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Remember the ‘wow’ factor?
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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..


How quickly it turned into the ‘Whoa’ factor?

I have been working the Microsoft Answers forum for a while now, and there is one forum group, Hardware and Drivers, which demonstrates the above very quickly. The basic claim is that Windows 7 will run on a less powerful machine than Vista ever could.

OK, I have a less powerful machine, but will Windows 7 run on it? I am not even going to try. You see, I know that there are components which are eminently not compatible with Windows 7 and the reason I know this is because manufacturers don’t like supporting older hardware.

The machine in question is a desktop model. One of the MAJOR benefits is that I can replace hardware devices for something that will work, but what if I had a laptop? I hate to think how many owners of older laptops have wasted cash on buying Windows 7 only to find out too late that Windows 7 compatible hardware drivers need to be made available by the respective hardware manufacturers.

OLDER HARDWARE? The adverts didn’t say anything about Windows 7 not running on older hardware. In fact, Microsoft went to some lengths to say that Windows 7 was more compatible with older hardware than Vista was. The problem is that your average computer user does not distinguish between ‘less powerful’ and ‘older’ because older is less powerful, so it should work, yes?


There is no easy answer, and I have mixed feelings about the current advertising. Was Windows 7 really MY IDEA? I don’t think so, especially the new menu and task bar. It is about time that advertising rules were re-worked. If a product is worth anything, it will sell on its feature set and merits, not vague claims to greatness which are difficult to substantiate.

However, little Kylie is ok.. See YouTube – Windows 7 adverts because every time I try to paste a link, the video embeds and the blog is hardly able to open.. grrrrrrrrrr

Posted Fri, Dec 4 2009 0:59 by Mike Hall
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