Best Free Windows 64-bit Software

 
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Multimedia applications are generally popular and interesting so it is no surprise that there are several excellent 64-bit products.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Media Player

PotPlayer

Daum PotPlayer is "feature packed, easy to use and provides awesome video and audio quality. Some may call it KMPlayerRedux with more stability and versatility. … PotPlayer truly stands out for supporting a wide variety of formats and having extensive configuration settings. It includes a long list of built-in audio and video codecs that enable you to play almost any media format you can dream about. PotPlayer has a simple and sleek interface though not mind-blowing and has high quality playback. The player is light on system resources and has a very fast startup." (Best Free Media Player)

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema

MPC-HC, like its predecessor, Media Player Classic, "is an incredibly small program but has a vast feature set." … Under the hood, this program packs a lot of features, including codecs for viewing DVD discs, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG 4 and x.264 movie files, MP3 and Ogg files. It can also use the QuickTime and the RealPlayer architectures (if installed on the computer) to play their native files. To further extend its functionality while avoiding the installation of RealPlayer, WinAmp and Quicktime, you will have to download some codec packs.… MPC Home Cinema requires no installation on your PC. This means that it can be run from your USB flash drive as well as your hard drive. (Best Free Media Player)

iTunes

For those who use Apple devices, iTunes has a 64-bit version.

"iTunes has become more prevalent on many PCs due to the almost universal reach of the iPod, but it also uses a lot of resources and is processor intensive." (Best Free Media Player, It also gets a dismissive mention in Best Free Music Player)  I am less restrained when I say iTunes is a hog and a dog. Much of that bloat seems to arise from Apple's distrust of Windows which showed in the need to bring almost everything with iTunes except the kitchen sink.

On the positive side, if you are going to run 'bloatware' then you're much better off doing it on a 64-bit system. I happily admit to being a long-time user of iTunes. All my children use it and it works very well with the media player on my non-Apple cell phone. Over several years of use I've had no problems with it and I'm not exasperated by any of its much-maligned issues (e.g. I use Autoruns to stop the unneeded applications). This new version has improved slightly but you won't see it in the interface. First, it is 64-bit. Second, I no longer need QuickTime. Third, for the 32-bit version, the download and footprint are noticeably smaller.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Media Centre

XBMC

"Maintaining your media library is simple joy with XBMC. Point to a folder containing your files, indicate what type of files there are (Movies, TV Shows, etc.) and XBMC does the rest. It scans all subfolders and files and downloads all relevant information (text, thumbnails, sounds, etc) from the Internet." On the other hand, it has some idiosyncracies. "Most annoying for me still is that you cannot freely pick a position in your media file by clicking on the progress bar while it is playing. Instead you have to type in a time position via the keyboard. Don't ask me why the simplest media player can do that but most of the Media Center Software cannot." (Best Free Media Centre)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Audio Editor

Audacity

"As far as single track editing goes, there is very little that cannot be achieved with Audacity, and achieved easily and cleanly. As far as physical drive space goes, Audicity is a small installation, but an immensely powerful one. Really though, track editing is just the tip of the iceberg with this application: it's functionality for editing is balanced with it's equally powerful functionality for recording, and also applying effects and modifications to existing audio tracks." (Best Free Audio Editing Software)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Video Editor

Avidemux

"Avidemux is a free open-source program designed for multi-purpose video editing and processing … Avidemux lets you do just about everything under the sun. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs." Its main weakness may well be its dated interface. (Best Free Video Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Music Creator

LMMS

"LMMS is a free open source MIDI sequencer/composer for Windows and Linux. … I initially found it a little bewildering … but it's worth taking the time because the rewards are great. … As a stand alone application, one would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensively full featured and versatile free music creator than this. There are so many instruments and effects to choose from … YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SOFTWARE!" (Best Free Music Creation Software)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit CD and DVD Burner

InfraRecorder

Christian Kindahl's InfraRecorder is a GUI for CDRTools. It "supports all of the common features that a good burning application should have, and it works with all types of CDs and DVDs including dual layer discs" but "It does not support Blu-Ray discs or HD-DVDs." "It even includes full command line support like CDBurnerXP. With InfraRecorder, you can burn and create images with support for bootable discs, author rewritable discs, and create audio CDs and video DVDs. The interface is clean and simple without a lot of extras to make things confused." (Best Free CD-DVD Burner)

InfraRecorder does not have some advanced options.and is not as helpful as ImgBurn: it does not give much assistance, important information is in the manual, dialogs and warnings are often cryptic, and the interface is inconsistent. For example, sometimes the instruction to insert a particular disk is in its own pop-up window but other times it will be in the title of the current one.

If you read other users' comments you will see that they either love it because it works flawlessly or hate it because it converts their disks into coasters. It seems likely that CDRTools has problems working with some burners which would explain why I had consistent problems on my test system . Even so, I still recommend that you try it out because it is native 64-bit and will probably work for you.

Imgburn

Imgburn "is the most powerful free burning, as no other software comes close to its advanced features and options." However, "ImgBurn's advanced features  may confuse you if you just want to do a basic burn. The welcome menu provides quick access to some common tasks, but other basic features such as erasing a re-writable disc are not immediately visible." Caution: ImgBurn is now bundled with the OpenCandywrapped installer. (Best Free CD-DVD Burner)
 

Best Free Windows 64-bit CD and DVD Emulator

MagicDisc

"MagicDisc, also known as MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD-ROM … allows you to run many types of CD/DVD images without burning them onto CDs or DVDs. It also allows you to create CD/DVD images from CDs/DVDs and save them into various formats including ISO, BIN/CUE, NRG, UIF.This program with a simple interface supports up to 15 virtual disk drives. Other features are available such as compress ISO, NRG, CUE, MDS and CCD formats into UIF format, or decompress UIF format into ISO format. The feature for burning images to disks is not supported."  (Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software)

Gizmo-Drive

Gizmo-Drive is rated best in its class, Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit CD and DVD Ripper

HandBrake

HandBrake is rated best of class as a DVD Ripper. It "has a relatively small file size for all the features that it offers. Despite the slow speeds it transcodes … the transcoded video is surprisingly good quality for the amount of time it takes to rip. However, if you have a graphics driver installed that supports Open GL, it will take a rather small fraction of time to transcode the content. Handbrake produces an MPEG-4 file which is compatible with a wide range of media players. Note that you’ll need to have the right codecs installed for the type of file you wish to convert". For many of us the most useful feature is the "preconfigured profiles for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. It also provides numerous video and audio parameter settings for advanced users to alter the file size and video quality accordingly." (Best Free DVD Ripper)

Handbrake's main deficiency is that it does not convert copy-protected DVDs. So it can rip some but not all DVDs.

 

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by Anonymous on 15. June 2010 - 15:37  (52173)

I have 32 bit vista and have .net framework 3.5 waiting in the wings to be downloaded. I'm not sure if I need it not b/c when i got my computer 2 years ago it came with .net framework 2.0 already installed. I'm running ie8 and mse and they are running fine. do i really need this extra 3.5 framework on my computer! Thanks

by rik on 15. June 2010 - 15:51  (52175)

The .NET framework is like any other core piece of software and I always keep it up to date. At the risk of boring you with the obvious, take an image of your PC before installing .NET 3.51 SP 1. I doubt you'll have a problem but 'least said soonest mended.'

Rik

by Anonymous on 15. June 2010 - 15:58  (52176)

Thank you for this prompt and charismatic response. I like the similes and metaphors you inject in your responses. Please don't ever think your work and time is done in vain on this website because i've learned a lot these past few months reading your posts :)

by rik on 15. June 2010 - 20:20  (52192)

Thank you for your kind words. If I can help one visitor from falling into one of the many holes I've fallen into over the years then I'll have done something right.

Rik

by Anonymous on 18. June 2010 - 13:37  (52398)

Hi All
What software would i use to whipe out compleate hdd with secure files on them. I have several old computers that have lucked files on them including an okd laptop The hall have windows xp on them right now. I sure would appreciate it if someone could hekp me
Thanks a bunch.

by Anupam on 18. June 2010 - 13:43  (52399)
by rik on 18. June 2010 - 16:41  (52413)

Further to Anupam's comment, use one of these utilties to erase the drive(s) and assuming you don't intend to sell the PCs remove the drives and smash them to pieces. This is what the US DoD and UK Department of Defense do. It isn't subtle but it does the job :)

Rik

by Anonymous on 19. June 2010 - 4:35  (52442)

Hi Anupam
Thanks for the help. I appreciate it. I will take a look there and see what I can find. I just want to wipe everything clean and put new ops on them so I can use them for myself again it's cheeper then buying new hdds other ways I would do what rick said, to smash them. Since you never know what others will do with your info.
Thanks again and have a good one.

by Anupam on 19. June 2010 - 8:50  (52452)

You are welcome. Glad to be of help :). If you wanted to reuse your hard disk for installing a fresh copy of OS, then the format command while installing your OS would do the job well. Since, you only are going to reuse the hard disk, so there is no need to wipe the hard disk clean, as there is no security issue. A format will get rid of all the previous data. But yes, if you want to dispose off the hard disk, then you should make use of the wiping software.

by Anonymous on 19. June 2010 - 19:12  (52475)

Hi again Anupan
Ok now I have real problem. I did not get your replay in time and I think I messed up big time. I used DBN to whipe the hdd but now yt will not let me install the op. It said that it can't format the hdd. Is there anything I can do tto fix that??? I would really appreciate your help
again if ou could.
Thanks a lot

by rik on 20. June 2010 - 7:35  (52505)

Please take this issue over to the forum. No disrespect, but I don't want the comments section taken over by this.

Rik, Category Editor Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software & Site Technical Support Manager

by Anonymous on 20. June 2010 - 14:10  (52531)

Hi rik
Sorry about that. Will not happen again.

by rik on 21. June 2010 - 7:03  (52572)

No need for an apology. We are all here to help each other, it's just a question of where the best place on the site for that is.

Best regards,

Rik

by Anonymous on 23. June 2010 - 12:26  (52846)

Note, the latest build of 64 bit Thunderbird 3, codenamed Shredder is 3.0.5 not, 3.0 beta 2. (Works great, too).

by rik on 23. June 2010 - 12:36  (52850)

If it supports the Lightning extension I might be interested. If not, as is most likely, I'll stick with what I have.

Rik - Category Editor

by Anonymous on 24. June 2010 - 1:10  (52922)

Well, I don't use Lightning, but I looked at the Lighning known issues and bug fixes, and it is not a current known issue. And, last bug fix affecting shredder was fixed back in March. So, all I can say is to give it a try. In any case, you should update the article to show the current version of 3.0.5

by rik on 25. June 2010 - 0:49  (53050)

Done as requested, many thanks for pointing this out.

I should perhaps point out that 64 bit Thunderbird 3 is NOT an official project so please don't report problems theres

Rik

by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 11:57  (53361)

Any good 64bit text editor recommendations?

by rik on 28. June 2010 - 12:35  (53364)

Our article Best Free Text Editor doesn't mention any, but a 64 bit version of notepad2 is available here.

Rik

by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 13:08  (53365)

I am a regular visitor to your blog, like all your post this post is also very good. I will give 10 out of 10 marks.

by Anonymous on 28. June 2010 - 19:27  (53388)

Have you tried Windows Notepad. It actually comes standard with windows os ?

by rik on 29. June 2010 - 10:38  (53423)

Many thanks!

Rik

by Anonymous on 30. June 2010 - 2:51  (53479)

Me also regular visitor as well but i will give it 20 out of 10 !

by Rothy (not verified) on 3. July 2010 - 10:06  (53682)

Thank you for this great information!

I recommend CCleaner. There is a native 64 bit version of the software, which installs out of the combined installation program (at least for my understanding).

http://www.piriform.com/download

by rik on 3. July 2010 - 10:32  (53683)

Sorry, but ccleaner is still pure 32 bit.

Rik, Category Editor

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 5. July 2010 - 21:35  (53799)

Hi,
I'm currently using Spybot Search & Destroy and Spybot resident, don't really have any idea of how much it covers but i do regular scans and the resident runs constantly, is there anything you would recommend instead or as well as? Don't want too many different protection programs that do the same thing!

Recently my computer keeps restarting itself randomly but spybot isn't finding anything and I don't have a clue what's going on!? Any suggestions? I think someone mentioned about Spybot updates causing computers to crash?
(sorry but not read all the above messages haven't got all day!)

by tushR on 5. July 2010 - 22:43  (53805)

The only security software in your pc is Spybot?
If I was you, I would remove Spybot and use Avast free.

by Tommy123 (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 0:02  (53808)

Yeah, I did have Avast but read some dodgy reviews about it, thought Spybot sounded like the best. I'll give it another chance ;)

by rik on 6. July 2010 - 5:02  (53820)

Apologies for the delay in replying. Definitely switch from Spybot to AVAST or Avira. Personally I wouldn't touch MSE or Panda 'Cloud' with a barge pole. Best of luck.

Rik, Category Editor

by MidnightCowboy on 6. July 2010 - 8:41  (53831)

I can understand the reservations about Panda but whaddayagot against MSE? :)

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