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Windows 8 Reaches 100 Million Sales, Still Behind Pace

As Microsoft continues to push Windows 8 on all PC users, it’s interesting to look at the sales numbers for the new operating system. Microsoft just recently announced that they have sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8.

Though 100 million sounds like quite a bit of sales, Windows 8 only accounted for 2.3% of the operating system market share when they announced 60 million sales in January. It’s unlikely that they have broken the 5% mark yet.

Although PCs are still about as prevalent as they always have been, they are getting a bit of a competition from tablets and other mobile devices. Microsoft has made it obvious with Windows 8 that they’d like to blend the two markets. The Surface is an example of this, blending a laptop with a tablet.

Many experts have begun to speculate if the PC market will start to shrink as the tablet market grows. Despite marketing Windows 8 for both markets, it’s notable that the adoption rate for Windows 8 is even below Windows Vista in its release year, another operating system that Microsoft struggled to get to the market.

Microsoft has come under fire for forcing their new operating systems on consumers in the past. This became an even bigger issue when Microsoft announced their new pricing model for Microsoft Office updates. I have seen quite a few people who have returned their computer because they weren’t a fan of Windows 8. Consumers are resistant to the wide sweeping changes that Microsoft has put into the new operating system, and many of those changes just make the user interface more complicated instead of simplifying things.

With so much competition from other electronics, the PC market is dependent on new operating systems to be a hit. If Windows can’t put out a product that consumers will want to pay for, then consumers will find a cheaper alternative for their technology needs. Especially as people begin to pay hundreds more dollars for Microsoft Office, it’s likely that we’ll start to see more robust software from competitors who will chip away at Microsoft’s market share.

Source: All Things D

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How to Boot to the Desktop And Skip Metro UI in Windows 8

Windows 8 is known for its tile-d interface, which begins right from the Start screen when the user logs in.While many believe that the glance-and-go model of the new UI is the future, many hate change and the extra steps it requires to get something done. There is no middle ground, you either love the metro UI or you absolutely hate it! But with this simple tutorial, you can now skip the Modern UI completely and directly boot straight to the desktop with a quick trick.

This when combined with third–party Start menu applications like “ViStart” or “Start8” eliminates the need to use the Modern UI.

Creating the Shortcut to

First step is to open a Notepad which is done by pressing the windows Key from the desktop to access Metro and then typing Notepad at the Start screen and hitting Enter. Paste the below text into a new file:

how to skip metro ui
Save the file with the .scf file extension. For example, ShowDesktop.scf

save as to skip metro ui at boot

This is same shortcuts the “Show Desktop” button that was found in the Quick Launch area on Windows XP.

Using the Task Scheduler

By using the Task Scheduler, the user can set the shortcut to automatically run when the user logs in. The Task Scheduler can be launched by pressing the Windows key and typing in “Schedule”. Click on the Settings category and select “Schedule Tasks” application. It can also be found under the Administrative Tools in the Control Panel. Once the Task Scheduler Window appears, on the left side there will be a “Task Scheduler Library”, click on it.

task scheduler windows 8

Right-click in the main pane. Select “Create New Task.” On the General tab, name the task something like “Show Desktop.”

create task to boot into desktop winows 8

Click on the “Triggers “tab and use the New button to set a new trigger. In the New Trigger Window, set the task to begin “At Log On” and click OK.

new trigger task scheduler windows 8

Click on the Actions Tab and create a New Action. Set this action to “Start a program” use the Browse button to select the shortcut that has been created earlier and click OK.

Click on the conditions tab and uncheck the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power”, check the box under Power. If this is not done, the laptop will not boot to desktop if it is running on battery power.

conditions windows 8 task scheduler

Click OK and all the steps to skip metro UI in windows 8 are done. When you boot your PC next time, it will automatically jump to the desktop mode. However, you can still spot the Metro UI for a moment for a moment. Also, when you land in the desktop mode, you will be greeted with a Windows Explorer windows.

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How to Install IIS 8 on Windows 8

The IIS is one among the first few things a Web Developer using ASP.NET would want to install on the Windows 8. The Internet Information Services (IIS) which was formerly known as the Internet Information Server is a web server software application and has a set of modules created by Microsoft for use with Windows.

The IIS 8, is a new version of the IIS is available only in Windows Server 2012 and the Windows 8. IIS 8.0 includes Application Initialization, centralized SSL certificate support, and multicore scaling on NUMA hardware, among other new features

How to install IIS 8 on Windows 8

Step 1

To start installing IIS8 in Windows 8, press the Windows + R. A pop up Run box will appear. Type “appwiz.cpl” and press enter.

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Step 2

The Program and Features window will open up. On the left hand side, click “Turn Windows features on or off”.

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Step 3

Now click on the Internet Information Services check box.

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Step 4

If you are a developer, expand the Internet Information Services option and explore the sub- components also. It installs everything that is required to host a website by default but if you are a developer, there are some developer centric components as well which has to be checked.

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Step 5

On clicking OK, a dialog box like the image below will appear on the screen for a while.

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Step 6

After the changes have been done, open the browser and navigate to local host.

localhost iis8 installed in windows 8

You have successfully installed the IIS 8 in your Windows 8 device. Hope this tutorial was helpful. Do share your thoughts below if you run into any trouble!

Images from HowToGeek

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4 reasons why Windows 8 is growing on me

When something new comes out I meet it with healthy curiosity and pure hatred. This is only amplified when the release comes from Micro$oft. My knee jerk reaction to Microsoft releasing a new OS is to ignore it and tell everyone it is terrible after playing with the beta for 30 minutes. Windows 8 is no different in this regard.

I eventually come around however. I liked Vista for a brief period because it dazzled me with AeroFx but after a few days of use I soon found myself reinstalling XP. With 7 it was different, I was skeptical for all of two minutes then went running to it like it was a long-lost parent. It is still my favourite OS to this day. I am starting to realize Windows 8 might just be a dark horse. For the purpose of educating myself on the new OS I have been using it for the past week as my primary OS, only going back to 7 for certain programs that I only have installed on it.

It’s the small things

What makes any piece of software good is an intuitive interface, although what makes it great is the minute details that you might not even notice at first. Take for example the Networks Pane. If you right-click on a given network it gives you estimated usage and an option to set it as a metered network. Handy is it not?

A reason why Windows 8 is growing on me

I have forgotten the old start menu already

After about an hour of using Windows 8 I decided I didn’t like the Metro UI any more than I liked it as a stand-alone program for Windows 7. I quickly found Classic Shell and was grateful to the developer for giving me such an escape. About 3 days in I found myself wanting to use the Metro UI more as it just seemed more fluid and gave me some useful information on my most used programs (Skype notifications, Reddit to Go! etc)


Apps, Apps Everywhere

When I first heard Windows 8 would have built-in apps and an accompanying store I had a feeling that they were just trying to cash in on what has been a mostly mobile domain up until now (aside from Chrome etc). I quickly went about adding thirty-something apps, deciding to go hard or go home. I uninstalled just 7 of them. And that was only because they didn’t do exactly what I wanted them to do. Recent numbers suggest that the store has apps numbering in around 50,000 which, lets face it, ain’t too shabby.
Windows 8 Store

Windows 8 in the future

It’s really nice to look at. You can argue that customization is limited but in reality it is a far cry from Windows 7 and is easily the biggest step forward since Windows 95 in graphical changes. In the new start menu you can choose from an array of themes. Further adding to this is the simple ability to resize individual tiles. I am still not completely sold on Windows 8 yet but I will certainly stand up for it in what it has done right. Microsoft recently announced several tweaks and changes to the OS in response to consumer complaints (ie poor sales) in the form of Windows Blue which is slated for release in Q3 (therefore Q4) this year.

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Nokia Music App for Windows 8 – All You Need to Know

The Nokia Music app is now available for the Windows 8 and RT devices. It is the first app released and is a full size tablet and desktop version of the already existing Windows Phone app. Users can now listen to their favorite songs while working on the computer or tablet. Nokia Music has a collection of more than 20 million songs.

Mike Bebel, head of Nokia’s Music told the Nokia Conversations blog: “When we launched Nokia Music Plus, the improvements were all designed around consumer feedback. What people wanted most were unlimited skips, more offline storage, access to lyrics and the ability to use the service on all of their different devices. This is one step further for service and equally reinforces Nokia Lumia as the smart phone of choice for the Windows 8 ecosystem. Whether you’re at home using a tablet, connected via a PC in the office, or using your smart phone on the move, Nokia Music Plus is there with a sound track to match”

The user can create “mixes” by selecting up to three artists of their choice. The mixes are free music streams that are created into a playlist and which is available in a plenty of genres. The app comes with the metro UI with mixes available as tiles. The user can see four tiles available when the app is initiated. The first tile is the available mixes, second one is where the user can create mixes and the third and fourth are where there is offline mixes and then the option to play songs from the PC respectively

The user has to be subscribed to the Music+ subscription at $3.99 per month. The app allows the user to sign up for a 7 day free trial of Music+ after which the user will be allowed only a 30 second clips if they don’t pay for the app.

If the user can use an existing Nokia account or can register for a new one using the app. Once the free trial is set up, the user can stream mixes.

nokia music windows 8 Mixes

Mixes are available in a wide range of categories and it starts playing from the home screen once the user selects the mix.

nokia music windows 8 screenshot

The playback button also gives the user an option to skip tracks. The Nokia Music+ also lets the user see the lyrics of the song that is being played, it can be enabled by clicking on the small icon near the playback. The user can download the mix so that it is available offline too,  just swipe the mix down to download.

The user has an option to create mixes of their choice. The user has to add their favorite artists and the app will create a mix. The app also recommends based on the users collection. The app also features artist information pages like biographies, tweets, tour dates and galleries. This version does not support download of individual songs, only mixes can be downloaded for offline payback at this time. Nokia Music is currently available only for US, UK, Australia and Ireland.

With the launch of Nokia Music app, Windows 8 has a strong case for a unified operating system.

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Essential Windows 8 Apps for Surface Pro

The Windows 8 is a new platform and tablets like Surface Pro which have the full Windows experience on a tablet form factor are growing in popularity. Developers are definitely showing interest in these tablets, which can be seen in the Windows Store growth over past few months.

Here is a list of essential apps you should have on your Surface Pro or any other Windows 8 tablet.

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How to Access Files From SD Cards and USB Drives in Windows 8 Apps

There are Windows 8 apps that play music, videos and photo apps, but can only display content when it is stored in the libraries. Windows does not allow users to store media files on an SD card or USB drive.

The SD card or USB drive has to be made accessible to overcome this problem. The data has to be stored in a different location in Windows thereby tricking both Windows 8 and Windows RT into allowing the user to add it to the libraries.

Create folders

It is better to create separate folders for each type of library on the device. For instance to store music, videos and photos create separate folders in these names on the drive.

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Give the SD card and USB Drive a Path:

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To make the SD card and USB drive accessible at a different location, the disk management utility has to be used.

Press Windows Key + X or right-click in the bottom left corner of your screen to open the power-user menu, and then click Disk Management.

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In the Disk Management window, locate the removable device that has to be used. Right –click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. On clicking the Add button, a new path is created.

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Enter a location the removable drive will be accessible at, such as C:\USB or C:\SD. The location can have any name you like.

add path for removable drive

At the location specified by the user, the SD card, flash drive or external hard drive will now be accessible. It will still have its own drive letter but it can be also accessed at the new folder location.


Add the Folders to Your Libraries:


Folders can be added to the libraries. Select a Library, click the manage tab that is present at the top of the File Explorer window and click Manage Library. Click the Add button and add the required folder to the library.

add folder on usb drive to library

Windows does not realize that the folder is on a removable device and allows the user to add it normally. Repeat process as required for all your media files/folders.

The process can also be easily done by creating a NTFS junction point instead of the Disk Management Window, but that would require dealing with Command Prompt.

And that’s how we access files from SD Cards and USB Drives in Windows 8 Apps. Let me know if you need any help in the comments below.

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Microsoft updates Mail, Calendar and People in Windows 8, Windows RT

Earlier today Microsoft announced updates for some core Windows 8 applications which will see bug fixes and some new features. The changes will be available for the Mail, Calendar and People apps with a major focus on speed improvements. These updates are scheduled to happen starting at midnight tonight.

Let’s check out some of the new features in each app!

Mail app

windows 8 mail app updates

Quite a lot of subtle improvements have been made throughout the app to make it more fluid and zippy. On the features front, the user can now edit and delete hyperlinks as well as edit bulleted or numbered lists easily.

Mail filtering has improved tremendously and now the user can search for mail on the servers which will save time. Listed below are a few other improvements made.

  • User can create, rename and delete folders
  • Flag messages and view flagged messages
  • Sync faster and more reliably
  • Smart contact suggestions when composing a message
  • Delete all messages in a folder or mark them as read in one action.
  • Get easier access to search and printing

Calendar app

A full work week view (Monday - Friday) is now available. The calendar has been updated to sport an intuitive UI and has multiple visual changes. With the new app, users can create appointments based on people’s availability and then forward meeting invites by sending an email to all attendees. The user can also set end dates for recurring events. The calendar app allows the user to see the week’s work at a glance and plan accordingly.

People app

people app windows 8

A new navigation bar at the top allows the user to quickly switch between profiles so that one can post a status update or tweet or can see what his/her friends are up to.  Some new features of the People app are

  • Users can  now see information from the Exchange global address list
  • Ability to post to your friend’s wall
  • Faster navigation to various sections

This looks like an interim update to these apps before the much awaited Windows Blue update, which is expected to be released in the coming months. Most of the core apps are just amazing and the live tiles help me keep tabs on things without having to open the application each time.  Do you use any of the core applications in Windows 8? Which is your favorite so far?

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Twitter for Windows 8 Available Now

twitter for windows 8 snap featureTwitter has been rapidly growing since it was just an in-house communication tool but it’s relationships with third-party products and even “official” apps has been a little rocky as of late – see the rise and fall of Tweetdeck (both the standalone software and the IOS app) if you don’t believe me. So when Twitter for Windows 8 was announced it was with cautious excitement that we approached. Thankfully, it looks like the software is here to stay and it incorporates some features that integrate it more fluidly into the OS than has ever been possible. Windows guys will tell you it harnesses the power of the new operating system – I think Twitter just took clues from previous third-party integration attempts and ran with them.

Twitter for Windows 8 Features You’ll Love

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Twitter for Windows 8 software utilizes an integrated “Share” charm. This is easily accessible no matter what else you’re doing and allows you (with one click) to share your links, photos, and hate-filled rants flawlessly. There’s no more booting up a third-party application like Tweetdeck or having to log in to Twitter official. Just point, click, and post.

The next feature is also a handy one. It’ the Twitter for Windows 8 “Snap” feature. This allows you to easily condense you entire Twitter stream to a narrow column at the edge of the viewable screen. This sounds ridiculous at first but the more you use it, the more handy it becomes. For instance, you can easily have Twitter up and running yet still be working, watching videos, or just running rampant on the Internet. You don’t have to swap between windows or lose continuity.

The last feature is a bit of a bummer that, honestly, could have done with a little more tinkering. It’s the Twitter for Windows 8 “Discover” icon. The little pound sign (#) allows you to easily spot new info posted by your followers and followees as well as trends that are – well – trending. It sounds cool but you’re only able to use it sparingly and it doesn’t have the same built-in feel as the rest of this new software’s features.

Even with that flaw (and a minor one it is) Twitter for Windows 8 is probably the best Twitter software since Tweetdeck (or Seesmic if you’re on of “those” people).

Info and Image Source: The Next Web

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Windows 8 Error Code 0x8000033 fix

How to fix Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033

You just got a new Dell computer runing Windows 8, you try to make a system image using the “Windows 7 File Recovery”. After a few minutes you get an Error Code 0×8000033 “Windows skipped backing up your system image because one of the critical volumes does not have enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again.”. I have been dealing with this situation for two weeks with utter frustration until I called Dell spoke to a technician and together we figured out the issue. So I’m about to give you the Windows 8 Error Code 0×8000033 fix.

The problem happens because the Windows backup software has a rule where any partition 500MB or over must have at least 350MB of free space in order to be backed up. I have only encountered this error on Dell systems because the Dell created partition that is 500MB has less than 350MB free space. The same thing will happen on any other computer running Windows 8 if the same conditions exist so you will need to check the partitions in order to determine if this is the problem causing your error. The solution to this error is to use Diskpart and reduce the size of the partition by only 1MB so the partition no longer hits the 500MB threshold. Follow the directions below exactly in order to reduce the size of the partition.

Diskpart is a very powerful tool and using it incorrectly can result in damage to the Operating System(OS) and data loss. Ensure that all data on the computer has been backed up to an external media source before continuing with the following steps. These steps were performed after speaking with a Dell Tech and were performed on 3 seperate Dell computers. T3kd does not accept any responsibility for the outcome of using the following commands. If you have a new Dell system running Windows 8 then this fix will un-doubtedly fix the problem if you have a computer from another manufacturer these commands may or may not work. All commands must be written exactly as shown, using the same spelling and spacing!

  • -Open the Command Prompt with Admin Rights and type the following commands
  • -Diskpart
  • -List Disk (this command is to find which disk contains Windows)
  • -Select Disk 0 (I’m assuming Windows is installed on Disk 0. If not use whichever Disk # is listed)
  • -List volume (this command is to locate the volume that has a size of 500MB and is NTFS format)
  • -Select volume # (Use the correct number of the volume from the list)
  • -SET ID=ebd0a0a2-b9e5-4433-87c0-68b6b72699c7
  • -gpt attributes=0×0000000000000000
  • -List Volume (Locate the 500MB volume the number may have changed after the above commands)
  • -Select volume # (use the volume # from the list)
  • -shrink desired=1
  • -SET ID=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
  • -gpt attributes=0×8000000000000001
  • -exit
  • -exit once more to close the command prompt

If you performed all the steps correctly you should now see a 499MB partition in the Disk Management console, the one that you resized. The system image should now successfully complete. The same thing can also be done using a thrid party partitioning tool so if you choose to go that route please leave a comment with which tool you used and how easy it was to re-size the partition.

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