Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8

Setup

The start bar is gone, instead a bunch of square tiles appear. The links in the traditional start menu can be found if you click on the down button in the bottom left of the start screen.

For control panel and other setup, right click on the start button on your desktop.

To run as administrator, right click on your program, then right click again on your program.

Port 80 and 443 already used by something

netstat -nab
$ netstat -nab

Active Connections

Proto  Local Address          Foreign Address        State
TCP    0.0.0.0:80             0.0.0.0:0              LISTENING
[wwahost.exe]
TCP    0.0.0.0:135            0.0.0.0:0              LISTENING
RpcSs
[svchost.exe]
TCP    0.0.0.0:443            0.0.0.0:0              LISTENING
[wwahost.exe]

wwahost is a Windows program.

Uninstall the Skype version that comes with Windows 8.1. The GUI is huge and takes up the whole screen. Instead, download Skype for Windows Desktop.

Don't worry about x64 versions of programs unless they will use up a lot of memory (over 2G).

Adjust sound. Right click speaker -> Sound -> Communications -> Do Nothing

Turn off auto maximize when you drag a window near the top the screen. Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the mouse easier to use -> Make it easier to manage windows -> check Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.

Published: Sunday, 26 October 2014