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So you don’t like the Windows 8 start menu..
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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!"

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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..


Boo hoo hoo.

Neither do i, for the record.

You don’t have to go to the trouble of reverting back to Windows 7. That takes a lot of work

All you have to do is add a 3rd party start menu.

What? You don’t like to add 3rd party stuff?

What do you think Adobe reader is, or McAfee or Norton anti-virus? They may be included in your computer package, but they are NOT Microsoft products. They are 3rd party stuff.

Well, so are Start8, Pokki and Classic shell 3rd party products, and they are more benign than the three products mentioned previously.

Instead of brandishing the Mac or Linux flag in a threatening manner, or crying in your milk, use one of the Start menu offerings.

These two are free..

This one isn’t free, but it was the deal maker as far as me running Windows 8 was concerned.. It costs $4.99 but is just like Windows 7..

I think that there are others too, but the three above are the best known..

Of course, if you would rather spend hours re-installing Windows ‘whatever you had before’, not forgetting the 3rd party stuff….

Posted Wed, Nov 21 2012 10:34 by Mike Hall
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Dan wrote re: So you don’t like the Windows 8 start menu..
on Sun, Jul 28 2013 19:44

Bought new PC and it had Windows 8 installed. Used it heavily for 2 weeks and had enough. This is, in my opinion, a total joke brought on by Microsoft  trying to compete with Samsung/Google and it is only going to backfire on them. Returned PC and bought new one with Windows 7. Funny though, they included 2 Windows 8 disks.....I'll be sending these back to Microsoft.  

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