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Features removed in Windows 8

I made the usual list (and going to be hated by fanbois probably for it) 🙂 But my goal is to highlight those areas which are “damaged” or step back from Windows 7. Discuss and help make it more complete.

• Start Menu and its unique features like Start Menu jump lists, Frequently Used Programs etc have been removed (Not going to list individual Start menu features which Start screen doesn’t have)
• The ability to boot directly to the desktop and not load the Metro components in memory is not there
• The Lock screen is the place where you can now display custom background instead of the Logon screen, but unlike the Logon screen, there seems to be no way to programmatically change or cycle through a group of images for the Lock screen background. It must be set manually by the user from PC settings on the Start screen.
The “Unblock” button previously available on the file properties dialog for unblocking downloaded files (removing the NTFS Alternate Data Stream from the downloaded file) has been removed.
• Running Internet Explorer purely in 64-bit mode is not possible unless Enhanced Protected Mode is enabled which disables all addons. Otherwise, 64-bit IE10 opens 32-bit tabs.
Search option to use natural language search has been removed.
Mouse control panel option to allow or disallow themes to change mouse pointers is removed.
• File operations like Rename, Delete can no longer be undone from context menu for UAC-protected locations
• Security Essentials settings for configuring default actions or real-time protection have been removed. (Security Essentials is now built-in as Windows Defender)
• In a dual boot scenario, the ability to directly boot into another OS besides Windows 8 is slowed down because the new Windows 8 graphical boot shell/loader reboots to load the other operating system
• Windows Update settings for showing notifications and allowing all users to install updates have been removed. Windows Update no longer notifies with a balloon notification that there are new updates available. I will now have to manually check for updates once in a while by starting Windows Update or go to the Welcome screen to see if updates are available.
Sound events for ‘Exit Windows’, ‘Windows Logon’ and ‘Windows Logoff’ are removed
People Near Me P2P API is removed
• MSConfig’s Startup tab has been killed and replaced by the Task Manager’s Startup tab that doesn’t have the ‘Location’ column which was useful for example to know if the process started from HKCU or HKLM reg branch.
Previous Versions for Shadow Copies is removed. The half-baked replacement is the File History feature which is only for certain file types (documents, music, videos and pictures) in Libraries, desktop and browser favorites. Previous Versions worked for any generic file type in any folder.
Advanced Appearance settings which let you adjust colors, sizes and fonts are removed
• Explorer copy engine issue: Folder conflict prompt when merging/overwriting folders is removed. Explorer silently merges subfolders in a copy operation, you cannot choose entire subfolders to skip or overwrite
• Explorer status bar removes the ability to show important details. It is now a private undocumented control (DirectUI) so it also doesn’t allow Explorer addons like Classic Shell to show information like free disk space, total size of items without selection, computer zone, infotip information as it could on a standard status bar control.
• Explorer: Ability to enable both Details pane and Preview pane simultaneously or independently of each other in Explorer for display of file metadata as well as preview is gone
Flip 3D is gone
• Chkdsk when run at startup does not display any information about file system repairs besides % complete. This screen is gone when Chkdsk runs at startup and replaced by just a dumbed down % complete.
• Pen and Touch Input Desktop features no longer included because of Metro
Network Map feature and some network profile management UI from Network and Sharing Center is missing
Memory addresses and other technical information has been removed from the Windows 8 bug check screen (BSOD)
• Windows Boot logo is removed
• The new Task Manager is missing many features of the old one.
View Available Networks (VAN) UI has been degraded with access to the most important dialog: the Network’s Status removed. The VAN UI now covers the notification area icons unnecessarily and the Metro look is out of place on the Aero desktop
• The AutoPlay dialog removes the option to always open a particular program based on the file type
• The Open With dialog breaks the NoInternetOpenWith and NoFileAssociate Group Policies and browsing for a program with the redesigned Open With dialog requires three clicks instead of just one.
Windows CardSpace is not installed even after installing .NET 3.0/3.5
• The keyboard shortcut for Windows Mobility Center has been removed. Previously, Win+X brought it up, now it brings up the power user context menu.
• Desktop games (no word on whether they will be included or dropped in favor of Metro-style games):
• Chess Titans
• FreeCell
• Hearts
• Solitaire
• Spider Solitaire
• Minesweeper
• Mahjong Titans
• Purble Place
• Windows DVD Maker is removed
• Windows Briefcase
• Windows Gadget Platform is intact but no gadgets to download as the online Gadget Gallery was killed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users as well.

Deprecated but not yet removed:
• Windows Backup and Restore is deprecated
• The command line tools, DiskPart.exe, DiskRAID.exe, and the Disk Management GUI are being deprecated and replaced by the WMIv2-based Windows Storage Management API with the Storage PowerShell command line utility. Dynamic Disks are being deprecated as part of this transition.
• Subsystem for UNIX-based applications is deprecated
• Some Transactional NTFS (TxF) APIs like savepoints, secondary RM, miniversion and roll forward

Aero dialogs made unproductive and ugly so you don’t feel like using them (Metro encroaching on the desktop):
User interfaces for View Available Networks (VAN) and AutoPlay
User interfaces for Open With, Windows Update restart prompt and Error Reporting
Reset and Refresh – a great new feature but what is this ugliness doing on the Aero desktop?

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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Tech-News


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How to Install Android on PC / Laptop

Mobile phones under the android platform always deserve a best place in market. So if you got messed with android OS and want to try it in your netbook or laptop here is the procedure to experiment it. You can install in your memory cards or flash drives to test android OS on your system.
Download android from Android-x86 and copy it in your flash drive or memory card. Scroll down and download it from the stable release section of the site. This will download an ISO file from the website. Also Make sure your memory device having memory more than 256MB and make your memory drive clean before copying android into it.

You also need UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) to run android on your system. So download it from UNetbootin site. It is available for all the leading operating systems. So choose your OS to download UNetbootin from the site.

Now I have downloaded UNetbootin for my windows platform. All you need to do is insert your drive which you going to install your android OS. UNetbootin extracts the ISO file of android OS which you downloaded and install it in the target disk. The first step of your installation is shown in the screen shot below.

After selecting the target disk, android will start extracting from ISO file and installed in your disk. Now your flash drive will get installed with android OS. This may take few minutes depending on the speed of your flash drive.
 Once you get done with the process you will asked to reboot your system. If you wish you can reboot system immediately or else you just exit and run android when you want. Now your system is ready to run android OS. All you need to do is reboot your system with the flash drive. Change the boot setup to boot from removable disk.

In default it will be available to boot from your hard drive. So press F2 on reboot of your system. Go to Boot menu in the BIOS setup and change the boot setup to boot from removable disc. Then press F10 to save your changes and exit from BIOS setup. Now your system will restart and boot from your removable disc. This will bring a menu infront of you with the following options.

Select Live CD- Run Android-x86 without installation. Then your android OS will start booting and you need to wait for few minutes until it gets loaded. After a couple of minutes you will straightly get into your personal desktop. The default applications will be available on the home screen and for more applications go to menu and select the applications you need.
How to Use Android as PC

By default android give access to webcam and Wi-Fi. So that after entering into the menu you can install the apps you need. You can carry your memory card or flash drive to anywhere and use your own android OS. But your apps installed will be gone when you reboot your system or when you put your removable device in another system. This provides a better interface for the persons who are all using the public systems.

Follow these steps, try installing android in your system. share your comments and doubts in the comment box below.

Just download LiveAndroid

Live Android  Part 1
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Tips


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Your next Linux desktop could be an Android Phone

So how cool would it be getting the full Ubuntu OS running on your device? The answer is: very cool. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu understands this and has decided to work on a full desktop version of Ubuntu which works with multi-core Android devices.

Imagine carrying a full desktop computer in your pocket. We’re not talking about tablet OS’s we’re talking about a better standard system which meets the needs and requirements of all users.

Ubuntu for Android is something that is already available unofficially but lacks functionality and is something we’ve only dreamed about up to this point.

It makes sense that Canonical would start developing this seeing as the Android kernel is based on the Linux kernel which is fully compatible with Ubuntu. This means that the core system should work. On top of the standard Ubuntu OS, users will be able to access all of their phone’s goodies, including SMS messages and phone calls.

Linux-based systems aren’t hardware demanding. In fact, most multi-core phones with at least 512MB of RAM should be able to handle the Ubuntu build for Android.

This does not rid users of Android, nor does it ruin the way either operating system works. Ubuntu for Android works side-by-side and interlaces with certain Android features to deliver a more practical desktop experience without losing the perks of a user’s beloved Android device.

At this point, Canonical is still calling out to developers, manufacturers and carries to help support Ubuntu’s integration with Android, so it’s hard to say when we’ll actually see this in the consumer market. Canonical is, however, planning to demo Ubuntu for Android at next week’s Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, so we’ll definitely learn more then.

For more information on Ubuntu for Android, go here. Feel free to let Canonical know any ideas that you may have, features are up for discussion.

Let us know your thoughts.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Tech-News


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