 2015
  • Suggested by guinness

OnlyStopWatch is a simple time monitor that includes a stop-watch and countdown timer. The program can display the hour and miliseconds, and several background options are available.

System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package (ANSI/Unicode (Windows 2000 and above) /64-bit) and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch OnlyStopWatch.exe (ANSI) or OnlyStopWatch_uc.exe (Unicode) or OnlyStopWatch_x64.exe (64-bit).
Similar/alternative apps: Timer Ten Timer
What's new?
  • Update of the language files.
  • New language: Japanese.
Latest comments
__philippe on 2013-08-03 11:25

Alternative: Rob Keir's minuscule Timer.exe (8k), including a more subdued display.


__philippe on 2013-08-04 16:15

Please see also Timer related forum post:


Checker on 2013-08-04 19:44

@ __philippe: Timer added under "Similar/alternative apps:"

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System Scheduler Free v4.35

Checker on 10 Sep 2015
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Sep 2015
  • Suggested by Allen Smith

System Scheduler Free schedules unattended running of applications, batch files, scripts etc. Intended as a replacement for Windows' own scheduler, the program adds more flexibility and features including popup reminders for appointments, reminders, and events that can be set to run once or every minute, hour, day, week, month, or year.

The program also includes it's own scripting tools for mouse, keyboard, and other operations.

System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Last window location is written to Windows registry, while the scheduler database is written to the local directory.
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch Scheduler.exe
What's new? Improved:
  • Improvements to popup message (e.g. left align text option).
  • On Shutdown/Logoff scheduling option updated to work better with new versions of MS Windows.
  • Improved the process watcher function for detecting previous instances of jobs.
  • Minor GUI improvements and minor bug fixes.
Latest comments
alvin on 2008-09-18 13:24

I got rid of Windows Scheduler and use nnCron instead. Very simple, flexible, and it uses the unix crontab format.

BGM on 2013-06-06 13:51

Wow, I'm a powerpro user, too. Funny how we are all checking out a system scheduler... I use pycron on my server, however.

Ganamyde on 2013-06-06 14:02

No unicode and RunWait support :/

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Splat v1.1.8 Updated

smaragdus on 29 Jun 2016
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Aug 2015
  • Suggested by Checker

Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) allows you to build profiles that can launch or close programs and services. Supports drag-and-drop, hotkeys, process priority, and includes the ability to open specific files, folders, URLs, and even other Splat profiles. The program can aggressively close (kill) applications that may not shut down normally or add delays of time, CPU usage, or whether the previous program has closed yet.

Great for a computer startup sequence that won't slow down your computer or for switching between different separate program groups (such switching from a view all your financial programs, data, and files to all your photo/video editing tools)

System Requirements: Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Splat.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Lacuna Launcher
What's new?
  • Added the ability to create a profile shortcut in your startup folder. Right-click a profile and choose the option from the menu.
  • Fixed: Context menu did not work for reordering profiles.

a023.gif Applause for "Best new portable freeware of 2015" !
Latest comments
webfork on 2015-01-18 22:43

I very quickly integrated this into the startup sequence on both of my main machines. Great to get multiple portable software up and running in a system-friendly way.

Midas on 2015-01-19 13:16

Thanks, webfork. Your comment made me realize that Splat can be used as a start-up manager... duh!

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