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Iconized Bookmark Popup Adds Quick Access to Chrome Bookmarks [Downloads]

Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Iconized Bookmark Popup displays your bookmarks in a simple popup that saves space by showing just the bookmark icons—very useful for those of us who keep the bookmarks bar hidden. More »

The Cleverest Ways to Use Dropbox That You’re Not Using [Dropbox]

Free utility Dropbox is great at syncing files between computers, but it has a lot more potential than just that. Here’s a handful of clever ways you can use Dropbox that you may not have thought of. More »

Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD [Step By Step]

Plenty of utilities can recover deleted files, but what if you can’t boot your computer, or the whole drive has been formatted? Here’s how to dig deep and recover the most elusive deleted files, or even whole partitions. More »

JavaRa Updates and Removes Old and Redundant Java Versions [Downloads]

Windows only: Tiny utility JavaRa cleans up older or redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that might be littering up your PC, and optionally updates to the latest version. It’s a simple tool that just works. More »

Alt+Tab Tuner Makes Windows 7’s Task Switcher Thumbnails Larger and Much More [Downloads]

Windows 7 only: System tweaking utility Alt+Tab Tuner customizes everything about the Windows 7 Alt-Tab dialog, from setting the transparency to increasing the size of the thumbnails. More »

Postponer Adds ReadItLater Integration to Google Chrome [Downloads]

Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Postponer integrates the popular ReadItLater service directly into Google Chrome, so you can save interesting articles for later reading, and easily retrieve them with a toolbar button. More »

Incredible StartPage Customizes Google Chrome’s New Tab Page [Downloads]

Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Incredible StartPage changes the start page to a three-panel view of your your favorite bookmarks, closed tabs, customizable color schemes, and a place to quickly add notes and send them to Gmail. More »

The Complete Guide to Ripping and Converting Flash Videos [Flash]

Whether you want to save and watch a Flash video offline, convert a Flash music video for your MP3 player, or do something else entirely, learning how to rip and convert Flash videos is a useful skill. Here’s how it works. More »

The Windows 8 Concept Desktop [Featured Desktop]

Reader Saad Baig’s desktop shows what a Windows desktop could look like if you made the Windows 7 Superbar really “super”, by adding desktop widgets directly into the taskbar, easily accessible even with maximized applications. More »

Run XP Mode in VirtualBox Instead of Virtual PC [Virtualization]

Windows 7 only: If you’ve been itching to use the new XP Mode feature in Windows 7, but you aren’t too keen on using Virtual PC or just prefer VirtualBox, here’s how to use XP Mode in VirtualBox.

We’ve already covered how to set up and use XP Mode in Windows 7, how to use it on a machine without hardware virtualization, and then how to create your own XP Mode for any version of Windows with the freeware VMWare Player software, but if VirtualBox is your virtualization platform of choice, writer Matthew from How-To Geek (my home away from Lifehacker) has you covered with a guide to setting up XP Mode under Windows 7 using VirtualBox instead of Virtual PC.

The basic principle is pretty simple, requiring you to just install XP Mode from Microsoft without the additional Virtual PC component, creating a copy of the XP Mode virtual hard drive, and then using it as an existing hard drive in a new VirtualBox VM. Because you can only legally install XP Mode for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate PCs, if you’re using a different version you should probably create your own XP Mode that works anywhere.

Update: Several readers have pointed out that XP Mode doesn’t properly activate when used under VirtualBox, so the author is researching whether there is a workaround. Until then, be sure to check out how to create your own XP Mode that works anywhere.

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