Post Known Bugs in Windows 8 RTM


Help us collect the largest list of annoying RTM bugs for Windows 8 to help Microsoft create a better product before retail. These bugs in the thread should be able to be duplicated in a clean install environment.

Here's one:

Calender Metro App will occasionally not let you delete a pre-deleted re-occuring set of events from Google Calendar that still exist in the Calendar app for Windows. The program simply goes into the background and does nothing. Too bad standards for .ICS have been expanded without any teamwork on part of the international conglomerates.

Environment: Tested this with VMWare Workstation on a clean install with a Windows Live account using Windows 8 x32 and x64. Tested on existing main system. Simply doesn't work.

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Windows Store in Windows 8 is the first and the only source of Modern-UI apps. You can download apps from the built-in Store app in Windows 8 but, this app can’t be uninstalled like other Windows 8 apps. But, it can be disabled easily to restrict access to Windows Store.

Disabling the Store can be very helpful when you don’t want to allow others to access Store. This can be very helpful for colleges and schools where the administrators don’t want the students to use Windows Store to install new apps.

Just follow the instructions below and you would be able to disable the Store app in Windows 8 easily.

Instructions:

•First of all, go to Start Screen and search for run. You would be showed the ‘Run’ command in results. Open it up.

•Your ‘Run’ command would open on the desktop. Type in the following in the run command

gpedit.msc

•Press ‘Ok’.

•Your ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ would open. Here navigate to

User Configurations > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store
•In ‘Store‘, open the ‘Turn off the Store application’.

•A pop-up window would open. Here select ‘Enabled’ and Press ‘Ok’.

•Your Store app is now disabled. Confirm it by opening the Store and you would be showed a message that ‘Windows Store isn’t available on this PC. Contact your system administrator for more information.’

Note: Disabling the Store from the above tricks would disable the app for all users on that PC.

Ref:

How to disable Store application in Windows 8 RTM [video tutorial]




Windows 8 RTM (for "release to manufacturing") doesn't have too many visible changes, but here's what you can expect from the final code.

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Microsoft today patched a dozen vulnerabilities in IE (Internet Explorer), Windows, Word, and Exchange, fixing flaws in the new IE10 for the first time and crushing bugs in Windows 8 and Windows RT for the second month running. Five of Tuesday's seven security updates were marked "critical," Microsoft's most-severe ranking, while the remaining two were labeled "important." Of the 12 ...

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Microsoft has patched a dozen vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer (IE), Windows, Word and Exchange, fixing flaws in the new IE10 for the first time and crushing bugs in Windows 8 and Windows RT for the second month running.

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Three free utilities can replicate the classic Start button and menu in the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) version of Windows 8.

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This is taken from Windows 8 blog:

So when will folks be able to get their hands on the new Windows 8 RTM code?

People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

However, we have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:

◦August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.

◦August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.

◦August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.

◦August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.

◦August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.

◦September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Please note: if a program you are in is not mentioned, please be patient as dates for Windows 8 RTM code availability for other programs will be communicated when the information becomes available.

For more information on what the RTM of Windows 8 means for businesses including Volume License customers, see this blog post from Erwin Visser on the Windows for your Business Blog. This post, also from Erwin, on how Windows 8 will work in your business is also a good post to read.

On August 15th, developers will be able to visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the final build of Visual Studio 2012 to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. Keep your eyes on the Windows Store for developers blog and Windows 8 app developer blog for more information. I am super excited to see the kinds of apps developers build for Windows 8! If you have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed, you can already check out some apps developers have created for Windows 8 today.

In the meantime, if you’d like to give a pre-release version of Windows 8 a test-run, feel free to download the Windows 8 Release Preview! You can also read about my personal experience with the Windows 8 Release Preview here (hint: I put it on all my PCs!). Reference:

Blogging Windows




If you are lucky enough to be using the Windows 8 Release-to-Manufacturer version, you may notice a problem. It is hard to find Windows Backup. One reason for this is that it is currently called "Windows 7 File Recovery" in Control Panel. Be advised that this is most likely a bug or mishap, but one that should not go unrecognized and should be patched very soon. Obviously, the backup option was not designed for Microsoft Windows 7. This is one of the more blatant typographical errors we have seen, and expect it to be repaired forthwith in a patch before full OEM and Retail availability.




In a Thursday blog post, Microsofts Steven Sinofsky, president of the companys Windows group, announced a slew of app updates that will roll out to early adopters of Windows 8 RTM in the coming days and weeks.

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Neowin.net are running article claiming to have a wallpaper from the RTM to download. The wallpaper is actually quite nice although whether it's actually real remains to be seen..

With Windows 8 RTM right around the corner, true candidate builds are already in the hands of many for voting and scrutinizing. If you have been salivating about getting your hands on, what is believed to be the default Windows 8 wallpaper, we have the image posted below for your right-mouse clicking pleasures.

While we can't personally confirm that this is the default screen, the evidence is supported by several posts over at techit.co.il and do align with previous images that have surfaced around the web. Enjoy

To download and access the above article go to:

Download the Windows 8 default wallpaper here - Neowin




Why I wish I could use Windows Mail formerly known as Outlook Express, in Windows 8. *If* I had Windows 8. I don't have it. This message is a response to someone on another thread who wondered why I would want Windows Mail in the newest operating system, Windows 8.

From what I understand, Windows 8 has "Metro" Mail which at this point only allows IMAP accounts, not the POP3 accounts I think most people use. I suppose that'll change someday. Dunno. In an IMAP account your mail is stored somewhere on a server and a shadow or duplicate copy is stored on your own computer. When you send an email, it goes up to the cloud to that server first, and then is sent back to your own computer so (for me at least) there is a lag between when I send an email and when I see it in my computer email program's "sent messages" box. IMAP mail is nice for people who need to access their mail from multiple locations and do want to also be able to see it on their own computer when they are offline. For me, POP3 is fine and one benefit is that there is no lag time.

1. It has a single inbox and I do not have to mess with multiple inboxes, one for each account, or use an "all" inbox which is a shadow of all the real ones. Regarding Windows Live Mail 2011, it will allow you to change the order of your inboxes (one for each email address you have) but if you close the program and reopen it, everything will have switched back to its original location.

2. It has an image resizer so I can send small image files, in my choice of sizes, to people as attachments to the email. They can easily view these small size files in the body of the email. They do not have to connect to "Skydrive" to see the photos I sent them up there in the cloud on somebody's server and there is no time limit on how long they are available to be viewed. And, if I attach a photo to an email without skydrive, it does not appear in the recipient's box full size so that you can't make head or tail of it by scrolling down in the body of the email, you have to view it in an image viewer to see it all at once in the same screen. Photos are important to me. They are part of the way I make my living. I need to be able to send them to clients in small size attachments for quick viewing and attaching has to be click click click, not a roundabout method.

3. It has no Skydrive connection (not interested in Skydrive).

4. My "storage folders" are immediately beneath the standard non-deletable original folders: Inbox, Outbox, Sent Mail, Deleted, Drafts, Junk Mail and this order of boxes I just typed is intuitive and common sense, in its order.

5. The "ribbon" is simple and easy to use, rather than being an exploded mess like WLM. Nuff said about that because new WLM users know.

6. It is both Pop3 and IMAP so you can have both types of accounts.

7. Webmail isn't better than the email program. I have several webmail accounts and don't care for them for heavy duty use on a daily basis. I want my mail on my own computer where I can see it and access it whether I am online or not.

8. I don't care for Outlook.

9. I don't have to look around and find a non-microsoft email program such as Thunderbird, Eudora etc. I know many use and love them and that's wonderful. I like to stick with what I know in an email program that I have customized to suit my individual needs.

10. I can copy and paste a news story into an email in WM and then highlight the headline and drag it to the subject line and drop it in the subject line. No need to cut and paste it to get it into the subject line. I send a lot of news stories and I also save a lot to my own folders so I can use them for reference later when I am writing something. So this was a valuable thing to me although it may not matter to others.

11. I can forward any email with pictures I want to anyone else and it does not give the recipient blank boxes like WLM 2011 does (I hear there is a WLM 2012 that works ok in that regard, just wonder why the heck I could not get it in January when I had to switch over from XP to Windows 7 because my old laptop died. Why did I have to struggle with 2011 when 2012 existed? I didn't find any 2012 then. I wonder why not.

That's just 11 reasons I'd love to have Windows Mail (formerly Outlook Express) in Windows 8. I am sure there are more if I took more time to think about it.

I did try Windows Live Mail for 5 months and tried really hard to like it and work with it before I gave up and used the www.sevenforums.com tutorial on how to install Windows Mail in Windows 7. I did it, it was scary because to me the instructions were confusing, but, it turned out to be easy and I am so happy with it now. In that same thread there is a message on thread page 125 by Endeavor in which he says Windows Mail can be used in Windows 8 and he provides a link to another post of his in www.eightforums.com where he describes how to do it. I do not have Windows 8 so I can't try it myself. The EightForums thread was written in January so something may have changed since then to make it not work in Windows 8. My email program is *extremely* important to me and whether the one I have to use does what I want and need it to do plays a large part in my OS choices. I recognize this is not so for many others.

Kelliann




Recently, a number of rumours have surfaced regarding the traditional Windows start menu that many users have grown to love returning in the Windows 8.1 update, formerly known as Windows Blue. According to The Verge, the start button in Windows 8.1 may not have the same functionality as in other versions of Windows. After the Windows 8.1 update, clicking on the start button would supposedly ...

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The new File History feature in Windows 8 can automatically back up your documents, music, pictures, and other personal files. Originally posted at News - Microsoft

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As promised, Microsoft today released the final version of Windows 8 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, and it posted a 90-day evaluation copy of Windows 8 RTM that anyone can download.

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We've been hearing a lot of rumors around Microsoft's latest update to Windows 8, but today, Paul Thurrott of Windows SuperSite confirmed the Start button will be making a comeback in Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue.

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By Paul Thurrott
This week, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky issued another lengthy Building Windows 8 blog post in which he described upcoming changes to file management operations in Windows 8. But an accompanying video actually reveals a few other interesting Explorer tidbits, so I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting back to work.

Source: Paul Thurott's SuperSite for Windows




Computerworld - As promised, Microsoft today released the final version of Windows 8 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. But it also posted a 90-day evaluation copy of Windows 8 RTM (release to manufacturing) that anyone can download.

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Microsoft announced during the build conference, and Steve Sinofsky reiterated in a blog posting that: "For the web to move forward and for consumers to get the most out of touch-first browsing, the Metro style browser in Windows 8 is as HTML5-only as possible, and plug-in free. The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web ...

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Neowin reports that the rumoured final build number 8500 has been surpassed by the latest leaked build:

A couple of weeks ago, some Internet rumors claimed that the final version number for the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build would be 8500. Now another website, who has offered reliable information on this subject in the past, reports that the current Windows 8 RTM candidate build number from Microsoft has gone beyond 8500.

Winunleaked.info (free registration required) claims that the current build for Windows 8 RTM is 8506.0.winmain_win8rtm.120630-1900. Indeed, the newly updated Windows 8 Builds list shows a number of RTM candidate versions that are above 8500. If this list is indeed accurate, it shows that Microsoft is still continuing to tweak the final shipping version of Windows 8.

Microsoft is expected to finalize the RTM build of Windows 8 sometime before the end of July. That is the date that Microsoft itself said was its target when it launched the Windows 8 Release Preview version on May 31. If Microsoft sticks with its own schedule, the shipping version of Windows 8 will be available to the general public sometime this fall. The company has already announced that Windows XP, Vista and 7 owners can upgrade their PC to Windows 8 for just $39.99 from the time of its release to January 31, 2013. Reference:

Windows 8 RTM build goes beyond 8500 to 8506? - Neowin




By Paul Thurrott
Continuing its recent "opening the kimono" trend, Microsoft’s Steve Sinofsky last night posted about some changes to file management--i.e. copy, move, rename, and delete--in Windows 8.

Source: Paul Thurott's SuperSite for Windows