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How to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 in VMware Workstation 9

Windows 8.1 and VMware Workstation 9

If you want to enable Windows 8.1 Preview Hyper-V feature, and your copy of Windows 8.1 is running as a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 9, you’ll find the Hyper-V Platform option is greyed out, and see the message:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running.
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Server 2012: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

Internet Explorer 10

Ok, you’ve just installed Windows Server 2012, and now want to add a few non MS programs to it to make like a little easier so you open IE and browse to a website, click download and you get the error message “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded“.

IE 10 - Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloadedEven if you have turned off IE Enhanced Security Configuration, you may still need to enable downloads for the Internet Security Zone.

Click the cog in the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.

IE 10 - Internet Options

Select the Security tab, and click the Internet zone.

IE 10 Securiy tab




Click Custom level, and then scroll down to Downloads and select Enable.

IE 10 - Downloads

Click OK and Yes to confirm you want to make the change for the Internet Zone.

IE 10 Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded - confirmation

Click OK to close the Internet Options.

IE 10 - downloads enabled

Downloads are now enabled.

Related Posts:

1. How to disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration in Windows Server 2012 Essentials

2. How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8

3. How to install Exchange 2010 (SP3) on Windows Server 2012

4. How to install Exchange 2013 (SP1) on Windows Server 2012 R2



How to disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8

Windows 8

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is how to disable the Charms Bar in Windows 8.

The Charms Bar appears on the right hand side of the screen, when you swipe from right to left, or if you touch the right hand corners of the tablet / touchpad.

Windows 8 Charms Bar

The quickest and easiest way I found to disable it is to use a setting in Classic Shell, the program that you can use to add a Start Menu to the Windows 8 Desktop Mode.

Classic Shell can be downloaded from here if you don’t have it already.

So to disable the Charms Bar:

Right click the Classic Shell icon, and select Settings.

Classic Shell Settings

Select the Windows 8 Settings. Then select the All radio button.

Classic Shell Windows 8 Settings

Click OK, and you’re done.

Related Posts:

1. How to always open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode

2. How to enable Hyper-V in Windows 8 on VMware Workstation 8

3. How to add a Start Menu to Windows 8 Desktop Mode

How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8

Internet Explorer 10In Windows 8 there are two different ways of using Internet Explorer. One way is to open Internet Explorer from within the Desktop mode, which gives you visible tabs, the address bar, and easy access to the Internet Explorer options.

Internet Explorer Desktop Mode - OxfordSBSGuy website

The other is to use Internet Explorer from the New User Interface (previously known as Metro), and is called a Chrome-less mode because it uses all of the screen and is border-less.

Internet Explorer - Chrome-less mode oxfordsbsguy website

By default Internet Explorer decides which mode to open, but if you would always like it to open in desktop mode how do you configure it?
From the desktop run Internet Explorer by running it from the program location, or press Windows Key + R, and type iexplore.

Click on the Tools button in the top right hand corner (it looks like a cog) or press Alt + X, and select Internet Options and then the Programs tab.

Or from within the New User Interface go to Control Panel (just start typing it), and select Internet Options.

Go to the Program tab, and from the drop down box, select how you would like Internet Explorer to open.

Internet Options - Programs

Related Posts:

1. How to Open Internet Explorer in Windows 10

2. How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1

3. How to add a Start Menu to Windows 8 Desktop Mode

4. Useful Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

5. Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

6. Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded
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How to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8 in VMware Workstation 8

If you want to enable Windows 8 Hyper-V feature, and your copy of Windows 8 is running as a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 8, you’ll find the Hyper-V Platform option is greyed out, and see the message:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running.
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How to add a Start Menu to Windows 8 Desktop

The omission of the Start menu from the desktop mode in Windows 8 is one of the most controversial talking points of the new operating system. I’ve been using Windows 8 for the past few months on a non-touch laptop and have found there aren’t too many things I need to do in the desktop mode that can’t be achieved by pinning programs to the Taskbar, or using Win + x shortcut (see below).

Win + x shortcut

However, i do miss the Start menu for browsing for programs I use less frequently that I haven’t pinned to the Taskbar, so lets add a Start menu!

With Windows 8 having been publicly for nearly a month now, there are starting to be a few Start menu programs available. I’ll add some links at the end of the post so you can try them out.

The program I’ve been trying is Classic Shell. Click the link to download it. The version tested is 3.6.2. Following the wizard to install it. Once installed have a read of the readme file. You’ll now have a Classic Start menu 🙂

Classic Shell Start Menu

One thing to note, the Windows Key now opens the Classic Start menu, so if you want to get back to the Metro Start menu, hold shift and click the Classic Start menu button. Classic Shell also has the ability to boot the computer straight to the Desktop mode. Take a look at the Classic Shell Settings as these are both configurable settings along with many others.

Classic Shell Start Menu Settings

Below are a few links to other Windows 8 Start menu alternatives and blog posts that i have come across. I’ve not used any of them yet, so if you have and liked them let me know.

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/index.html look at the alternatives menu item.

http://www.startmenux.com/index.html

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

http://www.classicstartmenu.com/index.html

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/how-to-start-menu-in-windows-8-2012116/

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57496506-292/how-to-get-the-start-menu-back-in-windows-8/

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

Further to a previous post regarding the preview edition of this book, Microsoft Press have now released a the final edition of “Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals”. It contains 11 Chapters and is a useful resource to have available.

Introducing Windows 8 - An Overview for IT Professionals

The ebook can be downloaded from the original post from Microsoft Press here.