Archive for the ‘Windows 8’ category

FlixPicks is live in Windows 8 Store

September 26, 2012

Good news,

The Windows 8 App that I have been working on, called FlixPicks, is live in the Windows 8 Store.  I am looking for Windows 8 early adopters willing to give feedback.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

How to find it

Where to send feedback

Please give it a try.  If you love it, please rate it up in the store.  if you don’t please let me know why and I’ll fix it.


Windows 8 Store – Stuck verifying identity

September 21, 2012

When submitting to the Windows 8 Store, I ran into an issue with step #1 of the certification process. I was getting a warning message: “We haven’t finished verifying your identity. After we verify your identity, we’ll start certifying your app.”  Sounds reasonable, so at first I assumed they just needed more time, however, the screen says that it will only take an hour. Oh well, it is a new process so I’ll give it until tomorrow. Well, it was still the same. After chatting and talking with Microsoft Support as well as few rounds with Symantec (the identity verification company) still no luck and it is still stuck waiting for the identity to be verified.

So how did I solve it:

I noticed that if I changed my publisher name, the identity process would get kicked off again. So I tried it, we received the emails both for developer and corporate approver. Ok, now we are cooking. I then waited until morning to see if that fixed it, but it didn’t so I contacted Symantec again over chat and this time they said they just need to push it through and 15 mins later I was verified. I probed them a bit, and Symantec said to contact them if this issue occurs.

So my point of writing this, is so you don’t waste time. Contact Symantec if you get that warning message for more than an hour in my opinion. I wasted 5 days on it. Feel free to send cash if this save you. Ha j/k. However, if you want to, feel free. 🙂

Here is the chat linked that I used: You will need your order number (or also labeled Microsoft Developer Services Account)

Before contacting Symantec make sure you have the following in order:

  1. Make sure you use a company email domain for the approver (i.e. not Yahoo or Gmail)
  2. Make sure your company approver has actually approved it. They will receive an email. This was not my problem, but I could see this being the cause.
  3. Make sure to fill out the Payout information and Tax information. I don’t know if it is really needed to fix this issue but I was told that it is needed by Microsoft, however Symantec said that it didn’t. Just fill it out. Note: after mine was filled out I still had to contact Symantec to get the process pushed through.

Good Luck,

How to Always open links in Desktop I.E. on Windows 8

September 11, 2012

If you are a desktop user of Windows 8 like me, you may find the new I.E. Windows 8 Style app not what you are looking for when using a mouse.  You may want your tabs back the way they had been.  This really becomes a problem for me when I’m in the Windows 8 Email and I click on a link.  I want it to go to the desktop version of I.E.  Well it turns out that there is a setting to do this.  Here are the steps to do it:

  1. Open I.E. Desktop version (The one with the tabs)
  2. Open Tools (Alt – X)
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Select Programs Tab
  5. From the “Choose how you open links” dropdown select “Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop”

When I end up getting a tablet I will likely go back to the new Windows 8 style I.E., however, I probably will want to have it work one way for touch and another way when using a mouse.  If anyone figures that out, please post how you did.  I’m thinking there might be an opening for an setting application here.

Windows 8 – Black Screen After Boot

July 27, 2012

I was about to panic this morning when Windows 8 did not boot up properly.  It only went to a black screen with the mouse still working.  Looking online I found a couple posts that say to try to repair or re-install which I was about to do and then.  Wait for it.

I turned my other monitors on.  And there she was, just waiting behind monitor 2 to be clicked on.  Whew!

Details of my setup:

  • Laptop with 3 monitor setup (1 laptop + 2 external)
  • Multi-Boot Setup

So in a rare case that you have multiple monitors connected to a laptop, where you have shut your monitors off after shutting down the laptop and have multi-boot (i.e. no operating system has loaded yet, just the nice new OS picker screen), then you may find that your laptop monitor is black.

Update: I also have had it happen when I disconnect my laptop from other monitors and then being out and about with only my laptop the screen doesn’t come up.  I likely could just hard reboot, but then I would lose what I had up.  I was able to get it to switch to my laptop monitor by using the monitor switch key, however, it took a while.  Mine took nearly 30 seconds before the monitor switch happened.

Hope this saves you from wasting a bunch of time.

Did this help you?  If so, could you help me?
I would appreciate you checking out a Free Windows 8 app that I created called FlixPicks.  I really appreciate any feedback you have good or bad.  Even if you don’t download it, could you tell me why so that I know what to change.  I solved a personal problem of being able to easily see where a movie is available in 1 spot.  Now I want to only add more to it as people request.  About FlixPicks.  I appreciate your help!

Metro Style – App Bar Button Placement Rules

June 20, 2012

After getting some feedback on my app from Microsoft, I learned that the bottom app bar should be broken up into three main sections (Left, Middle, Right).

  • Left is for actions to be performed on the selected item.
  • Middle is for page specific actions.
  • Right is for Global actions.

It may or may not be documented in the guidance as things are changing.

Windows 8 – Getting Use To It

June 20, 2012

I started using Windows 8 about two weeks ago.  My impression so far is that I like it.  It took a few times using it to find my way around.  The biggest problem I had was finding existing system “things” like the control panel and I really missed the ability to search from my start bar.  Well, turns out the experience is better, all you have to do is start typing on the Star Menu and the search happens.  Nice.

Couple keyboard shortcuts you need to know:

  1. Just start typing to search the system.
  2. Select an Item (Space Bar)
  3. Settings Charm (Win + I)
  4. App Search (Win + Q)
  5. Setting Search (Win + W)
  6. Simple Menu & Time (Win + C)
  7. Run (Win + R) Still works!

There are plenty more but these are the ones I’m using frequently so far.  Please comment if you have others that you put to good use.

Installed Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012

June 12, 2012

It is time that I got started on Windows 8. Last night I installed Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012. I certainly was happy that I didn’t run into any issues other than a screen flickering until I rebooted.  In order to install it, I downloaded the iso and burned it to disk because I wanted to be sure to install on a separate partition.  I’m not sure how the downloadable setup.exe would work.

Tip: Create a partition
I created a new partition in Windows 7 prior to installing Windows 8 which worked out great.

  1. Open Disk Management.
  2. Select a drive with excess space.
  3. Shrink the drive.
  4. Format unallocated space.
  5. Name the drive Win8 or something to identify it.

That way when you install Windows 8 you can be sure select the correct partition and not overwrite your working operating system(s).