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Windows 8 – GUI (Graphical User Interface) help

For those people unwilling to read the entire post, here’s a direct link to my own list of operations and a description of how to perform them using specific input methods.

Context

In the past the Windows user interface has been changed. In hindsight I would classify these changes as evolutionary (Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, Windows 7). I did however notice that a lot of people still had and many still have trouble working with it. Most people however are currently able to perform those things they want to be able to do. With Windows 8 however, a lot has changed and people need to re-learn how they can do what they want to do. I think this will be intimidating for many people and will probably also prevent people from upgrading for some time. This video should give new users an idea of what the new interface looks like. You can also check other links on this page. Also check this video to get an even better feeling of how to use the new user interface. If you are willing to spend some more time on getting used to Windows 8, you can also check the videos from Lynda.com Windows 8 Consumer Preview First Look. With this blog post I hope I can:

  • Help people understand what has changed without going in too much detail.
  • Provide insight in what options there are to fully leverage potential/productivity.
  • Provide practical tips and tricks to help people enjoy using Windows 8.

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 – Installing Windows 8 apps (formerly known as Metro apps)

Context

With Windows 8, the Windows store has been introduced. Using the store you can search, browse and install published Windows 8 apps. Apps in the store can either be free or paid and incldues trial options. Apps also need to allow you to install them on a minimum of five Windows 8 enabled devices without additional payment/fees.

These apps are tied to your account and can be installed on multiple devices you own provided you use the same account. This may come in handy when you by example:

Showing apps tied to your account and installing them

  1. Go to the Windows store
  2. Toggle the AppBar by right clicking, pressing windows key + Z or swiping down from the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Your Apps” 
  4. Choose from the dropdown box: “Apps not installed on this PC”
  5. Select the apps you want to install and select the “Install” button.
 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 – Sideloading application example (Wordfeud)

Context

One of the negative aspects of working with new technologies is that sometimes you miss some stuff that what available with older versions.

As an example, the Pinball FX2 game/app was in the store of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but was not available in the Windows 8 Release Preview. Another example is Wordfeud which was available in the store of the Windows 8 Release Preview, but is not (yet) in the store of the Windows 8 RTM.

[EDIT]

Apparently you can also:

  1. Go to the Windows store
  2. Toggle the AppBar by right clicking, pressing windows key + Z or swiping down from the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Your Apps” 
  4. Choose from the dropdown box: “Apps not installed on this PC”
  5. Select the apps you want to install and press the “Install” button.

[EDIT]

During my time with Wordfeud in the Windows 8 Release Preview I did however see that the developer provided the files to sideload the application. Sideloading means that you can install apps directly without going through the Windows store. More information about sideloading can be found here.

For sideloading Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. Enable powershell script execution using: set-executionpolicy remotesigned
  3. Download the latest Wordfeud build from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13365029/WordfeudMetro/index.html
  4. Extract the files to a folder by example : C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  5. From within Windows Powershell go to the folder using: cd C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  6. Execute the Powershell script by typing: .\Add-AppDevPackage.ps1

For removing the sideloaded Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. From within Windows Powershell remove the application using: Get-AppxPackage | where PublisherId -eq csykjp4qexh44 | Remove-AppxPackage
 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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