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Windows 8.1 Upgrade 80004005 error.. Part 2
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..


Finally, I have found out why The HP Envy 23 will not upgrade..

IT IS THE FAULT OF HP.. see here..

HP disaster

This is the text underneath the ‘not tested’ part..

For this reason, HP is unable to provide update instructions or Windows 8.1 drivers. You may lose basic functionality and reliability if you try to update your system..

This machine cost the client almost $1000 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS), and it was supplied with Windows 8 pre-installed. Imagine a manufacturer supplying a system which could handle Windows 7 but not Windows 7 SP1.

It just re-enforces my belief that HP products should be avoided. I have had a few run-ins with HP over the years, and all could have been avoided if HP was to produce decent stuff while being fair with the consumers who contribute to the salaries of the HP top brass and employees..


Posted Tue, Jun 24 2014 2:12 by Mike Hall
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