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I guess it depends on what kinds of CDs you're making and what features you need.  I used to use Nero for years but haven't in a very long time (basically not since MS implemented much more powerful CD authoring capabilities in Windows and Windows Media Player natively).  That said, if you're talking about something else like creating/writing bootable media and the like then I'd probably suggest tools like Rufus and UltraISO (the latter is very handy for editing and modifying existing disc images).  I also used to use Alcohol 120% years back, but again I haven't used that in years either (I don't write CDs these days really as I have no need for it since I have my MP3 player for my car and I have no TV so I don't burn any DVDs/CDs for viewing/listening etc. as I just play everything on my computer now).

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2 minutes ago, asianmusicguy said:

Well to be fair ninite is great but only downloads from official sources which is great unless you dont trust the official source ?    

I use Ninite to download those 2 all the time. Ninite is famous for stripping out or using the non infected (more hidden) links from official sources.

Everyone for the most part monetizes the free software one way or another. Donations to software devs are not paying the bills. 

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8 minutes ago, asianmusicguy said:

The reason why is actually because I wanted to updte my recommended software blog post here


I would change Acronis suggestion to Macrium Reflect. (free for personal and business).

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4 minutes ago, asianmusicguy said:

thats a interesting one  I have always used true image any reason you perfer Macrium ?

Free, Never let me down, Plenty of features in free.

It is installed on every computer I work on. Many of my clients use it(those with external drives at least).

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5 minutes ago, asianmusicguy said:

any thoughts on the others i have listed or maybe something I am missing ?

I personally do not believe in software like Open Shell. Too much of a chance of a Windows update to break it.

Also do not endorse(personally or professionally) apps that neuter Windows 10 for (privacy) reasons. I will only turn off the settings that are native in the OS itself. (Settings app> privacy settings) MS just like Malwarebytes needs basic telemetry to keep it working properly. I set Windows to Basic.

As for AV, Defender in the current build of 10 is very capable (for those who like "tests") . It will not get in the way (screw up) cumulative and feature updates. Malwarebytes Premium is the only program I supplement Defender with. 

I have only encountered 5 infected computers since Win 10 was introduced. None of those were Win 10 and none had the paid version of MB  on them.

Just my experience as a repair tech.

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I'm not onboard with Macrium Reflect myself , but if you can't afford Acronis I suppose it's better than nothing. Having used both (as well as many others) I find Acronis faster and less restrictive myself. I use File and Folder backups and Macrium free does not support it. I also use RoboCopy for file, folder syncing for some specific cases.

Chart of Macrium Reflect versions. If you were going to pay for Macrium I would suggest getting the Workstation version which has a couple other features and better support than the Home version. Home: $69.95 Workstation: $75.00 so for $5.05 you get better support if needed.



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