Wednesday May 27, 2020

Recently I stumbled upon an article about an interesting app called addLEDs. The title sounded interesting (“Windows 10. A Free Tool to Replace Status LEDs.”), but it has quickly disheartened me by ‘Windows 10’ within in. Although I find the concept pretty neat: it’s indeed not a rare occurrence that computers and laptops are not always equipped with all the status LEDs, if with any. I still well remember how much I liked such LEDs in my old Acer laptop: they were well-placed in front of Your eyes just below the screen, so it’s always been easy to take a quick look on how things are going, HDD- or network-wise. None of my further notebooks had this thing implemented in such a good way, let alone desktop computer which definitely may not be convenient to observe (regarding the LEDs placement on the tower - or the tower itself).

Therefore the app which could restore the functionality of those informative LEDs has been definitely a nice surprise. It was sad that it seemed to be reserved only for the newest Windows OS users.

Back to the article, however, my attention has been drawn by the statement that “addLEDs is a small tool for Windows 10 users...”. that does not require installation and takes as little as 416 KB (!). From my experience, whenever You stumble upon such a small and portable app, chances are high that it is not really confined to one particular Windows version. Therefore I’ve checked out its homepage, where I’ve found that, indeed, the app is available for Windows 7/8/10.

The final conclusion, therefore, is that whenever You see that something is presented as “Windows [x]-only” between the lines, take a closer look on its developer website to find out whether it really is that way. Although there are cases which indeed may be confined to some particular Windows version, there are still much more universal cases which should work on other Windows releases just fine.

As a curiosity, sometimes - i.e., when You really would love to be able to use some app, which, however, seems not to be supposed to be used on Your Windows - You can experiment a little bit, e.g., right-click on its .exe file › Properties › Compatibility (tab) › check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose one of the other Windows version. Checking Run this program as an administrator also may help. Confirm by “Apply” and “OK”.

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