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Re. Windows FAQ (the previous article)
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..


If you didn’t like what I said, or you think that I was nitpicking, consider this. Many PC users have been running XP since it was introduced. I know that there was some resistance at first because it looked different and stuff had been moved about, BUT everything ‘Windows’ was there. A five year active life is a long time for an operating system, long enough for users to get stuck in a rut, perhaps.

When Vista came along, it should have taken all that XP was and run ahead with it. Vista was everything that XP was and more; more security, more features, more stuff moved around, more problems. Hardware incompatibility was not the most prominent of the problems. Bulk and crippling performance topped the list. In actual fact, Vista performance is nothing like as bad as it was, what with the patches and fixes which have filtered through Windows Update, but the bulk and some of the glitches remain.

PC users will have had a further two years of XP up to the point where Windows 7 is released, and first impressions are going to count. The five points I stated are what XP users are first NOT going to see. Many are going to think ‘uh oh, Vista Mk 2’ and reel back quickly.

Windows 7 will have its big opening day very soon and access to the lot is fast, but where are the doors which will let users in? Presently, the only way in is through a small window.

Posted Sat, May 30 2009 15:55 by Mike Hall
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