Dandelion Sprout Windows Software Curatory

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Windows is the system where everything happens. But there is one thing that Linux has, that Windows can almost only dream about: Repositories.

An integral software storage that automatically updates the programs whenever they get any. Of course, that too is a concept that has its flaws in its current implementation, such as the repository packages being outdated, or the inability to update them manually.

But still, I’ve been thinking, “Why not give Windows a repository too? A list of up-to-date packages as selected by a curator?” And now I’ve realized that it’s time to do just that.

Moreover, there is an increasingly bigger problem for our planet, that a lot of installers and installer websites try to push you into also installing garbage programs. Many of those filler programs are so bad that your PC could end up needing a Windows re-install. I have alleviated this issue in this guide, by only using one of two options when linking to programs.
1) Links to Ninite program installers. Ninite takes extreme pride in not offering its users any advertising, garbage offers, or even any of those blasted mailing list nags.
2) Direct hotlinks, to the program producers’ actual hosting sites, that will in 9 in 10 instances start the download automatically within 5 seconds of pressing on the link.

Last updated 25th of November 2016. Link versions last updated 29th of October 2016.

Format: Program name⁽ᵃ⁾Official download link (Installation notes) — OS support — Program bit — #tags — (Extra notes). Sorted more or less alphabetically. ★ means it is Top Recommended, regardless of its category.

Just press the links to almost always be taken directly to the official download link⁽⁴⁾. No having to browse through their websites anymore! To sort through categories, press Ctrl+F and type in the word or hashtag you want to search with.

Dandelion Top Recommended Curations:

★ Geek Uninstaller — http://www.geekuninstaller.com/geek.zip — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Depends on if the OS is 64- or 32-bit — #uninstaller #VirusRemovalToSomeDegree
★ Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 —
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=22339 — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000 — Runs in 32-bit, but the end-results are 64-bit, 32-bit, and Itanium — #keyboard #customization #itanium #2000
★ Mozilla Thunderbird https://ninite.com/thunderbird/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 — 32-bit — #email #social #calendar
★ SumatraPDF — https://ninite.com/sumatrapdf/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — 64-bit — #pdf #ebook
★ VSDC Free Video Editor — http://www.videosoftdev.com/services/download.aspx?ProductID=1 — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3, 1024×768 screen — 32-bit — #media #editor

Computer safety and updates:

★ Bitdefender Antivirus Free http://download.bitdefender.com/windows/bp/agent/en-us/bitdefender_online.exe — 10, 8, 7 — Mixed bit mode — #antivirus #antimalware
★ Unchecky https://unchecky.com/files/unchecky_setup.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — 32-bit — #antimalware #antivirus
Bitdefender USB Immunizer https://labs.bitdefender.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=BDUSBImmunizerLauncher.exe — Unknown OS support — 32-bit — #antiexploit #antiautorun
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.51 — https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=53354 — 10, 8.1, 7, Vista — Seems to be 32-bit — #antiexploit — The support for it will currently last until 31st of July 2018.
Patch My PC Updater — https://patchmypc.net/start-download — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — 32-bit — #repository #autoUpdate

Properly free-of-cost video games:

★ Treasure Adventure Game — https://www.gog.com/game/treasure_adventure_game (Requires GOG user account) — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Videogame engine — #game #platform #explorationgame
3DMark Basic Edition http://www.guru3d.com/files-get/3dmark-download,1.html — 10, 8, 7 SP1, Vista SP2 — Videogame engine — #benchmark #gamelike #cgi #highscore — (The newer Windows and hardware versions you have, the more tests you can use.)
GOG.com’s other free games https://www.gog.com/games?price=free&sort=title&page=1 (Requires GOG.com account) — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Videogame engine — #game #comics — A mix of old 90’s-and-earlier, experimental games, demos, DLC packages, and webcomics.
GOG Connect — https://www.gog.com/connect (Requires both a GOG.com account and a Steam account) — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Website — #game — Allows you to obtain DRM-free versions of some of the games you have on Steam. The available selection changes very often.

ManiaPlanet, that is, TrackMania 2 and ShootMania Storm http://files.maniaplanet.com/setups/ManiaplanetMinimalSetup.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Videogame engine — #game #racing #AndOnlyRacingMindYou — (Requires ManiaPlanet account. Can be played for free with time limits. Unlimited access can be acquired if you buy licenses for TrackMania 2 games, even retroactively if you bought them before.)
Origin on the House, free EA games from the 1990’s and 2000’s — https://www.origin.com/en-no/store/free-games/on-the-house (Requires EA account) — 10, 8, 7 — 32-bit — #NotForTheNewGeneration #nerdiness #game
Osu!https://m1.ppy.sh/r/osu!install.exe (An osu!-account will be needed if you want more than ten songs) — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 (SP2 if Server 2003) — Videogame engine — #anime #asia #game #OpenGL
TrackMania Nations Forever http://trackmaniaforever.com/nations/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Videogame engine — #game #racing
TrackMania United Forever Star Edition, non-online edition — http://files.trackmaniaforever.com/tmunitedforever_setup.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — Videogame engine — #game #racing #iPresumeItsLegal — This may look pretty fishy on paper, but indeed the full game can be set up through a link on the TM Forever player pages, which should by default give access to all single-player functions. For in-game online functions, you need to buy the game outright to get a serial code, or remember an old online account.

Other curations:

Audacity 2.1.2 — https://ninite.com/audacity/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP 64-bit SP2, XP 32-bit SP3 — 32-bit — #sound #media #editor #recording
FFmpeg for Audacity, 2.2.2 — http://lame3.buanzo.com.ar/ffmpeg-win-2.2.2.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP 64-bit SP2, XP 32-bit SP3 — 32-bit — #editor #extrasupport #media
^ LAME for Audacity, 3.99.2 — http://lame.buanzo.org/Lame_v3.99.3_for_Windows.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP 64-bit SP2, XP 32-bit SP3 — 32-bit — #editor #extrasupport #mp3 
Calibre
 https://calibre-ebook.com/dist/win64 — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 64-bit — #ebook #sorting #andSomeOtherStuff
CrystalDiskMark 5 for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — https://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/store/p/crystaldiskmark-5/9nblggh4z6f2 — 10 Anniversary Edition — Depends on the OS installation — #benchmark #harddisk #didTheSSDproducersCheatYouOut #not7
• Custom Resolution Utility 1.2.6 — http://www.monitortests.com/cru-1.2.6.zip — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 32-bit — #screenoverclock #tryfor75Hz #monitor — Meant for AMD and Nvidia graphics solutions. 75Hz will almost certainly work on monitors with VGA sockets. Other monitors can be attempted overclocked. http://www.monitortests.com/forum/Thread-Custom-Resolution-Utility-CRU?pid=1#pid1.
FreeMCboot for PlayStation 2 Obese and IDE harddisks — http://download1633.mediafire.com/xqwq3eww8xpg/b1id7u8abxbchm1/FHDB+Pack.zip — Unknown system or bit support — #game
Google Chrome https://ninite.com/chrome/ — 10, 8, 7 — 64-bit — #browser #AppEnvironment
^ Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller for Chromium and Chrome — https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chromium-wheel-smooth-scr/khpcanbeojalbkpgpmjpdkjnkfcgfkhb — Assumed to run in all currently supported versions of Chrome — #browser #HowToMakeChromeGood
HandBrake 1.0.1 — https://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-1.0.1-x86_64-Win_GUI.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 64-bit — #video #FileExtConverting #media
iTunes https://ninite.com/itunes/ — 10, 8, 7, 1024×768 screen — 64-bit — #iostools #media #BetterThanItUsedToBe — (Assumed to include the Bonjour and Apple Software Update tools)
Microsoft Silverlight https://ninite.com/silverlight/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista — Mixed bit mode — #internetexplorer #firefox32bit #ThosePeskyStreamingVideoProviders
Microsoft XML Notepad — https://github.com/Microsoft/XmlNotepad/archive/master.zip — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 (SP2 if Server 2003) — Presumed to be 32-bit — #xml #editor #translation
• MightyText https://mightytext.net/downloads/desktop-beta/windows.html — Unknown — #SMSonPC #RequiresAndroid

Minecraft https://launcher.mojang.com/download/MinecraftInstaller.msi (Paid Minecraft account required) — 10, 8, 7 — Videogame and Java engine — #game #editor #dontwatchitsyoutubevideos
Mp3tag http://www.mp3tag.de/en/dodownload.html — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — 32-bit — #sound #sorting
N2 Elite USB 1.1 for Windows — http://scmods.com/n2/Winx_N2elite_USB_1.1.zip — Unknown OS support — 32-bit? — #accessories #nfc — (Requires an N2 Elite amulet coin and a USB reader, and they don’t come cheap.)
• Nvidia RGB Full Range Toggle — http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NV_RGBFullRangeToggle.zip#monitor — Force-enables the improved full-color mode for Nvidia graphics cards, without having to fear that the Nvidia settings will revert.

Paint.NET https://ninite.com/paint.net/ — 10, 8, 7 SP1 — Depends on the OS version — #drawing #andOtherThings
PeaZip — https://ninite.com/peazip/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 — 64-bit if supported — #7zOpener #zipopener
Pіcasa 3.9 — https://1drv.ms/u/s!AkYd_oBx19VjhK0o9X_6kBH331Vwxw — 10, 8, 7 — 32-bit — #iHateGoogleDrive #image #sorting — Since Picasa officially doesn’t exist anymore, I’ve taken a pre-cancellation installer I still had and uploaded it to OneDrive.
Poedit 1.8.9 — https://download.poedit.net/Poedit-1.8.11-setup.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP — 32-bit — #editor #translation #writing
PS4 Remote Play  https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/module/win/RemotePlayInstaller.exe — 10, 8 — 32-bit — #game #network #not7 — (Gigabit Ethernet connection bandwidth between PC and PS4 is highly recommended)
SMPlayer 16.9.0 — http://www.fosshub.com/SMPlayer.html/smplayer-16.9.0-x64.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 64-bit — #media #video #sound
Steam — https://ninite.com/steam/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 — Unknown — #game #cloud

Subtitle Edit 3.5.1— https://github.com/SubtitleEdit/subtitleedit/releases/download/3.5.1/SubtitleEdit-3.5.1-Setup.zip — 10, 8, 7, Vista (XP is presumed) — 32-bit if supported — #editor #translation
Unity Web Player 3  https://ssl-webplayer.unity3d.com/download_webplayer-3.x/UnityWebPlayer64.exe?_ga=1.264846223.1293681703.1472321127 — 10, 8, 7 SP1 — Mixed mode; 64-bit prioritized — #VeryFewWebGames #game
VLC media player — https://ninite.com/vlc/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3 — 64-bit — #media #video

Special category for Windows Media Player 14:

How to make Windows Media Player run as 64-bit-only: 1) Go to “Program Files (x86)”, and move “Windows Media Player” to a random non-vital folder⁽³⁾. 2) Go to “Program Files”, and copy “Windows Media Player” to “Program Files (x86)”. 3) Success!
Xiph.org OpenCodecs 0.85.17777 — http://downloads.xiph.org/releases/oggdsf/opencodecs_0.85.17777.exe — Enables the playback of Ogg and FLAC in Windows Media Player.
FFmpeg standalone version — https://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/win64/static/ — Enables support for TS files, among others. — (Only works after having used the Windows Media Player 64-bit trick above.)
Xvid 1.3.4 — https://assets.xvid.com/assets/Xvid-1.3.4-20150621.exe — Surely enables something. I’m not sure what.

Program versions for older versions of Windows:

3DMark 06 — http://d1heja5wzvsadj.cloudfront.net/3DMark06_v121_installer.exe — XP and later — Videogame engine — #gamelike #CanStillPushNewMachinesInto2fpsTerritory — (For extended testing, use 3DM06-YKL9-C7R6-73WW-AAPA-VHKW as provided on 3DMark’s websites.)
Audacity 2.0.6 http://gaclrecords.org.uk/legacy/audacity-win-2.0.6.zip — 2000 — 32-bit — #sound #editor #2000
★ Bitdefender Antivirus Freehttp://download.bitdefender.com/npd/free/Antivirus_Free_Edition.exe — Vista, XP SP3 — #antivirus #antimalware
CrystalDiskMark 5, desktop version — https://osdn.net/projects/crystaldiskmark/downloads/66553/CrystalDiskMark5_2_0-en.exe/ — 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP. Requires Internet Explorer 8 or newer. — Installs both a 64-bit and a 32-bit version — #benchmark #harddisk #didTheSSDproducersCheatYouOut
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7⁽²⁾ — https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-11-for-windows-7-details.aspx — 7 — Mixed bit mode — #browser
Mp3tag 2.39 — http://download.mp3tag.de/mp3tagv239setup.exe — 2000 — 32-bit — #sound #sorting #2000
OneDrive https://ninite.com/onedrive/ — 7, Vista, XP SP3 — 32-bit — #cloud #integration #sharing — (Primarily recommended if you happen to have an Office 365 subscription.)
PeaZip 6.1.1 — https://osdn.jp/dl/peazip/peazip-6.1.1.WINDOWS.exe — 2000 — 32-bit — #ALongLastingVeteran #zipOpener #7zOpener #2000
TrackMania Nations ESWC http://download.nvidia.com/downloads_emea/Trackmania_Nations/TmNationsESWC_Setup.exe — Vista, XP (2000 unknown) (Does not work on 7 or newer) — Videogame engine — Videogame engine — #game #racing #minimalism #not7
VSDC Video Editor 3.3.5 http://www.videosoftdev.com/services/download.aspx?ProductID=xp_1 — “Older than XP SP3” — 32-bit — #media #editor

Program versions for Windows machines with 3GB RAM or less:

Calibre https://calibre-ebook.com/dist/win32 — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 32-bit — #ebook #sorting #andSomeOtherStuff
HandBrake 0.10.5 — https://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.10.5-i686-Win_GUI-1.exe — 10, 8, 7, Vista — 32-bit — #video #FileExtConverting #media
SMPlayer 16.9.0 — http://www.fosshub.com/SMPlayer.html/smplayer-16.9.0-win32.exe — OS version support unknown — 32-bit — #media #video #sound

⁽ᵃ⁾ = If the version number is listed, this means that the download link is very likely to break upon the release of a newer version of the program.
⁽²⁾ = Windows 10 and 8.1 already have Internet Explorer 11. Windows 8.0, and Windows Vista and earlier, does not support Internet Explorer 11, and as such should currently not use Internet Explorer whatsoever due to web standard compatibility issues.
⁽³⁾ = Be aware that the x86 Windows Media Player folder will be very, very hard to move or delete once you’ve placed it in another folder. So pick your folder of choice wisely, unless you’re a Windows nerd.

Serious hashtags you can search for with Ctrl+F:
Special OS designators: #not7 #2000
Program types: #game #antimalware #media #monitor #editor #browser #racing #ebook #translation #benchmark #sound

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