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Calling 8.1.1
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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


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..


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 8 desktop as the default view, and two icons appear in the top right of the screen, one to give desktop users a reference point to type in searches, and the other to access STOP and RESTART functions. Tiles will also get more controls.

Is it enough to appease desktop users? Not really, but I would imagine that this is by design.

Windows 8 will always be remembered for METRO (phffft), and for Microsoft to recover, the next version of Windows for desktops must be as far removed from Metro as possible. If too much work is done to 8, Windows 9 will not be greeted by a huge sigh of relief, and if there is one thing that Windows desktop users need, it is to be able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

For desktop users who install 8.1.1, there will most likely be a need to disable the new default Start button to stop it conflicting with Start8 or Classic Shell, and changes to the tile functions will pass unnoticed.

The sad part is that Windows 8 could have been a real success for everybody, but instead was marred by what seem to me to be deliberate acts of vandalism.

Anyway, enough of the recriminations. It is entirely possible to get a good experience from Windows 8, and Microsoft are attempting to soften the blow for those who like the tiles but are frustrated with how they work.

There are some leaked screenshots here showing us what to expect from 8.1.1..


Posted Tue, Feb 4 2014 7:23 by Mike Hall
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