How To Install Windows 8 App Store Apps On Different Drive Location

My first PC in the past only had a 40GB hard drive which could be considered more than enough to be able to fill up. Today, depending on type of usage that we have, a 250GB which seems insufficient. Now, the storage media in themselves have evolved a lot, both in terms of technology and form factor. Pen drives sporting capacity with up to 250 gigabytes of storage are not uncommon, higher capacity SD cards are mainstream, and lately, even SSD drives have come down to a minimum level where almost everyone can afford them in their laptops, PCs, etc, taking advantage of the much-faster read/write speeds to the fullest.

The big issues with SSDs is that they become statistical costly, as the storage capacity increases. While having a smaller SSD, on the other hand, is having it get filled up in minutes. Under Windows 8, it’s specifically preferable to have a combination of an SSD along side a traditional SATA hard disk to take full advantage of running the OS from a faster SSD, and getting as much storage as you need for your files, music, photos, data, videos and applications, from the standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD). EDventually, the problem arises with Modern UI (Metro) apps, which follow a default installtion path under Windows’ own Program Files folder, and if already installed OS on your SSD, they may start eating up your storage space faster than you’d expected.

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Actually, booting Windows 8 OS needs almost 15GB of hard drive space and where as Windows 7 of 12GB and Windows XP only needs 800MB of storage C Drive space.

Today, we’re here to guide you on how to move Modern UI Apps in Windows 8 to another location on your HDD instead of the SSD, making exra space available in the root OS drive.

Essentially, the guide follows the premise that you have installed everyting as its default location, that your Windows 8 is installed on the SSD, and you want to move the apps to the D: drive on your SATA disk drive. The method that we’re going to achieve this requires use of symbolic links, whereas your actual Apps folder will be moved to the other drive location, and a system link (symlink) will be created in place in the C: drive to maintain referencing.

Step 1: Make sure no Modern Apps are running on your machine. You may reboot the system and then do it before running anything else. With Administrator rights (ownership), launch an elevated command prompt.

Step 2: Run the following command to take ownership of the WindowsApps folder (this is where Modern UI apps are installed by default).

takeown /F “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” /A /R

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Step 3: The directory now requires to be copied to the new target location, which let us say to be D:\WindowsApps. Run the following in Command Prompt:

robocopyC:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “D:\WindowsApps” /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:DAT

Make sure that the copy action was successfully and there were no errors or failure messages. If seen those, just reboot the machine and start again.

Step 4: Now, you want to remove the original folder from C:\ drive using the command below:

rmdir /S “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

Step 5: Finally, create rthe symlink:

mklink /D “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “D:\WindowsApps

Completed, now you can launch any Modern UI Windows 8 app to verify that it works perfectly.

In case if you don’t want to play around with any of this, or if you feel uncomfortable typing in commands, you can manually move the WindowsApps folder from Program files to a target location of your desired choice and then change a registery entry to reflect that. It’s advised that this will only work if there’s no Metro App installed on your PC.

In registry editor, go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx\PackageRoot

and change the location to the new one (e.g., D:\WindowsApps). Reboot the computer afterwards.

(Via: Redmondpie)

How To Increase Touch Screen Response On Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

This tip makes some sense in making your Surface RT touch-screen display more responsive, while there are lot of fuss being made in the tablet industry at the moment, centering around the pros and cons of the most well-known tablets on the market and which piece of the hardware will reign supreme in the race to be king of the advanced slates. Contenders include the Apple iPad, the Microsoft Surface, the ASUS Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 manufactured by Samsung. All of them are out with extremely capable options, but looks past their feature sets and in fact you’ll all find the same ultimate reason of issues that affect our user experience. Already opted for the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, then this discovery of one individual could go some way to eradicate the touch-screen responsiveness issues, if you are been facing.

However, some Surface RT tablet owners may not even have an issue with how responsive the touch-screen is on the device, but for some people it may be irritating how the screen responds to your touch and  could be finding themselves increasingly frustrated as they continue to use it. In fact the users question has invested the time in exploring the underlying file system and registery and has been able to find a key factor that corresponds to the touch-screen. Improving the feel and responsiveness of the display involves interrogating the key and making some small changes to two of the whole contained within it.

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Found a key for touch prediction that when edited showed a marked improvement in keyboard responsiveness and small item manipulation ie classic desktop, file explorer, etc.

Here’s – The registry key in question is specified as:

  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\TouchPredict on

with tow values needing to be edited (changed) internally to transform the default latency and sample times when interating with the touch display. The finder of the key notes that he has personally changed the latency down from the default 8 to 2 and the sample times also from 8 to 2.

Edit key for latency from 8 to 2.
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Restart of the device will need to be carried out for the changes to take effect.

However this process has been tested on a number of Surface tablets with no ill effect, and worth noting that a number of people fear it could have a nagative effect on the batter life due to the system having to poll the touch-screen on a more regular basic, It has been noted that this could affect battery life in a noticeable way for heavy users, as the system has to poll the screen much more frequently. In fact, the results appear to be in a notable improvement in keyboard responsiveness as well as a marked improvement with scrolling, allowing us to whizz through more information with each scroll gesture.

Still it is considerably worth trading-off when we cinteract with the display constantly when using our RT tablets and don’t mind about the battery drainage, this is something worth trying. (via XDA-Developers)

Nokia Lumia 920 / 820 Windows Phone 8 Handsets Shipping With Portico Update

Microsoft and Nokia have yet to announce the promised Windows Phone 8’s Portico language upgrade to all its newly launched Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, and it looks like the smartphones  are now receiving another update that improves the phone’s features even advanced. Last year the U.S. and Canadian models of Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices “Lumia 920” received the platform’s first over-the-air (OTA) update named “Portico.” The upgrade upped  the stability of the device and apparently repaired some issues that were affecting the camera. Like when some pictures captured in daylight were looking fuzzy.

Outside the U.S. and Canada, the Portico update isn’t expected for another two weeks. But now we got news that a Nokia Lumia 920 purhased from Dutch retailer KPN, shipped along with Portico update included out of the box. The OS version number, 8.0.10211.204, matches the version number from the latest Windows Phone 8 update.

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The folks at WMPoweruser reports the update is only available in Canada for the moment and we’re not sure if if meant for Lumia 920 units in other countries as well. According to MonWindowsPhone forums, owners of Lumia 920 devices purchased via Rogers have started to receive another update post-Portico.

What is Portico update for Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets? This update is said to included quality improvements for languages, though no other details are provided. There’s a high chance this update is related to Canadian French language, which is why it might not be available in other countries.

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Rumored that Nokia was ready to start releasing the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 with the latest updated OS pre-installed, and now it looks like they have already in touch.

Microsoft Killing Messenger On March 15, Just Want You To Use Skype Instead [REPORT]

Microsoft in November last year made a plan to eventually retire its Live Messenger in favor of newly acquired Skype service, which was due to shut down in the third quarter of this year, so we are here to read the confirmation date. According to TheNextWeb, Redmond has informed users via email that they have until March 15th to use the IM platform, after then they will need to hope on to Skype to chat with their Messenger pals. No worry, your buddy list will automatically be migrated to the VoIP-focused offerings.

Its confirmed that Microsoft will kill its Live Messenger service in favor of Skype. Microsoft promtly confirms the palns saying it “will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the Q1 of 2013, but with exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available. Desktop users of the outgoing serviceshould receive a banner notification to install Skype and as it turns out, clicking on said banner will also uninstall Messenger.

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Road warriors will be taking acre of it, with Microsoft account support already baked into iOS, Android and its own Windows Phone 8 versions of the Skype app.

Stay tuned to hear a bad news and a good news that the Messenger users will be migrated to Skype on March 15 and the service will be shutdown in all countries except China the same day. According to TNW:

On 15th March 2013 we are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.

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Skype, which was been acquired by Microsoft in May 2011, has been synonymous with the voice / video calling since launch but, obviously has text-based chatting (IM) support built-in as well. While Skype 6 integrated into the Windows Live Messenger by letting users login with their official Microsoft credentials, aside from adding Facebook integration along with.

Finally, Microsoft on Tuesday started mass emailing its 100 million+ Messenger users to let them know that the service is now officially being retired on March 15, 2013. Users on the date will be migrated to Skype, which Microsoft acquired back in May 2011 for $8.5 billion.

Confirmed! that means Messenger will be shut down in just 66 days. It will only keep working afterwards in mainland China, mainly because Skype is operated there by a local provider called TOM.  Wondering how this will work? Just a simple matter of trick. Skype will give youy the option to migrate your accounts, along with a message both types of contacts. Messenger users will have to download and install Skype. Log in with their Microsoft account, and their Messenger contacts will be available inside Skype contacts.

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Yet the Skype service has a larger membership; around 280 million monthly active users, up roughly 100 million since it was purchased by Microsoft. No doubt there are people whom use both Messenger and Skype, but Microsoft’s plan is it wants everyone to use just the latter. Though thinking of maintaining and updating two communication tools for customers in harder.

Stay tuned for more information on this story of closing of Microsoft’s Live Messenger, and migrating to Skype, including VoIP – heading to mobile and it has made a big effort to build out various mobile apps, easily leaving Messenger in the dust.

Windows RT Jailbreak Achieved To Run Desktop Apps On Surface

Looking to jailbreak your Windows RT? Then, here’s a good news that its been jailbroken (hacked) to allow desktop apps to run on Microsoft’s Windows 8 ARM-based operating system. Means that along with the standard Windows RT apps, you’ll now be able to play , install & run Windows desktop applications on your Windows RT tablets.

According to The Verge, “using a method to exploit the setting in memory, the vulnerability could allow Windows RT to run ARM compiled desktop apps. The revelation is a jailbreak, but no x86 desktop apps will run as they need to be compiled to ARM to work on Windows RT – making this exploit rather limited right now. The trick will need to be executed each time the operating system is booted up and will persist until it’s reset.”

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“MSFT’s artificial incompatibility does not work because Windows RT is not in any way reduced in functionality. It’s a clean port, and a good one. But deep in the kernel, in a hashed and signed data section protected by UEFI’s Secure Boot, lies a byte that represents the minimum signing level.

Now that the Windows RT is jailbroken by the guys over at On the Surface Security, and  not particularly useful right now, but expect to see third-party desktop apps from hackers and devs for Windows RT in the future. Could be a great idea to take this route: the app restriction was put in place by Microsoft to extend battery life in RT tablets. Without the restriction in place, expect to see a slump in how long your power lasts.

Official Dropbox App Finally Hits Windows 8 “Modern UI”, Now Available On Windows Store!

Back in October 2012 – Microsoft has unveiled the Dropbox Windows 8 app build at its Developer conference and now it’s finally available in the Windows Store. The app lets you open and edit files from other Windows 8 apps and share files or folders with the Share Charm. Dropbox download is now available for Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Check out the details after the jump!

Although, the Microsoft Surface has just got slightly more evident. A Dropbox app for Windows 8’s (Metro) modern UI is officially available. Now the app is fully certified and has landed in the Windows Store for Windows 8 / RT devices. The app that is a true to the basics of the cloud storage service – which recently passed 100 million registered users and it has now briefly overviewed.

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The Windows 8 users can now browse and preview all of your files and photos directly on Dropbox, open them and edit and even save files from other Windows 8 apps. Share any photos, files folders with the share Charm and also find your files with the said Share Charm –  support is also present, but overall the app is a fairly basic one that mimics web access to Dropbox with a tiled interface to fit Windows 8’s aesthetics.

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Share Charm is yet another big name for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 platform, with the company hoping to attract top developer talent and apps during 2013. The app has adopted the ’tiled’ user interface of the new Microsoft platform, and other functionality — as such sharing to Facebook — is supported, and will be more than familiar to regular Dropbox users.

(Source: Dropbox app for Windows 8 on Windows Store)

Microsoft’s Countdown Clock Tips Official Xbox 720 Release Date

There were speculations that Microsoft intends to introduce the world to the next-gen Xbox console and now it appears that as a countdown that shows the number of days left until E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angles, promoting intense conclusions. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson who has posted a rather teasing countdown clock that hints the actual release time of the next Xbox gaming console. Details comes after the jump!

Microsoft is listed on the official E3 Expo website as settled as number 4100 during the convention with the official Xbox website given on exhibitor page, so that we can receive at least some next-generation Xbox information and related to the announcements. Rumors has surfaced months ago about the possibility of the Xbox 720 being imminently announced and released to the public, but the rejoice seems to have died down a little bit thanks to the large promotional push that the Redmond-based software company has had around Windows 8 and the Surface tablet in hands currently.

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The today’s Xbox 360 has been cracker fr Microsoft, selling over smashing 70 million boxes in the last seven years, but the slaes are dropping down and now the company struggling to find inventive ways to boast consumer excitement about the aging game console, the time has arrived in the form of new console gaming. The countdown timer on the website has started and also provides a link to E3 Expo website with the final date of June 11th being given for the clock to alert the end, which is when E3 beings in LA.

Still the convention have five more months to go, but it seems that Microsoft is keen to get gamers excited and raise some adrenaline levels with plenty of advance notice. Speculations suggests that Microsoft may blind-side us all by revealing the next-gen Xbox console before E3 actually begins and use the convention as a forum to go into greater detail about the new hardware but there is no evidence to back those claims up.

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Mark the release date time in your dairy – gaming fans – this could be a blockbuster of a year for both Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation 4 as well! (via MajorNelson / Redmondpie)

How To Run Windows RT On HTC HD2? It’s Done Perfectly [IMAGES]

Anyone want to see Windows RT on a smartphone? Yup! Here is a good and fair news which comes as the latest exciting one as much as it does us. Windows RT has been ported to the HTC HD2 smartphone. Believe it or not – check out the pictures captured when running Windows RT on HTC HD2 handset below.

Honestly to say that Winows RT cant be run on Apple’s iPad, but can be installed on HTC, HP TouchPad and some other smartphones that have the ability of porting such mobile operating systems. This installation isn’t the first time done on HD2, ealier in the past Windows XP was also ported into HTC’s HD2 and Android 3.0 on HP TouchPad and Nokia N900 smaryphones.

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Apart this, the HD2 – same phone that has been around for longer than some of the news outlets that will report story, has now been the (un)lucky recipient of a whole new port, this time with Windows RT finding its way into that 4.3-inch screen. HTC’s HD2 may have begun life as just another Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, but its surprisingly hardly internals enable to run almost any mobile OS going.

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Now, the latest software to appear on the three-year-old device is the Windows RT, which was ported onto the system by a developer called Cotulla – the news comes as CotullaCode on Twitter released a collection of photos showing Windows RT running on the HD2, though we have yet to see video proof of the feat. He is the same person who previously put Windows Phone 7 on the same unit, let alone Windows Phone 8, the HD2 has proved to be something of a mammoth of hardware.

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The HD2’s 4.3-inch screen has seen ported versions of Ubuntu, as well as Windows Phone, MeeGo and all manner of Android releases. Now that three years old, the HD2 shows no official sign of giving up just yet, as the above collection of photos shared and proved.

Obviously the fact that Windows RT runs on the HD2 would be a big achievement. The HD2 packs just a 1GHz single-core CPU and 5760MB of memory. Impressively, it even for RT version of Windows has the ability to support to see it running.

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Imagine when you run Windows RT on iPad 4? Just kidding, many want to see HD2 running Android 6.0 and Windows Phone 10 at some point in the future. Wait and see!

Samsung ATIV S Now Available In The UK

Samsung on its way launches its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone in the United Kingdom, the Samsung Ativ S is now available in the UK as a SIM free version. Including all taxes the device headed to the UK retailer store – the Unlock Mobiles for £424.98.

The SIM-free Ativ S will be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

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The Samsung ATIV S also have the built-in storage of 16GB and also features a microSD card slot for external storage capacity upto 32GB cards. Most importantly, the ATIV S Windows Phone 8 handset poses with an 8-megapixel rear camera for photos and video capturing, which features auto-focus and LED flash and while the front camera with 1.9MP for video calls and chat. Talking about other specs of Samsung’s new Windows 8 Phone “ATIV S” includes a Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB, 1GB of RAM, WiFi and a 2,300 mAh battery.

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Interested ones can check more details on the new WP8 Samsung Ativ S over at Unlocked Mobiles.

Windows Phone 7.8 For Lumia 800 Update Released, Now Available To Install!

The Finnish company’s Windows Phone, Nokia Lumia 800 has received the latest upgrade of the Windows Phone 7.8 version, now rolling out for installation. If you’re the owner of Lumia 800, you may want to plug your WP handset into the Zune software as there may be a surprise wiating for you in the in the form of much-awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.

However, all the recent Nokia and Windows Phone discussions may be centered around the Symbian company’s launch of the gorgeous new Lumia range of devices powered by Windows Phone 8 but if you happened to gotten in on the Lumia action during the first wave of releases last year then there could be a nice software related gift pack awaiting for your Lumia 800 handset when it connects to the said utility.

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Before you get into the roll out, you have to know about the latest Lumia 505 from Nokia just announced yesterday in Mexico running Windows Phone 7.8 operating system and unveiled as a dudget device. Apart this, those who still make daily use of their Lumia 800 have of course made the conscious decision that the upgrade to the newer Lumia device isn’t on the cards just yet but shouldn’t stop 800 owners from updating the device to Windows Phone 7.8 as it now becomes available through Zune software.

Reports surfaced from the Netherlands via WP7.nl, suggesting that a number of Lumia 800 devices have got the official Windows Phone 7.8 software update sitting and waiting for them when the handset has been plugged into the Zune software on their computers. Obviously in this case with Windows Phone and Android based software updates it of course doesn’t seem to have filtered via all users in all territories just yet but the fact that some users have already able to download and update to 7.8 WP suggests that it will become more widely available in the coming days or so.

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Now, we got to know that the Nokia Lumia 800 has started receiving Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade and rolling out, Lumia 800 owners will already be aware that they won’t ever be getting a full update to Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 mobile OS meaning that should they wish to go down that route they would need to upgrade or purchase one of Nokia’s new Lumia smartphones. While the filtering through of Windows Phone 7.8 at this point should be more than enough to keep those Lumia 800 users happy for the current timing. What can you expect from the new Windows Phone 7.8 here.

The update consists of four steps and downloaded and installed as a four-part process and contains 4 individual upgrades that will take the device through a number of software revisions before finally setting on the 7.10.8858.136 build. But when you’re all done you will find Windows Phone 7.8 is good to go and will bring with it the ability to resize tiles and new boot screens.

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At present it doesn’t seem to be any particular pattern about who will be receiving the update currently so the best part is to connect the device to the Zune desktop software and check if its vailable yet. Do manged to get the update on their device will be able to take full advantage of a set of new boot screens along with being able to dynamically resize the live tiles on the display as well.