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May 2014 - Mike's Window

Mike's Window

Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it

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..


  • How much and why?

    Let me start off by saying that I NEVER ever buy the latest technology. It is simply too expensive for the returns that I would get. I also only upgrade everything at the point where what I have will not properly support the latest OS on the block.. So...
  • In the news again..

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  • An easy choice..

    I watched a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 machine showcased today, and I will admit that it is very nice. The machine is quick, the keyboard has a nifty magnet to keep it attached to the screen, and it is all super thin and light.. OK, so now for the problems...
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  • The Logitech M600

    .. is a touch mouse designed for Windows 7, and I bought mine for $26 plus tax from XS Cargo in my local city. It replaces one of the all time great mobile mice, the venerable Microsoft Mobile 4000 wireless mouse, and I would have bought another but for...
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  • An 8.1 update update..

    You now have until June 10, 2014 to install the 8.1 update, after which you either have no choice and it will install automatically, or you return to Windows 8 RTM or earlier, and good luck to you if that is what you would rather do. As little as I use...
  • A tale of two mice..

    The mouse on the left is a Microsoft Mobile 6000, a year and a half old perhaps, and the mouse on the right is a Microsoft Mobile 4000, almost five years old. Both had issues with the scroll wheel, and now they have the added problem that the tops had...
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  • Anti-virus solutions..

    A Symantec big-wig recently stated that the anti-virus solution is ‘doomed to failure’. It’s good that somebody within Symantec has some product knowledge, but with respect to Symantec, their woes are self-inflicted. They took what was originally a nice...
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  • How to make a hat..

    .. that will protect you from Microsoft, the evil empire which made use of the computer easy for all. See here.. .. and this is one of the reasons why you should construct a hat at your earliest convenience.. http://www.infoworld...
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  • An Up(set)date finally..

    I can’t remember a time when a Microsoft update cobbled anything on a computer of mine, but KB2964358 was one of them. This is the update which fixed the latest Zero Day exploit in all versions of Internet Explorer since the venerable version 6. The Symptoms...
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  • A bad ‘Apple’..

    As long as you have a printer which is AIR capable, Air printing from an iPad is a breeze. Knowing which icon to press for the print option is not so obvious, but I worked it out. OK, now for the bad apple. The culprit is an iPod, 4th generation which...
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