20 Feb 2013

As we know and have mentioned on our Podcast several times, Surface RT is highly restricted to only one single x86 legacy program and that is the Office software that comes on the tablet.  All other x86 legacy applications can't run on the device, until now.  Thanks to mamaich on the XDA developer forum, the ARM tablet can run classic windows games in fact, at least some.

18 Feb 2013

One issue that is run into with Windows 8 is that you can't have Hyper-V enabled and use Vmware Workstation at the same time.  That is, you can use them both at once.  But you can get them to work by creating an extra boot option and rebooting into the proper mode.

20 Dec 2012

Many may have already figured out the secret to backing up or saving your Start Screen with Windows 8.  You spend loads of time getting it just right, but want to make sure that if all is lost you can restore it.  That is done by backing up the appsfolder.itemdata-ms file in your appdata\local\microsoft\windows folder and restoring as need be.  But what if you want to customize it so that every user on the machine sees the same Start Screen.  There is a way...

11 Dec 2012

If you want to see all your Windows 8 settings in one "Control Panel" style view, there is a real simple way to achieve this called the GodMode (windows 7 had a similar trick).  Simply right click anywhere on your desktop or in windows explorer, create a new folder.  Give it the following name:

All Settings .{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Now, when you double click that "folder" you are presented with the all settings view.  You can make a shortcut to this folder and pin it to Start or to the Taskbar as desired.

Use this QR code in a QR reader application on mobile to open quickly on a mobile device

08 Oct 2012

If you have been struggling with figuring out how to install the IIS Remote Manager software for Windows 8, there is a really simple way to get it done.  It is done straight from the existing IIS Manager tool in Windows 8.

07 Sep 2012


If you were one of the lucky ones who was able to acquire a Windows 8 MCE key from the online store, before Microsoft decided to hold off until October 26th to release them, then you may have run into this situation.  There isn't an obvious way to downgrade from Windows 8 MCE to another version of the operating system.  The same isn't true if you were going from Pro to Core for instance.  So after some experimentation I was able to come up with this solution which I tested and worked.

21 Aug 2012

So you have installed the new SkyDrive client for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and realize that Mesh is no longer supported.  SkyDrive asks you to pick a single folder to sync contents from device to device or onto the SkyDrive website.  Essentially you are forced to copy any files and folders you want synced into the SkyDrive sync folder.  There is a way around this and in this article I will show you how to use a Junction Point to trick the SkyDrive sync tool into synching other folders outside of the sync one.

21 Aug 2012

If you don't feel like waiting till next month for the official RTM version of the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 RTM then there is a workaround you can use for now.  The official RTM version of the tools isn't due out till next month because this is the official launch time frame of Windows Server 2012 as well.  If you try to install the Release Preview version of RSAT you are greeted with an error.

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