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 rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:05  (50036)

This is something that will need to be run by a number of other people that contribute to the site. I'll get back to you.

Rik

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:11  (50037)

Many people will continue to use XP as their existing hardware may not support Windows 7. Others will stick with XP as their software won't run under Windows 7 and they don't have the time, energy or inclination to switch to XP mode or a virtualistion tool.

XP is good for support through 2014, much will have changed by then, including PC demographics.

Rik

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 13:33  (50039)

Glad your back! :)

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 20:45  (50065)

I wouldn't, ( and don't!!!) want to, but I have found it extremely useful for DELETING partitions, and some other stuff.

On some systems it can be useful to partition a SECOND disc on the system, mainly so that backups from these systems can run a lot faster.

E.g. Some business software, bookkeeping stuff and similar, runs backups to a SECOND internal disc. For security backups to an external disc ( or network etc), I don't want to backup a whole disc, and would not use forensic backups anyway, ( meaning only actual data is imaged instead of the whole disc/partition).

Some people do want ( at least they think they do! :) ) to set up various partitions for other reasons, ( although I can't think of any other sensible reasons). This software removes all that, so that their systems run sensibly again.

The software is only free for home use!

I was never gone, but I don't always sign my posts.......

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 20:57  (50066)

Another example:

A casual acquaintance complained about how slow his system had become. I had a look at it for him, and he had FIFTEEN !!!!!! partitions on his single primary disc ( which was a slow disc anyway), he was shoveling data all over the place, and the disc sounded like a badly tuned lawnmower!

I used the software to delete everything, reformatted, and installed his system new.

Result? System a lot faster, no noise.

It seems people try out various Linux distributions and other stuff which makes more partitions, various boot loaders, and a whole host of other stuff. This clutters the system. It's just very easy to clear it all up by deleting everything.

The Windows utilities for this are not very comfortable at all.

WARNING!!! If you delete partitions, then THE DATA IS GONE!!!.

Only do this is you have backups, and know what you are doing!!!

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 21. May 2010 - 21:12  (50067)

Qttabbar for Windows 7;

ALPHA RELEASES!!!!

http://qttabbar.sourceforge.net/

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 22. May 2010 - 3:09  (50083)

cant read your Webpage buddy. Its white print on a white background in
Internet Explorer 7.0 using Win 7 x86

Nice site from what I can make of it tho'

thanks

by rik on 22. May 2010 - 9:23  (50088)

There is a temporary problem with the site. This is being worked on and will be resolved ASAP. Thanks for being understanding.

Rik

by rik on 22. May 2010 - 9:26  (50089)

Mike, you and I any perhaps many other readers can cope with alpha releases. They are not, unfortunately, for the average reader, so we need to exercise a degree of caution.

Thanks for your input,

Rik

by Anonymous on 24. May 2010 - 0:20  (50164)

Just for info, here it is running on 7 Ultimate;

http://yfrog.com/3zqttabult2j

http://yfrog.com/jqqttab7ultj

with a tab group open.

I have had no problems at all with it. Very very good indeed! What explorer should have been..............

( PickPick runs very well on Ultimate as well )

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anupam on 24. May 2010 - 6:28  (50183)

It may be running good for you, but as Rik said... alpha releases are not for general use, and so we do not recommend them. I will repeat what Rik said, please exercise caution.

by rik on 24. May 2010 - 11:30  (50192)

Anupam has correctly echoed my earlier comments. By all means experiment with Alpha software if you are sure you can get yourself out of any situation you get into. I think that says it all.

Rik

by HeWhoRocks on 24. May 2010 - 12:26  (50195)

For anyone who is unsure, here is an article about the various release stages of software. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_release_life_cycle#Alpha

by Anonymous on 27. May 2010 - 12:12  (50450)

Good idea! I will third this.

by Anonymous on 27. May 2010 - 12:15  (50451)

I believe the SuperAntiSpyware 64bit is no longer in beta. You may want to take another look now.

by rik on 27. May 2010 - 12:30  (50453)

Yes the 64 bit version has been released, thanks for the heads up on this.

Rik

by Anonymous on 28. May 2010 - 16:24  (50507)

Once again, still in beta, but I have had no problems at all on windows 7 Ultimate, ( Core i7 Processor ). Useful for those who want to keep explorer as their file manager but with lots of useful options;

http://wde.codeplex.com/

Regards, Mike Connor

by rik on 29. May 2010 - 2:41  (50538)

Mike, thanks for the information. I've had a quick look and am impressed. Hopefully I have time to look in furher detail next week.

Thanks again,

Rik

by Anonymous on 29. May 2010 - 5:03  (50546)

System activity monitor;

http://sites.google.com/site/glintutility/

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/261/glint1.jpg

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/7087/glint2.jpg

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 29. May 2010 - 23:12  (50585)

Thumbs up to this forum! :) Very informative.

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 13:32  (50614)

Maybe you don't know about this;

http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2007/11/winbubbles-features-gap.html

Very useful! Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 13:41  (50615)

To see all the screenshots etc:

http://windows7news.com/2010/03/30/winbubble-2-0-for-windows7-with-over-200-tweaks/ Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 13:55  (50617)

Also extremely useful for presentations, explaining and annotating screen shots etc;

http://www.screenmarker.com/

Screenshot; http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/8226/marker1.jpg

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 16:55  (50627)

Also useful;

http://www.quest.com/spotlight-on-windows/

( Only trying to keep you busy Rik! :) ) Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 17:45  (50717)

Is Eusing registry cleaner any good b4 I download and use it?

by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 19:04  (50720)

Registry cleaners only bring extremely marginal results at best, and most of them can cause serious errors. Unless you have a very specific reason for wanting to "clean" your registry, it is better to leave it alone. Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 21:05  (50732)

This fixes many fairly common problems in win 7 without having to resort to registry tweaks etc. It is well suited to users who cant or dont want to bother with registry stuff etc.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-fix-windows-7-vista-problems-with-fixwin-utility

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 21:18  (50740)

Tweak explorer;

http://code.google.com/p/7plus/wiki/Features

Regards, Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 23:57  (50748)

There is no provision in Windows 7 for removing old Tray Notification icons! This can be most annoying.

Here is a way to do it;

Go to the registry editor. (Start/Run/regedit) – If you don’t know what this is, DONT DO IT !!!

2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

3. Delete “PasteIconsSteam” and “IconStreams” keys.

4. Close the registry editor and then go into Task Manager and kill the “Explorer.exe” process.

5. Restart your computer

The old icons are gone. Regards, Mike Connor

Moderators comment:
Despite Mike's appreciated warning, it is only human nature that folks with little or no knowledge of their operating system will still attempt these tweaks and others like it. Although we don't doubt Mike's integrity, it is not possible for TSA to validate the content of every technical post made here. I'm also assuming a typo (Steam/Stream) in 3. above. Visitors therefore follow such advice at their own risk. Ours is to leave your registry well alone unless you are already familiar with what it is and how it works. You should also back up your settings before making such adjustments and have a disk image to hand just in case :)

by Anonymous on 1. June 2010 - 15:29  (50801)

Sorry, the Steam/stream is a typo. It should be "Stream".

There is another way to do this if you have CCleaner. Click on
"Tray Notification Cache";

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/4238/traycache.jpg

When you click this box you will be notified that you need to restart your explorer , ( or you can simply reboot after using the cleaner). This basically does the same thing while avoiding registry edits.

Regards, Mike Connor

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