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ERPMan's Essential Downloads Page [created by Noel Piring]
Updated: Monday April 17, 2017

The downloads posted here are listed in alphabetical order.

Note to WinVista SP2 users: If you are still using Windows Vista, install Service Pack 2 and their latest updates.

Note to WinXP SP3 users: If you are still using Windows XP, install Service Pack 3 and Windows Installer 4.5
and their latest updates.

Note to Win2000 SP4 users: If you are still using Windows 2000, install Service Pack 4 with the KB891861
post-SP4 Update Rollup 1, Windows Installer 3.1 and Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 & their latest security updates.



Essential Shareware: (these are NOT free; please register/pay to get full benefits)
Note: A little star * indicates a must have program. Notes: Some of these shareware programs can act like trialware, meaning it's free to try for a certain amount
of time.  When that time has run out, they may stop working & you will have to register the software(s) for
continued use.  Others will have some features disabled until you register them to acces these features.
MetaProducts's Mass Downloader tool now has a plugin for those using Firefox & Seamonkey browsers
(this is an updated version of the Mass Downloader plugin but install the Mass Downloader program first).
Winzip 9.0 may require Win98 or better to use; however Winzip 9.0 does seem to run under Win95 as long
as the appropriate Win95 updates are installed.  Winzip version 11 & higher require Win2000, XP or Vista
and are not compatible with Win9x/ME & NT4.  Win98 & ME users should obtain Winzip 10 here while
Win95/NT4 users should get Winzip 9.0 at this Oldversion.com site.  Winzip 14.x & higher are compatible
with Win7.  Winzip 17 & higher are fully compatible with Windows 8.x and the newly released Winzip 20
has full Windows 10 support.



Essential Freeware: (more coming soon)
A little ~ symbol denotes a program is freeware but also adware.  A little star * indicates a must have tool. Notes:  The MS Windows Defender download for Windows XP/2003 is no longer available from Microsoft
after Microsoft ended support for the consumer editions of Windows XP [home/pro/TPC/MCE] on 4/8/2014.
AOL Instant Messenger [AIM] versions 6.x/7.x needs at least Win2000 to use while v5.2 requires Win98 or
better to use.  Win95 users should get either version 4.8 or version 5.1 instead.  Win95 users must answer
'No' when the AOL Instant Messenger v5.1 setup program prompts whether to cancel the installation so
that setup can continue on there.  AOL IM ver. 5.1 seems to work okay for most Win95 users.
<> ! RED ALERT: Please download Shareaza at the Official Shareaza site and NOT at the
shareaza.com site.  The shareaza.com site is a "phishing" scam site that contains ShareazaV4
which bundles spyware.  If you have already downloaded and/or installed ShareazaV4, please
remove it immediately and download the correct version of Shareaza from the official web site.
~ - Spybot S&D versions 2.x require WinXP SP2 or higher to install and use as it will not work
under pre-XP editions of Windows.  Those using Win2000 or older should obtain Spybot S&D 1.6.2
from this Spybot download page.  Windows 10 users should obtain the Spybot 2.5 update through the
Spybot 2.x update module after installing the 2.4 version.  Windows 7 & 8.x users may want to update
to Spybot 2.5 for the newest bug fixes but XP & Vista users should stay with Spybot 2.4 as the 2.5
version will not work on these older Windows versions.



Web Browser Software [Common Internet Browsers] all are free:   Note: Internet Explorer 11 requires at least Windows 7 SP1 and is already included in Windows 8.1 & 10.
            Internet Explorer 9.0 for either Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 and can be obtained from
            this web page.  Internet Explorer 8.0 for Windows Server 2003 is found here.  Windows 98,
            2000, ME or NT4 SP6a users should get Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 here. Opera web browser
            versions 8.50 and higher no longer contain any advertisement banners.  The SeaMonkey browser
            suite replaces the old & defunct Mozilla browser suite and contains the most recent Gecko runtime
            engine featured in the most recent Mozilla Firefox browsers.  No more new versions of the Netscape
            Web Browser are being produced but existing versions of it can be downloaded here.
            The latest Seamonkey and Firefox web browsers require a minimum of an Intel Pentium 4 CPU w/
            SSE2 support with at least 512 megabytes of RAM.  Latest nightly build of Firefox 2.0.0.22pre
            for Win98/ME/NT4 can be downloaded here.  Note that Seamonkey 2.x & Firefox 3.x-12.x  require
            a minimum of Win2000 to use (unless Win98/ME users have latest version of KernelEx installed).
            Firefox 13 & higher and Seamonkey 2.10.0 & higher will require minimum of WinXP SP3 to
            install & use.  Firefox 12 and Seamonkey 2.9.1 are the last versions to support Win2000.  The
            Apple Safari web browser for Windows has been discontinued but Apple will still provide updates
            for Safari for recent Macintosh OS X operating systems & iPhone iOS systems.  The new Vivaldi
            browser is based on the old Opera (Presto) engine for old versions of Opera web browsers; however
            versions 1.1 & higher require at least Win7 to use.  Version 1.0 (32bit & 64bit) of Vivaldi is the only
            version to support WinXP & WinVista.  Also WinXP & Vista users must use the 32bit ESR version
            of Firefox 52 although the normal released versions of Firefox 52 may still support XP & Vista.  The
            newly released Firefox 53 version has completely dropped XP/Vista support.

Sidenotes: A Computing.net forum user has found a way to install Firefox 2.0 under a Windows 95 OS.
Read this computing.net forum topic on how to install and run Firefox 2 under Win95.  Also, Opera Browser
versions 10.60 and greater no longer work under Win9x/ME/NT4 as those versions fail to load on startup.
Last version of Opera to reliably support Win9xME is v10.54 and for NT4 it's v9.64.  Although Win98/ME
users can try installing Opera versions 10.60 to 10.63 on their machines with KernelEx installed.  Opera
versions 11.x/12.x require Win2000 or higher to use while Opera versions 15 & higher require at least
WinXP.  Chrome's Print Preview feature was fully completed and became an official feature in
Chrome 13 & higher.  Chrome 14 & higher include Print Preview for recent Apple Macintosh OSes.
Also, Opera versions from 15 to 25 dropped the Print Preview feature but returned starting with version 26.
NOTE on Installing Google Chrome: The Google Chrome setup program will normally install the brower
files into the Application Data or AppData folder and not in the Program Files folder.  To force the setup
program to install the Google Chrome browser files into the \Program Files\ folder (AND assuming you are
performing a clean and new installation of Google Chrome), just run the chrome_installer.exe file with
the --system-level switch from the Run dialog box.  I no longer link directly to the recent full installers for
Google Chrome browsers as they are now stored on random links.
~ Sidenote: Google Chrome browser for Windows versions 35 and later require a mimimum of an Intel
Pentium 4 processor with SSE2 support or an AMD K8 (Athlon 64 or Sempron 64) or AMD "X2" CPU as
they no longer support nor run on older legacy systems with Intel Pentium 3 or AMD K7 processors & below.
Also, Chrome browser versions 50 & higher require minimum of Windows 7 as Google dropped XP & Vista
support effective April 2016. And Opera browser versions 37 & higher will no longer install nor run on
WinXP/Vista as they require at least Win7.  As with Opera v15 & higher, Vivaldi browser's setup program
crashes on legacy CPUs w/out SSE2 support and require CPUs with SSE2 or better (Intel Pentium 4 or
AMD Athlon 64, Sempron 64, etc.).  And Firefox 49 & greater also require minimum Intel Pentium 4 or
or AMD equivalent processor with SSE2 support and will not install nor function on older CPUs; same thing
applies to Seamonkey 2.46 & higher as those versions will also require CPUs with SSE2 support.


Web Browser Plug-Ins & Media Players: Note: RealNetworks RealPlayer 18 (aka RealTimes) requires at least Win7 to run.  To download previous versions
of Realplayer, get them from this Oldversion.com page, if you are using a slower machine, WinVista or older OS.
Adobe Reader versions from 7.x to 9.x require at least Windows 2000 to use while Adobe Reader X (ver. 10)
& higher require a minimum of Windows XP SP2/SP3 to use.  Version 6.02 of Adobe Reader is the
last version supported under Win98se, WinME & WinNT4 SP6.  The newly released versions of Flash Player
(version 25.0) can be obtained from the following links > (Flash 25.0 for IE browsers and for Gecko browsers)
The newest Flash Player MSI downloads can be obtained here (need Adobe ID to access page).  For those
using recent versions of Google Chrome, Vivaldi & Opera browsers, get the PPAPI version of Flash here.
For the latest Flash Player ActiveX downloads for Windows 8.x & 10 see MS Security Bulletin MS17-023.

Flash Player 11.x & later require a minimum of WinXP SP2 and can't install under Win2000 & earlier.  Last
version of Flash Player officially supported under Win2000 is 10.1.102.64, however, version 10.2.159.1 can
install and work under Win2000, even though Adobe doesn't officially support that version on Win2k.  If you
want to install the latest version of Flash Player 10.3 under Win2k, install Unofficial KernelEx for Win2000.
Adobe Shockwave Player versions 11.x/12.x only support WinXP & higher (and Win2000 w/ GDI+ installed).
Win98/ME users should get Shockwave Player v10.3.0.24 while Win95/NT4 users should obtain v8.51 here.
Older versions of Flash Player earlier than v24 (including the v18 ESR ones) can be obtained here.
~ - The newly released Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version (15) requires minimum Windows 7 to install
and use.  The last version of Adobe Reader to support Windows XP SP3 & Vista SP2 is version XI.
<> Caution: Quicktime 7.2 & higher require a minimum of WinXP and will not install under Win2000.  Last
version of Quicktime officially supported under Win2000 is version 7.16 but is vulnerable to recent security
problems.  Win2000 users who want to install Quicktime 7.2 should go to this page on how to install QT 7.2.
Quicktime versions 7.3 to 7.76 will only work correctly under Windows XP and Server 2003.  However,
the Quicktime versions 7.77 to 7.79 will not install nor function on XP as it requires Vista or higher.



Antivirus/Antimalware Software & Updates: [free to try; register/pay to keep; updates are free] Note: You can download a demo version of these popular antivirus programs.  If you want to continue using
antivirus software, buy any one of them.  Some of them are sold in computer stores. Use the most recent
version of any antivirus software whenever possible.  Antivirus detection updates & patches are free but
upgrades are not free.  Most of these antivirus products require WinXP SP2 or higher to use.  NOD32
versions 3.0 and higher require Win2000 or greater to use but it could be used under WinNT4 SP6a
with Windows Installer 2.0 installed, however, some features of NOD32 v3.x, 4.x may not work under NT4.
NOD32 is a very good "lightweight" antivirus program that uses much less system resources than
commercial & more popular antivirus software but it's biggest weaknesses is that users are unable to
manually download and apply virus detection updates to NOD32 with NO internet connection available
and sometimes the ESET servers do not work when attempting to obtain NOD32 virus signature updates.
To download NOD32 virus detection updates offline, read here. To download the latest Clamwin setup
setup file for NT4 users, read this Clamwin forum topic.
~ - It is recommended that Win10 users upgrade to at least Avast 2015 R2 as this version is completely
compatible with the new Windows 10 OS.  Version 0.99.1 of the ClamWin Antivirus program has been
released and contains recent security fixes for the program and is compatible with Windows 8/8.1 as well
as with Windows 10.
~ - Versions 4.5.216 and greater of the Microsoft Security Essentials software no longer officially support
Windows XP and the current downloads are for Windows Vista & Windows 7 only.  The latest virus
definition updates for Microsoft Security Essentials beyond July 2015 no longer support WinXP/2003
and WinXP/Win2003 users will need to use alternative antivirus programs that still function on these OSes.
Version 4.10.209 of MSE will be the last version to support Windows Vista and although Microsoft ended
support for Vista on April 11, 2017, the newest MSE definition updates will support Vista for a limited time.
Also, Microsoft Security Essentials is not needed under Win8.x & Win10 as the built in Windows Defender
program on those OSes has the same functions as MSE.
<> - Only current & recent versions of the Avira Antivir software are compatible with Windows 10 & no longer
support WinXP/2003 OSes.



Other sites to get Demo, Freeware & Shareware Programs [and Device Drivers]: Note: The Oldversion.com site is a nice place to download older versions of certain software when using an older version
         of Windows like Windows 95, 98 or Windows NT4.


Some Microsoft Addons for Windows:

Microsoft .NET Framework Full Offline Installer Downloads:

Note: The .NET Framework 1.1 & 2.0 addons include version 5.1.3101 of the gdiplus.dll file but will not be
installed under WinXP SP1 & Win2003 systems as that file is already included.  MS .NET Framework v2.0
can not be installed nor will run under WinNT4 so use version 1.1 instead.  MS .NET Framework v3.5 SP1
has been released but requires WinXP, Server 2003 or higher to use and includes MS .NET Framework
versions 3.0 SP2 and 2.0 SP2.  I only link to the full redist. packages of .NET Framework which are large
downloads.  Windows 7 includes .NET Framework 3.5.1 while Windows 8 includes .NET Framework 4.5,
Windows 8.1 includes .NET Framework 4.5.1 & Windows 10 v1511 includes .NET Framework 4.6.1.
Windows 10 v1607 includes .NET Framework 4.6.2.  Windows 10 v1703 includes .NET Framework 4.7.

<> Caution: There may be problems after installing .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2 & 3.5 SP1 on
Windows XP, 2003, Vista & 2008.  See MS KB article 959209 and install the updates listed there.  The
.NET patches there do not apply to Win7, Win8 & higher.
~ - The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 software can also be installed under Vista SP2.  However, the
      newly released .NET Framework 4.6.2 won't install on Vista & earlier and requires at least Win7 SP1.

 

Microsoft Windows Installer Engine Downloads:

Note: Windows Installer 2.0 is included in Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or higher installed, Windows XP,
and Windows Server 2003.  Windows Installer 3.1 is now available as a redistributable download for
Win2000 SP4 users, XP SP1/SP2 & Server 2003 systems and is included in Windows Server 2003
Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3.  Windows Installer 3.x is not available for Windows 95, 98,
ME & NT4 systems. The Windows Installer 3.1 addon has been revised to fix the problem mentioned
in MS support KB article 898628.  Those using Windows Server 2003 should install SP2 which includes the
latest fixes for Windows Installer 3.1 under Windows Server 2003 systems.  Windows Installer 4.5 is only
available for Windows XP SP2/SP3, Server 2003 SP1/SP2, Vista orig./SP1 & Server 2008.  Ver. 4.5 of MSI
is included in Windows Vista SP2 & Server 2008 SP2.  Windows 7 & 8.x include Windows Installer 5.0.
Note: To install 64bit Windows Installer 4.5 on Windows XP X64 edition, just download & run the installer
package for Windows Server 2003 x64.
 

Microsoft XML (extended markup language) Downloads & Security Updates:

Note: MS XML 3.0 & higher require at least Win98, WinNT4 with SP6, Win2000/ME or better to use.  Win95
users should install XML 2.6 SP3 instead from MS article 823490.  Microsoft XML 6.0 & beyond cannot
be used under Win9x, ME & NT4 and requires Win2000 SP4, XP SP1 or higher to use.  XML 6.0 is included
in Windows Vista.  There is no standalone MS XML 5.0 download as XML 5.0 is part of MS Office 2003 &
Office 2007 and updates for MSXML 5.0 will be posted on my Office & Works Updates page - part 1.
Versions of XML installed can be determined by reading MS article 269238. XML 4.0 Service Pack 3 no
longer supports Win98/ME/NT4 and requires Win2000 SP4 or better to use.  Win98/ME/NT4 users can
install the latest unofficial XML 4.0 SP2 update available.
 

Other MS Addons/Downloads:



Motherboard Chipset Driver Downloads: (essential if using brand new motherboards)

AMD Utilities, Drivers & Updates site:
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_871,00.html

Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility page:
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_results.aspx?strOSs=All&strTypes=DRV%2CARC&ProductID=816&OSFullName=All+Operating+Systems&submit=Go%21

NVIDIA Driver Page:
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
(select "nForce" as the Product Type to obtain motherboard drivers)

SiS Support & Downloads site:
http://www.sis.com/download/
(accept License Agreement first before obtaining driver downloads)

VIA Drivers site:
http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2
(select 'Chipset or Platform' driver after selecting your Operating System)

Notes: These motherboard chipset drivers are needed when using new kinds of motherboards under
Win98 SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista or Seven or to fix bugs in older kinds of motherboards and using any
version of Windows.



Software Wavetable Synthesizer Downloads: (make those sound cards play MIDI files better)
Important note: none of these MIDI Softsynths are compatible with 64bit Windows OSes.
You must use a 32bit version of Windows to run any of the software listed below and be using
between a Intel Pentium II 233Mhz (slow) & an Intel Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading (3.xGhz) CPU
(and/or between an AMD K6 [166Mhz] & an AMD K7 [Sempron 3300+ or Athlon XP 3200+ 2.2Ghz] CPU).
Multi-core (aka, Dual-Core, Quad-Core, AMD K8/K10 series and the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 series) processors
can not properly handle these Yamaha softsynths (except for the S-YXG50 VST version which is
not listed here).
See either this page or this page on a list of MIDI software synthesizers available.
Note 1: I have installed and tested the Edirol/Roland Virtual Sound Canvas VSC-88H3 v3.23 and
Wingroove v0.A4 beta 2 / v0.A5 software synthesizers under Windows Vista and have confirmed them
to work.  However, you MUST run their setup programs in WinXP SP2 compatibility mode in order for
them to install and run successfully under 32bit editions of Windows Vista/Win7/Win8.  Read the vscvista.txt
file on how to setup Roland
Virtual Sound Canvas v3.23 under Vista/Win7/Win8 and the wg_vista.txt file
on how to install WinGroove under Vista/Win7/Win8.  The Roland VSC-55 MIDI softsynth is no longer
available here as it is superseded by VSC-88H3.
 
! - Warning: Wingroove versions 0.A4 Beta 2 and earlier do NOT install correctly as a "MIDI Device Driver"
under Win2000 SP3/SP4 when performing a "clean" installation of Wingroove.  To resolve this problem,
un-install Wingroove 0.A4 or earlier including your Wingroove registration info, reboot & install the Japanese
edition of Wingroove 0.A5, then reboot & un-install that but without removing your Wingroove registration info,
reboot and then re-install Wingroove 0.A4 English under Win2k SP3/SP4.  OR you can just simply remove
all traces of your previous version of Wingroove (including its reg info) and just install the Japanese version
of Wingroove 0.A5. Be sure to write down your registration info before performing a complete removal of
Wingroove so that you can re-enter it when installing the latest available version.

Tips on choosing between the 2Mb & 4Mb wavetable soundset files for S-YXG50/S-YXG100 [and a link
to the rare SYXG50 v4.01.25 Legacy/WDM JP (2002) release which includes WDM drivers for Win98se/ME]
and for Win2k/XP] and breaking the 128 max polyphony limit are posted on my sxgtips.txt file.

Caution: The Yamaha S-YXG100 softsynth program is NOT compatible with NT-based editions of Windows
(ex. WinNT, Win2k/XP & later).  The Yamaha S-YXG100+ softsynth can only be used under Win95/98/ME
systems.  There was another edition of S-YXG100 called "S-YXG100 PVL" [aka. the PolyVL edition] but
was only available in Japanese language AND Yamaha never produced an NT-compatible version of
S-YXG100.  However, to get the full benefits of the S-YXG100 PVL softsynth, you must be using Win98 or
WinME on at least an Intel Pentium 3 (600Mhz), AMD Athlon/K7 (700Mhz) processor.

Note 2: None of these softsynths have been tested on the new Windows 10 operating system and they
may or may not work as expected.

^ these software wavetable synthesizers have been discontinued and are no longer being updated and no
   longer supported by their manufacturers.
~ full edition but discontinued product
# unofficial Yamaha XGPlayer v4 update packs now include MidToAudio converter DLL file, however, the
   MidToAudio (aka. MIDI to Wave) converter loads in XGPlayer v4 only if the Yamaha WDM softsynth driver
   is installed; for some odd reason, the MidToAudio converter will not show up in XGPlayer v4.x when
   SYXG50 v3.x or SYXG100 v1.x is installed
* since these Yamaha soft synth versions are demo versions, ask me on how to "unlock" these trial
   versions and convert them to fully functional versions as I have the registered files for these Yamaha
   soft synths.  Be sure to tell me your computer specs (aka. model of your desktop or laptop PC, how
   much RAM/memory and type & speed of your CPU/processor) AND the Windows OS you have installed.
   Important note on S-YXG100 PVL: Please use either MS System Information Tool (msinfo32.exe) or
   DirectX Diagnostic Tool (dxdiag.exe) or even CPU-Z on your Win9x/ME computer to determine the CPU
   type and speed your computer is using, so I can send you the correct registered files for S-YXG100 PVL.
$ only version 0.A5 of Wingroove has "partial" XG support for XG-based MIDI files

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