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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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Windows 8 - Rant #1

Forget the Start Button, there are no pre-installed games either in Windows 8 (basic RTM edition) unlike all previous versions of Windows.

The Minesweeper game is now a free install-able app - a whooping 100 MB download!


As there is no proper progress indicator, just a message "Installing Microsoft Minesweeper...", there is no way of knowing if there is anything happening at all and how long you'll have to wait for it to finish installing. It took more than 20 minutes on a low-bandwidth Internet connection to finish downloading and I don't recollect seeing any message that the app was successfully installed.

The new Minesweeper with lots of bells & whistles, is no longer the Minesweeper of yesteryears.

And oh, you have to remember Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts to get your way around. The keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot is Windows key + PrintScreen key.

Update: While installing the Wordament app, I discovered that if you click on the "Installing app..." message in the top right corner, you get to see the progress bar on a separate page.


I think it would be helpful if the progress indicator was shown on the same page.

All apps go full-screen and you don't get to see the time in the system tray. That's how apps like Wordament get you addicted ;-)

Also see: Which Windows 8 edition is right for me?

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