Tag Archives: Windows 8

“SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly” after installing Windows 8.1

After installing Windows 8.1 on my PC, I noticed a watermark in the right bottom corner with the message “Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600“, even after having configured Secure Boot correctly (me thinks).

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Request user to switch to Desktop version of Internet Explorer on a website

In Windows 8 we have two versions of the Internet Explorer, the well-known “Desktop” version, and the new “Windows Store” version, which can render everything that the “Desktop” version can, but does not support any kind of plugins like Flash, … Continue reading

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Useful links for Windows 8 developers

Here is a very good compilation of links that Tiago Andrade e Silva shared with me today, which developers creating Windows Store apps for Windows 8 will find very useful:

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Get access to the %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps folder and view apps source code

One of my preferred ways to learn new things is to read source code written by other people. Specifically on Windows 8 Windows Store apps, I like to understand how some apps were developed, which APIs or libraries were used, … Continue reading

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Detect if the Debugger is attached via JavaScript in a Windows Store app

There are some cases where we want a block of o code or function to be executed only when we are debugging the application, usually to show detailed error messages that are intended only for the developer to see.

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Global exception handling in Windows Store JavaScript applications

When an unhandled exception occurs in a Windows Store app, this application is terminated immediately, in a silent way and without showing any error message to the user. This is the default behavior, but we can change it, if we … Continue reading

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Physical location of Windows Store applications and data on a PC

When developing Windows Store applications for the Windows 8, it’s important (or at least interesting) to know where the applications get stored after installing it through the Store, where all the files go when we write to the LocalFolder, RoamingFolder, … Continue reading

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What does “use strict” do in JavaScript?

This is one of the questions I get frequently when delivering workshops on Windows 8 “Windows Store” application development using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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Get the network machine name in a Windows Store app

When developing Windows Store apps that support receiving push notifications, besides getting the application ID and hardware ID, I also like to get other useful information about the machine/device that can ease the management of the push notifications service. The … Continue reading

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Get the version number of a Windows Store app

Recently, during the development of a Windows Store app, I needed to dynamically get the current version numbers of the app to show in the “about” screen.

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New naming for Windows 8 applications

In the beginning of August there were rumors that Microsoft was going to abandon the name “Metro” for describing the new kind of applications on Windows 8, and that was confusing, because they’ve been using this “Metro” term since they’ve … Continue reading

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