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Aero Glass and the Vista Sidebar..
Mike's Window

Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..


Aero Glass works better on light surfaces. Dark fonts on the title bars do not show well on dark desktop backgrounds. I have a darkish desktop background. I run Aero Glass purely because I can.

The sidebar is more interesting. The clock has less functions than Win 3.1 clock had. The contacts book doesn't auto update when an entry is put into it. The calendar is ok for me as I can rarely remember what day it is. RSS feeds I look at from time to time. The yellow notes are well worth keeping the sidebar running. Other gadgets have little appeal to me. So, I have four elements running, and space for a fifth. For now, I use the area to keep a small WordPad window open, useful for pasting info from web pages for later perusal.

I make no apologies for not being enthused about either.

Posted Sun, Dec 10 2006 13:00 by Mike Hall
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