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System Restore did exactly what it said on the box..
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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


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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..


Unfortunately, the only restore point had been created after Windows 8.1 initially set up for the first time.

I had video driver issues after updating to the latest HD6450 driver set and needed to do a system restore because roiling the drivers back hadn’t worked. The result was the equivalent of a Windows 8 refresh which = absolute chaos.

So it was another late night spent re-installing everything, and this morning spent altering a few settings.. definitely nothing like fun. I also have a new policy in place which revolves around creating restore points every time that I make a change.

Anyway, an inability to hibernate because of crappy video drivers wasn’t the cause. The culprit was a setting for the network card, the one which wakes the machine if it detects the Internet. Just like the System Restore point, the setting worked brilliantly well, too well. No sooner had the machine gone into hibernation, it was back up and running because broadband Internet NEVER stops unless the ISP craps out.

The mess has been cleared up, the network card is no longer hyper-active, I can put the machine into hibernate to prevent it sucking up dust all night, and I have a workable production computer again.

One more failure to report. 

My Vantec USB2.0 3.5” enclosure went West today. The drive inside was and is fine, but the board inside the enclosure is no longer recognised by any of the systems connected to the Homegroup here.I won’t be replacing it because I want to turn over to all SATA operation eventually.

I have an ATAPI bridge device if I need to connect to the IDE drive. I will miss seeing it, I guess, as it had been a part of the desk for almost eight years, but it was mirrored by an Ultra enclosure that contains a SATA drive of the same size, so I am not too bothered about the loss.

It has been an interesting twenty four hours, and will hopefully be followed up by many boring hours where nothing goes wrong.


Posted Fri, Jan 31 2014 23:48 by Mike Hall

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