Author Archives: Darren H.

Outlook.com account problems with Windows 10 - no start menu

I created myself a new <user>@outlook.com account this morning and added it to my Windows 10 laptop. On logging on I got a very strange problem. The desktop loaded and all looked ok, except the start menu doesn't respond. I … Continue reading

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Windows phone press and hold keys

Just found something not seen before on the windows phone. Pressing and holding some keys brings up additional options for that key. For instance: Holding down the $ symbol brings up the options as above, so for instance you could … Continue reading

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Windows 8 start menu

Windows 8 start menu. I've added a few buttons for the more used shortcuts. As you might find it useful for a time whilst getting used to the new Windows interface, you can download it here free of charge: http://www.dphsw.co.uk/downloads/Win8StartMenuInstaller.msi … Continue reading

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Windows 8 - Day 4 - where's the start menu gone...

Day 4 of using Windows 8 and I'm really missing a start menu on the "Desktop". I really like the new interface and love my Windows 7 phone, but I can see for a while I'm going to be spending … Continue reading

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Windows 8 - day 2...

Booted up my new shiny windows 8 machine following the upgrade from Windows 7. One of the features of Windows 7 that's missing from Windows 8 Pro by default is Media Center. Until the 31 January 2013 its free to … Continue reading

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Windows 8 - Downloading...

With a little trepidation (and a backup of my data to USB drive) I'm putting my new'ish Asus laptop into the hands of the Windows 8 upgrade assistant. With the offers from Microsoft and the availability of express tools to develop for Windows … Continue reading

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Attempt to install Active Directory Domain Controller failed with error code 0x80070643

During configuration of some Server 2008 R2 VMs for a test lab, I kept getting the error: At first I thought it was related to a recent patch, but on rebuilding the VM without patches and with "windows updates" disabled the … Continue reading

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Graphical Artwork Designer Available

Do you need help with your artwork for a game or application your developing. Maybe we can help. One of our team is available at a reasonable hourly or piece work rate. Please add a comment to this post if … Continue reading

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MS Advertising SDK 6.1 - no ads displaying for combined silverlight/XNA apps

Just published update to our windows phone game (Atoms 3D) on AppHub and its not displaying ads. It displays ads if I deploy the same XAP file directly to my developer phone. There's also a slightly newer version of the MS … Continue reading

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MS adcontrol - location targeting?

After much searching through MS docs and blogs, I'm still not clear if we are supposed to set the users location for ad targeting. The examples don't include calls to set the location, but the SDK refers to setting location … Continue reading

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