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Drive defragment tool - after cloning from SSD to HDD

I love using Defraggler to defragment my computer. It's made by Piriform, the same company that makes CCleaner and other such software. This is what it looks like: Pros: It's free! Lets you look at ...
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Software for throttling CPU power (for certain processes)

I would recommend Bill2's Process manager. You can create rules for processes which assign a priority level together with which cpu cores they are allowed to use. I always limit flash to one core ...
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What can I use to record music coming from my computer?

For Windows Users: Step 1: Enable "Stereo Mix" if you don't see it, you can try looping: For OS X users: you can use Soundflower: Soundflower is a free, open source MacOS system extension that ...
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A Free Antivirus Software That Asks Before Deletion or Block

Avast (free, Windows) can be configured so that it doesn't block or delete suspicious files: FYI: if one day some file ends up in the virus chest, since it's pretty tough to find (as Avast just put ...
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Make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 (especially the Start Menu)

The person who has recommended Classic Shell to you is on the right way, the program is free and will recover the classic startmenu, and it does its job really well because you can choose the Windows ...
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Program that puts the taskbar on all monitors

This feature is built in Windows 8. For Windows 7 or below, or if you want extra functionality, you could try UltraMon or DisplayFusion
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Write protect drives in Windows with password

I would recommend giving one more try to setting the permissions. It addresses the problem native way instead of various workarounds provided by tools. What you need is actually one of basic ...
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Open source CAD for 2D drafting

While my answer does not meet the requirement of C#/java, I thought I would mention it as it is in intensive development, and is open-source. FreeCad It is written in Python and in some C++. It has ...
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Remote desktop freeware for troubleshooting Mac and Windows computers

There are many options. VNC, TeamViewer, Logmein, JoinMe are just a few I personally use VNC as it is available on so many platforms and OS's. It allows you to access your folks computer remotely as ...
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Screen record PC games in Windows 8

For video games, you can use Fraps: Straightforward to use light non-free you can change the FPS and the resolution Windows 8 (game capture only)
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Ultra-lightweight editor (like Python's IDLE) for C

Sublime Text should be able to do all three of your tasks: Basic context coloring This generally happens automatically. Ability to collapse {} blocks You can do this by using the "gutter" (the ...
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Simple Webcam Photo / Video taking software

VLC media player Free (Opensource!) Compatible with Windows 8 Display of the webcam's image in real time Snapshots are possible (as far as I know, you can only choose between two the output formats ...
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Simple Webcam Photo / Video taking software

ManyCam will suit your requirements.. It's free, it covers all the features you've requested for.. Software is really excellent, I've installed on my computer as well (Windows 7 though) but it's ...
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Utility to enable "Always On Top" mode for any window in Windows 8.1

If you want some visual indication that window is "alway on top", you can do it using AutoHotKey as mentioned in post before by Michael Frank. Just add one line to his script. It will make window ...
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Software to block a website in windows

I'd recommend going without additional software. To edit your C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file, make sure you are running Notepad As Administrator. If it still does not work, check the ...
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Recommend a good battery optimizer for Windows 8 laptop

One of most important thing is also to minimize wear of your battery which rises with battery age and way how it is used. You cannot stop aging of the battery, but you can know that based on how the ...
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Program to change language of audio stream in video file

Libav can be used: freeware / open-source command-line cross-platform creates a copy of the original file To set the language of the first audio stream: avconv -i input.mp4 -metadata:s:a:0 language=...
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Program to change language of audio stream in video file

Avidemux can do that too. GUI free / open-source cross-platform it doesn't re-encode video as long as you keep the same codecs Open you video file, go to Audio menu and choose Select Track. You'll ...
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Type special characters {!@#$%^&*()} directly without pressing shift key in win 7 and 8

You could create a new Keyboard Layout (or edit an existing one) with Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, which is free, provided by Microsoft, and works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server ...
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Application to show CPU and RAM usage in Windows 8

Since you wish to use it as a widget/gadget I found this website which helps you run gadgets on windows 8. I narrowed the huge list of available gadgets to a list of the ones you might need given ...
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Game to learn piano play

Synthesia has most of the features you're looking for: start learning piano It has song from "easiest" to "hardest" do this in interactive kinda way Is "guitar hero" descriptive enough? Just ...
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Trusted free tool for securely deleting files on Windows?

I recommend Eraser. To quote: Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with ...
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Speech to Text API for JavaScript

For Google Chrome 25 and later you can use the JavaScript Web Speech API: demo documentation. Some interesting points from the documentation: This specification was published by the Speech API ...
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Type special characters {!@#$%^&*()} directly without pressing shift key in win 7 and 8

You can use AutoHotKey to do this. It's a resident program, and I've been using to generate and insert GUIDs on a keypress for a while now. You'll want to know about the key list, and you'll want to ...
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Num Lock Key indicator for Win8?

Binary Fortress TrayStatus: freeware Num Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Alt key, Ctrl key, Shift key, Windows key, Hard Drive activity (read or write) with current speed in a tooltip separate tray ...
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Recommend a good battery optimizer for Windows 8 laptop

You can do it better than any battery optimizer software: Set screen brightness to lowest value. Turn off WiFi if you don't use it. Disconnect any USB device that you are not using. Open any ...
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USB tool to make Windows 8 bootable from a USB flash drive?

First time I've seen someone refer to a USB drive/flash drive/thumb drive as a UFD - The USB download tool you mentioned will work for windows 8 (and presumably for 8.1, which isn't generally offered ...
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Drive defragment tool - after cloning from SSD to HDD

When I used Windows nothing was better than MyDefrag, which was the remake of JkDefrag. Among their pros includes: Several scripts installed by default and ready to use for most cases you can find, ...
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Antivirus software for Windows 8

There are a few options out there for free antivirus software. What I would recommend is AVG. The free version of AVG can do all of the following: Blocks viruses, spyware, & other malware Scans ...
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Instant resume for Windows 8.1?

This is builtin in Windows 8 (and most likely windows 7 as well). Open the Control Panel, search for "energy" and choose "edit the action on closing the lid". Here you have the option to change the ...
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