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       #142

    Andrew,
    I think I saw it before, but I'm getting way off track with my evaluation - digging too deep too early

    But here's one for you :)
    Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: The New Swap File - Ask the Performance Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

    At this point, I'm ready to keep Win8 as the only two things that bug me are

    1) an issue with the ext drive that was on Win7 as well. It is resolved, or partially resolved by sheer luck. I tried all the settings I knew or could remember from when it occurred on Win7 that would normally affect the drives behavior and yet, the drive still slept. A failed printer install, changed the behavior - don't know why, but.....

    2) When I turn off airplane mode, connect to my router and then click Internet Explorer; the transition from Modern to Desktop application is not immediate. In other words, the click on IE changes the focus to the desktop but it doesn't launch IE. Once the Desktop is in focus another click on IE launches it. The issue is which GUI is in focus, similar to typing in a text editor when it is not the window in focus - the letters don't appear until that application is in focus.

    That's all that bugs me and it's a small list (one)

    Did I say focus too many times? :)

    I'll keep posting as I go along. I appreciate the feedback everyone is giving and will eventually delve into the tutorials on EightForums.

    I'm itching to figure out why the Special folders are displayed on Computer and if they relate to Libraries. That might just have been a good place to present the special folders and there is no relationship to Libraries.

    Ohhhh the excite of a mystery - are they real folders or xml defined objects?

    Bill
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       #143

    Slartybart said:
    I'll keep posting as I go along. I appreciate the feedback everyone is giving and will eventually delve into the tutorials on EightForums.

    I'm itching to figure out why the Special folders are displayed on Computer and if they relate to Libraries. That might just have been a good place to present the special folders and there is no relationship to Libraries.
    IIRC, you have to turn Libraries on in W8.

    I can't remember if you can simply right click in the Navigation pane or if it requires "gymnastics".
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       #144

    Man I'm too old for Gymnastics
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    I've never been young enough for gymnastics.
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    lehnerus2000 said:
    Slartybart said:
    I'll keep posting as I go along. I appreciate the feedback everyone is giving and will eventually delve into the tutorials on EightForums.

    I'm itching to figure out why the Special folders are displayed on Computer and if they relate to Libraries. That might just have been a good place to present the special folders and there is no relationship to Libraries.
    IIRC, you have to turn Libraries on in W8.

    I can't remember if you can simply right click in the Navigation pane or if it requires "gymnastics".
    I think you're saying that Libraries are not initially shown on the Navigation pane, not that you have to turn them on.

    If that's what you meant, then yes, all you have to do is right click an open area of the Navigation pane and select "Show Libraries". Selecting "Show all folders" also presents Libraries, but they are grouped under Computer.

    The rest of Libraries setup is under Library Tools/Manage tab on the Ribbon. Selecting the Manage Library pick on the ribbon takes you to the dialog window where you can add or remove folders and set default save location. You can still right click a folder and select the "Include in Library" pick. Both the Library manage dialog window and the "Include in Library" pick operate just as they did in Win7.
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       #147

    Slartybart said:
    I think you're saying that Libraries are not initially shown on the Navigation pane, not that you have to turn them on.
    Poor phrasing by me.

    I meant make them visible in File Explorer (Navigation pane).
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       #148

    lehnerus2000 said:
    I meant make them visible in File Explorer (Navigation pane).
    Thanks, I thought I missed a step - but hey, you did call it File Explorer, not Windows Explorer

    I chuckled when I saw that
    File Manager -> Explorer -> Windows Explorer -> File Explorer.... almost a complete circle

    Next thing you know they'll change Command to CommanDos
    Nah, they already moving towards PowerShell.
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       #149

    Now I'm breaking stuff - cool!

    My HP laptop uses the F12 key to turn Wireless on and off. I'm also using a wireless KB and mouse.

    I decided to hit the fn F12 key combination to see what happened. Nothin'
    Thinking that the keyboard was reset, I hit the F12 key. Nuthin'

    Ok, perhaps the wireless KB is the culprit, removing the receiver and trying again - Nuthin' - or so I thought.
    When I looked at my desktop, the icons now had a dotted line box around them. Ok, the Fkey made that appear, try to toggle it off - Nope.

    Read about and try icon cache nope.
    Read about shortcut arrow and look at the registry - nope.

    Reboot, yep

    Beats me, but this is a known issue with HP and apparently other laptop mfgrs. This laptop uses a combination Bluetooth and Wifi card. The resolution is to load a different driver for the card. I haven't done this because it's not that important.
    And because the information varies - the different driver only affect Airplane mode, or it doesn't do as advertised, or the LED doesn't change to amber when off.

    This article references a Mediatek card (mine is Broadcom)
    Wireless LED problem in HP laptop: always white (even with Airplane mode on) - withsteps.com

    and there is a 19 page thread on the HP forums regarding this issue
    Wireless button (f12) not working after windows 8 pro upgrad... - HP Support Forum - 1992999

    There are a few pages on EightForums too:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=f12+...ess&gws_rd=ssl

    Side note: After I rebooted, the system was a pig doing anything. IT's better now, so I suspect the indexer screwing around with icons, but I don't know for sure.
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       #150

    F12 ?
    That could get a bit cumbersome for me the F12 key accesses developer tools ?
    Glad I didn't buy a h-p
    Does sound like a can of worms :)
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