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It's been nearly a decade since we last checked out Lockhunter, an incredibly useful Windows app that ensures you'll always be able to remove files and folders that File Explorer refuses to delete. Developer Crystal Rich Ltd continues to update the app with useful features, but sporadically: It took around 3.5 years to go from version 3.1 of the app to version 3.2.


If you've been gaming on Valve's Steam service for a decent amount of time, you've probably heard of Steam Mover. It's a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).


There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.

We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.


Windows: In OS X, you can select a file and press Space for a quick preview of it. You can't do that in Windows -- at least not without Seer, a free utility that gives you the same power. Tap the space bar to bring up an image, video or audio file in a quick view, and press space again to dismiss.


Windows only: Learning through repetition is a proven method for learning new information. Freeware application Memoriser brings that repetition to the screen you stare at all day with a digital approach to flash cards.


We feature downloads of all kinds every day at Lifehacker. Today, however, we're bundling all the best free downloads for new computer owners, re-installers, would-be geeks, or anyone who wants to save time installing the best stuff out there. This is our 2009 Lifehacker Pack for Windows computers.


Windows only: The built-in tool for dealing with unknown file types in Windows simply doesn't work. Openwith.org does, and it points you, or your less free-software-savvy friends, to downloads that fit the bill. If you've ever received an urgent email reply (or phone call, or text message) from a parent, friend, co-worker, or anyone else who needs "HELP!" because "this file won't open when I double-click!"—you've turned to the right download. Openwith.org installs an option on the right-click menu for files without an icon and associated program, reading "Openwith.org - How do I open this?" Choose that option, and the Openwith app launches, showing a brief file type description at the top and offering links to download free applications to handle that file. If one is already installed on the system, but maybe not the default handler, Openwith.org knows that and offers to open the file with it.