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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..


Steve Sinofsky is no longer an employee of Microsoft. Apart from being there for two decades, his greatest claim to fame was Windows 7 which was delivered on time and working. Take up was huge, and it has been an unmitigated success. Until recently, it has been the best Windows ever.

If you wanted to quit on a high, Windows 7 would be it. Steve Sinofsky didn’t quit. He stayed on to manage the development of the next Windows. The new Windows is with us, and initial reception is not what you would call electric, and if you did, it is more an ‘electric fence’ than a ‘Tesla coil’.

Who will lead the next Windows charge? It will not be Steve Sinofsky. The last job he had was to clear his desk and do the ceremony of handing back his security pin. There was no humorous video like the one made by Bill Gates. The only movie with Steve in it would be the CCTV content as he was walked to the exit.

Was it his idea to leave or was he pushed? Maybe a bit of both. His style didn’t always go down well with the high command by most reports, and Windows 8 is not rocketing anywhere near upward. Was the decision to cripple the desktop such a good idea after all? In an interview recently, Bill Gates did his best to be upbeat about Windows 8 and Microsoft’s general direction, and he talked about ‘touch’ being an important factor in the future, but he also talked of not leaving the ‘natural way’ behind too. I got the impression that maybe he didn’t like the castrated desktop either.

Windows 7 may yet prove to be the best OS to date well into the future, and certainly as far as Windows 9. In the meantime, Windows 8 by default is garnering some bad reviews from many of the first wave of users, but ‘8’ is great with a 3rd party start menu installed. Don’t write it off just yet..

Steve Sinofsky may never get the full credit for Windows 8, especially if it is 3rd party stuff which saves it. For those who follow, they might do well to look at what has happened, and ensure that they too don’t walk to the exit silently a coupe of years from now.. .

Posted Fri, Nov 16 2012 19:02 by Mike Hall
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