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That was ELEVEN years ago..
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..


The date: Oct. 25, 2001. The event: Microsoft releases XP.

The bad points:

  • It took up way more space than it’s Win 9x cousins
  • It required way more memory than it’s Win 9x cousins
  • A fair amount of older programs and hardware were not compatible
  • A few Windows functions and conventions either had a name change or a code change

The good points:

  • It would run without crashing out
  • It didn’t suffer the registry problems of Win 9x
  • It didn’t have restrictions re filling up the desktop or running too many fonts

It was a huge improvement over Windows 98, but reception initially was mixed. I saw it as being the saviour of all PC’s and I told them so. It came really good after the release of the SP2 service pack

I get tired of people telling me that I used to really like XP.


Windows 7 is the best NOW, better than Windows 8 if you need a proper desktop. If Windows 8 or 9 ever get proper desktop control, maybe they will be the best.

Posted Thu, Mar 22 2012 9:34 by Mike Hall

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