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Windows 8.. Where Microsoft went wrong - in my opinion..
Mike's Window

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!"

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..


The apps should have had a 'minimize' and 'close' function and in the same place that Windows applications have always had them, in the top right corner.

There should have been a task bar which contained a 'shutdown' button with the familiar options to sleep, hibernate, restart etc.

The task bar could have also contained any app which had been minimized just as Windows 7 does, such that the user could easily switch between apps and utilities.

As it stands now, users are left wondering how to get out of apps, because it is not obvious in the present format. The shutdown options are hidden in a flip out charm called PC Settings. Why hide these features. They are basic functions and we all need to use them at some point in a day.

The Windows 8.1 update would have been a great opening for the above features. Instead, we get an arrow pointing South which brings up absolutely everything which is installed. It is a baffling view, especially to users with less than perfect vision, and there is still no obvious way to shut the machine down.

OK, do the above and now you can lose the classic Start menu, because the majority of Windows users that I come across all like the most used programs on the desktop, NOT in the classic Start menu.

I have been running Windows 8, subsequently 8.1, I use it in conjunction with Start8, one of the third party start menus available for use in Windows 8, and QuickLaunch in the Task bar. It better suits what I do and how I do it. I am not the average user who surfs a bit and plays a bit. I do online support, work on local client machines and I am System Administrator to four machines on the home network.

Posted Wed, Dec 4 2013 22:11 by Mike Hall

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