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Windows 8.1: A service pack or a new OS?

Is Windows 8.1 an update for Windows 8 or an upgrade? In other words, is it a service pack or is it a new version of Windows?

Windows 8.0 in comparison to Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.0 in comparison to Windows 8.1.

Let’s find out.

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Finding wallpaper location in Windows 7 and Windows 8

This article introduces two PowerShell scripts that help you find the wallpaper location in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

View of Garachico, Tenerife, Spain by Diego Delso

View of Garachico, Tenerife, Spain by Diego Delso


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Internet Explorer 11 cannot connect to local host – Redux

Updated 11 November 2013

In a previous blog post, I detailed how Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 Preview fails to open http://127.0.0.1 while it has no problems opening http://localhost, given an appropriate web server is installed. Well, here is an update.

Screenshot - 1. IE11 cannot connect to 127.0.0.1

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Internet Explorer 11 cannot connect to local host

If you think everything compatible with Windows 8.0 is also compatible with Windows 8.1, I am afraid you should reconsider. Perhaps if you have been with me so far, you are now aware of this fact. My latest experiments with Windows 8.1 Preview shows that Internet Explorer 11 has problems connecting to local system.
Screenshot - 1. IE11 cannot connect to 127.0.0.1

Let’s see what’s the problem and how we can resolve it.

Fun fact about xcopy

Command Prompt iconDid you know that xcopy program included with Windows 7 has 28 command-line switches which includes “/A” through “/Z”? Surprisingly however, the xcopy page on Microsoft TechNet site does not include them all.

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Thumbs.db in Windows 7

Until today, I thought Windows 7 does not create thumbs.db files. But I was wrong.
Screenshot of Windows Explorer having searched for "thumbs.db" files stored in a computer

I was using a Windows 7 Professional Edition machine to browse a network share on a Windows XP Home Edition netbook. The share contained two JPEG image files which I had put there. Seconds after browsing the network share, a thumbs.db file appeared beside the two image file.

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IT World accuses Windows 8 of feature theft

On 9 February 2012, IT Word published an article titled “Eight features Windows 8 borrowed from Linux” which accuses the still unreleased Microsoft operating system codenamed Windows 8 of feature theft. The assertion is not direct, but is unmistakably accusatory. But did Windows 8 really “borrowed” anything? Read the rest of this entry

Removing invalid items from Game Explorer

Users of Windows 7 probably know about Game Explorer, a part of Windows 7 that shows installed video games on their computers and allows them to run them, update them, see their playing statistics or control how their children access those games. It must not be confused with the Games folder in the Start Menu.

The items seen in Game Explorer are not ordinary shortcuts. Therefore, if a computer game’s uninstaller does not remove the corresponding game’s entry from the Game Explorer, simply pressing the Delete button will not fix the issue. This is the problem that I run into. (See figure 1).

Game Explorer with an invalid item

Game Explorer with an invalid item

When I saw this irremovable invalid entry, I thought that like most other Windows settings, the details of these entries must be stored in Windows Registry. I could refer to MSDN website and read about Game Explorer, but a simple search in the Registry yielded more satisfying results.

Registry Editor showing GameUX key in Windows Registry

Registry Editor showing GameUX key in Windows Registry

The Game Explorer settings are stored in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\GameUX\

Under this key, there are subkeys that store information about the items displayed in Game Explorer. The structure is not simple but if you spend a couple of minutes there, you should have no trouble figuring out how it works. I too found the entry corresponding to my uninstalled game without much trouble and deleted it. (See figure 2).

By the way, I did refer to MSDN in the end – just to satisfy my own curiosity. I found a technical article to get game developers started with Game Explorer and the Game Explorer’s reference book. It appears that Game Explorer is not new to Windows 7; rather, it was first introduced an operating system called Windows Vista, a successor to the venerable Windows XP.

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