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 mehman on 12. August 2014 - 12:27  (117904)

Isnt PDF-XChange Viewer 64 bit. On the site for PDF-XChange Viewer there are options to download 32 bit and 64 bit.

You have cancelled it from Non Adobe PDF reader.

correct me if I am wrong.

by Remah on 12. August 2014 - 12:51  (117905)

Yes, you're correct. :)

Thanks for pointing that out. I'll reinsert it soon.

Edit: Now done

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:35  (117399)

Rainlendar is the best todo & reminder app in the world & they have a great 64bit beta. Both versions work beautifully on my 64bit windows 7 & they have EPIC skins available, not to mention it's specifically a calendar app, but it has a to-do list, or rather, you can make several to-do lists & have a different theme for each, you can sort by priority, alphabetically or category, as well as sort by other stuff & there's a primary sort order & secondary, so for instance, I have a to-do list that is primarily sorted by priority, where it has titles for each priority & lists the corresponding ones underneath, which are secondarily sorted by alphabetical order. I also have a different to-do list where things are primarily sorted by category & then secondarily sorted by priority. You can set alarms & in the pro version you can connect your google account & have it sync your calendars & I believe your to-do list as well. It still works if you don't pay, it just adds "unregistered version" in the events & whatnot. I have no issues with it & I've been using the 64bit beta for quite a long time. I never had any issues with the regular version either. Oh and you can set multiple alarms, with any sound files you want & it's awesome. It's a software I couldn't live a day without. It's also a rather beautiful addition to my desktop. Wish I could post a picture!

by Remah on 18. July 2014 - 2:26  (117404)

Thanks for your comments - I read all five of them. By the way, I like your moniker. :)

I've just started rewriting the entire article page by page because it takes time to check compatibility. So most of the comments will change and a lot more 64-bit applications will be added:
- I'll look at Rainlendar and PrivateFirewall.
- The comments on Palemoon are from two years ago so they will change. But at the time it consistently had problems on two systems. That is probably not the case today.
- I agree that PotPlayer has features galore. I use it and VLC.
- it is policy here not to recommend beta software but sometimes I find it hard to ignore some very stable betas.

by Remah on 13. July 2014 - 2:23  (117297)

I've taken over this category again and will be making many changes as the article recommendations have not been actively updated for two years.

I will start with three changes affecting the entire article:

+ Screenshots will be added.

+ The focus will almost exclusively be on 64-bit software.

+ 32-bit software that is recommended here will have no discussion and only a link to the category where it is recommended elsewhere on this site. If it not recommended elsewhere on this site or there is something specific to using it in 64-bit Windows then I will include some relevant detail.

Remah - Editor

by markboy on 24. June 2014 - 18:42  (116905)

In terms of security and to prevent malware and viruses I would go with Reboot Restore RX.

by MrToad28 on 8. June 2014 - 13:46  (116685)

Earlybird aka Thunderbird 10 [stable version] http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/Thunderbird:Download Has been a great solution to a difficult problem: Shortly before extended travel my win7 64-bit laptop developed a problem that prevented 32bit programs from accessing networks...32bit internet explorer would flash and close. Thunderbird couldn't reach mail servers. But 64-bit browsers like Waterfox[awesome], Palemoon64[great], and Internet explorer 64-bit[so-so] could access networks and the internet. Searching for a 64-bit email client, I found Earlybird 10. Used Mozbackup to transfer stuff from Thunderbird...It works great..except that there's no 64-bit lightning.
Would I use it if Tbird 32bit worked?
Probably not...there's no killer speed or performance difference and I miss lightning, but if you have a 64-bit system that won't do 32-bit internet...this is a great solution.

by BallyIrish on 11. April 2014 - 17:07  (115621)

This was posted as a reply to @BearPup but came up here...?

Lemme me tell you somethin' 'bout IObit, please, @BearPup.

I once purchased a program from that so-called Company, and most of my new program's interface (RegCleaner) was taken up by an advertisement (for ASC). Naturally, I uninstalled the program, strongly objected by email, and requested a refund. No reply was forthcoming, to any of the emails sent thereafter, not even an acknowledgement.

I first warned that "Company" that I would take appropriate action, which I did, after still more silence, and eventually, after about four months of third party action, I received my refund.

IObit is simply not fit for mention on Gizmo's Freeware web site. It is criminal the way that Company conducts its so-called business.

by Fairportfan on 18. January 2014 - 5:04  (113681)

I have tried ABIWord several times. I find it counter-intuitive and not worth the effort to learn. (This may be because i refuse to have anything to do with Office or WordPerfect).

For my own purposes, i find that EditPad Lite is fine for entry and editing.

[Moderator's note: mention of commercial software edited out.]

by Fairportfan on 16. April 2014 - 21:27  (115748)

Sorry 'bout that.

by plasticpig72 on 11. January 2014 - 18:54  (113539)

Up until now I have sworn by your favourite palemoon. I have noticed lately that it seems to be slower and purely by chance I stumbled across a browser that others have mentioned - Cyberfox. Now I will say first of all that in order to install it you have to remove any existing firefox installation including settings. That done I am staggered by how quick it is in comparison to palemoon and waterfox. I will update with my experience as i install it on my laptop in the week, but for now I am extremely impressed.

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:39  (117400)

I use several browsers, but Palemoon is one of my favorites & I have NEVER had a problem with it being slow. Never. I have TONS of extensions & TONS of tabs always open, so I'm not sure why you'd have any issues with it being slow. It works beautifully. Maxthon is also pretty good & Seamonkey as well.

by satrow on 16. January 2014 - 13:19  (113654)

Perhaps you should create and use a new profile for Pale Moon then?

Cyberfox and Waterfox are both billed as being built for speed, whereas Pale Moon has a different priority, yet there are times when Pale Moon is the fastest.

by shrishri on 26. September 2013 - 13:07  (111028)

I use Maxthon, and I find it really so well-designed, fast and with a really neat interface. It also offers a cloud interface and various other well-thought out in-built features like Skynote that are instantly available across multiple devices. Am surprised that it is never reviewed in most of the popular freeware review sites...

by Paxmilitaris on 4. October 2013 - 2:45  (110939)

Non-Adobe PDF Reader: I like Foxit Reader because it's lite on resources and i use the portable version from portableapps. I now use Sumatra PDF as it reads more file types (cbr).

I used HandBrake as a video converter, didn't know it also rips.
64 bit available for download
http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Why Potplayer and not VLC?

Why Q-DIR twice?

System Information: QwikMark never made my computer crash like SIW did.

You should drop Comodo, Privatefirewall is better. The biggest advantage being that it doesn't need an how to guide to use.

What's the difference between (Pale Moon (Firefox) | Waterfox (Firefox)) and Firefox 24.0?

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:48  (117401)

Privatefirewall is the best firewall ever. Plus it has a process blocker. I hate Comodo. Their software caused me a system failure of such enormous proportions, that I had to completely re-install Windows fresh. I wont be using anything they make again. Especially since their support is atrocious.

I use Pale Moon when I don't feel like using Firefox, and it has some differences, though I can't really remember what they are. It's a great browser & still has features that by now, Firefox has retardedly decided to remove, which is stupid considering they could just give the option to remove the features & not screw over the rest of us. Plus they're update-crazy at Mozilla, every other day they push an update & one of my important extensions breaks & they expect developers to keep up with them....that's not reasonable. A lot of extension developers develop their extensions in their free time, for free. It's not possible for them to keep up like that. Pale Moon doesn't update too often & I've never found it to not work with extensions I need. Pretty much all extensions work fine with it.

However, Potplayer is WAY better than VLC imo, especially the interface & the way it works. Sure, there aren't any great themes really available, but in performance, I don't believe I'd want to use ANYTHING else. Especially while watching TV shows. It has this feature in which the playlist is part of the main window & only appears in fullscreen when you hover over the side. Otherwise it disappears, and the same thing goes for the controls & the top bar, they only appear when you hover over the edges of the screen. That is an absolutely essential thing to me. Same goes for seekbar thumbnails. The options in Potplayer are absolutely awesome & I can right click & change the audio renderer almost instantly, which is a biggy for me, considering I have my TV hooked up via HDMI & also have headphones/stereo, which requires me to be able to quickly change the setting of where the audio goes out, without having to open a window and go through a bunch of settings. Most of the settings are available through a right click & context menu, which is awesome. You can do SO much with Potplayer, except I haven't used a lot of features, like the live ones. I'm sure they're just as good. I am so stoked that I accidentally stumbled across Potplayer, because now I don't know how I got along with out it, to be honest.

by robopop on 19. August 2013 - 20:42  (110016)

I have been using a 64bit video encoder/converter called "Kirara Encoder x64" for about a year now and have found it to be very fast and gives great results. I would be interested to see if anyone else has used it and get others opinions on this excellent program and perhaps have it included in 64bit list.

Update:- "Kirara Encoder x64" has now become "ShanaEncoder" It has been updated and the GUI has changed. I will report back after some testing.

by blaszta on 26. May 2013 - 9:40  (108038)

No review on SlimCleaner (https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimcleaner.php) ? On the website has PC Mag best of the year 2012 badge.. but I trust Gizmo more :)

by mikesmess on 7. March 2013 - 2:08  (106001)

I wish to Thank the persons who run this site. I'm not very computer literate that being said (and probally mispelled Lol) I feel the "Mods" are very understanding to this weakness or lack of knowlege and make it very easy to understand the information.I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon this site. This information is a blessing to me.My hat is off to you all!! Keep up the great work,
mikesmess

by BearPup on 22. February 2013 - 23:54  (105671)

Your banishment of IOBit is becoming boorish. Even convicted criminals get paroled. They have certainly served their time for something they were never convicted of! This is the only site with this policy. Enough already.

by OptometristPrime on 18. July 2014 - 1:50  (117402)

IOBit is a horrible company & they don't deserve any recommendation by the people here. I for one am very glad about this policy.

by MidnightCowboy on 23. February 2013 - 0:39  (105673)

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by Bodisson on 17. February 2013 - 0:45  (105476)

Money Manager EX - 32bit only.

by sisellie on 31. January 2013 - 7:45  (104986)

I am looking for the best & free program that converts music from MP3 to waves. Your help would be very appreciated. I am using Windows 8 that is 64-bit.

by Sarfraz Anwar on 4. March 2014 - 9:52  (114767)

www.koyotesoft.com You can use it.:)

by UPflyer on 11. May 2013 - 7:29  (107650)

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

by richienyhus on 18. January 2013 - 17:16  (104621)

Nitro Reader isn't 64bit.

From their website:

"The Nitro Reader application itself is 32-bit but Nitro can be run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems. We do not have a 64 bit version of the Nitro Reader application."
http://support.nitroreader.com/entries/21757742-how-to-install-64-bit-ve...

Why do they have two separate versions for "32bit" and "64bit" then? is the installer 64bit and the app itself is 32bit?

by rgrun1 on 12. March 2013 - 18:32  (106181)

Nitro Pro installs as a 64 bit app
Also there was another post that the reader was not a printer - it includes an excellent printer that will allow you to APPEND to an existing PDF either as the first or the last page

by richienyhus on 12. March 2013 - 21:23  (106188)

Edit: the the main write up has a 64 bit icon next to it, not a 32bit icon. I think it is wrong to label it 64 bit if only the installer is 64 bit.

by Home User on 17. January 2013 - 13:19  (104565)

[x64 Browser]

*** Cyberfox ***

http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/

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