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Window 8.1 & VS2013

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I am happy to announce that I will be speaking with Brian Hitney covering Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.  This event is sponsored by the Charlotte Windows App Developers group.  Here is a summary of the session:

This presentation will dive into the latest changes and updates to VS2013 and Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8, and there are a number of new features to take advantage of or plan for.

Here is a link to the event for you to register for free :  Register

This should be a great in-depth session to help you get ready using Visual Studio 2013 and the free upgrade for Windows 8

Hope to see you there!

Introducing Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at the Enterprise Developers Guild this coming Tuesday, August 27th.  Here is a summary of my topic:

We are in some exciting times with a new version of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview announced with Build 2013 from Microsoft. Microsoft is moving towards a faster rev cycle and this makes it even more exciting to try and stay up to date with all the changes. This presentation will highlighting some of the new features and capabilities in Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

UPDATE:  Here is a link to the slides.  Here is a link to the Windows 8.1 SDK samples.

Look forward to seeing you there!!

Windows 8.1 Preview and Unity3D 4.2 crashing

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment

I have been enjoying working with Unity 3D on my Windows 8 machine.  I decided to put it on my other machine that is Windows 8.1 Preview.  I was able to install it without a problem but the moment that I tried to run the application it crashed.  I did a little searching on the Unity forums and came across the following suggestion:

1. Go to where Unity is installed. In my machine the location is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Unity\Editor\
2. Next type is the following into a command prompt and hit enter:

Unity.exe -force-d3d11

3. There you go, you should be good to go. I am not sure as to why this works but I am happy that I can at least access my projects from either machines.

Hope this helps!

Windows 8.1 Preview Explorer.exe crashes

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment

I have been playing with and enjoying quite a bit Windows 8.1 Preview. The only caveat is that I pretty much can not use Windows Explorer. Every time I try and launch Windows Explorer, it opens quickly and then crashes. It doesn’t matter if I try and right click on my task bar on the Windows Explorer icon and select a different option.

Well thankfully there is a fix. At least this fix works for me and it might for you as well. Here are the steps required:

1. Right-click on your desktop and create a new text file.
2. Rename the text file to “import.txt”
3. Open the text file and enter in the following information:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
“{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}”=””

4. Rename the file from “import.txt” to “import.reg”. (You will get prompted for changing the file extension.)
5. Double-click on the “import.reg” file and let it execute in the registry.

That should do it! You should now have a happy Explorer window and be able to function normally.

Here is a link to the site that I found that game me the tip to get this working:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/home_is_where_i_lay_my_head/archive/2013/06/30/windows-8-1-preview-explorer-exe-crashes.aspx

Hope this helps….