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Is there a StackExchange client for Windows 8?

In playing around with Windows 8, I find that it would be nice to have a dedicated app for it in the 'metro' interface. Must: Have access to all sites Be able to read questions and answers View ...
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Utility to enable “Always On Top” mode for any window in Windows 8.1

I'm looking for an application which will allow me to pin any arbitrary window running in Desktop mode in Windows 8.1 to the top, meaning it'll always be above the window I'm actively using. Similar ...
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Open source CAD for 2D drafting

I do a lot of drafting using AutoCAD 2000 LT on Windows XP, but I need to upgrade to a newer operating system (Windows 8). Unfortunately, AC2000 won't work. So, I am looking for a new free (no money)...
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Make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 (especially the Start Menu)

There are not a lot of fans of the Windows 8 user interface, and I am one of those detractors. What I would like to do is remove the Metro touch overlay from Windows 8, and have a regular Windows 7 ...
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Game to learn piano play

I want to start learning piano, but I would like to do this in interactive kinda way. It would be nice to have some game with some kind of achievements, multiplayer, progress etc. and ability to use ...
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Windows Encrypted Virtual Hard Drive but not Bitlocker or Truecrypt? [duplicate]

So if I want a virtual encrypted hard drive on my Windows 7 or 8 machine (i.e. an encrytped file that can be mounted like a hard drive) generally I would have used TrueCrypt for that. However it seems ...
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Type special characters {!@#$%^&*()} directly without pressing shift key in win 7 and 8

I am using both windows 7 and windows 8 PC. currently I am writing a paper in latex and tired of pressing shift key to type special characters like $%^#& . Is there a software so that I can type ...
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Best incremental backup solution for Windows 8.1?

What is the best incremental backup solution for Windows 8.1 that can create bootable backups? My main dilemma is having 3TB of data on my main desktop and would like to back up all these SSDs to one ...
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UHF RFID scanner solution with an API that works with a Windows Store App

I'm looking for a combined hardware and software solution that controls a UHF RFID scanner for tag writing ("EPC commissioning") via a Windows Store App. The App will be developed by us, so what we're ...
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Drive Defragment Tool - after cloning from SSD to HDD

I cloned an SSD drive to a disk HDD. Under the optimization tool in Windows 8.1, my partition's media type is still shown as a Solid State Drive. And optimization is unavailable because of this. ...
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Num Lock Key indicator for Win8?

My computer doesn't have a Num Lock key or Caps Lock Key visual indicator, which sucks, since it's frequently annoying to press numbers on the numpad key only for your computer to do weird stuff. Is ...
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Diff text files and print the resultant comparison two-pane with differences highlighted

I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to: Take a diff between two given plain text files Display the diff on screen in a traditional two-pane format, with differences highlighted Print the diff, ...
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Battery Charging log

Can someone please recommend a software for Windows 8 laptop, that can show vital battery stats like: discharge rate charging cycle health most importantly, charging time and discharging time Is ...
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Software to convert pictures of lectures from a blackboard to text

Most of my subjects allows taking a picture of our lecture from a blackboard, because of this I took advantage of it and take a picture of all the lectures that we have. Yesterday my professor said ...
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Program to change language of audio stream in video file

I've downloaded a few movies in mp4 and mkv format. When I look at the properties of some of them, I see that the language of the audio stream is set to "Undefined", and not "English", while the movie ...
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A Free Antivirus Software That Asks Before Deletion or Block

I recently used AVG and BitDefender, but both programs block or delete harmful files without asking me. I want an antivirus program that checks but no matter what, I need to give confirmation before ...
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Recommend a good battery optimizer for Windows 8 laptop

I use a Lenovo G500 laptop that runs on Windows 8. I need a good battery optimizer for it which ensures extended battery life and it shouldn't cause much system load. Can anyone recommend me a good ...
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Alternative image/film scanner software with support for Canon CanoScan 9000F

The vendor-supplied driver and management software (MP Navigator EX) for my CanoScan 9000F are, to be kind, barely adequate. The UI is clumsy, non-intuitive, and provides poor workflow management. ...
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Network packets capture bases process in Windows

I know some softwares can capture the network packets bases process, I only know WSexplorer, Commview. But they all work with some problem in my Windows8 system. Is there any other application like ...
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Weather Live - elegant weather background / full screen app options?

Weather Live is a sleek and useful app for OS X that presents weather in a useful and attractive full screen fashion. See the background app here where I have underlaid it behind Radar In Motion and ...
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Screen record PC games in Windows 8

I have used Hypercam 2 to record my screen before, but I am unable to record and take screenshots of any sort of game. It just goes right through and shows the desktop or whatever window was open when ...
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Software for throttling CPU power (for certain processes)

I am looking for a software which can throttle the CPU power for certain processes. Especially for Internet Explorer and embedded ads in Adobe Flash. Background: A customer, who is a translator, ...
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Simple Webcam Photo / Video taking software

For a long time I have used "Acer Crystal Eye Webcam" to take photos and videos with my Acer Laptop webcam. However, this software isn't really flexible, it shows the screen only in a fixed size ...
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Software to block a website in windows

I need to block some websites in my PC. It is running on Windows 8. I tried to block the website by editing the 'host' file in Windows/System32/Drivers/etc folder. Unfortunately it didn't worked. I ...
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What can I use to record music coming from my computer?

I have some audio playing from my computer I'd like to record. I don't want to use the microphone, as this would produce feedback. I want to record straight from whatever the computer is spitting ...
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PDF reader for Windows supporting annotations and comment (in sidebar)

Currently I read papers by printing them and manually highlighting and commenting on them. I am looking for a PDF reader for Windows (a Windows 8 App is fine as well) that will do the following: ...
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Display a different dictionary entry each day

I would like to improve my vocabulary through different ways and now I am looking for a vocabulary/dictionary app that can display a different word daily on the Windows 8 Metro platform. I have ...
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Simple Windows 8 Lua engine and IDE?

I am looking for a free Lua game engine and an accompanying IDE that allows me to compile and create simple games for Windows 8. The software has to: Be simple and use a game framework rather than ...
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Show battery percentage at fullscreen software

Using a Win8 notebook and running fullscreen software, I need a tool that shows me the current battery percentage in real time while I'm inside the fullscreen program. Is there anything that could ...
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Remote desktop program that allows multiple monitor spanning

I want to be able to more easily work from home, but doing that is difficult. So I'm looking for tools that would make it easier. Here's my setup: At home I have: Desktop computer 3 monitors ...
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Remote desktop freeware for troubleshooting Mac and Windows computers

I want to be able to help my folks with their computer problems but they are over 1000+ miles from where I live. Is there a good cross-platform (Windows 8.1 and Mac Mavericks) free to use software ...
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Windows 8 Synchronize two external hard drives (for backup)

Similar to the OSX request but for windows 8. I've got two NFTS formatted Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB drives. I'd like one to mirror the other, and for the software to recognise incremental changes. ...
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Alternative to Windows Briefcases for syncing folders on the computer with removable drives

Up until Windows 8, Windows had a feature called "Briefcases" which would help you sync folders on your computer(s) with removable drives (and vice versa). This feature was removed in Windows 8. I ...
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Decrease volume below minimum in Windows 8.1

Without buying speakers and hoping they can be quieter. I'm using earbuds anyway. I'd like a program with a slider/volume control from 0 to 100 or even finer like 0 to 1000. The quietest on my ...
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Speech to Text API for JavaScript

I'm looking for an API that can convert speech to text in real time. Language requirement is English. Is there any such free API available? Edit: I'm sorry to not have mentioned this earlier. The ...
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PDF libraries that work in Windows Store applications

I am using itext.dll for creating PDF in Windows 8.1 applications. It's working fine on a local machine. but it's not supported while try to build in Windows Store. Are there any alternative open ...
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Order applications on the Windows 8 taskbar?

I like to have my open applications ordered like so on the taskbar: They are all to the right of the icons They are in an order I specify, e.g. Intellij first, then Chrome, then Virtualbox. ...
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Are there any windows taskbar App Lancher like Chrome App Launcher?

Google 's Chrome App Launcher is very nice. Are there any way I can launch any apps/programs on my windows 8 like this?
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Radar In Motion widget options for Windows?

I am absolutely addicted to Radar In Motion for OS X. It is by far one of the very handiest radar utilities (Animated Weather Maps) around. I have seen a very old version of it converted for Windows,...
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Windows 8 application to allow two users per single PC

Currently I'm running VMWare Workstation and I'm able to have me and one other user play League of Legends using separate peripherals. The graphics are a bit choppy when huge fights happen (due to ...
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Application to show CPU and RAM usage in Windows 8

I have a Windows 8 PC. Am testing different types of softwares like WinRAR, 7-ZIP, media converters, antiviruses etc. As part of the testing I need to know how much RAM and CPU is used by each ...
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Program that puts the taskbar on all monitors

Windows 8 only puts the taskbar on the primary monitor. Is there a software that will put the taskbar on all monitors? I have three, so it needs to work on any amount, not just dual-monitors. I'd like ...
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Write protect drives in Windows with password

When I was using Windows 7 I used to use Universal Shield to write protect drives in my PC so that my parents or my younger brothers will not accidentally delete or misplace my data. But now I ...
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Video editor that is free for commercial use

At company that I work I got a problem. I had to edit one video (that client sent me), but I can't find any editor that is free to use (in company) and have option to crop video (video have big black ...
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Sending / receiving SMS in Windows 8 / 8.1 via mobile broadband modem

Recently I have upgraded my HP Elitebook 840 g1 from Windows 7 pro to Windows 8.1 and it seems there is no official HP solution to send/receive SMS messages using a SIM card in embedded 3G/4G ...
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Software about CPU and battery statistics

I am looking for software which has good statistics about CPU and can stay minimized, with a system tray showing CPU stats. My notebook is overheating sometimes, I want to see clock speed if possible ...
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Is there software for sync between folders in my laptop 'Data' drive and external HD?

I've read this while looking for software for syncing between folders in my laptop drive and my external HD, but it still lacks software options. At first I thought of Windows only software. But it ...
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Puts wallpaper only on 9/10th parts of the screen, not on all of it

Is there a software that would let me put a wallpaper on only, like 9/10th of the screen (horizontally)? I have the taskbar on the side and I don't want wallpaper underneath it. I'm on Windows 8. ...
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CD burning tool capable of overburning

I need a program on Windows 8, that can Overburn DVD+Rs in order to create a OS X Maverics bootable DVD. My DVD+Rs only have 4.7GB space but i need 5GB. Needed features: Free Working on Windows 8 ...
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How to limit the available bandwidth for specific processes on Windows 8.1 Pro

So, I wish to limit the upload speed of specific applications which lack a built-in control for it and at the same time I'm trying to find a solution that's as organic and long-lasting as possible. ...