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
And here is what they look like after:
Smaller windows tiles How do I do it? ..you may ask
Open your charms (put your mouse in one of the left corners, or slide your finger from the right edge of the screen, inward).
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 :)
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
Run the uninstaller until it fails Go to task manager
Call up the
context menu for the installer process (right-click) Select ‘open file location’
This will open the package folder
Call up the context menu for the uninstaller executable
Select the ‘compatibility’ tab
Disable all compatibility settings over here
I hope this helps someone!
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
Run ‘ regedit‘ from your WIN+R dialog Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer Set RPEnabled to 0
The inverse (setting to 1) will restore your metro-styled ui.
Do note that this will disable Metro!
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 ->
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
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 …)