Sunday, October 19, 2014

Expanding vista of Windows OS: Universal Windows apps with Windows 10

In pursuing its dream of 'Mobile-first, Cloud-first' world Microsoft has embarked on the new version of Windows, Windows 10. You can build Universal Windows apps for all Windows devices from embedded to any size; games or enterprise applications; and one store and one way to deal with apps from the store.

In order to experience the thrill (there will be a lot not so thrilling experiences on the way with lots of updates and all. Things may break now and then) you should sign-up for the Windows Insider Program here.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview

This is what the offer is if you sign-up:
"Join the Windows Insider Program so you can be part of every key moment along the way as we create Windows 10. You'll get Windows 10 Technical Preview, all the builds as soon as they're available, and an easy-to-use feedback app."

Well you need to be good at fixing things up if they go wrong preferably with experience in trouble shooting with all kinds of tools.

Some of the nice things now possible with Windows 10 can be found in this announcement link here:
http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/30/announcing-windows-10/

The desktop has the start menu as well as some selected favorite apps together juxta-positioned on the desktop as shown. I suppose you can add / remove the apps from the desktop. I will let you know if it is possible after I have tried it.

The format of Windows Store Apps and desktop programs are indistinguishble and everything runs in a window. The apps windows can be dragged around and resized just like any desktop window.


Snapping multiple apps together on the same screen is possible as shown.


Note that all the above images taken from the link mentioned earlier.
Other noted features are:
  • Admits Multiple desktops
  • New task-view button for quick switching
  • finding files faster (I would like to see this happen)
etc.
Watch this video to get your first impression.



I have signed-up but not installed Windows 10. Presently fighting with a bug in the Windows 8.1 OS. I will be installing on a VM and let you know my impressions.

It appears that Microsoft has found a closure to the complaints regarding the Start button users of Windows 7 (and earlier versions) who were unhappy with Windows 8 which got somewhat improved in Windows 8.1.
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Microsoft Azure planning to cover Indian sky

Beginning 2015 there will be data centers (3 local data centers) in India. According to Nadlella, 'A mobile first world can't exist without a cloud first world'. With 900 end points (based on mobile phones) to contend with it is a no brainer to have cloud services local to India.

Nadella thinks there is a trillion dollar opportunity waiting to be grabbed.

According to local Microsoft chief, this move will guaranate 'Digital India' a reality. I think this is a great move.

Read details here:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Microsoft-to-set-up-cloud-data-centres-in-India/articleshow/43944349.cms

More info here:
http://www.channeltimes.com/story/microsoft-partners-sees-explosion-in-cloud-services-with-the-local-dataceter/

This Windows 8.1 (x64 bit) problem is a tough nut to crack


Each software and each version brings its own bag of problems and a whole lot of bug fixes and patches.

Windows 8.1 is no different. Recently I came across a problem which I have not been able to solve but making all efforts to fix. This post describes the problem and the attempts to correct it.

Recently I copied over several hundred image/video files from my Windows Phone 8.1 Preview to my Windows 8.1 (x64 bit) Toshiba Laptop. This is when I started noticing problems. The computer became slow and I lost access to the properties of files / folders on the desktop. I also noticed that it
was not possible to run the command processor (cmd.exe) in the elevated mode which I required for some diagnostics. For example, if I right click any file, the rotating wheel would start and after a minute or so, the whole desktop would refresh as if nothing happened.

Of course I found some work arounds to achieve what I wanted but the OS was not operating as expected. You may find links to the work arounds here, and here.

After succeeding to run the SFC /scannow command in the elevated mode, I was able to determine that certain files were corrupted and could not be repaired. These files were posted to the forum and here is a list files that could not be repaired..
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2014-10-16 10:28:25, Info                  CSI    000006fc [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version = 6.3.9600.16384, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type = [l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2014-10-16 10:28:31, Info                  CSI    000006fe [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version = 6.3.9600.16384, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type = [l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2014-10-16 10:43:57, Info                  CSI    00000b73 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version = 6.3.9600.16384, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type = [l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
2014-10-16 10:43:58, Info                  CSI    00000b75 [SR] Cannot repair member file [l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version = 6.3.9600.16384, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral, VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type = [l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, hash mismatch
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In order to troubleshoot my original problem, I managed to repair the corrupt files using dism and then carried out a SFC scan of the computer (although this was not really necessary since dism provides the same informaiton). Now there are no corrupt files in the computer.

The original problem still persists. I am trying to further troubleshoot.