Show more tiles on your Windows 8 and 8.1 start screen


Ok, so I’m slowly getting used to the Windows 8+ tiles mode for the start screen, and I’m admittedly preferring it to the old start menu, or the full blow ‘all apps’ view that’s available as of Windows 8.1.

But wouldn’t it be nice if we could make the tiles smaller?

This is actually an option, but quite a hidden option.

This is my tiles view before:

Windows tiles default view
Windows tiles default view

And here is what they look like after:

Smaller windows tiles
Smaller windows tiles

How do I do it? ..you may ask

Simple, just:

  • Open your charms (put your mouse in one of the left corners, or slide your finger from the right edge of the screen, inward).
  • Select Settings
  • Select Tiles
  • Select Show More Tiles
Show more tiles
Show more tiles

Note: This only applies if you select ‘settings’ whilst in ‘Tiles View’ (i.e. not in desktop mode)

I hope this helps someone :)

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“Windows Program Compatibility mode is on. Turn it off and then try Setup again.” – How to uninstall an app if this happens.


I tried uninstalling an application (in my case, I was uninstalling Visual Studio 2012 RC), and I kept getting this error.

Following the logs and the help file got me nowhere, and neither did searching all over the internet for instructions on how to uninstall this using a tool or the registry or whatever.

Disabling the program compatibility service also does not work.

It turns out that setup.exe was marked to run in Compatibility Mode, which is what was stopping me from uninstalling.

So my mission was now to find where the uninstall package actually is on my hard drive and to check what the compatibility settings are.

This is simple: (instructions are for uninstalling on Windows 8)

  1. Run the uninstaller until it fails
  2. Go to task manager
  3. Call up the context menu for the installer process (right-click)
  4. Select ‘open file location’
  5. This will open the package folder
  6. Call up the context menu for the uninstaller executable
  7. Select the ‘compatibility’ tab
  8. Disable all compatibility settings over here
  9. ~the end~

I hope this helps someone!

 

Restore Start Menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview (or how to disable Metro)


If, like me, you do not really like the Metro-styled Windows 8 start menu, you can restore the Window 7 classic style menu with a simple registry tweak, as follows

  • Runregedit‘ from your WIN+R dialog
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  • Set RPEnabled to 0
  • Reboot :)
The inverse (setting to 1) will restore your metro-styled ui.
Do note that this will disable Metro!

windows 8 hyper-v


So I tried installing Hyper-V on my Intel Xeon Quad-Core laptop… one would think that this would be possible.

Turns out that Microsoft’s promise of Windows 8 running fully on hardware that can run Windows 7 does have its limitations.

I headed to the familiar ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialog, and tried installing Hyper-V Core, but this was disabled… further digging around unearthed some unpleasant details.

Hyper-V Core, the integral part of Hyper-V, requires a new virtualisation processor feature known as SLAT.  Microsoft has documented a list of SLAT-Capable cpus here -> http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1401.aspx

Unfortunately mine is not listed there.

So if anyone was planning (as was I) to install the Dev Preview and have a VM of Windows 7 running on it, think again, and try an alternative solution, such as Oracle’s VirtualBox.

microsoft build conference – windows 8


I was unable to attend the Microsoft BUILD conference, though luckily practically all the material is available on-line (except the schwag and breakfasts and …)

Grab