Tag: Windows 8

Boot Windows 8 to Desktop

If you need to boot your Windows 8 to Desktop rather than the Start screen, there are several ways, all fairly well documented and/or implemented with third-party tools. However, you can implement your own little fix very easily, using File Explorer. Open  any folder in File Explorer, click View, click the Options button, and then click Change folder and search options. In the Folder Options dialog box, click View, in the Advanced settings list, select the Restore previous folder windows at logon check box, and click OK. If you have a File Explorer window open when you shutdown or restart, the Windows Desktop will be shown once everything has been initialized at logon, and your File Explorer window has been opened. I find it quite neat, because if I have a File Explorer window open upon shutdown, I mostly like to continue from the Desktop upon restart. 🙂


No Windows 8 touch?

If, like me, you have a monitor, whether built into your laptop or stand-alone, that does support touch, you can purchase the Logitech Touchpad T650 and get much of the touch gestures rather cheap, I think. I’ve used it instead of my mouse for 3 days now, and while there’s some learning to it, I’m loving it.

Give it a go, http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/touchpad-t650?crid=1153,…

I’ve now had this touchpad for about a week, and it will never leave my arsenal of computer accessories!

Nokia Lumia 920 w Windows Phone 8…Fantastic combination!

I got a new phone today, partly sponsored :-), and I love it. Having moved to Windows 8 on my laptop and tablet, and Windows Server 2012 on my servers recently, my WP7 device just had to be “upgraded”. So far I’m loving it, and after having had HTC/Qtek phones for the last 8-10 years, I’m back with Nokia. It just doesn’t disappoint me!

Missing Apps in Windows Store

Are you having problems finding apps in Windows Store, even when you know they should be there when you access Windows Store? If so, open Settings when in Windows Store (swipe from right, or move your mouse to the bottom-right corner, and then click/tap Settings). On the Settings page, click/tap Preferences, and then ensure that the two options, Make it easier to find apps in my preferred languages and Make it easier to find apps that include accessibility features, are cleared. That will ensure that all available apps in Windows Store are shown.

The Web Application Project … is configured to use IIS. Unable to access the IIS metabase. You do not have sufficient privilege to access IIS web sites on your machine.

I just moved a Visual Studio solution containing a Web Application project from a Windows 7 based dev box to a Windows 8 based dev box, and in line with recommended security guidelines, I try to avoid running Visual Studio (2012 in this case) as an admin. However, in this case, the solution is to run VS as an administrator. Sigh… I do Wonder though as to why VS would need admin access to IIS. I’m sure there is a plausible explanation, but I just don’t see it.

Prism 4.1 support for Silverlight 5.0 and Windows 8 Metro apps

I first saw the Patterns & Practices Upcoming Release Roadmap a while back, but after starting new development on my app written in Silverlight 4, I had another glance at the roadmap, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/practices/bb232643#3, which has great news about support for Silverlight 5.0. Prism 4.0 has been updated to 4.1, but it looks as if Windows 8 metro apps are supported with the next release (5.0?) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/practices/bb232643#1? MVVM is a truly great pattern and with Prism you more or less have it all…