Question OCR in Windows 10

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Lifer
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I just did a scan of b&w text, rotated it right 90 degrees and saved the document. The imaging software I have been using is Irfanview, a freebie. I went to OCR the image (JPG) with Irfanview and it said I needed to install its OCR plugin, it gave me the URL ( http://www.irfanview.info/plugins/kadmos/ ), I went there, downloaded and installed it, which went successfully, or so it said. But when I go to OCR it now, I get the same message, the plugin isn't installed, go to their website, get the plugin, etc.

So, I figure maybe I should be using a different imaging software. I have used Irfanview basically to look at my JPGs, it allows me to go from one to the other with keyboard arrows, I can select a section of a JPG and save that to a new image file (i.e. crop), and that's pretty much all I have needed. But now I want to OCR and it seems I'm out of luck.

What can you recommend? Use another software entirely? Use some Windows functionality? Suggestions appreciated!
 

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Lifer
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Did a bit of search, installed the first recommended free OCR, which is FreeOCR! Was a bit of a struggle to open my document, its open function couldn't see my mapped network drives, so I had to copy the file to a local drive. But once I did that it did a pretty dang good OCR on the doc, which I'd scanned at 400dpi. Some editing will have it perfect.

Still, I'd like to be using an imaging program that supports OCR internally on Windows 10.
 

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