A software bleg of sorts

The Windows 7 environment, new to me, is not overly daunting, though there are some things I have yet to get used to.

The following things don’t seem to work:

  • Panorama32, my wallpaper switcher of choice. Fortunately, Win7 has its own.
  • Lotus 1-2-3 and associated apps. Actually, these barely worked on XP, though 1-2-3 itself has dealt with my search-engine spreadsheets for years. Open Office 3.4.1 — I have had bad experiences with 4.x — seems to be able to do the job, and it reads all the old files well enough.
  • Adobe Photoshop Essentials, though this is my fault: I can’t find the original installation DVD.
  • Nero Burning ROM, which flatly refused my reinstall: “This serial number has expired.” This was a version-7 install; they’re up to something like 12 now. And I never could deal with the increasing bloat.

So basically I’m looking for a Nero replacement. Suggestions are welcomed. (And no, I haven’t tried whatever application Windows itself provides.)



  1. Bill Peschel »

    4 March 2014 · 7:31 am

    I never looked at Windows wallpaper switcher. I use John’s Background Switcher, which is free. As for a CD burner, I’ve used Windows to back up files to CD/DVD, and DVDFab for copying DVDs (even bought a license for it, which is rare for me).

    Adobe released into the wild the CS2 versions of all its software, so I use Photoshop for things my version of Fireworks 3 (1999) can’t handle. Heck, I’d still use WordPerfect 6.1 if Windows would let me (I tried).

  2. ms7168 »

    4 March 2014 · 8:12 am

    Windows 7 and 8 the built in burner works just fine :)

  3. McGehee »

    4 March 2014 · 8:46 am

    A few months ago I replaced the wallpaper I’d been using on my laptop since I bought it, which was the wallpaper I’d been using for most of the life of my previous one.

    I use maximized windows for everything, so it takes a looooong time to get tired of a wallpaper.

  4. Joe »

    4 March 2014 · 5:39 pm

    For a burner software I’d use imgburn. Freebie and never has failed me. Just watch the crapware sneaks during the install.

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