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Ah well, Win8 forced a restart on me and that dam*ed Browser Choice is there and popping up before my very eyes.

 

I have discovered that:

 

Shutdown means go into advanced hibernation (that's why stop/start is so fast) and Restart is really reboot from BIOS. That's pretty understandable then.

 

If you install Win Media Centre or Essentials 2012 or Office then "1 Your default update source would have been "flipped" from Windows Update to Microsoft Update. 2.Automatic Updates would have been reset back to the default Automatic setting." - from a M/S support site. So when I commented earlier that my Win update choice had been changed, and thus allowed the Brower Choice app to be installed, I was not losing my marbles. I had installed Live Mail so I could use a POP mail account, and this changed my update settings.

 

So now I have the indestructible Browser choice. I wouldn't really mind about this thing except that it's unremovable, it unpins IE from the taskbar, it asks if I want to install IE (I already have it, thanks), and there's no "No thanks, leave me as I am" button.

 

At the moment I think that I am in control of my pc for 75% of the time, and M/S 25%. Or the other way round.

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When you get the browser choice and you click on IE does it take you to the start screen IE10?

 

If so, what happens when you click on the Microsoft address at the bottom (where the address bar is in the start screen IE10 for some reason)

 

Also have you set your home page and search engine to google yet?

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I just cancel the browser choice. I don't use IE from the start screen, just from the desktop. I might tweak the start screen app to fire up IE in the desktop when I get round to it, or just leave it as it is. Yes, the default search is Google, and I use my own home page.

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I don't use IE from start screen either but as you know there are 2 IE10 in Win 8. That is why I asked if the browser choice window when it goes to IE10, is it opening the desktop IE for you, or the start screen one.

 

I have all links set to open in desktop IE.

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I have all links set to open in desktop IE.

yo tambien (me too)

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discovered a nice little free app in the Win8 Store called Tile A File.

lets you create a metro tile of any file, great way to stick shortcuts of your most used files onto the Start Screen.

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Unsure about this as all the apps I have pinned to the start menu have the app's icon on them anyway so I don't personally feel the need for an app to do this, I can find things on my start screen :)

 

As for directly opening the app via this tile, it says it bypasses the desktop, but in reality you're only there a split second anyway before your app is opened.

 

The tile allows you to launch an application associated with a file (e.g. like Microsoft PowerPoint ™ for viewing a presentation) with a single tap rather than having to go to the Windows™ desktop to find the file and run it.

 

http://mtaulty.com/downloads/tileafile/tileafile.htm

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the thing I like about it is you can convert a personal file to a tile, in my case, I have an Excel spreadsheet I use numerous times a day, I now have a metro tile as a way for quick access.

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Whatever happended to computing! ?

 

since win7 ( and I am completely disregarding the fact that Vista was ever introduced), it appears that todays so called computers are mere fancy media machines.. its just absolutely backward!!

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Whatever happended to computing! ?

 

since win7 ( and I am completely disregarding the fact that Vista was ever introduced), it appears that todays so called computers are mere fancy media machines.. its just absolutely backward!!

 

Tom this is a thread for Win 8 users to post suggestions, fixes and how-to's, it's not really for comments on operating systems :)

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How to access files from sd cards on Win 8

 

Modern Windows 8 Apps such as the Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Photos apps can only display content stored in your libraries. You may want to store media files on an SD card or USB drive, but Windows stops you.

To get around this limitation, you will need to make the SD card or USB drive accessible at a different location in Windows. This will trick both Windows 8 and Windows RT into allowing you to add it to libraries

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/136503/how-to-access-files-from-sd-cards-and-usb-drives-in-modern-windows-8-apps/

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one of the major downfalls of the "windowsUI" that I hope "blue" fixes

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Guest Keatah

The best way to enjoy 8 is to not use it at all.

I'm telling my clients to stay with xp & 7 or wait for blue.

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Keetah this is NOT the thread to express your opinion of 8. You've been here and read this thread long enough to know that what we're doing here is allow those who choose 8 to co-mingle.

 

that said, your answer is that of someone unwilling to try the new. 8 is 7 after getting to know it...period. And blue is just a fancy name for a huge service pack (like XP sp1 which changed entire parts of the OS) Blue is not 9.

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Ah, just shoot me now.

 

My Dell had a B(lack)SOD on the second or third day of running W8, but I put that down to it being such an old piece of kit. It has behaved OK ever since.

 

Yesterday my other half opened her spanking new HP Pavilion laptop and pressed Send/Receive on Live Mail (we have POP accounts). The download failed, hanging on the download box, so we had to chop Live Mail through Task Manager. We checked the mail on the web and there were no large emails, and we downloaded the lot onto her trusty 15-year-old Toshiba. Today we tried Live Mail again and it hung, and was chopped. I tried a W8 restart, and it hung with Restarting for 20 mins. In the end I powered it off. It powered up, with warning messages saying that it had shut off Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, Norton Anti-virus. Well, thanks for that. I ran a restart again and it came up OK. So does Live Mail, but everything is cripplingly slow to open at the moment. The Action Center messages are no longer showing that the Firewall etc are closed, so I guess it's brought those back online. It is speeding up now, back to usual.

 

This is a bit of a blow to our W8 confidence, which has been high so far. That there are half a million hits for Windows 8 hangs on startup is no great shakes either. I think what peeves me most is that with this O/S we're just passengers now.

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powered up, with warning messages saying that it had shut off Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, Norton Anti-virus.

was that a message from windows problem reporter (the little flag) some time it'll say that because it starts before Norton does (next time wait a few and check Norton to see if it says it's disabled)

 

when you say live mail are you using the desktop application or the windows-(don't call it)Metro mail app?

 

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/2027945/how-to-banish-metro-from-your-windows-8-pc-forever.html#tk.nl_pcwbest

 

Thought this article might be of interest. Not to contribute to the 'metro bashing,' but because it's pretty neat that you can basically tweak metro out of your w8 experience.

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Nergal, yes, that little flag, rather portentously called the Action Center. It was a little time after the restart but I think if I'd waited a little longer the firewall and others would have restarted, but the flag was insistent!

 

Hazel, yes, the HP has Defender and Norton running at the same time. It came like that and I haven't got round to removing Norton yet. It's on a 60 day trial, I think.

 

We're both using Windows Live Mail, which used to be called Essentials, or perhaps still is. We need this as Windows Mail as supplied with 8 doesn't support POP. We run WLM as a desktop application.

 

I'll kill Norton and then probably shutdown Defender and use Avast.

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Not really a good idea to be running Defender and Norton at the same time. Defender is a slightly different animal to MSE so you are running 2 av's at once.

 

I would agree that you may be better off ununstalling Norton.

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Augeas, just curious if you were turning the PC 'off off' or just that sexy Win8 hibernation, pseudo off thing.

i wonder if the reported hangs at startup are from the cold state or a warm/hot boot.

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Thank you Hazelnut for starting this topic. I shall follow it carefully.

My family has just pronounced their new win 8 laptop "The...Worst...Computer...Ever".

They bludgeoned me into suggested we trade for my favorite, trusty and only win 7 laptop. :(

Sigh. I liked that laptop.

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I can't stand laptops, but I do love me some Win7. It's the next XP and Microsoft wants to kill it. <_<

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Eh, it's that "make changes just to make changes busywork thing" again. I'm wondering if anything useful will come out of the next service pack. There's potential to turn things around.

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Small glitch occurred when I attached a 500 gb external hdd to the win8 laptop

The laptop was not on the 'net.

A popup said something about checking (very sorry, just don't remember the text).

Tried to remove the hdd.

The remove hardware function said it was removed, but it was still visible and all files / folders readable.

The hdd would not be removed. Just turned the win8 computer off with the switch, then removed it.

Now that hdd is hooked up to a win xp computer, and there is a locked folder on it. It was not there before.

The folder is called 59e7c21dc9680e15e0f1, and it has 2 subfolders called amd64 and i386.

I have not yet attacked the folder in earnest, will do and post back. Just wondered if anyone has had anything similar.

 

..th_w8_oddfile1_0files_zpsf41a9cfa.jpg..th_w8_oddfile2_lokd_zps8bbc3c62.jpg..th_w8_oddfile3_unlokr_zps00980c8e.jpg..

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