low-cost / free OCR (with no limit to # of pages)

Anyone has MSWord/editable version of CIS hardening guides?  
If not, appreciate if someone can OCR it to Word (I have problem attaching the PDF files here) as a number of free online ones are limited in
the number of pages that can be converted & boxoft doesn't seems to work well on my PC.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
PDF-XChange Editor
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Can it convert PDF to MSWord, say 120 page doc
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
it is very difficult to convert PDF to Word! most converters will mess up the format of the pdf document
The best free PDF to Word converter 2018: turn PDFs into editable text documents
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
I just tried:
the converted PDF to Word doc is stamped every page with "Demo" & the Word doc is restricted from editing
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
I just tried:
using what software?
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
> using what software?
The first one.

Trying the 2nd one: Ok it costs about 23pounds, was looking for something like less than US$10
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Though I could split a 120 page PDF doc using Pdfsam into 24 files & then convert one by one :
not a bad tool, just that if only the free version could offer batch conversion
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
There are two very distinct issues here: (1) OCR and (2) PDF-to-Word conversion. Paul has already mentioned PDF-XChange Editor as one solution for the OCR part. If you want to see it in action, watch this 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial:
How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software

That shows the OCR feature. After doing the OCR, you may do a Save As to Word — file type drop-down looks like this:

pdf-xchange save as word
However, Paul's comment about retaining the format is spot-on. I discuss this whole issue — OCR and PDF-to-Word conversion (including the difficulty of format/layout retention) — in detail at this EE post from last month:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29078921/pdf-to-word-conversion.html#a42439187

Regards, Joe
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
As a rule of thumb:
- if the PDF document was created from a Word document, the result of converting from PDF to Word will be somewhat OK.
- if the PDF document was created using a professional layout software (Indesign, QuarkXpress, etc), converting it to Word will produce an unusable mess.

HTH,
Dan
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