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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!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013

2014

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'.. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy.. http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used.. http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. http://www.piriform.com/recuva 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using.. http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell.. http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

Stardock Start8.. http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..   http://www.aomeitech.com/aomei-partition-assistant.html

Syndication

You would think that everybody would find this easy but it isn’t.

I met up with somebody the day before yesterday who told me how bad Windows 8 was. His mother had bought a new Windows 8 computer, and he had a few minutes on it, setting up and sorting.. So, with Windows 8.1 up and running, he searched for a hack which would get back the Start menu. Needless to say, there are no hacks.

I suggested that he should change the search criteria, and try this line..

Windows 8 start

In a Bing search, this is what comes up..

http://www.bing.com/search?q=windows+8+start&qs=n&form=QBRE&pq=windows+8+start&sc=8-15&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=126606237a6346b8b5f72e37ed77b07d 

What was that? Why should you have to install a 3rd party start menu? How about for the same reason that you installed a 3rd party anti-virus, media player and photo editor?

Since when has a Windows user not had multiple choices?

So, with this new knowledge, you can set up a start menu after which you will not have to moan about having a phone OS on your PC, yes?


Posted Mon, Jan 27 2014 12:23 by Mike Hall
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