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Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Modern-style apps in Windows 8 need a screen resolution of at least 1024×768. Unfortunately, many netbooks have a 1024×600 resolution. If you have a netbook, there’s a chance you can bypass this limitation and run modern apps anyway.

If your screen resolution is too low, you’ll see a message saying the app cannot open. If no higher screen resolutions are appear available, you can try this trick to make Windows think your screen resolution is higher.

How It Works

Netbooks generally use Intel’s integrated graphics. The Intel graphics driver contains a hidden setting to enable “downscaling.” Essentially, this will allow you to set a higher screen resolution in Windows. The graphics driver will then “downscale” the image to fit your screen. This will make content look blurrier, especially on the desktop – but if you want to watch videos and play games in the Modern environment, it may be a fair trade-off.

Some people have reported this trick doesn’t work, while it seems to work for others. It’s possible that it only works with certain chipsets.

Enabling Modern Apps

First, launch the registry editor by pressing the Windows key, typing regedit, and pressing Enter.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Press Ctrl+F in the registry editor and do a search for display1_downscaling_supported

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

You should see a setting named “Display1_DownScalingSupported” in the right pane. Double-click it and set its value to 1.

(If you don’t see any search results, this trick won’t work for you. You shouldn’t try to add this setting yourself, as it is graphics-driver-dependent.)

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Press the F3 key to repeat the search and change every Display1_DownScalingSupported setting to 1 in the same way.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Restart your computer and open the Screen Resolution window. You should be able to set your screen resolution to 1024×768, which will allow you to launch Modern apps.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

If you see a black screen after trying this trick, you can boot to safe mode to undo your changes.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Modern apps on Windows 8.1 are often an afterthought on a traditional PC or laptop. If you prefer the desktop, here’s some ways to make using apps easier.

Windows 8.1’s modern or metro-style apps are mostly an afterthought on a traditional computer with mouse and keyboard. However, on a touch-enabled device, they are much more useful and the desktop seems dated. It’s difficult to hit the targets on the desktop correctly using your finger. Although, I did write an article on how to make the desktop more touch-friendly.

Use ModernMix

But I digress, back to the desktop and modern apps. One way to make the metro-style UI and apps more useful in Windows 8.1 is to spend $4.99 on Stardock’s ModernMix. It’s a handy utility that allow you to run the modern apps in a traditional desktop style window. If you’ve followed any of my writing, you know that I’m a big fan of Xbox Music, and using ModernMix is a must for getting the most out of it from a traditional PC or laptop.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Another cool thing you can do is right-click the border of the modern app windows and select to create a shortcut to it on the desktop.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Or if you’re a fan of having apps on the taskbar, right click the app while open and simply pin it.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Launch Modern Apps from Desktop

Usually to open a Modern app you need to go to the Start screen to launch it. But here’s a cool trick you can use to launch them directly from the desktop.

Open the power user menu by hitting Windows Key + X on your keyboard and select Command Prompt. This works on either the Start screen or the desktop. Alternately you can launch it by typing: cmd from the Start screen and then selecting it from the search results.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Once the Command Prompt comes up type in: explorer shell:AppsFolder and hit Enter.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

The folder with all of your apps, including Modern apps. will come up. Just double click the one you want to open. Plus if you already have ModernMix installed, it will open them in desktop Window. You’ll rarely ever have to go to the Start screen again.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Bonus Tip: Stop Desktop Files from Opening in Modern Apps

This is also a good tip for getting the desktop and Modern UI to play better with each other. Nothing is more annoying, especially on a single screen computer, is launching a picture or PDF and having it open full screen in a modern app. Sure you can use the snap feature, which has improved with Windows 8.1, but why not have your desktop items open in desktop programs? Check out my article on making this happen by changing file associations. Also remember Windows 8.1 has made several improvements to make the Modern UI less annoying when using the desktop.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Getting Windows 8.1 squared away to how you want to use it takes a bit of time. But if you’re desktop focused and more used to Windows 7 and previous versions, you’ll be glad you did it. Hopefully by employing the methods we cover here will make the transition easier.

Got a favorite tip you use to make Windows 8.1 easier to use? Shoot me an email or leave a comment below and tell us about it!

Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Modern-style apps in Windows 8 need a screen resolution of at least 1024×768. Unfortunately, many netbooks have a 1024×600 resolution. If you have a netbook, there’s a chance you can bypass this limitation and run modern apps anyway.

If your screen resolution is too low, you’ll see a message saying the app cannot open. If no higher screen resolutions are appear available, you can try this trick to make Windows think your screen resolution is higher.

How It Works

Netbooks generally use Intel’s integrated graphics. The Intel graphics driver contains a hidden setting to enable “downscaling.” Essentially, this will allow you to set a higher screen resolution in Windows. The graphics driver will then “downscale” the image to fit your screen. This will make content look blurrier, especially on the desktop – but if you want to watch videos and play games in the Modern environment, it may be a fair trade-off.

Some people have reported this trick doesn’t work, while it seems to work for others. It’s possible that it only works with certain chipsets.

Enabling Modern Apps

First, launch the registry editor by pressing the Windows key, typing regedit, and pressing Enter.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Press Ctrl+F in the registry editor and do a search for display1_downscaling_supported

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

You should see a setting named “Display1_DownScalingSupported” in the right pane. Double-click it and set its value to 1.

(If you don’t see any search results, this trick won’t work for you. You shouldn’t try to add this setting yourself, as it is graphics-driver-dependent.)

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Press the F3 key to repeat the search and change every Display1_DownScalingSupported setting to 1 in the same way.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Restart your computer and open the Screen Resolution window. You should be able to set your screen resolution to 1024×768, which will allow you to launch Modern apps.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

If you see a black screen after trying this trick, you can boot to safe mode to undo your changes.

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Moderne apps i Windows 8 har brug for en skærmopløsning på mindst 1024 × 768. Desværre har mange netbooks en opløsning på 1024 × 600. Hvis du har en netbook, er der en chance, at du kan omgå denne begrænsning og køre moderne apps alligevel.

Hvis din skærmopløsning er for lav, vil du se en besked, der siger, at appen ikke kan åbne. Hvis der ikke vises nogen højere skærmopløsninger, kan du prøve dette trick for at få Windows til at tro, at din skærmopløsning er højere.

Hvordan det virker

Netbooks bruger generelt Intels integrerede grafik. Intel-grafikdriveren indeholder en skjult indstilling for at aktivere “downscaling.” Dette vil i det væsentlige give dig mulighed for at indstille en højere skærmopløsning i Windows. Grafikdriveren vil derefter “nedskalere” billedet for at passe til skærmen. Dette vil gøre indholdet blurrier, især på skrivebordet – men hvis du vil se videoer og spille spil i det moderne miljø, kan det være en fair trade-off.

Nogle mennesker har rapporteret dette trick virker ikke, mens det ser ud til at fungere for andre. Det er muligt, at det kun virker med visse chipsæt.

Aktivering af moderne apps

Start først registret editor ved at trykke på Windows-tasten, skrive regedit og trykke Enter.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Tryk Ctrl + F i registreringseditoren og søg efter display1_downscaling_supported

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Du skal se en indstilling ved navn “Display1_DownScalingSupported” i højre rude. Dobbeltklik på det og angiv dets værdi til 1.

(Hvis du ikke ser nogen søgeresultater, fungerer dette trick ikke for dig. Du bør ikke forsøge at tilføje denne indstilling selv, da den er grafisk driverafhængig.)

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Tryk på F3-tasten for at gentage søgningen, og skift hver Display1_DownScalingSupported-indstilling til 1 på samme måde.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Genstart din computer og åbn vinduet Skærmopløsning. Du skal kunne indstille din skærmopløsning til 1024 × 768, som giver dig mulighed for at starte Moderne apps.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Hvis du ser en sort skærm, når du har forsøgt dette trick, kan du starte i sikker tilstand for at fortryde dine ændringer.

1. Cross-Platform User Interface Issues in Windows 8/8.1

Being the first cross-platform OS by Microsoft, Windows 8 features many improvements targeting tablets. The new Metro UI is one of them. While mobile device users are generally happy with the interface, the PC version receives mixed or negative responses due to the focus shifted from productivity and multi-tasking towards modal application execution. Modern UI apps introduced in Windows 8 run full-screen and require a user to switch to the Start screen to launch them. Obviously, such behavior isn’t ideal for a desktop PC.

2. Simple Solution

New feature in Actual Multiple Monitors fixes that by transforming Modern apps to conventional resizable windows on user’s desktop. This way, not only can the user work with multiple Modern apps simultaneously, but also can switch between normal desktop programs and Metro-style applications using habitual modus operandi.

A user can define the way Actual Multiple Monitors should treat Modern apps: open them full-screen or windowed, while the program automatically applies the choice to running apps. See examples below:

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

3. Activation and Customization

To activate windowed mode for an active Modern app, press the Win-Shift-Alt-] hotkey combination (by default). To change this combination, go to the Hotkeys tab in the configuration window of Actual Multiple Monitors . Find the “Toggle windowed mode for a Modern app” action and set the desired combination.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

4. Conclusion

Using Actual Multiple Monitors , you can fix some Windows troubles, such a full-screen mode of Modern apps. Also you can improve your multi-monitor environment with many features, such as the multi-monitor taskbar, additional title buttons, and etc.

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1. Cross-Platform User Interface Issues in Windows 8/8.1

Being the first cross-platform OS by Microsoft, Windows 8 features many improvements targeting tablets. The new Metro UI is one of them. While mobile device users are generally happy with the interface, the PC version receives mixed or negative responses due to the focus shifted from productivity and multi-tasking towards modal application execution. Modern UI apps introduced in Windows 8 run full-screen and require a user to switch to the Start screen to launch them. Obviously, such behavior isn’t ideal for a desktop PC.

2. Simple Solution

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How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

3. Activation and Customization

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How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

4. Conclusion

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Οι εφαρμογές σύγχρονου στυλ στα Windows 8 χρειάζονται ανάλυση οθόνης τουλάχιστον 1024 × 768. Δυστυχώς, πολλά netbook έχουν ανάλυση 1024 × 600. Αν έχετε ένα netbook, υπάρχει η πιθανότητα να παρακάμψετε αυτόν τον περιορισμό και να εκτελέσετε σύγχρονες εφαρμογές ούτως ή άλλως.

Αν η ανάλυση οθόνης σας είναι πολύ χαμηλή, θα δείτε ένα μήνυμα που θα λέει ότι η εφαρμογή δεν μπορεί να ανοίξει. Αν δεν υπάρχουν διαθέσιμες αναλύσεις υψηλότερης οθόνης, μπορείτε να δοκιμάσετε αυτό το τέχνασμα ώστε τα Windows να πιστεύουν ότι η ανάλυση της οθόνης σας είναι υψηλότερη.

Πως δουλεύει

Τα Netbooks γενικά χρησιμοποιούν τα ενσωματωμένα γραφικά της Intel. Το πρόγραμμα οδήγησης γραφικών της Intel περιέχει μια κρυφή ρύθμιση για να ενεργοποιήσετε τη “downscaling”. Βασικά, αυτό θα σας επιτρέψει να ορίσετε υψηλότερη ανάλυση οθόνης στα Windows. Το πρόγραμμα οδήγησης γραφικών θα “σμικρύνει” την εικόνα ώστε να ταιριάζει στην οθόνη σας. Αυτό θα κάνει το περιεχόμενο να φαίνεται πιο θολό, ειδικά στην επιφάνεια εργασίας – αλλά αν θέλετε να παρακολουθήσετε βίντεο και να παίξετε παιχνίδια στο σύγχρονο περιβάλλον, μπορεί να είναι ένα δίκαιο εμπόδιο.

Μερικοί άνθρωποι έχουν αναφέρει ότι αυτό το τέχνασμα δεν λειτουργεί, ενώ φαίνεται να λειτουργεί για άλλους. Είναι πιθανό να λειτουργεί μόνο με ορισμένα chipsets.

Ενεργοποίηση σύγχρονων εφαρμογών

Αρχικά, ξεκινήστε τον επεξεργαστή μητρώου πατώντας το πλήκτρο Windows, πληκτρολογώντας regedit και πατώντας Enter.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Πατήστε Ctrl + F στο πρόγραμμα επεξεργασίας μητρώου και πραγματοποιήστε αναζήτηση display1_downscaling_supported

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Θα πρέπει να δείτε μια ρύθμιση που ονομάζεται “Display1_DownScalingSupported” στο δεξιό τμήμα του παραθύρου. Κάντε διπλό κλικ και ορίστε την τιμή του σε 1.

(Εάν δεν βλέπετε αποτελέσματα αναζήτησης, αυτό το τέχνασμα δεν θα λειτουργήσει για εσάς. Δεν πρέπει να προσπαθήσετε να προσθέσετε μόνοι σας αυτή τη ρύθμιση, καθώς εξαρτάται από τον οδηγό γραφικών.)

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Πατήστε το πλήκτρο F3 για να επαναλάβετε την αναζήτηση και να αλλάξετε κάθε ρύθμιση Display1_DownScalingSupported σε 1 με τον ίδιο τρόπο.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Κάντε επανεκκίνηση του υπολογιστή σας και ανοίξτε το παράθυρο Ανάλυση οθόνης. Θα πρέπει να μπορείτε να ορίσετε την ανάλυση οθόνης σας σε 1024 × 768, η οποία θα σας επιτρέψει να ξεκινήσετε τις σύγχρονες εφαρμογές.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Εάν δείτε μια μαύρη οθόνη μετά από να δοκιμάσετε αυτό το τέχνασμα, μπορείτε να εκκινήσετε σε ασφαλή λειτουργία για να αναιρέσετε τις αλλαγές σας.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Các ứng dụng kiểu hiện đại trong Windows 8 cần độ phân giải màn hình tối thiểu 1024 × 768. Thật không may, nhiều netbook có độ phân giải 1024 × 600. Nếu bạn có một chiếc netbook, có một cơ hội bạn có thể bỏ qua giới hạn này và chạy các ứng dụng hiện đại bằng mọi cách.

Nếu độ phân giải màn hình của bạn quá thấp, bạn sẽ thấy một thông báo cho biết ứng dụng không thể mở. Nếu không có độ phân giải màn hình cao hơn xuất hiện, bạn có thể thử mẹo này để khiến Windows nghĩ rằng độ phân giải màn hình của bạn cao hơn.

Làm thế nào nó hoạt động

Netbook thường sử dụng đồ họa tích hợp của Intel. Trình điều khiển đồ họa Intel chứa một cài đặt ẩn để kích hoạt tính năng giảm tốc độ. Về cơ bản, điều này sẽ cho phép bạn đặt độ phân giải màn hình cao hơn trong Windows. Trình điều khiển đồ họa sau đó sẽ hạ thấp hình ảnh xuống phù hợp với màn hình của bạn. Điều này sẽ làm cho nội dung trông mờ hơn, đặc biệt là trên máy tính để bàn – nhưng nếu bạn muốn xem video và chơi trò chơi trong môi trường Hiện đại, đó có thể là một sự đánh đổi công bằng.

Một số người đã báo cáo thủ thuật này không hiệu quả, trong khi nó dường như có hiệu quả với những người khác. Có thể nó chỉ hoạt động với một số chipset nhất định.

Kích hoạt ứng dụng hiện đại

Đầu tiên, khởi chạy trình chỉnh sửa sổ đăng ký bằng cách nhấn phím Windows, nhập regedit và nhấn Enter.

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Nhấn Ctrl + F trong trình chỉnh sửa sổ đăng ký và thực hiện tìm kiếm display1_downscaling_supported

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Bạn sẽ thấy một cài đặt có tên là Display Display1_DownScalingSupported được hỗ trợ trong khung bên phải. Bấm đúp vào nó và đặt giá trị của nó thành 1.

(Nếu bạn không thấy bất kỳ kết quả tìm kiếm nào, thủ thuật này sẽ không hiệu quả với bạn. Bạn không nên cố gắng tự thêm cài đặt này, vì nó phụ thuộc vào trình điều khiển đồ họa.)

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Nhấn phím F3 để lặp lại tìm kiếm và thay đổi mọi cài đặt Display1_DownScalingSupported thành 1 theo cùng một cách.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

Khởi động lại máy tính của bạn và mở cửa sổ Độ phân giải màn hình. Bạn sẽ có thể đặt độ phân giải màn hình của mình thành 1024 × 768, điều này sẽ cho phép bạn khởi chạy các ứng dụng Hiện đại.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

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How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

How, where, what? This is possible? Yes, it is

Last week, Stardock teased us with an announcement of a new Windows 8 product in the vein of its popular Start8 Start menu program and its Decor8 Windows 8 Start screen wallpaper customizer. Today, the company has revealed that the third Windows 8-related program it has been working on is called ModernMix. Basically, its designed to truly fuse the Windows 8 Modern apps with the familiar desktop interface.

Basically, ModernMix allows Windows 8 owners to run all of the Modern apps such as Netflix, Xbox Music and more on the desktop, along with the ability to resize those apps in a window. You can even pre-set the Modern app window sizes so they stay the same size every time you launch the app. You can also pin the Modern apps on the desktop taskbar for a quick launch. Finally, the Modern apps running under ModernMix have minimal, maximum and close buttons on top, just like regular desktop Windows programs.

How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

How, where, what? NM, see the above pic caption.

Stardock is releasing a public beta version of ModernMix for $4.99 and it can be used together with Startdock’s previously released Start8 Start menu program. You can also download a free 30 day trial of the program. You can find out more information about ModernMix in a blog post written by Stardock CEO Brad Wardell.

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#1 mahendru1992

I’m unable to install any windows 8 apps from the store. As a matter of fact, I can’t even update existing ones. All get stuck on pending and don’t download at all. Anyone else has experienced this problem?

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    Can you fill in the blanks around that statement? Hardware, software, anything else not working correctly?

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    #3 mahendru1992

    yeah well I have this “USB-IF xHCI USB Host Controller” not working error. But I don’t suppose it’s got anything to do with problem I mentioned above.

    Besides this, everything else is working perfectly

    Edited by mahendru1992, 21 August 2014 – 02:25 PM.

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    Have you run the startup repair from the installation cd? What is your security software, is it current and have you run any scans, what are the results?

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    #5 mahendru1992

    Well I’m running Avast+Malwarebytes. No viruses as such. And yes I’ve tried the startup repair but it has no effect.

    Well I guess I should have mentioned this in my opening post only. I apologize for that.

    Besides this I haven’t taken any other pro active steps

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    The USB host controller software would have come with the motherboard. Have you checked to be sure that all of the drivers are up to date? It may not have anything to do with the problem but the way things interact I’m not going to put money on that concept.

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    #7 mahendru1992

    All I can read on the Intel’s website is that Intel has only support for windows 7 while it’s Microsoft which has to provide generic drivers for windows 8, but the problem is that I’m unable to find any compatible windows 8 drivers for the host controller. I even tried updating the it with windows 7 drivers in compatibility mode, but no effect.

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    Who manufactured your motherboard? And the full model number

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    #9 mahendru1992

    I have no idea who the manufacturer is honestly. Although the laptop is a dell xps 15(l502x)

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    Then the motherboard is a ‘Dell’ and their site will have the drivers for everything

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    #11 mahendru1992

    I’ve already looked at that link a long time back. The drivers don’t work. I also posted a thread in their support forum, even bumped quite a few times, but no one responded. I have a feeling that Dell does not support windows 8.1. Besides, the “host controller failing” problem started a long time back i.e as soon as I installed windows 8.1. It’s important to understand that the “apps not downloading or updating” problem didn’t start at the time but occurred randomly after a month or so.

    Although now I would like some apps from the store, so I posted my problem here.

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    Interesting, I’m surprised that Dell isn’t ‘supporting’ w8.1. They are pushing it with their new hardware. I’ll have to ask a few questions later this week.

    Until I get some answers I’m out of answers and suggestions.

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    #13 mahendru1992

    Yup. They only support till windows 8. I had to find separate drivers for audio and wifi as well. Hassle I tell you :/

    Anyways thanks for trying. Well, I guess google is my only friend now

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    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    กดปุ่ม F3 เพื่อค้นหาซ้ำและเปลี่ยนทุกการตั้งค่า Display1_DownScalingSupported เป็น 1 ในลักษณะเดียวกัน.

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    In March 2012, Microsoft first revealed some information on the choices the company made concerning the minimal resolutions for Windows 8 Modern apps. While those apps could run on their own at 1024×768, Microsoft decided to raise the minimal resolution to 1366 x768 for an app to run in “snap view” mode, where two apps could run together.

    While snap view does allow for Windows 8 to run two Modern apps at the same time, one of the apps is greatly minimized in this mode. In the leaked build of Windows Blue that was released on the Internet on Sunday, it was revealed that Microsoft has allowed for more than two Modern apps to work in snap view mode and that they don’t have to have their look minimized.

    One interesting consequence about this change is that the minimal resolution for Modern apps in snap view has been lowered in Windows Blue, at least in this leaked build, from 1366 x768 to 1024×768. This was first reported by McAkins Online, which shows this change in action in a YouTube video.

    It’s possible that Microsoft made this change to allow Modern apps in Windows Blue to work in snap view on touchscreens that are smaller than the minimal 10.1 inch display that are currently available for Windows 8 tablets. There are lots of rumors that Windows Blue has been designed to run on screens that have seven or eight inch touch displays. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft sticks to this new 1024×768 resolution for snap view in Moderns apps or if they will change it back for the final version, which is rumored to be launched sometime this summer.

    اپلیکیشن های محیط مترو(Modern-style apps) برای اجرا به رزولوشن 768 × 1024 نیاز دارند , اما متاسفانه بسیاری از نت بوک ها دارای وضوح صفحه نمایش 600 ×1024 هستند.اگر شما نیز دارای یک نت بوک با چنین وضوح تصویری هستید و از این مشکل رنج می برید در این مقاله می خواهیم راهی برای دور زدن این محدودیت معرفی کنیم تا برنامه های مترو بدون مشکل قابل اجرا باشند.

    اگر رزولوشن resolution صفحه نمایش پایین باشد در هنگام اجرای اپلیکیشن ها با ارور this app cannot open مبنی بر قابل اجرا نبودن برنامه درخواستی به دلیل پایین بودن وضوح صفحه نمایش رو به رو می شوید.اما اگر رزولوشن شما بالاتر باشد بدون هیچ مشکلی برنامه قابل اجرا است. در این ترفند میخواهیم کاری کنیم که ویندوز resolution صفحه نمایش شما را همیشه بالا تر تصور کند و مشکلی برای شروع بکار این برنامه ها نداشته باشد.

    روش کار چگونه است ؟

    اکثر نت بوک ها با چیپست گرافیکی اینتل کار می کنند. چیپ های اینتل دارای تنظیمات گرافیکی مخفی هستند که در فایل “downscaling.” وجود دارد. دقیقا همین تنظیمات به شما اجازه می دهند تا صفحه نمایشی با وضوح تصویری بالاتر نسبت به واقعیت امر برای ویندوز تعریف کنید. در مرحله بعد تنظیمات فایل با نام “downscale” تصویر در حال پخش را به تناسب صفحه نمایش شما در می آورد. این عملیات خصوصا برای بخش دسکتاپ “desktop” خیلی سریع و با کیفیت پخش خوبی همراه است.اما اگر می خواهید به تماشای فیلم یا بازی مبتنی بر محیط مترو مدرن ( مانند آنچه برای نسخه مترو اینترنت اکسپلورر نسبت به نسخه دسکتاپ آن اجرا می شود) بپردازید با کمی تغییرات این ویژگی برای نت بوک شما فراهم می شود.

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    برای اولین کار باید رجیستری registry ویندوز را اجرا کنید. بدین منظور کلید ویندوز Windows key را فشار دهید و از قسمت Apps در کادر جستجو عبارت regedit را وارد کنید. سپس از سمت چپ این برنامه را اجرا کنید.

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    بعد از اجرای رجیستری کلیدهای Ctrl + F را برای نمایان شدن کادر جستجو Find فشار دهید. عبارت display1_downscaling_supported را در کادر وارد و بر روی کلید Find کلیک کنید.

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    بعد از پایان عملیات جستجو, در سمت راست به دنبال کلید “Display1_DownScalingSupported” بگردید. روی این کلید دوبار کلیک کنید و مقدارvalue آن را برابر 1 قرار دهید.

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    سپس کلید F3 را مرتب فشار دهید و در هر قسمت که با عبارت “Display1_DownScalingSupported ” مواجه شدید دوباره value آن را برابر با 1 قرار دهید. چیزی در حدود 4 یا 5 مرتبه این عمل تکرار می شود.

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    اگر بعد از اجرای ترفند صفحه boot safe mode برای شما نمایش یافت کافی است در قسمت Advanced Options تنظیمات این صفحه گزینه Windows Startup Settings را انتخاب کنید.

    It’s the 30th anniversary of the Mac, so let’s look at how to make your new Mac or PC do old tricks.

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    Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the Mac, so it’s a great time to revisit the Macs of the past. You can’t run really old Mac software on a modern computer, but there are several ways to emulate older Macs on current Macs and PCs.

    System 7 In Your Browser
    By far the easiest and most impressive way to check out an old-school Mac is James Friend’s PCE.js (Opens in a new window) , a Mac Plus with System 7 emulated in a browser window (click left). Loading up this page threw me right back to ninth grade. Friend’s virtual Mac has a bunch of memorable, classic apps, including Microsoft Word and Excel, MacPaint, the Orion astronomy app, Stuffit, HyperCard, and Risk. The only down sides, of course, are that you can’t save files and can’t add anything to his system. But for a low-impact Mac experience, this simply can’t be beat.

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    There are two other major Mac emulators out there, Basilisk II and SheepShaver. Basilisk II is best for emulating System 7 and 8; SheepShaver, for emulating System 8 and 9. However, both are much more complicated to set up and run than minivMac.

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    The Windows 8 operating system experience is broken down into two basic application features. The first is the traditional desktop-based application, where the app runs the same as what you’re used to from Windows 7 and earlier. The second option, however, is completely different from what the OS has offered in the past and is known as Modern, formerly called Metro.

    Modern apps appear as tiles on the Start Screen of Windows 8 ,and an individual has to only click or tap one of the tiles in order to launch the service. So far, individuals have been a bit slower to take advantage of these features, though. Statistically, only 1.4 Modern applications are launched per day on a desktop computer. The more portable the device, the more often an individual is prone to launch a Modern application, though, as a laptop user opens such apps 1.51 times a day, a touchscreen laptop user opens one up 2.22 times a day and a tablet user opens a new Modern application 2.71 times a day.

    Of course, a user does open more than just three programs every day, so looking at the differences between Windows 8 Modern applications verses the desktop versions is important.

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    Skype in Windows 8’s Modern user interface.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook
    The standard Desktop version of Skype.

    Limited Availability

    The Windows 8 Metro applications are designed to run much like mobile apps that a user might find on their smartphone. These applications are essentially designed to access small amounts of data and stay away from file information that is not important to the application. This keeps the apps snappy and responsive but they’re also confined to smaller services.

    On the other hand, a traditional desktop application is larger, is able to work with more information and can receive approval from the admin of the device to access information from other outside sources. Basically, the desktop version is usually larger, more powerful and requires more data, although because it does need information from multiple locations, it traditionally requires a bit more time to boot up and load.

    Running at the Same Time

    There are two different versions of applications for the modern and desktop features. However, these applications are different from one another, as the modern application is more streamlined and doesn’t have as many features as the desktop application. While these are two distinct applications, it is not a good idea to run both applications at the same time. Despite having many different features, the two apps do utilize many of the same files and resources on the drive.

    When the two different apps are competing for the same files while running, this can cause one, if not both of the applications to crash, have permissions errors, or corrupt saved files. Therefore, it’s a good idea to run one or the other, but not both.

    Availability

    The Metro applications are only available through the Windows 8 App Store. These applications are all approved by Windows, and usually the very best applications run well and don’t have any kind of malware or bloatware. However, if the publisher ever runs afoul of Microsoft, the app can be completely removed from the App Store, which means you’ll lose out on updates.

    The desktop versions are larger and can be purchased from a local retail store or downloaded from a third party website. This gives you a greater advantage for finding the kind of program you need. The lack of an App Store for these apps increases the chance of malware installing with the app, though.

    Focused Content

    Modern applications are streamlined versions of larger desktop applications. It is possible to have the exact same application in tile form and on the desktop, but the two are going to look a bit different. The Modern application is focused, doesn’t have all of the toolbars and other set features and essentially pushes you right to the point so you can get in and get out.

    However, the desktop application is larger, provides more settings and features, and gives a more in-depth experience. It really comes down to what user preferences are. Sometimes the desktop version is needed where more adjustment and alteration tools are required, and other times the streamlined, modern version is required in order to stay on target and on task.

    There are many different features associated with these two different kinds of applications. There are times where the desktop version is necessary, as it is larger and provides more information, while other times the Modern option is better, because it is focused on a smaller, more streamlined service.

    Just like the apps we install on our smartphones need some permissions to access device resources (such as camera, back-light, etc.), the Windows 8 modern apps also need certain permissions to work smoothly. However, when I compare these to that of Android’s app permissions, Windows 8 ones have more flexibility over the latter.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    While in Android we could just monitor an application’s permission and at the max uninstall it if there was any problem with it, Windows 8 apps provides the option to toggle them as needed.

    So today we are going to have a look at how we can change Windows 8 apps permissions to control the resources they use. We will be dealing with the very basic ones like location, privacy, microphone, webcam, etc. and see how to control them for specific modern apps in Windows 8.

    Changing Windows 8 App Permissions

    Step 1: Every app has a different set of permissions and can be controlled individually. To configure permissions of an app, open it from the Start Screen. Do remember that permissions are only associated with modern apps and not with the desktop apps. Therefore you must open the app you have downloaded from the Store.

    Step 2: After you open the app, launch the Charm bar by pressing the Windows+C hotkey and click on the Settings button to open the app settings.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Step 3: To view and change the permission, click on the Permissions link on the Charm Bar.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Step 4: After you click on the Permissions link, you will see a list of all the permissions associated with the app that you can change. Simply click on the one you want to change and close the Charm bar.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    So that was how you could control the specific app permissions in Windows 8. However, not all apps have all the permissions associated with them and sometimes you won’t find any of them to control.

    Conclusion

    I wish playing with the app permissions were as easy in Android as well. However do keep in mind that each app has a set of permissions for a reason and that is to fulfill all the functional requirements. So make sure you have a good reason before you disable a particular app’s permission.

    Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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    Post by MugenFighter » Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:03 pm

    Win3mu, allows 16-bit Windows programs to be ran on 64-bit Windows OSes. It is an open source WIP project (so, many things are yet to be implemented), but it might be dead. This is incredible useful for Windows apps made for Windows versions before Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (the first 32-bit Windows OS [I believe it still ran ontop of MS-DOS or compatible Operating Systems ]). To use Win3mu, just right click on a 16-bit Windows program and choose “Convert with Win3emu”. A new .exe should be made (with the old .exe being renamed to .exe16), provided something didn’t go wrong (again many things have yet to be implemented at this point). Just run the new .exe file to run the 16-bit software.

    Some 16-bit Windows and DOS programs also have program specific hacks, engine remakes, or ports for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Since these are specific to the software, the methods very depending on what your using. Because of this I won’t be listing anything specific.

    Links to program specific hacks, engine remakes, and ports:
    I’m not listing anything due to the vast amounts that of stuff that exists.

    DOSBox is a DOS emulator which allows DOS games and applications to run on modern hardware and OSes (and if you have access to the files, you can install Windows 1.0 to Windows ME [Windows ME is only partially functional], any version of MS-DOS, FreeDOS, PC-DOS, most versions of OS/2, and pretty much any DOS made for a x86 OS in DOSBox). You can either have DOSBox use a folder as a C drive and run games directly through DOSBox, or you could use a DOSBox frontend, such as D-fender Reloaded. Running through DOSBox alone should work pretty much like if you were using DOS back in the day. D-fender Reloaded adds a GUI, which makes doing these thing much easier. If the software in question exists a folder/binary (without a installer needed to run), you just add the folder/binary. Should the software need to be installed first, there are several ways you can run the installation files. Either way, once you get the software running, it will work just like it would on DOS.

    32-bit Windows also have a NTVDM (NT Virtual DOS Machine) built in, which can run 16-bit Windows and MS-DOS applications (although I hear modern Windows OSes, might have limitations on what kinds of software it allows to run). Windows typically will run the programs fine (in the case of Windows 10, you must first activate the NTVDM feature).

    Link:
    Not needed (included with 32-bit Windows).

    Running a Virtual Machine, such as VirtualBox, will allow you to emulate hardware to run both old OSes and Modern OSes (provided you have access to the files for installation), such as Windows 98/98SE, Windows 95, Windows XP, MS-DOS, FreeDOS, Windows 3.1 (ontop of DOS), PC-DOS, OS/2, eCS, and ArcaOS. Basically, you run and install OSes how you would on real hardware, but in an emulated environment.

    A generic 32-bit InstallShield 3 installer exists that will run 16-bit installers as 32-bit applications, which is useful for 32-bit applications which use a 16-bit installer. Just add the generic 32-bit InstallShield 3 to the installation media folder, and run this in the place of the normal installer.

    Another option would be to buy and install one of the successors to OS/2 (eComStation [eCS] and ArcaOS) on a different partition to your Windows installation. You would than just have to reboot your computer onto eComStation or ArcaOS when you need to run a 16-bit Windows or DOS application. You could also use a Virtual Machine, as mentioned earlier. I have not tried this, so I can not give you much information on the subject. Some of the information here is made on assumptions, due to not owning either of these OSes.

    You can also install FreeDOS or MS-DOS onto a bootable thumb drive and boot into DOS when need that way (a few downsides to this method is that many utilities are not going to be present by default. Modern [x86 and x64] hardware can technically support booting into DOS this way [at least in legacy bios mode], but may feature graphical glitches or errors. Also, most modern computers don’t support audio this way [although a modern laptop does support PC speaker audio through it’s built-in speakers this way]). Rufus is probably the easiest way to do this.

    Link to ReactOS:
    Not needed, it is this site.

    Hopefully, someone might find some of these useful, and maybe the ReactOS Development Team might see something of value here that they didn’t already know about (mainly Win3mu, for those who didn’t already see previous posts which may have referenced it).
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    As a bonus, I thought I’d list a way to run Microsoft BASIC in modern Windows (as in the programming language built into almost every 8-bit computer, not the later versions that came out for DOS and Windows).

    Commodore BASIC is really just a rebranded Microsoft Basic (in fact, the Commodore PET’s version of BASIC was actually called Microsoft Basic, and featured an Easter Egg Microsoft included). The Commodore 8-bit line was based on evolution rather than revolution, so many features evolved from the PET and even the earlier MOS Kim-1 (Commodore owned MOS, and the PET was pretty much based on a MOS Kim-1 connected to a dumb terminal [something early Kim-1 users figured out they could do]). So, this evolutionary design applies not only to the chips (graphics, audio, CPU, etc.) and the Commodore Kernal (Commodore’s official name for their 8-bit OS), but BASIC as well. With the Commodore PET’s BASIC pretty much being a direct port of Microsoft’s BASIC, and the Commodore 128’s BASIC having many additions added.

    With this information in mind, the easiest way to run the 8-bit Microsoft BASIC on modern Windows would be through Vice, a Commodore 8-bit emulator. This allows you to run Commodore 8-bit software and stuff, but for the purpose here, we would just want to use Commodore BASIC to run generic BASIC type in programs (often found in books, magazines, and online [these days]). There are several books and magazines from back in the day that gave you generic BASIC programs (often games) which didn’t contain machine specific commands (stuff like non-text graphics and audio were not possible with this method, but it did allow for cross platform code).

    No matter which app you need on Windows, there’s a way to use it on Chromebooks

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    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

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    • Windows apps weren’t designed to run on Chromebooks, so consider finding browser-based or ChromeOS equivalents.
    • To run Windows apps directly on Chromebook, you’ll need to use a compatibility layer tool or remote access to another PC.
    • Some apps, such as more advanced games, may be difficult to run effectively.

    This article provides instructions for how to run Windows apps on a Chromebook.

    Do Windows Apps Run on Chromebook?

    Most Windows apps will run, in one way or another, on most modern Chromebooks, using a few different methods.

    • Browser-based apps
    • Chrome plug-ins
    • Remotely accessing another PC
    • A “compatibility layer” tool for Linux, sort of a translator for software, called CrossOver Chrome OS. Currently, it only works with more recent Chromebooks using Intel processors.

    Since Chromebooks are designed to use web browsers as their operating system and the cloud as their storage system, Chromebooks typically have slower processors and limited physical storage.

    How Can I Run Windows Apps on My Chromebook?

    Since storage and power are limited on Chromebooks, a little preparation goes a long way.

    Store any materials that you’ll want access to on a cloud storage system, preferably one you can sync to your apps. Consider backing up materials on both Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, for extra security and easier access.

    Check your Chromebook’s manual and note the processor and how much RAM your Chromebook has. Open the Files app in your toolbar and click the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner to see how much storage is on your Chromebook. You should also enable the Google Play Store if you haven’t already done so.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Make a checklist of the apps you need to use and which company publishes them. Prioritize apps by how important they are to your needs, how often you run them, and whether you need to use them offline or in the absence of an internet connection.

    Search for the company as a publisher in the Chrome Store. This query will show you a full list of what they currently publish for Chrome OS. You can also click on their name in either store and it will take you to their publisher page.

    For any apps that you can’t run on Chrome, check how much space they’ll need by looking up their recommended specifications. Verify the app will run; this is available on CrossOver’s website or in its documentation.

    How to Install CrossOver Chrome OS and Run Windows Apps

    As of this writing, CrossOver requires 196MB to install and run. Be sure to subtract this from your available space before you begin downloading apps. Any apps you download will be available from the home screen when you open the CrossOver app, and will load and run like a standard program otherwise.

    Go to Settings > Advanced > Developers and turn on the Linux Development Environment.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Make the disk partition at least 10 GB.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Download the .deb from the CrossOver website, highlight it in the Downloads folder, and use the Open command in the upper right corner. You’ll be automatically prompted to install the file with Linux. Click Install.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    After installation, launch CrossOver and select Install Windows Software. Search for your preferred app, and download it. It should then be available in your app bar.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    If you don’t find your preferred app, download the .exe program to your Chromebook directly, and choose Select Installer.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Choose the installer and the appropriate operating system “bottle” for the app.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    To delete apps from a Chromebook, select the Launcher icon, then select the up arrow to display the full Launcher screen. Right-click on the app you want to uninstall, then select Uninstall or Remove from Chrome.

    To download and install apps on a Chromebook, click the Launcher icon, then open the Google Play Store. Browse apps by category or search for an app in the search bar. When you find an app you want to install, select Install. The app will download and appear in the Launcher.

    First, make sure your Chromebook supports Linux apps: Navigate to Settings and search for Linux. If you see Linux (Beta), your Chromebook has Linux app support. Then, locate the .deb file of the Linux app you want to download and click Download. You’ll find the file in your Chromebook’s Downloads folder; double-click it to launch the app.

    No. Since Chromebooks don’t run Windows software, they can’t run executable files. If you need to install and run a Windows program with an EXE file, one option is to install and use Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets you access a connected Windows 10 desktop, where you could run the EXE file.

    1. Cross-Platform User Interface Issues in Windows 8/8.1

    Being the first cross-platform OS by Microsoft, Windows 8 features many improvements targeting tablets. The new Metro UI is one of them. While mobile device users are generally happy with the interface, the PC version receives mixed or negative responses due to the focus shifted from productivity and multi-tasking towards modal application execution. Modern UI apps introduced in Windows 8 run full-screen and require a user to switch to the Start screen to launch them. Obviously, such behavior isn’t ideal for a desktop PC.

    2. Simple Solution

    New feature in Actual Multiple Monitors fixes that by transforming Modern apps to conventional resizable windows on user’s desktop. This way, not only can the user work with multiple Modern apps simultaneously, but also can switch between normal desktop programs and Metro-style applications using habitual modus operandi.

    A user can define the way Actual Multiple Monitors should treat Modern apps: open them full-screen or windowed, while the program automatically applies the choice to running apps. See examples below:

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    3. Activation and Customization

    To activate windowed mode for an active Modern app, press the Win-Shift-Alt-] hotkey combination (by default). To change this combination, go to the Hotkeys tab in the configuration window of Actual Multiple Monitors . Find the “Toggle windowed mode for a Modern app” action and set the desired combination.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    4. Conclusion

    Using Actual Multiple Monitors , you can fix some Windows troubles, such a full-screen mode of Modern apps. Also you can improve your multi-monitor environment with many features, such as the multi-monitor taskbar, additional title buttons, and etc.

    Want to play retro computer games on Windows 10? The older a game is, the less likely it is to work right out of the box on a new PC; these tricks can help.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    You can play new games on your old computer, but what if you want to play older games on your current gaming PC?

    The older a Windows game is, the less likely it’s going to work right out of the box. Operating systems change and specs become outdated. Modern 64-bit versions of Windows don’t support applications designed for older 16-bit versions like Windows 95/98. Older versions of Windows ran on top of DOS, but that hasn’t been the case since Windows XP. There may also be dependencies—old libraries of under-the-hood software—that old games need, which aren’t available on newer computers.

    While every game is different, there are a few common options you can try to get an old game working again. These tricks should help you run many retro games designed for aging OSes, from DOS to Windows XP.

    Run as Administrator

    Older versions of Windows didn’t have the User Account Control (Opens in a new window) system found in newer versions of the OS. This system limits your permissions in day-to-day use so you can’t accidentally delete something important, or so malicious files can’t install themselves automatically. Many older games were written assuming they didn’t have to worry about these limitations because, well, they didn’t.

    To get around this now, you can run games with administrator privileges. The most straightforward way to do this is to right-click the .exe file you use to launch the game and select “Run as Administrator.” You’ll have to do this every time you play the game, but you can use the instructions in the next section to make this permanent.

    Use Compatibility Mode

    Administrator mode solves one problem, but Compatibility Mode can solve several at once. This feature built into Windows lets you simulate certain conditions found in older versions of Windows. To edit this, find the .exe of the game you want to run, right-click it and select Properties. At the top of the windows that appears, click the Compatibility tab.

    Here, you have two options. You can click “Run compatibility troubleshooter” to automatically detect any problems for a certain game, which will automatically be applied at the end of the wizard. Alternatively, you can manually change certain options.

    Under Compatibility mode you can select the version of Windows the game was designed for in the drop-down—or at least the one most likely to work. The bottom box in this window also has settings to enable reduced color mode, older 640 by 480 resolutions, or—as mentioned previously—an option to always run the program as an administrator. Find a full explanation of all the settings you can tweak here (Opens in a new window) .

    Install Unsigned Drivers

    When Windows transitioned to 64-bit, Microsoft made it possible to use more than 4GB of memory, and it made your computer more secure (Opens in a new window) , but it also blocked use of unsigned drivers. Drivers now come with a digital signature (Opens in a new window) that verifies their integrity. Drivers that lack this signature aren’t allowed to run. Unfortunately, some older games rely on these drivers, which can cause problems when you try to run them.

    To install unsigned drivers, you’ll need to boot into a special mode that allows it. To do this, open your Start Menu, click the Power icon in the lower-left corner, and hold down Shift while you click Restart. This will take you to a special boot menu.

    On this menu, click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. This will take you to a boot menu that lists several options you can change. The seventh option should read Disable driver signature enforcement, so press F7 to boot into this menu. In this mode, you should be able to install the game or any drivers the game needs.

    Use an Emulator

    If a game is too old or too broken to make it work natively, an emulator can help. One of the most popular emulators for Windows is call DOSBox (Opens in a new window) . This lets you run games designed to work in DOS directly in modern versions of Windows.

    DOSBox has a master list of which games are compatible here (Opens in a new window) . This method is a little more complicated than some of the options above (you can find full instructions for how to use DOSBox here (Opens in a new window) ), but if your game still isn’t working, this method can help.

    If you’re a Mac user, there’s a great option for you. OpenEmu is an emulator of home console games that works specifically in macOS. We have previously detailed how to set this up and which controllers a good to use with it.

    Use a Virtual Machine

    The most thorough way to trick a game into thinking it’s running on an old version of Windows is to actually install it on an old version of Windows inside a virtual machine. This also lets you run Windows games on a Mac using software like Parallels Desktop (Opens in a new window) or VMWare Fusion (Opens in a new window) . On Windows, you can also use the free VirtualBox software (Opens in a new window) .

    All you have to do is set up a virtual machine, install the version of Windows on it that you need, and then you can run the game in that environment. It’s a cumbersome, lengthy method to play a game, but if nothing else works and you really want to play, there’s a good chance this method will work.

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    No matter which app you need on Windows, there’s a way to use it on Chromebooks

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    • Windows apps weren’t designed to run on Chromebooks, so consider finding browser-based or ChromeOS equivalents.
    • To run Windows apps directly on Chromebook, you’ll need to use a compatibility layer tool or remote access to another PC.
    • Some apps, such as more advanced games, may be difficult to run effectively.

    This article provides instructions for how to run Windows apps on a Chromebook.

    Do Windows Apps Run on Chromebook?

    Most Windows apps will run, in one way or another, on most modern Chromebooks, using a few different methods.

    • Browser-based apps
    • Chrome plug-ins
    • Remotely accessing another PC
    • A “compatibility layer” tool for Linux, sort of a translator for software, called CrossOver Chrome OS. Currently, it only works with more recent Chromebooks using Intel processors.

    Since Chromebooks are designed to use web browsers as their operating system and the cloud as their storage system, Chromebooks typically have slower processors and limited physical storage.

    How Can I Run Windows Apps on My Chromebook?

    Since storage and power are limited on Chromebooks, a little preparation goes a long way.

    Store any materials that you’ll want access to on a cloud storage system, preferably one you can sync to your apps. Consider backing up materials on both Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, for extra security and easier access.

    Check your Chromebook’s manual and note the processor and how much RAM your Chromebook has. Open the Files app in your toolbar and click the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner to see how much storage is on your Chromebook. You should also enable the Google Play Store if you haven’t already done so.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Make a checklist of the apps you need to use and which company publishes them. Prioritize apps by how important they are to your needs, how often you run them, and whether you need to use them offline or in the absence of an internet connection.

    Search for the company as a publisher in the Chrome Store. This query will show you a full list of what they currently publish for Chrome OS. You can also click on their name in either store and it will take you to their publisher page.

    For any apps that you can’t run on Chrome, check how much space they’ll need by looking up their recommended specifications. Verify the app will run; this is available on CrossOver’s website or in its documentation.

    How to Install CrossOver Chrome OS and Run Windows Apps

    As of this writing, CrossOver requires 196MB to install and run. Be sure to subtract this from your available space before you begin downloading apps. Any apps you download will be available from the home screen when you open the CrossOver app, and will load and run like a standard program otherwise.

    Go to Settings > Advanced > Developers and turn on the Linux Development Environment.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Make the disk partition at least 10 GB.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Download the .deb from the CrossOver website, highlight it in the Downloads folder, and use the Open command in the upper right corner. You’ll be automatically prompted to install the file with Linux. Click Install.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    After installation, launch CrossOver and select Install Windows Software. Search for your preferred app, and download it. It should then be available in your app bar.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    If you don’t find your preferred app, download the .exe program to your Chromebook directly, and choose Select Installer.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Choose the installer and the appropriate operating system “bottle” for the app.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    To delete apps from a Chromebook, select the Launcher icon, then select the up arrow to display the full Launcher screen. Right-click on the app you want to uninstall, then select Uninstall or Remove from Chrome.

    To download and install apps on a Chromebook, click the Launcher icon, then open the Google Play Store. Browse apps by category or search for an app in the search bar. When you find an app you want to install, select Install. The app will download and appear in the Launcher.

    First, make sure your Chromebook supports Linux apps: Navigate to Settings and search for Linux. If you see Linux (Beta), your Chromebook has Linux app support. Then, locate the .deb file of the Linux app you want to download and click Download. You’ll find the file in your Chromebook’s Downloads folder; double-click it to launch the app.

    No. Since Chromebooks don’t run Windows software, they can’t run executable files. If you need to install and run a Windows program with an EXE file, one option is to install and use Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets you access a connected Windows 10 desktop, where you could run the EXE file.

    One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the ability to display running Modern apps on the classic taskbar in Desktop mode. It is enabled by default and provides a convenient way to manage apps. However, if you do not like Modern apps being shown on taskbar, you can change this behavior using system settings or simple registry tweak.

    1. Right click on an empty space of the taskbar and choose ‘Properties’.
    2. Untick the Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar option:

    That’s all. Note that if you use an Alt+Tab replacement such as VistaSwitcher, you can also switch to them using the keyboard and close them using Alt+F4. If you haven’t disabled the edge swipe gestures, you can also swipe from the left to cycle through running apps. So hiding them from the Taskbar doesn’t mean they become unmanageable.
    You might also be interested in the registry tweak that hides Modern apps from the Taskbar.

    1. Open the Registry Editor (see our detailed tutorial about Windows Registry editor).
    2. Go to the following key:

  • Edit the parameter named StoreAppsOnTaskbar. If you do not have this parameter, just create it.

    It must be a DWORD value, and its value data must be as follows:

    • StoreAppsOnTaskbar=1 – show Modern apps on the taskbar.
    • StoreAppsOnTaskbar=0 – hide Modern apps from the taskbar.
  • You need to restart the Explorer shell for changes to take effect. Or just logout and sign in back into your Windows session.
  • That’s it. Now you know what you should do if you need to hide or show modern Store apps on the taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update 1.

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    • If you’re running Office on Windows 8 in your organization, you should upgrade to a supported operating system.
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    Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are governed by the Modern Lifecycle Policy, which requires customers to stay current as per the servicing and system requirements for the product or service. This policy includes using Microsoft 365 Apps on a Windows operating system that is currently in support.

    Using Microsoft 365 Apps on older, unsupported operating systems may cause performance and reliability issues over time. Therefore, if your organization is using Microsoft 365 Apps on devices running Windows 8, we strongly recommend your organization moves those devices to a supported operating system, such as Windows 11 or Windows 10.

    There are known functionality and stability issues when running Version 2005 or later of Microsoft 365 Apps on Windows 8.

    Windows 8 and updates to the Office apps

    If you’re using Microsoft 365 Apps on a device running Windows 8, you should be aware of the following information about updates to the Office apps.

    If you’ve configured the Office apps to get updates directly from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the internet, you’ll no longer receive any feature, security, and other quality updates beyond the following versions:

    • Version 2002, for Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel or Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview).
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    Upgrade from Windows 8 to a supported operating system

    Because Windows 8 is no longer supported, Windows 8 doesn’t receive security updates, leaving it vulnerable to security threats.

    To get security updates for Windows and updates to Microsoft 365 Apps, we strongly recommend that you move to a supported operating system. For example, Windows 8.1, or preferably Windows 11 or Windows 10.

    • If you’re using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (current branch), you can use the Computers with a specific operating system report to identify devices that are running Windows 8.
    • You can update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free. Windows 8.1 is supported until January 10, 2023. For more information, see Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8.

    For more information about upgrading to Windows 10, see Windows 10 deployment resources and documentation.

    Other upgrade resources are available from Microsoft experts, such as FastTrack and App Assure.

    If you’re not ready to upgrade from Windows 8 at this time, Office on the web might be an alternative for your users.

    Here’s a quick tip to gain more space on your local disks

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    As you probably know by now in case you’re a Windows 8 adopter, Microsoft offers its newest operating system with several pre-installed Metro/Modern apps.

    Regardless if we’re talking about Sports, Bing, Photos, Messaging and Mail, all of them are considered to be the essential apps for the average Windows 8 computer user who wants to make the most of the Metro UI without launching the Store.

    The problem with these apps is that some of them are pretty useless for the majority of users, so removing them is quickly becoming a priority for quite a lot of people.

    In addition, they eat up a lot of space on your disks and given the fact that the available free space is one of the hottest topics these days for those interested in buying a Surface with Windows 8, it’s pretty important to get rid of them.

    Uninstalling a specific app is usually just a matter of clicks because the “confusing” Start Screen allows users to simply right-click a Modern app and hit the “Uninstall” button at the bottom of the screen.

    But in case you’re planning to remove all of them as fast as possible, here’s a trick found by Winaero. Basically, it all comes down to the integrated PowerShell that allows you to run a bunch of commands as administrator.

    Launching the PowerShell is pretty simple. You can either access the Start Screen and type “PowerShell” or hit “Win Key + R” on the desktop, write down “PowerShell” and hit enter. Don’t forget that you need to launch the PowerShell with administrator privileges!

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Once you’re there, simply write down the following command to check out the list with the installed Metro/Modern apps in case you removed some of them from the Start Screen:

    Longer explanation:
    I discovered already that Sound Recorder is now called Voice Recorder, but it’s not a normal program anymore. When creating a shortcut on the desktop, it says “Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb. ” (can’t read whole line).
    I think it resides in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps, but not sure.
    Which kind of app is that? Is that a Metro App I’ve heard about or just “built-in” app or is it a special .NET app?
    And how do you call them? Do you have to build them or something? I have read some forum topics around this, but I’m not sure if it was related or did not understand them.

    This forum topic might be related too:
    Win 8 Apps (Metro) – Any Tips?

    Thanks for any help!

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    EDIT:Before reading on, first read my last post, since I think I misunderstood LExikos in the following posts.

    Thanks for the reply, Lexikos, but I don’t think I can run this particular kind of “shortcut”.

    1. I tried
    If it is residing in that WindowsApp folder that I presumed, then the shortcut is a folder, not a file at all.
    Also, if I go in to the only folder that looks like it and run the most logical executable in there, I get a Windows error:
    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_10.1507.7010.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\SoundRec.exe
    This application can only run in the context of an app container.

    Also, if I just run “Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb3d8bbwe”, (litterally take over from the schortcut I dragged; see further below), Windows says it cannot find it.

    2. Info
    I made that shortcut by dragging the app to the desktop from the “All apps” in start menu; the ONLY way you can make that shortcut. I’ve looked for how to make a shortcut for this special app a long time , believe me, as I thought that was the way to find my solution. The fact that these kind of apps couldn’t be made as a shortcut was actually a bug in the first release of Windows 10, which is now resolved (although only by dragging it from “all apps”). (Because it’s that special, I believe)

    So, I don’t think it’s just a matter of “you can create a shortcut, so you can run it” for these special apps. (Unless I missed something?)

    In the past few years, we’ve seen a wave of new inexpensive Windows tablets and laptops, starting with the release of Windows 8. But as you may have found out the hard way, these lower-end tablets and laptops usually offer little internal disk space: as low as 32GB and even 16GB in newer models. Since Windows and basic software can easily take up double-digits’ worth of gigabytes or more, there is typically little or no room left for extra applications, games, photos, documents, and other personal files.

    Though you can usually pop in a MicroSD card or a flash drive to get more disk space, you won’t find a way in the graphical interface to have the modern-style Windows Store apps—which can consume a ton of disk space—install onto removable storage. However, it is possible with a registry hack in both Windows 8 and 8.1, giving you another way to help conserve your internal disk space.

    When running apps off external storage like this, keep in mind you should try to use the fastest, highest performance SD card that’s supported by your device. Ensure you get the right-sized SD card as well. Most tablets take the small MicroSD cards, but not the larger, regular-sized SD cards.

    If you prefer to use a USB flash drive for extra storage space, try to get one that supports USB 3.0, the fastest USB version yet. Also, consider a mini low-profile drive that doesn’t extend out of the USB port much, to prevent accidental damage when using or storing your device while the drive is inserted.

    Prepare the SD Card or Flash Drive

    Though any SD card or flash drive should work for storing your Windows 8 apps, it needs to be in a certain file system format, called NTFS. To check yours, pop in the card or drive, open a File Explorer window, find your removable storage, right-click its icon (or long tap for touch screens), and select Properties.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    You can see the File System listed near the top of the drive’s Properties window.

    If your card or drive isn’t in the NTFS format, you can easily change it. However, first ensure you have copied any existing files on that drive to another location before proceeding, as changing the format will delete all data on that drive.

    Once you’ve backed up any existing files on the card or drive, you can format it by right-clicking the drive’s icon (or long taping for touch screens) and select Format. On the Format dialog window, ensure NTFS is selected for the File System and that the Quick Format checkbox near the bottom is selected, and then click Start.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Formatting your drive with the NTFS file system.

    Even if your drive is already formatted to NTFS, you may want to create a new folder on the drive that will hold the data for your Windows 8 apps. Simply open a File Explorer window, navigate to the drive, and create a folder, perhaps naming it “Windows Apps”, “Win8Apps”, or something else to help you identify it. Inside this folder, Windows will create a sub-folder for each app you install in the future.

    Change the registry setting

    In order to change the location where Windows 8 apps are installed, you must first give yourself (or more technically the Administrators of Windows) ownership and editing permissions of the corresponding registry key. To get started, open the Registry Editor: go to the Start Screen, type “ regedit”, open the program in the search results, and follow these steps:

    In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAppx

    On the left side of the window, right-click the Appx key (or long tap for touch screens) and click Permissions… and then.

    Accessing the Permissions of the Appx key.

    On the Permissions window, click the Advanced button.

    Accessing the Advanced Permissions of the Appx key.

    On the Advanced Security Settings dialog, click the Change link on top, next to TrustedInstaller.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Opening the window to change ownership.

    Type “administrators into the box, click Check Names, and click OK.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Changing ownership of the Appx key to Administrators.

    Near the top of the Advanced Security Settings dialog, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects checkbox and click OK.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Applying ownership changes to all settings of the Appx key.

    Back on the Permissions window, select the Administrators entry from the list, for Full Control select the Allow checkbox, and click OK.

    Allowing full control of the Appx key.

    Back on the main Registry Editor window, double-click the PackageRoot entry on the right side of the window.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    Finally, here’s where you define the location where you want Windows 8 app data to reside.

    Type the location of the desired drive or folder you created earlier and click OK.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    In our example, we’re storing Windows 8 app data to a folder on the SD card, which is the E drive.

    Reboot your device to ensure the changes are applied.

    Move old apps to the new location

    The registry hack we discussed will only affect apps you install after the procedure. Previously installed apps will remain at the old location. If desired, you can “move” these existing apps to the new location by uninstalling them and then installing again from the Windows Store. Keep in mind though, you may lose any previously saved data and settings for apps that you move.

    We discussed just one method to help free up internal disk space on your Windows tablet or laptop. If more space needs to be freed, perhaps get rid of unnecessary items: uninstall unused applications and bloat-ware, clean out temporary files, and delete old documents and files. Also, consider coping the Recovery Partition of the device to an external drive and delete it from the internal drive.

    Microsoft has been working on an OS that’s right for both PCs and tablets for a while now, and Continuum is a big step in the right direction. Here’s how it works.

    How to run modern windows 8 apps on a netbook

    One of the most-touted new features in Windows 10 is code-named Continuum. This new ability is really just a way for the operating system to adapt to the way a device is being used at the moment—as a PC with a keyboard or as a tablet with touch input. Since the first version of Windows 8, a key goal of the new Microsoft operating system has been to accommodate both tablets and full-size PCs. As most who read this will realize, that accommodation had a bumpy early history, and Continuum is one of the latest efforts to smooth the OS’s transition from an on OS only for desktops and laptops to one that adds tablet use to its repertoire.

    Possibly the number-one objection to Windows 8 by longtime desktop users was the full-screen Start page. Why should we have to look at these big, touch-friendly tiles? Personally, after an initial period of adjustment, I grew comfortable using the informative Start screen tiles, even on desktops equipped with mice and keyboards. It’s just as easy (if not easier) to click a tile with the mouse as it is an icon. But many a Windows desktop and laptop veteran raised a cheer when they found out about Windows 10’s restoration of the Start Menu, even if it is in a form that melds the new tiles with the old icons.

    Windows 10 also brings desktop users the ability to display “modern” Windows Store apps (formerly known as “Metro” apps) in non-full-screen windows on top of the old-style desktop. Windows 8.1 already offered ways to display multiple modern apps, but not in completely resizable windows running on the desktop. Instead, in 8.1 you can resize modern app windows horizontally, but not drag them around the screen in floating windows.

    What Is Continuum?
    Continuum comes into play with both the Start screen and the modern apps, switching the view to the format suited to PC or tablet use. I tested the feature on a Surface Pro 3 ($643.49 at Amazon Canada) (Opens in a new window) running Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049.

    Here’s how it works: You detach the keyboard by yanking it off the bottom of the tablet, and you’ll see a message like this:

    Then, after you tap the message box, the display will switch to this view.

    Note that the Start menu now takes over the whole page, just as it used to in Windows 8, though only the few default app tiles and those you’ve pinned to the Start menu get large tiles. Another difference is that you don’t swipe the tablet Start page from side to side, but up and down instead. Windows 8.1 kept the modern and legacy sides of Windows more separate, while Windows 10 makes the legacy aspect more aware of the modern view.

    If you’re running a modern Windows app in a window on the desktop and switch to Tablet mode, it will reclaim the whole screen, just as if you were back in Windows 8 days. Of course, you can still snap another app—even the desktop itself—alongside the “full-screen” app—and add even a third or fourth, depending on your screen size. Here’s an app window in Tablet mode:

    And here it is after switching to Desktop mode:

    Changing Tablet Mode, Switching Behavior
    You can change the mode-switching behavior in Windows’ modern settings panel. Under System, pick Tablet in the Settings app. Here, you see a single toggle setting to turn Tablet mode on or off. Below this, you see three choice for Automatic mode switching: “Never prompt me and always stay in my current mode,” “Always prompt me to confirm,” and “Never prompt me and always switch modes.” I prefer the middle choice, since it shows you what’s going on and gives you control.

    More Tablet mode improvements are coming, if a leaked build of Windows 10 is to be believed. A Russian software pirate’s code calling itself Build 10056 has popped up on BitTorrent, and it may well be the real thing. Based on this code, tech sites have reported that the touch interface is getting some optimizations. Reports say that the build will remove most taskbar app buttons in Tablet mode, leaving only the Start button, Cortana, virtual desktops, and the system notification area (formerly called the System Tray).

    One thing you won’t see in Windows 10, whether in Tablet mode or not, is the Charms bar that slides in with a swipe from the right edge of the screen. I use this all the time on my Windows tablets, since it gives me always-available access to sharing, settings, and devices like external screens (including TVs with Xboxes). Windows 10 replaces the Charms with a Mac OS X-like Action Center notification panel. Though this does offer access to setting as well as notifications and is more touch-friendly than the Mac version, I’ve found it less convenient than the Charms.

    Microsoft could certainly be charged with moving too far in favor of the tablet in Windows 8, and possibly too far back to desktops and laptops with Windows 10, from what we’ve seen up to now. Let’s hope by the time the finished product ships, we get an operating system that’s equally at home in both modes and fluidly switches between them. It’s clear that the software developer is working hard toward that end game.

    For more on Microsoft’s latest operating system, read our Hands On With Windows 10 for Phones, and with Windows 10 for PCs.

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