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Hi Experts

Please suggest some powerful and feature rich software, which could be used to automate most of the repetitive tasks on Windows 7 platform.

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE earned 668 total points (awarded by participants)
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I love AutoHotkey. It is an extremely powerful, feature-rich (and free!) scripting/programming language that I've been using for many years to automate repetitive tasks on Windows. My EE article on it will get you started:
AutoHotkey - Getting Started

There are many other possibilities, such as PowerShell, Python, REXX, VBS, and lots more. But I strongly recommend AutoHotkey. Regards, Joe
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If you will let us know the nature of the tasks, then we can give you better advice.  Different solutions are required to address, say, "I would like to run three tasks in sequence when I hit control-B" and "I want to run the B-tree balancer once every two weeks."
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Autoit  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutoIt

But note Dr Klahn's comment above.
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Thank you so much for the replies experts. I will check them out.

I intend to automate PC tasks of this type -
- Opening up the Encrypted Files on my pc, by automatically launching true crypt, locating the drive locations and entering the passwords.
- Automatically opening up the web browser, with 10 different tabs, having specific websites opened up.
- Automatically running the PC clean up routine - like running cc cleaner, updating the antivirus and malware-bytes etc.
- Automatically opening up my Trading Software and downloading the latest data into it

And then I also intend to use it for doing some automation work related to Excel sheets as well. Although Excel Macros might be better solution for that. I will see which option suits me better, after doing practical experiments.

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Should I provide any more clarification about the requirements ?

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> Should I provide any more clarification about the requirements ?

Not needed for my recommendation of AutoHotkey. I stick by it with those requirements. It even has native support for the Component Object Model (COM), so you'll be able to do the automation work related to Excel worksheets in AutoHotkey rather than Excel macros (and Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.). Regards, Joe
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Selecting the three posts that the asker endorsed and splitting the points evenly among the three experts.
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