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February 2014 - Mike's Window

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 end of an era..

    My Canon Lide 30 scanner has decided not to scan finally. It was only managing monochrome text for the last month, but it can’t do that anymore. I have had it for eleven years and it owes me very little. I liked it because it was compact, didn’t require...
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  • To whom it may concern..

    .. and you know who you are.. Thanks to Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, who makes my day every day
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  • The Internet of Things..

    I am not too sure what the full implications of this phrase will be or if I want any of them. As I understand, it is about everything being connected. A while ago, I looked for a child car seat to replace the ‘out of date’ seat that I already had. Eventually...
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  • Coming and going..

    Coming.. Windows 8.1.1 has yet to appear, next months ‘Patch Tuesday’ is earmarked, and it will bring more improvements for desktop users and slim some things down for lower power tablets, all more than welcome for a wide range of users. Also rumoured...
  • The last recurring error..

    It is this.. A kernel power ID 137 event - The system firmware has changed the processor's memory type range registers (MTRRs) across a sleep state transition (S5). This can result in reduced resume performance. I don’t think that anything can be...
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  • Watch out.. there’s a CQ56 about!

    .. as in Compaq CQ56 c/w the AMD v140 processor. I have one sitting to the side of me, and it is the budget model of the range with the accent on BUDGET.. The owner bought it new on the premise that it was a decent notebook, but this CQ56 hides a nasty...
  • LAN messengers..

    It is useful to be able to send messages over a local area network. I do it quite often when I am working across all of the machines on the home network here. I started off with: ‘Stickies’ from Zhorn Software in the UK. It is basically a ‘stickies’ utility...
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  • Wearable computing..

    Google Glass You too can look like you are about to pilot an attack helicopter at night, except that you can’t do that just yet, not with Google Glass anyway. What you can do is get info and record info. Trouble is that others with the same technology...
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  • A mixed week..

    Success.. The computer is up and running again.. Event Viewer shows no critical errors in the last 7 days, and the number of regular errors is diminishing quickly.. Everything important is working, peripheral devices included.. Work in progress Setting...
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  • The new boss..

    Satya Nadella is the new CEO of the Microsoft empire and I must admit to not knowing him, his existence even, but then I don’t pore over Microsoft staff lists and management structure. All I care is that Microsoft produce a product that I can use personally...
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  • Calling 8.1.1

    Any similarity between North America’s emergency call number is purely co-incidental, but it is an emergency number in the sense that Microsoft are trying to appease disgruntled desktop users. The new version sets a start button which diverts to the Windows...
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  • The next Windows..

    Rumour has it that the successor to Windows 8 will appear during April of 2015. Not quick enough for you? It probably isn’t fast enough for Microsoft but what can you do. Somebody is going to have to fish the Start menu code out of Windows 7 and find...
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