Monthly Archives: July 2013

Inside Windows 8.1: File and printer sharing protocol

While browsing Windows Features applet in Windows 8.1 Preview’s Control Panel, a new “feature” caught my attention: SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support. For those who know what it is, it bears a very clear message. Those who do not, however, might want to read on and find out.

A dialog box whose title reads "Windows Features". List a lot of items, including "SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support"

Windows 8.1 Preview – Features applet contains SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support

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Inside Windows 8.1: Compatibility

This is the fifth article in my series of articles on Windows 8.1 Preview, but this one is short.

Yesterday, I decided that I needed a DaRT recovery disc (DaRT stands for Data Recovery Toolset) so I grabbed the nearest copy of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Toolkit (MDOP). What came into my hand was MDOP 2012. But as I ran the setup program, I was stopped cold: An error message said that the copy of DaRT  needed Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. But I was running it on Windows 8, wasn’t I?

Installer information: Microsoft DaRT 8.0 requires that your computer is running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. Windows 8.1 Pro Preview. Evaluation copy. Build 9431

MDOP 2012 which requires Windows 8 does not run on Windows 8.1 Preview

Yes, and no. I was running it on Windows 8.1 Preview, to be accurate. Let me remind you guys: Windows Vista’s version number (regardless of whatever service pack you install on it) is 6.0. Windows 7’s version number is 6.1. Windows 8’s version number is 6.2. Windows 8.1, however, would change the version number to 6.3, effectively telling every single app that you are running a version of Windows significantly different from Window 8.0.

Net result: With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has brought you the Start button that you wanted… along with a potential application compatibility nightmare. I’ll go find myself either a Windows 8 PC or a copy of MDOP 2013, whichever is the nearest.

Windows 8.1 Preview: Hits and misses

Windows 8.1 Preview has both new features and flops, some of which are bugs that will be solved by the time it is released to manufacturing (RTM) and some are flops by design and will never get fixed.
Screenshot: Windows 8.1 error  on small screen
Here is the first: Windows 8.1 Preview still does not run Metro-style apps on screens whose vertical resolution is lower than 768. That means, they do not run on your 720p High Definition TV (1280×720) .

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Windows 8 is … Crap, Rubbish, Awful, Terrible, Horrible, Slow, A Disaster, A Flop?

Don Charisma windows 8 is ... search

Interestingly, I posted about downgrading my laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 7 because that’s what I wanted and didn’t particularly like Windows 8, and I’ve had a mini-debate going on with my blog readers.

It all started because I included an image of the’s automatic suggestion’s for “windows 8 is” which were all negative – “crap”, “rubbish”, “terrible”, “awful”

It seems that people think it’s some kind of conspiracy by Google to slag off Microsoft, and not that anyone would genuinely dislike Windows 8. One of my readers suggested I take a look at Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine. Amazingly I have to report that their suggestions for “windows 8 is” are worse than Google’s … who said there is no such thing as bad publicity ?

bing windows 8 is ... search (2)

Seven critical suggestions and only one positive, and this is MICROSOFT’s own search engine, bing belongs to Microsoft ! If Bill…

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The case of me not being able to post here!

I promised you another episode of Windows 8.1 series but I could not fulfill my promise due to not being able to post. Every time I tried to open my blog, I encountered a name resolution error.

Comodo Dragon v28.0.4.0 failed to open  showing Err_Name_Resolution_Failed

Comodo Dragon v28.0.4.0 failed to open, showing Err_Name_Resolution_Failed

Unfortunately, sometimes, spotting the cause of the simplest of problems is unbelievably difficult.
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Autoruns 11.42: The case of missing list items

While performing my duties as a computer and network administrator, I have often used Sysinternals Autoruns to manage computer programs that automatically start with the computer. Frankly, it is the most advanced startup management tool I have known to date. Therefore, it came as a shock to me when I observed that myriads of startup entries cease to show up after enabling digital signature verification. Was it a bug or was it my fault?

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Windows 8.1 Preview: First startup

Windows 8.1 Start screen on a 16:9 display

Windows 8.1 Start screen features new apps, a downward arrow button for accessing all apps, new sizes of tiles and an animated background

As I said in my previous post, Windows 8.1 Preview is released for the public to test. Let’s see what it is and how does it look. Read the rest of this entry

Windows 8.1 Preview is here!

Windows 8.1 Preview is finally available worldwide, thought some parts of the world have had access to it sooner than the others – Americans sooner than everyone else. It is available from

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