Fixing Windows 8.1 Metro app crash

I’ve had this problem for a while, but as I’ve not needed access to the Windows 8 UI or its apps, I’ve not worried about it – until now.
Turns out if you’re still using Corel DRAW X3 or X4, it mucks around with the Windows Registry and basically stuffs up the Windows 8 UI. Now while there are a few bigger-than-ben-hur solutions available, I’ve found a nice simple one that actually worked on the Microsoft community website. It does… Read more

Five reasons why Windows XP lasted this long

The end is nigh for Windows XP with the world’s longest-suriving Windows operating system reaching the end of its extended support come April 8 this year. If you took a poll on which of the Microsoft’s OS releases over the last 20 years would become the most popular and longest lasting, you might’ve picked up good odds on XP, so after more than 12 years of solid service, here are some reasons I think why it’s lasted this long.
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Hey Windows 8, Chrome – where did my font-rendering go?

I’ve been using Windows 8 every day since it went RTM back in August 2012. But having just rebuilt my every-day system with a new install, I’ve noticed something’s gone funny with the font rendering. And it turns out, I’m not alone in noticing this.
Microsoft developed a technology called ClearType back in the days of Windows XP that really improved font rendering – or at least the smoothness of fonts – on LCD panels. It still exists in Windows… Read more

Will Windows 8.1 bring back the Start button?

We’re starting to see the first leaks of the next version of Windows, Windows 8.1 or ‘Blue’ but while the leaks haven’t shown anything seriously different (apart from the new ‘Kiosk mode’), there are rumours starting to float around that Microsoft might actually go back to providing the old Start button and menu.
While you can guarantee that the Metro/Modern/whateveritis UI will remain, there’ll be plenty of happy people if the Start button does reappear – starting with computer makers… Read more

Putting the Start button back into Windows 8

While there are rumours starting to flow that Microsoft could well be about to reinstate the Start button into Windows Blue aka Windows 8.1, there’s no need to wait if you a running a Windows 8 (not Windows RT) computer – there’s a way you can have the Start button back right now.
And that’s to install Classic Shell. It’s a simple app to use – you download it, run the installation, click the OK button and you’re done.
It’ll… Read more