Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’

Enable Xbox Companion on Windows 8

One of the greatest Windows 8 features is the OS’s integration with Xbox. Even though this integration is minimal at the moment, you can definitely see where Microsoft is going to take it: allowing you to play Xbox games from the console on the PC, pausing and resuming, etc. Those features may not be there yet, but there are still some fun things you can do like control the Xbox using your PC. Fortunately, connecting your console to your notebook is easy.

 

Before you begin, make sure you are logged in to your Windows 8 PC with the same Windows Live account that you use on your Xbox and that both your Xbox and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Launch Xbox Companion from the Metro start screen.
  2. Turn on your Xbox Console.
  3. Go to Settings > System > Console Settings.
  4. Select Xbox Companion.
  5. Change the Xbox Companion settings to Available.
  6. On your PC, click Connect

Windows 8 is coming, and the recent Consumer Preview showed it’s very different to what’s gone before.

Out goes the Start menu, in comes the new touch-oriented Metro Start screen, new apps, new interface conventions – even experienced PC users may be left feeling a little lost.

This article is divided into 3 parts – Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

Hey friends,

i guess you liked the part 1…

so herez for you that Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets [ part 2 ].

🙂 hope you enjoy.

21. Replacing the Start menu

If Windows 8’s search and navigation tools still leave you pining for the regular Start menu, installing ViStart will replace it with something very similar.

Download the program and install it, carefully; it’s free, but the Setup program will install the trial of a commercial Registry cleaner unless you explicitly tell it otherwise.

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39. Hiding the Ribbon

The latest incarnation of Windows Explorer uses a Microsoft Office-like ribbon interface. We think this is a reasonable move, and you should give the system a chance to see if you can get used to it, but if it just doesn’t appeal then a straightforward tweak will kill it forever.

Simply launch GPEdit.msc, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer, double-click “Start Windows Explorer with ribbon minimized” and click Enabled > OK. Restart Explorer and the ribbon now won’t be displayed by default. Click the Down arrow to the left of the Help icon if you’d like to see it.

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