Monthly Archives: July 2013

Confirmed: Windows 8.1 RTM coming August 2013

Microsoft today confirmed at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows 8.1 the major update to the initial release will be available OEMs this August.

Tami also made a few announcements.

She announced that Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays! We’ll have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1. As you have heard, Windows 8.1 is an update that refines the vision of Windows 8. Two weeks ago, we announced the Windows 8.1 Preview for people to try out– if you have not already, check it out and experience the new features and improvements

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Using Compatibility Mode in Windows 8.1

If you are using an older app not designed for Windows 8, one of the solutions designed for handling such problems in Windows 8 is Compatibility Mode. I have looked at this feature in the past, but Windows 8s new user experience makes accessing it a bit different from previous versions of Windows. Lets get started. For the purposes of this article, I will be installing my 3G Modem Dashboard software Mobile Partner software.

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The first thing you need to do is point where the setup files are located. If you are installing from a thumb drive or CD/DVD. Launch File Explorer (Windows key + E) and open the location where the setup files are stored.

Right click the setup file for the program, this can be designated as setup.exe or something similar. Click Troubleshoot Compatibility

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This will launch the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard which will check for issues.

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Select the option “Troubleshoot program”

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Depending on the problems you are experiencing when attempting to install or use the software, check off the problems. In my case:

  • ‘The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now’
  • The program requires additional permissions.

Click Next

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Select a version of Windows the program is known to work in. I notice the program works great in Windows Vista (with Service Pack 2), so I will select that option. Click Next

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Proceed to run the through the programs setup routine by clicking Test the program….

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Follow the on screen instructions to install the program as you normally would.

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If all is successful, click the option at the end of the wizard ‘Yes, save these settings for this program’

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Wait while your settings for the program are saved.

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Click Close.

 

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Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: HP

We continue our series look at using the recovery tools that come with your Windows 8 PC. Each PC manufacturer includes a unique experience for each utility for recovering your Windows 8 PC if the need arises. Today, we take a look at HP’s Recovery tool:

1. Go to the Start Screen and type: recovery

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This will bring up the recovery link for HP. Click on it to launch HP’s Recovery program:

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HP’s Recovery app

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The HP recovery manager provides a simple interface categorized for your convenience. The most important one in this case is located under the I’d like to take safety measures

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Here you will find the option to create a set of recovery media for your system.

Related:
Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Dell

Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Samsung
Using Recovery Tools on your Windows 8 PC: Acer

 

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