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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..


.. and it all goes wrong.

I found a chipset driver on the Gigabyte website for my mobo, a GA880g, and thought that it may be a good plan to install it and maybe get beyond the involuntary shutdown issue.

Ha.. first sign that it may all go wrong. The ‘America’ download server could only give me a corrupt file which would not extract. The ‘Europe’ server was ok, so down it came.

An extraction later and the chipset drivers were installing.. time approx 9:30 pm. It asked to reboot and it did not boot properly into Windows 8 again until 9 am this morning.

All I had was a silly blue window and dots chasing themselves. No errors, no diagnostic, no NOTHING.

I ran a CHKDSK on both drives, the boot drive last night and the slave this morning, and finally I got it to boot.

First job, roll back the chipset drivers for the SATA part.

Second job, move what I need most into a folder on another partition.

Third job, print out key codes for Windows, Office and anything else vital to what I do, and store it in a safe place.

Two things came out of it.

  1. I gave the inside of the case a good clean and resorted cables
  2. It hasn’t shutdown without warning since

So is it fixed? Who knows. It has tricked me into thinking that it was ok before. I am ready to fill out a Gigabyte RMA form to get the mobo exchanged under warranty if it shuts down again. There are two months left of the warranty, so I do have a bit of time..

Posted Sat, Jan 5 2013 21:38 by Mike Hall

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