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Software to run on the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems.

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What is a good newbie-friendly graphical Git client for Windows?

Personally I'd just install Cygwin and proceed with the usual *nix shell tools, but I need to make a software recommendation to some clients that need something a bit more newbie friendly. The ...
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Windows program for viewing which program is using a file

Often, on my Windows computers, when I go to delete or move directories or files, an error message appears explaining that this action can not be completed because one of the files is being used by ...
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Software to download YouTube videos to hard drive

I'm looking for software that would let me download YouTube videos as video files to the hard drive. Don't care much about format being saved as long as Windows VLC can play it out of the box. I'm ...
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Free, lightweight, all-in-one, audio and video format converter

In short, something that just does what one would expect such a program to do. (Just convert it so it works on my mother's media player!) By "free" I mean free-as-in-beer. I'm okay with closed source ...
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A program to log how much time you spend in what program

Seems like there should be something. Basically it should provide a report: With the total time spent in program X With a graph of how much time was spent in program X at what time of day (think the ...
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What software solution can I use (on Windows 10) to keep all my non-Microsoft software up to date?

In other words, is there a Windows 10 equivalent to apt-get / rpm / brew? Preferably cheap or free, and available for use in my business? The more software packages it supports, the better. ...
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Text editor or reader for working with huge files in Windows

At the office certain server log files grow way too big and trying to go through the logs can be a real pain, when for instance you have a several GB size text file and all the normal text editors ...
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Free OCR software that makes a PDF searchable (with searchable text at the right place)

Is there any freeware OCR software (for Linux and/or Windows) that can take a PDF scanned document as input and output a Searchable PDF like Adobe Acrobat does? With searchable PDF I meant that the ...
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'Modern' browser that will work in Windows 98SE

I have a little Windows 98SE virtual machine I run as a curiosity. I occasionally need to/want to download software to test on it, but the version of IE on it has trouble rendering many modern sites ...
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Simple open-source offline Markdown viewer for Windows

I am looking for a Markdown viewer for Windows. It should: Run locally on Windows (be a normal program, not a browser addon, webapp or anything else that requires use of a web browser). Preferable: ...
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What software can I use to monitor the quality of my Internet connection?

I've been having a lot of problems with both of my Internet providers lately, and I'd like to start monitoring and graphing the quality of my Internet connections. My ultimate goal is to be able to ...
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Markdown editor for Windows with live rendering in the editing pane, NOT in a separate preview pane

There are lots of Markdown editors out there but I couldn't find one in which the viewer was built into the editing pane itself. An example of what I don't want is these SE sites, where the question/...
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Open source PDF reader for Windows

I want to read PDF files on Windows. The PDFs can be quite large (like 50 MB) but they do not contain interactive forms nor special gadgets. I just do casual human reading, no automatic data ...
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Free Windows program to save screenshots immediately on a key press

There are many ways to take a screenshot, edit it and save it to disk. But sometimes I want to take a series of screenshots possibly quick and process them later. Is there a free Windows program ...
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Viewer for huge JSON files on Windows

I am looking for a JSON viewer for Windows that can: open decently large files (e.g. > 10 MB), unlike JSONViewer Notepad++ plugin (lags for ever), JSON Editor Eclipse Plugin (take over 1 minute to ...
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Tool for taking screenshot and quickly editing it

I'm looking for a screenshot utility that would help me when I try to explain over email how to use a program. I'd like it to: Take a screenshot, Add a red arrow or circle like this: Upload the ...
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What can tell me that I'm probably out of garbage bags?

It happened again today. We were at three different grocery stores, and still managed to not buy some of the stuff that we need. I'm getting tired of coming home just to realize I need to go back out ...
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A free, lightweight but quality video capture software for Windows?

I want to record some tutorials / workings of my programs / desktop activities / old-school gaming in Windows 8.1. I tried a few video capture programs, but the results didn't satisfy me. I tried: ...
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Free software to reverse engineer existing complex database diagrams in SQL Server 2008+

Up until a few years ago I used Microsoft Visio to reverse engineer an existing database to a diagram. This feature has been deprecated for a while now, and I'm rather stuck in finding an alternative. ...
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Free FTP client for Windows [closed]

I just tried to download FileZilla from SourceForge. It tries to install some random content from an unpopular and useless provider. It is definitely not reliable anymore. More generally, which FTP ...
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Is there an image viewer for Windows that auto-refreshes the image when it is modified?

The single most important feature I am looking for is that the image viewer auto-refreshes the image (while you are viewing it) when it changes on the disk. I have tried: Irfanview FastStone Image ...
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C++ IDE for Windows with a rich feature set: Code completion, refactoring, etc

I'm looking for an Integrated Development Environment for C++ that should run on Windows 8. The program should ideally support the following features: Code completion/hinting Indentation assistance ...
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Windows SSHFS/SFTP mounting clients

I'm looking for a solution that lets me 'mount' a remote server via ssh or sftp protocols. The remote directory should show up as a drive letter on Windows. (optional) More than one simultaneous ...
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Software to find duplicate files

I need recommendations for a software for de-duplication. Requirements: Runs on Windows Ability to find duplicate archives: files that have exactly the same content (and, so, the same size). Names, ...
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Video editor for Windows that can insert images or audio at arbitrary points

If I'm trying to edit relatively simple videos, what is a good editor that has these features available on Windows? trimming video clips, playing one video clip after another (basic functions, not ...
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What is a screen recorder with mouse movement and can save the recording as video?

I'm looking for screen recording software that supports: dynamic zooming of the page captures mouse movements allows captions to be overlaid stop/continue recording sound recording saves as standard ...
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Python IDE with rich features: code completion, debugging, etc

I'm looking for a good IDE for Python that should run on Windows 7 and higher. The program should ideally support the following features: Syntax highlighting Code Completion Debugger Support Support ...
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Diff tool for XML files?

I'm looking for a Windows-based diff tool that shows me the differences between two XML files, but does this tree-based, not line-based. I.e. if a section has moved to a totally different place in the ...
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What tool can generate HTML documentation from C# code, like Javadoc can do for Java?

Java developers can easily generate HTML documentation from their Java code, which is a convenient way to post APIs online. This is an example. Is there a similar tool for C# code? It must be free,...
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GUI drag & drop style GUI Builder for Python Tkinter

I'm looking for a GUI drag-and-drop style GUI builder for Python Tkinter where I can create windows with forms, buttons, labels, etc. without actually writing any code. I would like the software to ...
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Speed reading software for Windows

I'm looking for a speed reading software for Windows. I am aware of Spritz for Android, Velocity for iOS and the website Speeder. I am looking for a program having as many following features as ...
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Free software for selecting and combining pages from multiple PDFs into a single PDF

A few months ago I had several PDFs (lease documents, renter's insurance forms, etc.) from which I needed to combine select pages into a single document before sending to a property management company....
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What PDF viewer will allow me to quickly view which elements are vector?

I work in the printing industry where having vector artwork for a job is paramount when it comes to the best production output. Often times clients will send me a PDF file that contains a raster image ...
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Media player that will remember my last position

I'm currently using Windows Media Player for watching DVDs. Unfortunately if I close the player, I lose my position. My main requirement is that I want a player that will remember my position, even if ...
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Is there a non-awful free word processor for Windows?

I've really tried to use LibreOffice (and previously the near-identical Open Office). It's sadly garbage. Two of the main annoyances/show-stoppers are: It has no "dark theme", so it kills ...
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Image/Photo Viewer for Windows

I am looking for an alternative to Windows Photo Viewer that is able to view png, jpg, and gif. Windows Photo Viewer only supports static gif. Must haves: Lightweight; Loads fast. Avoids fancy ...
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Tool to remember clipboard content

Often I use the same terms/sentances/code-segments and want to reuse them during development. I could define snippets in my IDE but I want to use those anywhere and I want to be able to search in ...
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What is a good free program to open corrupted JPEG files?

Back story: I have about 15 photos (JPEG) that are corrupted files on a computer after accidentally deleting them on a SD. I have recovered them using Recuva, and tried File Repair to open the ...
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Disk space monitor - where did my disk space go?

I've been using WinDirStat for years to graphically show what directories take up the space on my disk, but that doesn't answer a very simple question: I suddenly have 1Gb less space than yesterday....
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Drawing software for amateurs

I'm looking for some Windows software that allows you to do drawing/sketching but more on the amateur level. Some specific features I am looking for: Ability to make shapes (circles, squares and ...
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Photo editing software for Windows

I need to edit some images in Windows. I plan to do more than simple things (not just color / contrast correction, but removing spots and filling in missing areas). Don't have memory / GPU / CPU ...
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Free PDF editor for Windows

I work for a non-profit organization and we have a lot of staff that need to work with PDFs. Our designers etc have the Adobe suite, but that is quite expensive, and I do not want to purchase a lot of ...
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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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Open-source SSH terminal client for Windows with tabs, private key auth + more

Moving here a question locked on ServerFault, with some refinements: since nothing assures you that closed-source terminal emulators don't phone home with your login details or private keys, I'm ...
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What project planning software includes resource leveling and is cheaper than Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is one of the most robust project planning tools I've seen thus far. But, it's also fairly expensive. I've played with some free tools but none of the ones I've found include ...
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Free offline tool to create icon files?

I'm looking for a free offline icon file (.ico) editor that has the following features: Creating icons with a transparent background Importing image files that are not icon files Basic shapes, such ...
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Fake Virtual Camera and Microphone for Windows

I'm looking for software that can create a virtual camera and microphone. Some websites like HackHands.com require use of a camera and microphone that I don't wish to provide. I'm looking for software ...
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Software to detect BPM and tag MP3 files

A friend of mine started using a music player and manager that can dynamically create playlists based on MP3 tags. He is happy with it, but the only thing missing for him (he works as a DJ sometimes) ...
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Laugh track removal software

I am looking for a program that can remove the laugh track from a video file. If possible, free, Windows 7 and can batch process.
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Timer/Stopwatch for Windows that looks nice and is "always on top" or in the taskbar?

I want a simple task timer or stopwatch that I can pause and restart. I would like it to look decent, minimal and be able to run "always on top" of other windows. Ideally, no chrome (windows close ...
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