How to build a site Windows 8.1 tile for your blog

With just a few clicks and pasting 3 lines of code you can create a Windows 8.1 live tile for your blog. Here’s what you need to do. Navigate to http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en and fill in the requested information. Copy the code. Next copy the code into your website. I added the code to the header.php of my WordPress site. If you use another blogging platform, just add to the other meta tags of your website. Now Read More …

Tip: PowerShell Script to create Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

A PowerShell script shows how to create a Shutdown, Restart or Logoff Windows 8 tile for the Start menu. Script source and documentation can be downloaded from here

Windows 7 – MFU (Most Frequent Used Programs)

This week I found an interesting tool called UserAssist.exe written by Didier Stevens. The UserAssist tool lists the UserAssist registry keys  stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist. This is the location where Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows) retrieves the information about the execution frequency of applications started by users. If you are interested about the details of the UserAssist registry keys I recommend that you read some of Didier Stevens blog posts and his article he Read More …

Windows 8 – How to disable the Metro logon screen

When starting Windows 8 you’ll see the Metro logon screen as shown in the picture below. The user logon then looks like this. If you prefer to get the Windows 7 style logon screen back, set RPEnabled to 0 the key is stored under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer The next time you logon the Metro style will be gone and you get back the classic logon screen. By the way if you want the classic start menu back Read More …

Custom GPO Template for Start Menu–Highlight newly installed programs

This morning at the GP Answers community forum someone asked how to configure the Start Menu option “Highlight newly installed programs” via GPO. As it turns out this setting is not included within the out of the box GPO templates. Since I have a few days off I thought let’s give a little help here. But before jumping into the custom ADMX template, let’s quickly look at the configuration setting itself. When installing an application Read More …