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Windows program for viewing which program is using a file

LockHunter is another great free tool. download link
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Alternatives to windows file explorer

Total Commander (or any similar, like Double Commander) offer an entirely different paradigm, with a lot more functionality. Best for more advanced users.
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Windows program for viewing which program is using a file

handle is a Microsoft-hosted command line tool doing just that. It was written by Sysinternals, now owned by Microsoft. You can give it a file or directory name (or any "handle") and it prints the ...
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Disk space monitor - where did my disk space go?

Xinorbis might be what you're looking for It has a simple GUI, for better or worse, but it includes the capability to store an archive of the folder/file history from your periodic snapshots (By ...
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Is there a free desktop PDF editor?

PDFSam Basic seems to meet your requirements Free and open-source Can rotate, cut, merge, save It is available for Windows and Mac OS X. PDFSam also have an enhanced paid version with more features....
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A program to sort and rename photos (drag & drop)

Yes, there is: FastStone Image Viewer lets you drag and drop into desired order. You may rename in sequence so Windows Explorer will show in the same order. And it´s freeware for personal use.
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An intelligent duplicate file finder for Linux

rmlint (http://rmlint.readthedocs.org/en/latest/) Runs natively on Linux Is able to find duplicates based on content Manual selection and batch deletion of duplicates is possible (creates a batch ...
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Program to read shortcut (.lnk) files and modify its properties

Instead of looking for perfection, I decided to develop by myself what I consider perfect for my needs. Then finally I finished the initial release of Easy Link File Viewer, a simple, friendly, open-...
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Program to show which programs prevent a USB device from being ejected on Windows

The people who like to live with minimum set of tools (who avoid having amounts of single-purpose tools) can utilize ProcessExplorer – extended task manager from Microsoft, free. It can be also used ...
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Photo management & cloud backups

UPDATE Sept 2017: For anyone who finds this now, the facial recognition side of things can be handled in a number of ways. Personally, I back my photos up to a Synology NAS at home and then back that ...
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Command line file explorer/manager that displays the folder size

I would say that the correct answer is "any of the enumerated file managers and ncdu". I understand that ncdu was actually built to display sizes of directories and it is very convenient if all you ...
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More reliable alternative to Samba on Linux, speed is most important

In general there is no Protocol that is the fastest, as it depend on the Environemnt. In Mac/UNIX Env. , AFP is the most stable and fastest protocol one can use. In Windows Env. SMB2 is the fastest ...
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Software to replace multiple text strings in multiple files

You can do this with Notepad++ without opening your files: Open Notepad++ Press Ctrl + H Switch to the tab titled "Find in Files" Specify your search text, and the replacement Set the folder in ...
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Software to rename files based on their timestamps

I recommend Bulk Rename Utility. It is a freeware program, for Windows. It can rename files based on a variety of different criteria. For renaming based on the date, look at the section for "Auto ...
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Program to show which programs prevent a USB device from being ejected on Windows

You can use Unlocker: free works on Windows list processes that lock a given path (and can kill processes if needed):
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Windows software required to compare 2 folders through the tree to the leafs

I recommend KDiff3 which is available for Windows, OS X, and Unix. It's freely available (GPLv2). Its comparison capabilities are excellent! Below is a screenshot from comparing two Linux kernel ...
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Program to search by file name in Windows?

I recommend Everything search by voidtools. It is very lightweight, about 500KB. Searches for any file on your PC instantly while you type. Support for Regular Expressions. Adds to context menu and ...
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Free open-source on-premise file sharing server

Have a look at owncloud. It is open source and can install on premise. According to your requirements: Uploading big files It can expose the drive via WebDAV There ares some collaborative editing ...
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Alternative to Windows Explorer that allows easy navigation in identical folder structures

There are a couple of very nice "twin-commander" style file managers that will allow you to do just this -- and much more besides: Double Commander The main interface (pic from website) looks like ...
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Windows software required to compare 2 folders through the tree to the leafs

On Unix, OS X and Windows you can use Meld: free and open-source Two- and three-way comparison of files and directories File comparisons update as you type Auto-merge mode and actions on change ...
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Software version list

If you are using windows, have you considered chocolatey (https://chocolatey.org/)? It's based on nu-get packaging infrastructure using powershell and works a lot like apt-get would on linux. It does ...
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Randomly rename all files in a (large) collection

RandomNames script by Jason Faulkner: has undo function portable Direct Download Link.
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Android file explorer for Ubuntu/Unity via USB, no app needed on Android

As pointed out in my comment on the question, I cannot tell for the "Nautilus" requirement. You've explicitly asked for a graphical file explorer – so I will first answer your request literally. For ...
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Desktop organizer program

You could use Hygeia [Tip: Means health in Greek] and create some custom rules that will run on interval or whenever you want. I did the same for my Downloads folder, were every night at 00:00, it ...
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App to find empty Windows folders

I found the simplest answer here - built in to Windows. If you do want to delete all the empty folders only, go to Computer and at the top right click on search. Click on kind and Select folder, ...
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Gratis Windows File Rename utility

Take a look at Bulk Rename Utility which seems to be able to do the job. Free download (also portable version available): https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/ In Renaming Options > Advenced Options ...
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Software version list

This is not quite what you asked for, but I would like to suggest a slightly different tact on the same problem that does not suffer from the hassle you describe. Ninite is a sweet little installer ...
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Software to find duplicate files

Well, for years now, I have used Duplicate Cleaner Free. It has an intuitive, but powerful, GUI, and lots of features, including "Turn duplicate file into hard links". - Find duplicate files, ...
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SFTP application with Windows Explorer integration that supports uploading

Winscp works well for me, and integrates with windows explorer as far as letting you drag and drop to it. It's not perfect integration, but once you say 'never ask again' to all the confirm dialogs, ...
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