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Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

March 4, 2012 2 comments

I was playing around with Windows 8 CP and found a couple of really cool features.  Some of these are not new with the Windows 8, but still interesting and worth keeping in your back pocket.  Check them out.  They are a great way to quickly navigate through in Windows 8.

Windows Key + “?”

C = Side menu / similar to the right back slide feature in touch.  Brings up the Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.
E = Windows Explorer
F = Files (New Windows 8 Search Window)
H = Share (New Windows 8 Side Window)
I = Desktop (New Windows 8 Side Window)
K = Devices (New Windows 8 Side Window)
L = Lock PC
N = OneNote Side Note (Application Shortcut)
P = Second Screen (New Windows 8 Side Window)
Q = Apps (New Windows 8 Side Window)
R = Run Command bar
S = OneNote Screen Capture (Application Shortcut)
U = Ease of Access Center
W = Settings (New Windows 8 Side Window)
X = System Tools (New Windows 8 popup)

Unfortunately, these will be difficult with the default on screen keyboard (OSK) in Windows 8.  You would have to change the keyboard to the other OSK to get the Windows Key.

Quick Shortcut to the other OSK.

Windows Key + R and type OSK and hit enter.  You can then click on the Options button to change the OSK if you wish.

2 = Opens Internet Explorer


Hey, turn off the (SSD) defrag dude!

March 3, 2012 5 comments

I have run across an issue that had me more than frustrated.  I was getting random crashes and the great new Windows 8 BSOD.  After some searches I found several references to defrag being the culprit.  Well after making the change I can happily report no more crashes and BSOD.

Turn off Defrag.
At the main Windows 8 screen (Tile Screen) click on Desktop
Hit the “Windows key” + “R” to bring up the Run and type in “Control Panel”
Up in the upper right corner type “Defrag” and hit enter.
Click “Defragment your hard drive” link under Administrative Tools.
On the Optimize Drives screen click “Change Settings”
Uncheck “Run on a schedule (recommended)” and click Ok button.

From Intel

Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide with a detailed look of new and improved features in Windows 8 like Windows To Go, Client Hyper-V, AppLocker, and many more.

Date Published: 02/28/2012

Dropbox Selective Sync not working on Windows 8 DP

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

DropBox - Selective Sync not workingI ran into a problem while using Dropbox on several machines running Windows 8 DP (HP TC1100 Tablet PC and HP Slate 500).  I wasn’t able to get the Selective Sync to work.  The Selective Sync button when clicked doesn’t do anything.  Just doesn’t work.

Selective Sync allows you to select what files and folders you want to sync to your computer.

I use this particularly on several machines that I use to test things on and at work, so I don’t necessarily need all my files synced.

I found if you install the software using Windows 7 Compatibility setting it will install successfully and the Selective Sync works.

1. Right click on the file and select Properties.

2. Click on the Compatibility tab.

3. Under Compatibility mode put a check for “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select Windows 7.

4. Under Privilege Level put a check for “Run this program as an administrator”.

5. Click the Apply button and then Ok.

6. Double click on the file to install.  During the installation you select advanced and it allows you to specify folders to sync.

Dropbox - Compatibility Mode

This allows you to select the files and folders that you wish to sync.

I tested this on version 1.2.48 and 1.3.2 (beta).  Both exhibit the same issues, but both work with the above workaround.

UPDATE: The above allows you to use the selective sync when you initially install, but after the installation selective sync button in preferences still does not work.  Sad face.

UPDATE: Looks like with version 1.2.51 the Selective Sync seems to be working.  Awesome!

Installing Windows 8 DP on HP Slate 500 part 2

November 19, 2011 8 comments

In my previous post we installed Windows 8 Developers Preview on the HP Slate 500.  Now we are going to continue where we left off and install drivers.

The first thing that we are going to do is configure the wireless and connect to your home network.  Run Windows Updates and get the latest Windows 8 DP updates.  As of 11/15/2011 these are the the specific Windows 8 DP Updates (7).

Windows Updates (2011-11-15) sm

Now let’s look at is the Device Manager to see what drivers we are missing.

1. Click on Control Panel Tile and scroll down the list and select More Settings.
2. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
3. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.
4. Click on

This is a list of the drivers that Windows is unable to find.

Device Mgr after W8DP Install (sm)

4. Create a folder on the root of your C Drive named SWSETUP.  Go out to HP’s site (here) and download the following drivers to C:\SWSETUP.  This is also the order that I install the drivers.

SP50501 – Broadcom Crystal HD Video Decoder Driver (2010-10-22) [DM]
SP50503 – Intel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver (2010-10-22)
SP50504 – Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics Driver (2010-10-22)
SP53663 – Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 (2011-06-27)
SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (2011-01-24) [SEE INSTALLATION NOTE BELOW]
SP50505 – N-trig Touchscreen Driver (2010-10-22) [DM] [SEE INSTALLATION NOTE BELOW]

[DM] = These are the specific drivers that will resolve the missing drivers above.

When I say to install in W7 Compatibility mode = To install these drivers you will need to right click on the file, select Properties, click on the Compatibility tab. Put a check in the Compatibility Mode (Select Windows 7), Click ok and then double click on the file to install.

NOTE there are two drivers above (51650 and 50505) that will need special installation steps to get installed and configured, so follow the instructions below for installing those drivers.

SP51650 – HP Quick Launch Software (To get the Auto rotate to work)
Before installing, from the Windows 8 Tile Main Menu click on Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program and then select “Turn Windows features on or off”.  Put a check in “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1” and click OK.  This will also connect to Windows Update to install software.  Then execute SP51650 (in W7 Compatibility mode).  Once completed browse out to “C:\Program Files\Hewlett Packard\HP Quick Launch”, and execute HPWMISVC.EXE (in W7 Compatibility mode).

SP50505 – N-trig Touchscreen Driver (To get the multi-touch to work)
Execute SP50505 (in W7 Compatibility mode).  Once the installer opens you will need to browse out to your profile %temp% directory (this will be located in your profile directory typically “C:\USERS\<NAME>\APPData\Local\Temp”.

Note: This directory by default is hidden so you will need to enable hidden folders to see this.  Open Windows Explorer and then go up into the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “File”, select “Change folder and search options”, click on the View tab, under Advanced settings check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” under Hidden files and folders.  While in there I also uncheck Hide extensions for known file types so I can see the file extensions.  Click “Apply to Folder” button above and then click Apply and then Ok to accept the changes.

In the %temp% directory you will be looking for a folder where the date modified column will be around the exact time you executed the file.  The folder will have a GUID name (long name with numbers and letters with dashes in the name like this.

GUID Name Example (SP50505)

The name will be different of course.  Open up the folder and you are looking for a folder in there named Disk1, if its in there that is the folder you want.  Copy contents of the GUID into “C:\SWSETUP”.  Rename the GUID folder to “ntrig”

Now open Device Manager

1. On the Main Windows 8 Tile menu click on Control Panel Tile and scroll down the list and select More Settings.
2. Click on the the Hardware and Sound link.
3. Under Devices and Printers click on Device Manager.
4. Right Click on the DuoSense and select Update Driver Software.
5. Select Browse my computer for driver software.
6. Browse to C:\SWSETUP\ntrig and put a check “Include subfolders” and click next to install the driver.
7. Now physically open C:\SWSETUP\ntrig\Disk1\x32 and execute DPInst.exe (put in Vista SP2 Compatibility mode, yes Vista).

The above two steps to install SP50505 and SP51650 were taken from the Tablet PC Forum by other forum users (here).  This is a great resource for other tips and tricks and problems.  Highly recommend this site.

This gets you at the point of a working Windows 8 DP operating system on the HP Slate 500.  I highly recommend that you create a Windows Backup Image at this point.

In part 3 I will go through some additional tweaks to Windows 8 DP on HP Slate 500.

Installing Norton Ghost 15.0 on Windows 8

November 18, 2011 3 comments

I have been running into several issues trying to get Norton Ghost version 15.0 installed and running on my HP Slate 500 running Windows 8 Developers Preview

I can’t seem to enter my license key.  When trying to install the license key I keep getting an error message:

Cannot activate this product using license key <license key>.  The license key is not valid.  Please enter the correct license key.

Ghost Activation message (sm)

I have confirmed that it is a good key by installing on a test machine running Windows 7.

I have not resolved this.  I am currently running the 30 day evaluation.

I wasn’t able to get Ghost to detect any drives.  After initially installing and running under evaluation license it wouldn’t detect any local or connected hard drives.

Install using Windows 7 Compatibility Mode.

1. Create a folder on your computer called C:\GhostCD and copy the Norton Ghost contents into that directory.
2. Open C:\GhostCD\Install and right click on SETUP.EXE and select Properties. Click on the Compatibility tab. Put a check for “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and select Windows 7. Click Apply and then OK.
3. Double click on SETUP.EXE to install.

Getting error when trying to run a One time backup.

-Error EBAB0013: A test that safeguards the integrity of the program failed unexpectedly.  CHECK failed.  SnapShotDevice::GetDeviceCharacteristics3: .\SnapShotDevice.cpp(262):mSymSnapVolume->IsSnapped().


Ghost Image Error (sm)

In my case when I selected to backup the C Drive it was also wanting to backup the SYSTEM drive.  I unchecked that selection and just backed up the C Drive and it ran.

UPDATE 11/12/2012:
This is still an issue with the Windows 8 Full Release (RTM) on HP Slate 500 and Samsung Series 7 Slate.

Installing Windows 8 DP on HP Slate 500 part 1

November 15, 2011 1 comment

I have been running Windows 8 DP on my HP Slate 500 for over a month now and just love it.  I really love the graphics (not choppy), better touch response, and better inking.  Still getting use to the whole Windows 8 live tiles.Windows 8 Lab

Windows 8 Developers Preview was announced and made available at the Build conference about a month ago.  To the right is a picture of the Microsoft Lab with other computers and tablets and slate that they tested Windows 8 on, read about it (here).  If you look carefully you will see the HP Slate 500.


1. Download the Windows Developers Preview 32-bit here (2.8 GB).

2. Download and create a bootable USB with the iso here. This makes the process so easy. Click, click, walk away and boom, you have a bootable Windows 8 USB drive. I used a 4 GB USB stick that you can get for $10 at Walmart.

Install Process

1. Plug USB into Slate.  I have my HP Slate in the dock with a USB mouse and keyboard attached to the dock and the USB stick in the Slate.

Put the USB Stick in the USB Slot on the computer
Power on the Slate
Click “-“ to get into the Start Menu
Click “-“ and select Boot Device and click the Home Button to select
Click “-“ and select the USB Stick and click the Home Button to select

2. Go through the usual installation options.  I selected fresh install (not an upgrade) and left all the other partitions in tact (System and HP_TOOLS), I just installed over the primary partition.

In my next post I will go through getting drivers installed and configured.