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Open source PDF reader for Windows

One of my personal favourites is SumatraPDF. Features: Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows. Sumatra PDF is powerful, small, ...
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What software solution can I use (on Windows 10) to keep all my non-Microsoft software up to date?

UPDATE 2016-10-10: It's possible that Chocolatey version 0.10.0 gave me a malware infection a couple of months ago. However, that does not seem to be the case. I have not had any trouble so far with ...
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Explorer-like FTP client for Windows, open source and well-maintained

WinSCP matches all your requirements. Graphical: Yes – There are two alternative interfaces: Commander interface: Explorer interface: Feels like a Windows explorer window: Yes – One of the ...
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'Modern' browser that will work in Windows 98SE

Opera 9.64 Free. Version 10 and later don't run on Windows 98. Version 9.64 was released in 2009 and was among the best browsers back then. You get tabs, mouse gestures, speed dial, URL blocking and ...
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Is there an application which does HTTP PUT?

I'd recommend Postman for this. It supports all HTTP verbs, not just GET, POST, PUT and DELETE. Some operations might require HTTP headers to be set (e.g. for authentication) and it supports that too....
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A free, lightweight but quality video capture software for Windows?

Open Broadcaster Software (free) After months in search of a good, free screen capture program, I found this, and I knew that my search was finally over. OBS is for both streaming and general ...
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Windows application for taking screenshot of current active window

You don't need a tool, you can use AltPrtSc to take a screenshot of the currently selected window. Works on all versions of windows.
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Free FTP client for Windows

I use WinSCP. It doesn't install adware, and it has a simpler interface than FileZilla. It is easy to use and supports FTP, SFTP, and SCP. It can also save as many profiles as you want.
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What software solution can I use (on Windows 10) to keep all my non-Microsoft software up to date?

There is in fact a command-line package manager built into Windows 10: PackageManagement. It uses PowerShell's extremely verbose language to give a native Windows equivalent of apt-get or yum. You ...
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Markdown editor for Windows with live rendering in the editing pane, NOT in a separate preview pane

Last update: 2020-04-09 Having a similar need to the OP, I searched the whole web for current solutions. There's no current perfect solution, but there are a few ones that might be worth a try. Note ...
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Alternative to Windows Media Player that supports all video/audio files

I would recommend VLC it will play just about any video/audio you throw at it (except rmvb) it is not under 30mb in size, it's around 100mb (after installation), but this is due to it containing all ...
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Viewer for huge JSON files on Windows

I have written Huge JSON viewer based on JSON.NET, one of the fastest JSON frameworks. It matches the requirements as follows: open decently large files: it can open the 1.44 GB example file without ...
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Simple open-source offline Markdown viewer for Windows

If you work a lot with Notepad++ (GPLv2), you can install the MarkdownViewerPlusPlus plugin (MIT License): (According to the Github page, this plugin works for 32 and 64 bits) Alternativelly, you ...
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Simple open-source offline Markdown viewer for Windows

Its not really simple and lightweight, but You can use Visual Studio Code, it has a Markdown preview built-in. This way you can view the source and the rendered preview side-by-side. To display images ...
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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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'Modern' browser that will work in Windows 98SE

There's a program called KernelEx that adds a "compatibility layer" into Windows 98SE (and ME). It lets you run some Windows NT programs on Windows 98SE/ME. (Info on installing KernelEX: http://...
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Windows SSHFS/SFTP mounting clients

Out of the ones you listed: I would be cautious with sshfs as the underlying driver (Dokan) has not been updated for quite a while, and even though it supports Windows 7, it has known issues with ...
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Windows startup manager

MSconfig can do 4/6 things you asked and is built in. Simply press WinKeyR to open the run window and type msconfig. This works on all versions of windows and in Windows 8, this can be found in the ...
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'Modern' browser that will work in Windows 98SE

Have a look at K-Meleon: free and opensource Gecko based available as installer or portable It runs in Windows 98: While a Pentium level processor is recommended, K-Meleon can run on 486 systems ...
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Software to batch crop pictures

ImageMagick is a library and program suite for image display and manipulation. If you can name a raster image format, ImageMagick supports it. It's open source. You can download Windows binaries. ...
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Is there an application which does HTTP PUT?

Probably a bit lower level than you're looking for, but cURL largely meets your requirements. While it's primarily a library for use by other software, it has a command-line UI that's actually rather ...
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Simple open-source offline Markdown viewer for Windows

I use Typora free (commercial license, not open source) markdown editor for Windows/Mac/Linux because it works very fast. The latest version of Typora is currently a beta version and it's free ...
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Free OCR software that makes a PDF searchable (with searchable text at the right place)

A tool that lets you do that is PDF-XChange Viewer. The free version will allow you to OCR your document in a variety of languages (you can download additional language packs for free) and add the OCR'...
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Is there a non-awful free word processor for Windows?

You are not writing what you are using your word processor for. For my needs, I have found that Atom (or any other modern text editor) and Markdown gets me almost everything I need, and I can easily ...
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Free OCR software that makes a PDF searchable (with searchable text at the right place)

Try pdfsandwich. From the man-page: pdfsandwich generates "sandwich" OCR pdf files, i.e. pdf files which contain only images (no text) will be processed by optical character recognition (OCR) ...
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Markdown editor for Windows with live rendering in the editing pane, NOT in a separate preview pane

MarkdownPad It displays a live view on the right side. You can see a full list of features on the website. Source: http://markdownpad.com/ Note When starting MarkdownPad for the first time, it ...
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Is there a non-awful free word processor for Windows?

You could just use Google Docs. I've found that for 90% of features and 95% of people it has all the functionality that you'd find in Microsoft Office. (Obviously estimated numbers, but based on ...
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GUI drag & drop style GUI Builder for Python Tkinter

One tool that I've been using is called Pygubu. It's open source and can be run anywhere python is installed. It includes support for not only Python version 3 but also version 2 as well. It appears ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

The license is usually tied to the motherboard, not the hard drive. So you can reinstall Windows 10 and it should automatically activated. If it is not activated automatically, refer to the ...
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