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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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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 ...
6 votes

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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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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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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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 ...
4 votes

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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What games can I play on a slow Internet connection?

Generally speaking: You want a good ping to play online. So if your connection is not only low bandwidth but also low ping, then playing online might be a bad idea per-se. MMORPGs usually needs a ...
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Windows Remote Control?

There are any number of free VNC clients for Windows. For years now, I have relied exclusively on TightVNC. What I am trying to do is to control the remote computer / desktop so that the person ...
3 votes

Diff text files and print the resultant comparison two-pane with differences highlighted

I feel to suggest you DiffMerge. It runs (even) on Windows and, similarly to WinMerge and Devart Code Compare, has a nice GUI. Comparing it to WinMerge, I personally think DiffMerge is better at ...
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Application to show CPU and RAM usage in Windows 8

According to your requirement the best tool that I can recommend for you to use is Resource Monitor in windows operating system,because its great way to find out about the resources your system uses ...
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Screen record PC games in Windows 8

If anyone stumbled upon this, I have found a great software that works absolutely perfectly. Open Broadcaster Software is the sofware I used. It's just over 7mb and did what I wanted perfectly, and ...
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Software about CPU and battery statistics

Core Temp might be the program you are looking for. It offers trayicons where you can see the temperature, clock speed, an overheat protection which warns you and is able to shutdown Windows or close ...
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Windows 8 Synchronize two external hard drives (for backup)

You don't mention that it must be free. I would highly recommend paying US $19.99 for a personal version of Bvckup 2. I did, and I have never regretted it. I did a lot of research before choosing it, ...
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Drivers related to audio device and the relation to their sound quality

You can record sounds using FFMPEG from the command line. Here are some examples of capture with FFMPEG on Windows operating system. To list your input devices: ffmpeg -list_devices true -f dshow -...
2 votes

Make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 (especially the Start Menu)

Try this - http://www.reviversoft.com/start-menu-reviver/ I had used it and it never made any crashes or malfunctions. It never removes the metro screen. It places a start button in the taskbar and ...
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Drive defragment tool - after cloning from SSD to HDD

You can ask Windows to re-detect the drive type by running "winsat features" and it should enable/disable the Windows' built-in defragmenter based on what you are currently using. https://technet....
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Puts wallpaper only on 9/10th parts of the screen, not on all of it

You can take your, candidate, wallpaper and add a bar, of whichever colour you like but probably black or white, of the desired proportion, that occupies the first/last 10% of the image, either ...
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Diff text files and print the resultant comparison two-pane with differences highlighted

You want WinMerge. It will print highlighted differences, has print preview & is free. [Update] I just tried Beyond Compare (v3, there is av4 available now) and it will even let you save the ...
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Network packets capture bases process in Windows

If you are happy with the command line interface and wish to do a lot of other network packet investigation there is scapy - it is a python based interface to the same libraries that are used by ...
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Camera software for Windows 7 and 8 (similar to Cheese)

I don't know what level of control you want, but if you're interested in something relatively immediate to use but that lets you take both still pictures and video with full control over the codec/...
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Screen record PC games in Windows 8

There are a few nice programs out there, don't worry :) I have more experience with such programs, and it's funny that you are already aware of Bandicam, because... Bandicam is able to do screenshots ...
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Free download manager for Windows 8

Which browser are you using? Free Download Manager can do what you want by it may require installing a browser extension / plugin. If you are using Chrome you can download the plugin from: https://...
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Share folder with files: better option

Why not set up a Mercurial repository on your server and allow your students to learn about version control at the same time. Running a server is one click, or command line option, They can access it ...
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Share folder with files: better option

I would suggest using a standard protocol like FTP for this. In particular FTP allows for strict permission control if that's ever needed, or simply anonymous access (which you can set to be read-only)...
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Share folder with files: better option

Cloud Storage Cloud-based storage shouldn't be ruled out: e.g. OneDrive, DropBox, etc. This might be more advantegeous because many people (especially tech-savvy programmers) would already be users. ...
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Sending / receiving SMS in Windows 8 / 8.1 via mobile broadband modem

I did a quick search my self, and found two interesting links which might help you with your problem. One of them does requires programming knowledge, and the other is driver related. Programmable ...
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