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#41 nemesiscult

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:10 AM

I have a problem with display driver.

Unlike on Windows 7, it will automatically install update for display driver. But it not happen on Windows CP. Is there other way to get my display driver?

#42 FalseAgent

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:49 AM

I have a problem with display driver.

Unlike on Windows 7, it will automatically install update for display driver. But it not happen on Windows CP. Is there other way to get my display driver?

Yeah, i'm not getting my nvidia display drivers via Windows Update in the CP too. I got it in the DP just fine, but now, it doesn't seem to be working. Probably a backend issue.

What you can do is to search for your driver manually, given that you do know your graphics card's model.

#43 rseiler

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:02 PM

WU is supposed to have Nvidia v296.17 (9.18.12.9617) as of Thursday or so. Is it working for you guys? Mine's not actually installing, but you may have better luck.



#44 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 03:24 PM

Just found a hidden way to customize new "Quick Access Menu" (Win+X menu) of Windows 8: :D

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[EXCLUSIVE] Customize New Quick Access Menu (Win+X Menu) in Windows 8 – Add, Remove, Rename or Move Shortcuts and Much More

#45 Frylock86

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:28 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] Customize New Quick Access Menu (Win+X Menu) in Windows 8 – Add, Remove, Rename or Move Shortcuts and Much More[/url][/b][/u]


Hate to burst your bubble, but Paul Thurrott has a similar article up on the WinSuperSite.... That said, I have yet to make any other shortcuts I have placed here work. :mellow:

#46 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:57 PM

^^ Oh. I didnt know that. I thought I was the only one to find it. :(

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:58 AM

^^ Oh. I didnt know that. I thought I was the only one to find it. :(

Your work is awesome still nonetheless. :D

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

^^ Oh. I didnt know that. I thought I was the only one to find it. :(


Have you been able to get it to work? Cus all the shortcuts I placed into a new group never show up. :(

#49 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:00 AM


^^ Oh. I didnt know that. I thought I was the only one to find it. :(

Your work is awesome still nonetheless. :D

Thanks mate. Much appreciated. :)


^^ Oh. I didnt know that. I thought I was the only one to find it. :(


Have you been able to get it to work? Cus all the shortcuts I placed into a new group never show up. :(


I'm trying to find out. If you put a shortcut in those groups folder, it doesnt work. The hidden Desktop.ini file only defined shortcuts names in context menu.

The Registry key which I mentioned at the end of tutorial is the main thing. It contains references of all shortcuts. I tried to change their path but it didnt work. I tried to create new String values for new shortcuts but it didnt work.

What worked for me is to manually change shortcut paths. Open a shortcut Properties and change its Target value to your desired EXE. Now when you'll select an item from context menu, it'll open new program. But the downside is that, as soon as you log off, next time you'll not see that item in context menu. It seems those shortcuts are hardcoded in some system file. :(

#50 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:11 PM

Another interesting find. I hope this time its new and no one has shared it yet. :)

Pressing F11 to go to Full screen mode disables new ribbon UI and shows Vista/7 style command bar in Windows 8 Explorer.

More info with screenshots:

How to Disable New Ribbon UI and Get Old Toolbar Back in Windows 8 Explorer?

#51 Frylock86

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:19 AM

For those of you still confused as to why Microsoft is pushing Metro to the desktop, here is an infographic for you to look over:

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As you can see Microsoft is looking to unite all of it's devices with one UI that accepts a wide range of input devices as equally as Windows 95-Windows 7 used the keyboard and mouse paradigm. This represents the way forward to Microsoft, and you can bet you'll see more of it in Windows.Next, whether you're on a desktop or not.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

Before I start, yes I know there's a few of you that have denounced the "Metro" operating environment, but I just wanted to discuss my first initial reactions after having spent the whole day with it, and wanna see what the rest of you though after you installed it. I wanna say, that this is not a thread to post "I HATE METRO!", Yes, I know you do, but I wanted to post my thoughts of it, after having used it, and it is my hopes that you will actually read through what I have to say before posting.

I hope to have some screenshots up later tonight after I get done with classes. So, without further ado...

The learning curve was smaller than I anticipated, and for those NOT wanting to use Metro apps, the learning curve is actually smaller than the curve we got from moving from XP to Vista! Yes, I'm serious, the curve is almost non existent for "classic" desktop users.

First, let's start with the obvious: Metro. I honestly think there's a lot of people confused as to what it is, and what it's meant to do. Having installed the CP on my laptop (Bare metal install), I wanted to give the CP a thorough test on a keyboard/mouse system, and so far, I'm loving it. Interacting with the "larger" tiles is no more different, than increasing the size of your desktop icons in Windows 7 to "large". The mouse wheel works great to slide the screen side-to-side, and I LOVE that I can pin 'tiles' to groups. I feel like I have a neat and organized start menu.

Now, onto the subject that is throwing people off. Metro apps. A lot of users seem put off using full-screen touch centric apps. After having played with them on a laptop, I can say they are not for everyone, but if there is one to use, it's the Bing Weather app. But, if you DO NOT want to use the metro apps, the can be un-installed completely, and you never have to see them again! What you're left with then is a Start Screen reminiscent of the Office 2010 "Backstage" Menu. Metro is gone. The Start Screen becomes a full-screen Start Menu full of your "classic" desktop apps, complete with "classic" start menu functionality (type to search, etc...).
So far, all my "classic" desktop apps have worked without a sweat, the only exceptions being the Windows Live Suite, and Wireshark, which I had to run in compatibility mode to get the WinPCap driver to install. Windows Live runs, but a lot of things are missing compared to Windows 7.
The metro apps included with this release are largely incomplete and lack a lot of basic functionality, so it's hard to write about many of them, but I do have to say the Bing Weather app is beautiful and the most feature complete out of them all. It's not a "desktop app", but it works well with the keyboard and mouse, and does a wonderful job at presenting the information you want.


Next up, "OMGZ NO START BUTTON! WTFBBQ!". Let me get this out of the way: DON'T PANIC! The 4 corners of the screen now act as "hotspots" for different functions.

  • The upper left corner will display your open Metro apps. Don't use them? Then this won't work for you.
  • The bottom left corner still acts like the good ol Start Button. Move your mouse down here to access the Start Screen, or right-click for a nice little menu full of shortcut goodies.
  • The upper and lower corners on the right side of the screen trigger the charms bar. Here you will find the options to Search, Share, Activate the Start Screen, Open the devices options, Networking, Power options, and PC Settings.

Desktop. So with the Metro UI, what about the desktop? There is much to say here except, that if you know your way around the Windows 7 desktop, you know your way around the Windows 8 desktop. Almost nothing has changed. The ribbon is nice to use, and is minimized by default. If you have used it at one point or another, there is no learning curve here. Keyboard shortcuts are still the same, along with the tray icons. Despite some wierd looking "metro" icons seen in leaked pictures, ALL the desktop icons are the same as they are in Windows 7. Desktop users rejoice, for your options are all still here!







DUUUUUDE, THIS LOOKS LIKE ONE OF MY POSTS HAHHAHA. OR I GUESS LOOKS LIKE ALL OF MY POSTS AHAAHHA

#53 Vishal Gupta

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:04 PM

Finally got success in adding new working shortcuts to Windows 8 "Win+X" menu: :D



UPDATE: :D

http://www.askvg.com...u-of-windows-8/

Now you can add your favorite shortcuts without any problem. ;)

Edited by Vishal Gupta, 27 March 2012 - 03:53 PM.


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