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Windows 7 Beta..
Mike's Window

Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it

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..



  • I have installed the 32bit version because the scanner does not have 64bit drivers available. If I can’t get the scanner recognised, I will install the 64bit version of Windows 7.
  • Twenty minutes install from start to finish.
  • It picked up ALL of my hardware except for the Canon Lide 30.

It found my network after I changed the workgroup name to match the others.

It works really well. If all of the software I use daily works on it, I may use it as my primary OS. Before I fully commit, I will have to acquire another SATA drive.

I like the new look Wordpad and Paint. They both have the Office style ‘Ribbon’

So far, I have installed Avira anti-virus, DisplayFusion 2.2.1, SIW, and Alzip 6.7, all without any problem.

Ultramon 3.0.3 does not work, but DisplayFusion will do some of what Ultramon does.

What I do NOT like is that the Start Menu is not available in ‘Classic’ look. I really do hope that this feature is added to the final release..

More to come..

Posted Thu, Jan 8 2009 15:51 by Mike Hall
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