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July 2012 - Mike's Window

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..


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    If you read the article in the link below, you will see that it is not just Windows users who are displeased with the way upgrade operating systems affect the speed of a machine or the way in which the user interacts with it.
  • August RTM

    MSDN and TechNet account holders should get Windows 8 during or at the end of the first week of August. Are you guys excited? I wouldn’t go that far but I am interested enough to give it a whirl. At the end of the day, it is an operating system designed...
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  • Windows Gadgets are bad.. allegedly

    A while ago, Microsoft removed many of the gadgets from Gadget Gallery because it wanted to encourage the writing of APPS in readiness for Windows 8. Now we are told that gadgets are bad and always have been…two sources of many.. http://nakedsecurity...
  • OEM and activation..

    If you have a desktop machine, take a look at the front panel. If you bought from Dell, Acer, HP, or any other OEM manufacturer, it will have a manufacturer badge on it. If you look on the back panel, there will be stickers on which are printed serial...
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  • Microsoft’s Comfort 5000 Desktop Set..

    This is what I use. Having used a Microsoft Laser 6000 desktop set prior to this one, I am used to the curved keyboard layout. It takes a little while to acclimatise to...
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  • Finally an iPad challenge?

    See here.. I hope that there is truth in the article. Go, Microsoft, go.. No tears from this corner for Apple. There will always be ‘label conscious...
  • Benchmarks.. 7 vs 8

    It isn’t all about raw speed, and the boot up time for Windows 8 is faster to Metro, but still takes a little time to set up the desktop if that is where you are going.. It still doesn’t alter...
  • Windows 8 market share..

    We know that it has not RTM’ed yet, but the pre-RTM usage figures are still not looking good.. see here.. I have...
  • Roaming desktop icons..

    We all have them. At every reboot, they appear to have shuffled around. Do you want to stop this bad behaviour? Windows 7 compatible, this small ‘freemium’ utility is just what you need. IconRestorer.. There is a...
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  • Windows 8 RTM..

    Some good news for those who have to run the latest, if not always greatest, operating system… Microsoft really wants to push Windows 8, and...
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  • VGA and chipset cooling for older stuff.. or maybe even newer stuff..

    The photo shows a Vantec Iceberg CCB-A1A.. Officially, it is a heatsink/fan assembly for VGA or mobo chipsets. If what you see is a bottle cap fitted with a small capacity fan, 3.5 cfm, you would be nearer the mark. I removed the heatsink and broken fan...
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