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Windows 8 - a slow start..
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..


A slow start isn’t so bad. It is what happens after the start that counts, and Windows 8 is proving that every other Windows release is not a good one.

I know what you are thinking. “Why does Microsoft have so much difficulty getting to the next stage?”

The reason that we build using steel is that steel is LIGHTER and takes up less room in a structure than bricks alone. Look at how thick castle walls are. They are not that thick just to stop the ‘other side’ from getting in. If they were not as thick as they are, the walls wouldn’t be able to stand in the first place. The base has to be pretty sturdy too, and it all has to be affordable.

Windows 98 proved to be the limit of the DOS base. ME put too much loading onto it.

Enter Windows XP, the all steel, brick clad OS. It spawned from Windows NT/2000, but it had to be made affordable. So Microsoft stripped out the business functions from the home version, replaced them with ME elements, and used ME security, essentially none. Home users were used to swinging doors when gaining access from one part to another.

As the Internet matured, it became a place where not all business was conducted across a counter top. There were undercurrents, and the swing doors were stopping nothing. There was no point in re-instating the Windows 2000 ‘administrator only’, so Microsoft introduced the temporary ‘pass’ badge and called it UAC.

Vista UAC was set to control virtually every action of the user, and it all became too much. Areas which did not need security had it anyway, and the the end result was that by the time the user had reached the desired point, the work day was over.

Moving files around was a big issue too. Always looking for permission, setting everything down in the allocated space, constant checking that the integrity of the file contents had not been breached, It all seemed like a good idea at the time, but Vista was painfully slow.

You may have wondered why old buildings are knocked down to make way for new. If you walk around an older building, you will notice that it is all doors and walls. This was Vista. Unfortunately, if you remove walls and doors, the structure becomes unsafe.

Windows 7 was a rebuild, taking some of Vista’s better aspects, removing some of the doors and walls, pumping water up in stages instead of using a single pump and risking burst pipes. This operating system is probably about as good as an operating system can be using present construction methods.

Enter Windows 8, the equivalent of Star Trek’s Holodeck. or a ‘Hall of Mirrors’. The user starts off in the Holodeck, an unnerving experience by any standards, has only push button access to get out, and when there, the floor map is missing. Yikes..

Windows 8 isn’t so much of a rebuild as an added extension, but which part is the extension. The outside of the building still looks the same as it has for a long time. The lobby should have been the desktop.

Also, I have yet to see the evidence that tablets are so popular. In my local TigerDirect before Christmas, nobody was looking at tablets, but you couldn’t move in the Ultrabook and laptop section, and it was Windows 7 equipment that was moving out first.

A Windows 7 PC, if Microsoft get their way,  is the last, productive, affordable bastion of the Windows PC, and I don’t think that the computer user base is willing to give up such a machine yet, maybe even ever..

Posted Fri, Dec 28 2012 13:55 by Mike Hall
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