Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’

Always Display Full Details when Copying or Moving Files in Windows 8

Friday, December 20th, 2013

This is a pretty cool feature … it’s surprising that it’s not enabled by default …

Microsoft has modified the dialog that is displayed when you copy or move files in the Windows 8 operating system. Some say it is an improvement over the dialog that gets displayed when you copy or move files in previous versions of Windows. Information displayed in the dialog are limited by default: only the number of items, the name of the source and destination folder, and the progress in percent are displayed by default.


Should Microsoft Add the Start Menu Back to Windows 8?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The answer to the question depends on the user’s prospective; Tablet users would probably say, “no” while desktop and laptop users would answer with a resounding, “Yes.”

The missing start menu is without doubt one of the most controversial topics when it comes to the Windows 8 operating system. Only a few issues have caused this much controversy. If you ask me, only the two interfaces and the touch centric Start Screen are as controversial. Third-party companies started to create solutions to bring back the start menu to Windows 8, and from what little information have been released, rather successfully.


How to Display Hidden Files in Windows 8

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The process for displaying hidden files in Windows 8 is basically the same as it was in Windows 7 … It’s just a bit harder to find the appropriate menu now.

Select files and folders of the Windows 8 operating system are hidden by default so that users of the system can’t see them in File Explorer and most other programs that they run on the system. While that ensures that users cannot delete, move or modify important files or folders accidentally, it also means that it is sometimes difficult to follow tutorials or find specific files or folders that are hidden on the system.


Firefox Versions on Windows 8 to Share Profiles After All

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Mozilla has been a bit slow in adapting Firefox to the Windows 8 start screen … but I’m not sure if that says something about Mozilla, or if it says something about the popularity of the Windows 8 start screen.

One of the new features of the Windows 8 operating system is its dual-interface. You got the start screen area where you can run apps in fullscreen, and then the regular desktop where you can run legacy software just like before. One of the limitations here is that you cannot run a desktop browser on the start screen interface. While that is not a problem for users who ignore the interface altogether, it is for users who do use it.


Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The real story hear is that there are still more Windows 7 users out there than there are Windows 8 users …

Microsoft has just released the final version of its web browser Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. The browser, originally released as part of the Windows 8.1 upgrade to the company’s most recent client operating system Windows 8, is now also available for Microsoft’s most popular operating system market share wise.


Why You Need to Verify App Developers Before You Download in Windows Store

Friday, October 25th, 2013

This should probably go without saying, but it’s still good advice …

If you have worked with Windows 8 before you have likely browsed the integrated Windows Store at least once to see what is on offer there. I personally think that Microsoft missed a chance here to include a universal app manager into the system that includes desktop and Windows apps. While you do get links to some desktop apps right now, it is not the same as downloading verified virus-free programs from the store that auto-update automatically. Plus, I cannot figure out why some desktop apps are listed here while others are not.


StartIsBack+ Adds Taskbar to Start Screen on Windows 8.1

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Given the many different programs out there that are designed to restore the Start Menu, I wonder if Microsoft will ever realize that removing the Start Menu might have been a bad idea in the first place?

More than a dozen different start menu programs have been created which all add a start menu back to Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Depending on which program you install, you may have access to other features that improve the usability of the operating system.


Surprise – Windows 8’s Usage Share Jumped in August 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Yes, Windows 8 usage did jump by a couple of percent, but that’s still about 25% behind both XP and Windows 7.

Usage share statistics provide us with information how well a certain product fares after it enters a market. This is true for new web browsers but also operating systems.

Microsoft released the Windows 8 operating system eleven months ago in October 2012. The operating system had a rough start, even with all the promotions the company had going at that time.


Lenovo Shipping Windows 8 PCs with Pokki’s Software Suite: Good or Bad Idea?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Given the unpopularity of Windows 8, this seems like it might be a good idea … as long as customers are given the option to buy a straight Windows 8 PC if that’s what they want.

Windows 8 is probably not the “big hit” that Microsoft hoped the operating system would be. There is no single factor why that is the case: a declining PC market, the strong and popular Windows 7 operating system, and interface modifications all seem to play a part in this regard.


How to Remove All Windows 8 Apps Using PowerShell

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here’s a handy trick for getting rid of unwanted apps in Windows 8 …

Apps are clearly a focus on Windows 8, not only because the operating system boots into the “apps-interface” on startup by default, but because most of the marketing for the operating system puts it in focus as well. That’s however just one side of Windows 8, and I’m not entirely sure if concentrating all efforts on those features is the smartest move by Microsoft.