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The last seven days - still no easier overall..
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..


  • Five Windows 7 machines all updated and no problems encountered..
  • One Windows 8.1 machine updated and no problems encountered.
  • My Windows 8.1 machine did suffer one critical error when the power failed in the building. It happens and was not the fault of the system.
  • General advice given to somebody putting together a PowerPoint presentation for the very first time worked well..

The above events were the high spots of the week.

  • Trying to explain that one has to be able to walk before attempting to sprint
  • Explaining that no version of Windows has ever been able to extract YouTube videos natively..
  • Being told that messages pertaining to Windows 8 and ReadyBoost were my ‘opinions’.. LOL
  • Doing all of the above while feeling  like dirt from a cold which will not go away

The above events were the low spots of the week.

It was a week not unlike many others apart from not feeling too well. Hopefully I will be running on all cores very soon..


Posted Sun, Jan 19 2014 15:32 by Mike Hall
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