Review Category : Windows

Windows8Italia, who has been at the forefront of hacking Windows 8, has released a tool which makes it not only easy to activate and hack Windows 8, but also to acquire one of the leaked builds. The tool, which also sticks to Metro design principles, is called BluePoison, can be found at Windows8Italia.com here. ...

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Windows 8 comes with new Metro-inspired webcam software, but so far it has not been possible to enable it. It seems however some-one has managed to, as this video of the software in action has popped on YouTube. The video by Planindickhead appears to be from the same source as the one showing the one showing the logon transitions and new pattern password. BlogsDNA speculated its from the M3 build, which is in the hands of some but has not yet been widely leaked yet. Read more at BlogsDNA here. Thanks Sandip for the tip. ...

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Winbeta.it have managed to acquire a copy of Windows 8 Build 7955 but are not releasing the software yet. BlogsDNA have published a series of screen shots of the installation in progress, but has so far not revealed anything new in the build. I am sure it will however only be a question of time before the OS is ripped apart and it’s deepest secrets are revealed. See more screen shots at blogsDNA here. ...

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We tend to be a bit obsessed with the tablet aspect of Windows 8, but of course the vast majority of us will use Windows 8 on laptops without touch screens, in which case much of the look and feel has already been revealed. If you like what you have been seeing you can now bring some of that onto your own PC with the Windows 8 Transformation Kit created by HamedDanger on DeviantArt. The pack brings the following enhancements: Taskbar UserTile Aero Lite Windows 8 Aero Theme Aura Beta 2 – automatically adjusts the aero theme colours to your wallpaper The pack can be downloaded here, and of course all hacking is at your own risk. Via BlogsDNA.com ...

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Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s best received operating systems ever, and to underline this Microsoft has just announced they have sold 350 million licenses for the operating system in 7 months. The OS has also started achieving what so far seemed to be impossible – finally overtake Microsoft’s other very successful operating system Windows XP, with StatCounter confirming, at least in USA, that the installed base for Windows 7 has finally edged past Windows XP. This look set to only snowball from there however, with IDC estimating that more than 90% of businesses are currently in progress with their Windows 7 migrations. Interestingly with Windows 8 expected to arrive in less than one year, it seems we are back onto a more enjoyable bi-yearly upgrade cycle, with good things coming much faster than before. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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The latest leaked Windows 8 video shows the new Android-like pattern-based login system and also transitions to the desktop, as we posted earlier. The build, rumoured to be build build 7982, also shows the unlocked features, including the ribbon interface in Explorer and the new Advanced Task Manager. As more and more recent builds of Windows 8 makes its way to OEMs we should be much more about the rumoured Immersive Interface leaked also. Via WinRumors.com and compixels.com ...

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There is a new build of Windows 8 out there, possibly build 7982, and according to the good folks at winfuture.de it features one significant and obvious visual difference to the older builds. On logon the OS now features a zooming fade-in transition to the desktop, adding a little pizzazz to launching the OS. Also on Winfuture, for those who actually has a leaked copy of Windows 8, there is now an easy tool to enable hidden features like the webcam, task manager and ribbon interface. See more screenshots on the winfuture.de forums here. ...

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Those Italian hackers over at Windows8italia.com have been stripping their M1 copy of Windows 8 to the bone to dig up clues to Microsoft’s next big OS. Their latest discovery is that the OS has a sensor API for detecting when humans are in front of it, suggesting that at the very least the device will accept camera input, and possible have face recognition like the Kinect has now. A slide deck  leaked earlier has already suggested Windows 8 will have the feature of allowing users to log on and switch user depending on facial recognition.  It appears this may very well be one of those experimental features that wind its way to an actual product. Via Winrumours.com ...

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Windows8Italia has been hacking Windows 8 M1 build and have uncovered a slew of new features: Standout features for consumers include cloud storage for settings, allowing them to be portable from computer to computer, API’s for tablet screen rotation, native support for Windows Phone 7-like push notifications,  permissions for apps, such as webcam access, streaming apps and of course being able to reset your computer to factory state. The full list is below: Will be possible to access the personalization, bookmarks and content from any computer , as you can read this in a string inside the file usercpl.dll (picture on top of this article) Possible presence of a new viewer Guide Improved stability of Windows Explorer when plugin is not working: a preview of the file will be generated on a separate process New page MAINTENANCE in the Control Panel Support for discs undo file to VHD Sizing dynamic ...

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Naiveruser from MDL Forums revealed the task manager UI in Windows 8 M1 7850 build. He created a 32bit value “TaskUIEnabled” and set its value to “1″ under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskUI and run taskui to view the above UI. The Source: My Digital Life Forums Via: Alicans35 ...

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This is a repost from my personal blog. Just thought many readers may be interested to see how Windows applications will look if it was designed under Metro Design after the recent Office 15 image leaks. The images posted under are just concepts. Microsoft recently announced their final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011. There were no significant changes apart from Photo Gallery Navigation bar, Windows Live Sync renamed into Windows Live Mesh. All the applications of the suite have been Ribbonised. How about Metro Inspired theme for Windows Live Essentials? MML has posted few concepts found on Deviant Art. They are simply Awesome. Take a look at these.. The man who made all these.Even his profile display is inspired by metro.. ...

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winfuture.de has posted a number of screenshots and video of Windows 8. They claim that its Windows 8 Build 7955. The above video shows Windows 8 logon screen designed on Metro. Also the screenshots posted by them shows the ribbon interface, updated new taskbar, smartscreen filter, metro design theme on window’s etc.  Here is one of them. As usual the UI remains in flux, but it is apparently from this version Windows 8 will both be familiar to Windows 7 users and also include many small improvements which will make it worth the upgrade. Via: Neowin ...

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Redmondpie reports that Milestone 1 of Windows 8 (Build 7850) has now leaked onto the FTP sites. The build is pretty old, from the  22nd September 2010, but still carried many of the clues which has revealed what we can expect from Microsoft’s latest OS. The version leaked in full was 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508 and I expect in a few days a quick Bing will turn up  download link with little issue. ...

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These days the biggest issue with computer security exists between the screen and the chair.  Very often these days computers are infected by users downloading seemingly innocuous apps loaded with malware. Windows 8 is set to help, with two features built right into the OS.  The first is screening files with SmartScreen to compare them with a list of known malware and known safe files, and the second is to actually block the execution of files Windows does not know is safe. Long Zheng who leaked the screen shot notes the second feature is not activated by default, but considering the need to make Windows 8 as plug and forget as possible maybe it should be. Read more at istartedsomething.com here. ...

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