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Dirty Trick Some Shareware Installs Do – Plus How to fixes


Introduction

I’ve “got the pip” with shareware installs which do stuff to your machine that they should not do (my opinion).. So, after cleaning up another “mess” from a shareware install,  I have decided to write this so that others can “clean up the mess” that some shareware installs leave as well.

Maybe, just maybe, if enough people read this, and learn how to “remove the mess” that shareware installs leave behind, those producing the “mess” will give up causing us the inconvenience of removing it afterwards and stop making a “mess” in the first place.

Adding their site as a homepage in Internet Explorer

Symptoms

When you open internet explorer, you get the products web page, as well as the site you want as you home page. This can be very annoying, and very simple to undo.

How to Undo:

From The Tools menu item in Internet Explorer select the Internet options menu item image

This will give you the following dialog. Remove the web sites you do not want opening automatically as you home pages. The use the OK button to save the changes. image

Add a Tool Bar to Internet Explorer you did not want

Symptoms

You’ve a tool bar you don’t want!

How to Undo:

Tools -> Manage Add-Ons

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The just find the “offending” Add-On and disable it. There are a couple of places to find it in, but looking at all of the things added to Internet Explorer, you should be able to find the ones you want to switch off.

Adding something extra into your system start up

Symptoms

You have a new, and unwanted, notification icon in the system tray.

The shareware throws up a nag screens, either each time you boot up, or periodically.

How to Undo

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> System Configuration -> Start Up Tab image

Turn the tick off (set a Date Disabled) for the things you don’t want.

Warning: Turning off things which you don’t understand could you problems, just find the software vender, software name for the thing(s) you wish to kill.

<Apply> and the <OK>

Conclusion

If you have read to here, then hopefully you now feel equipped to go and clean up the “mess” shareware installs have left on your machine. I wish you good success in removing those bits of the products you did not bargain on getting in the first place.

If enough people learn to remove the “mess” from shareware installs, maybe the people writing the shareware installs give up on making the “mess” in the first place. I hope this blog post goes some way to spelling the end of these “nasty habit”.

PS: Spread the word, remove the “mess”, and take control of your machine again!

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Setting up the new machine


Introduction

After going through the initial setup on the machine, which I configured the date time, wireless network password, and the home group password. There were a couple of steps which I believed needed doing, before going forward with installing the drivers for the various pieces of musical hardware, and installing the music software.

Windows Update

This one is something you may thing, just one run and things will be fine. My experience has shown that the first run gets a bunch of updates, but you need a couple more “check for updates” to completely exhaust the list of things which need to be updated. The joys of having consequential update dependencies (update A installs component Y which has another update B available).

Networking

I’ve the machine talking straight to my gigabit switch (chunk of Cat 5 cable comes in handy), as the built-in wireless networking card “Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card” goes too slow (See Blog post » Dell Wireless 1510 Wireless-N WLAN Mini-Card – Slow!). The windows configuration start up wizard goes through the basics of the networking up and running.

Networking and Backup

One of the big “bug bears” I have with Windows 7 is that Windows 7 Backup will only backup to a network attached device in the higher levels of Windows 7 (Professional or Ultimate) . My preference is to backup my machines to my NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. So, I need to upgrade the version Windows.

Another grumble at Dell, I was not presented with the option of upgrading, or specifying, the version of Windows 7 installed on the machine.

Conclusion

After doing the following:

  1. Making sure the version of Windows 7 has all of the patches installed from Windows Update,
  2. Upgrading the version of Windows 7 to Ultimate (it was only $20 difference between professional and ultimate through Windows Anytime Update),
  3. Replacing the wireless network interface with on that works at a reasonable speed, and
  4. Taking a full backup image of the system, before I start installing anything music related on the system.

Finally, I’m ready to start installing the music software, and music device drivers, I want to run on the system. That will be tomorrow, I need some relaxation time this evening. The “ups and downs” of the installation process, will undoubtedly be another post (or two) to this blog.

One important thing to note before I start installing. I will be installing all of the device drivers first for the music instrument interfaces first, and then the music software (Guitar Pro 5 to start with). I really want to give the software the best chance of installing as smoothly as possible, and this approach should minimise the chances of “things going wrong”.

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Cakewalk Software on a Touch Screen Windows 7 Machine


Introduction

A couple of days a go I posted the following question on the Cakewalk user forum site:

Basically, I was asking if anyone in the user community (well, just those users who use the community forums) has any experience using the software on a Windows 7 Touch enabled PC. To date I’ve yet to get a single reply to the question. Which either means:

  1. It all works perfectly and “Why as a redundant question?”,
  2. No one has attempted to run the software on a touch screen enabled PC.

Either way, I’m left wondering what whether the software “plays nice” with a touch screen interface.

Taking the Plunge

Well, I’m about to find out the “hard way” if the software “plays nice” with a touch screen interface, or if the software simply needs a mouse to function. I’ve a touch screen Windows 7 machine on the way, and the one of the first thing I’ll do is install one of these software packages.  That is after making sure the machine set up and configuration is what I want, rather than the machine builders standard build (that could take some time!).

The Questions

If you have any experiences running either Sonar X1 or Guitar Tracks Pro 4 on a Windows 7 Touch Screen interface, please leave a comment on this blog, or point me to others peoples experiences. My searching of the internet did not turn up anything which was current on the subject.

If you have experiences with other DAW (Digital Audio Workstation : Wikipedia » Digital Audio Workstation) software, please leave a comment here as well. I’m interested in what does work in this area.

Conclusions

Given the lack of comments on the topic on the Cakewalk users forum, I suspect that I may be “boldly going where no man has gone before”.

Rest assured that I’ll be blogging my experiences, “the good, the bad and the ugly” of getting all of this up and running.

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