FreeOCR is Optical Character Recognition Software for Windows and supports scanning from most Twain scanners and can also open most scanned PDF's and multi page Tiff images as well as popular image file formats. FreeOCR outputs plain text and can export directly to Microsoft Word format.
To enable scanning of images you will need a desktop document scanner that uses Twain or WIA compatible scanning drivers.
FreeOCR requires the .Net Framework V2.0 to be installed for XP users. You can download from Softpedia here
This framework is included with Windows Vista,7,8 so only may need installing on XP.
After downloading simply double click and follow the instructions to install.
Enhancements to latest Version (5.4.1)
All Enhancements to Version 5 (5.1.2 - 5.3.3)
All Enhancements to Version 4 (4.0.1 - 4.7.0)
Eng - English, Dan - Danish, Deu - German, Fin - Finnish, Fra - French, Ita - Italian, Nld - Dutch, Nor - Norway,
FreeOCR includes an uninstaller if you wish to remove the software at a later date. This can be accessed from Control Panel - "Add Remove Software" on XP or "Programs and Features" on later operating systems.