Category Archive: windows 8

EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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RUNNING DOS GAMES WITH WINDOWS 8 AND 10

Microsoft long ago abandoned DOS in favor of Windows which is what everyone now uses. Windows 10 Professional x64 includes Hyper-V which can make it possible to run MS-DOS in a virtual machine. MS-DOS 6.22 was the last version released in June 1994. Following that Windows 95 took over, You can download a ready to use …

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RESTORE FROM FILE HISTORY

Open up setting, then backup then Click on More Options screen and there is a link to restore a previous backup at the bottom of the window. Windows 8 and above can also restore backups from Windows 7. Before restoring your files, make sure all updates for Windows are installed first. Also make sure all drivers …

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BACKUP WITH FILE HISTORY

File History is the new Backup solution that comes with Windows 8 and above. File history can now transparently backup Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files.as well. Beware that File History can use a fair amount of storage so its not a bad idea to have a larger capacity disk to …

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WHEA UNCORRECTABLE ERROR

The WHEA uncorrectable error is caused by errors with the HAL.DLL and the kernel. It is advisable to check your CPU cooling and clean the fan and possibly replace the thermal material. Alco check for a BIOS update for the motherboard. Check for Windows updates too. DISM Another tool that sometimes can help is the …

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WINDOWS 8

Windows 8 was released to manufacturing (RTM) on August 1, 2012 for a October 26, 2012 launch. With the 8.1 updates, all of the issues have been corrected. Windows 8.1 has already seen market share rise to over 10% at the end of 2013. Remember that extended support for Windows XP expired in April 2013. …

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ERROR CODE 0xA0F4244

The error code 0xA0F4244 is seen when the camera app in Windows 8 and above cannot connect to the physical camera. Sometimes it can be fixed in the device manager by removing the camera driver. Uninstalling the driver and forcing windows to download it will at least have a known good driver. Other times a driver …

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REFRESH WINDOWS

PC gamers frequently have to erase their hard disk and install Windows fresh to recover game performance. Over time accumulated downloads and run-times bog down a system. Worse are error messages that can interfere with game play. The BSOD is usually due to driver problems or worse. software. See our page on security. You may …

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UEFI GOP VBIOS

Starting with Windows 8, Windows began to support UEFI and GPT boot for gaming machines. Larger capacity hard disks can be booted with a UEFI based machine. The video card however also needs to support the graphics output protocol (GOP) so that the UEFI can achieve the native resolution or at least 1024×768 resolution for …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 8

We have many old games. Unfortunately some games are not compatible with Windows 8 while others of the same period are. For this reason we suggesting dual boot. We have another list of games with known issues from Windows 7. Generally recent games should be OK with Windows 8. Older titles are the ones most …

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HYPER-V

Hyper-V originally shipped as a service pack for Windows Server 2008. This is not backwards compatible with the older Virtual PC that was available for XP, Vista and Windows 7. You will need to create new virtual machines and virtual hard disks etc. Hyper-V now comes with Windows 8 Professional and above. Hyper-V is not …

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HYPER-V COMPATABILITY

Hyper-V originally shipped as a service pack for Windows Server 2008. This is not backwards compatible with the older Virtual PC that was available for XP, Vista and Windows 7. You will need to create new virtual machines and virtual hard disks etc. Hyper-V now comes with Windows 8 Professional and above. Hyper-V is not …

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DUAL BOOT

Many PC gamers find that their old favorite title does not work with the latest greatest version of Windows available. The MBR has a 2 TB limit while the new GPT has an 18 EB limit. The older MBR can support 4 primary partitions per hard disk and more extended partitions. The GUID GPT can …

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ERROR CODE 0x80072EE2

Sometimes Windows 7 users may see error code 0x80072EE2. This can occur when the update server is busy. Windows Update servers might be experiencing an unusually high number of requests for updates. Close Windows Update, wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then run Windows Update again. You can also wait for Windows Update to run at …

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WINDOWS SUPPORT LIFECYCLE

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 Microsoft releases new versions of Windows every few years. Microsoft also releases service packs and platform updates periodically. Following many questions Microsoft has now released a support matrix. This provides the exact dates for general availability and the last day of support (Windows updates). Each version of Windows will have 5 years of mainstream support. …

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LIST OF GAMES FEATURING 64-BIT ENGINES

A few games offered 64-bit versions to enthusiasts to experiment with. WIndows XP x64 was popular as it could use 4GB or more memory and it offered much easier memory management. This list is compiled from game system requirements. 2014 saw a trickle of 64-bit games while 2015 saw a flood of 64-bit games. 2016 …

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ERROR CODE 37

Error code 37 means there was a problem with the device driver, This has been know to occur when the driver is damaged for one reason or another. To fix the problem the device driver disk is needed to reinstall it from the driver package.. Testing a beta build of Windows sometimes trashes the driver …

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WIN32K.SYS

WIN32K.SYS is a low level component of WIndows. It’s the kernel side of the Windows subsystems. The includes the graphical user interface infrastructure including the USER, GDI and DirectX. DirectX is handled by DXH.SYS. USER32.DLL and IMM32.DLL make up the window manager. GDI32.DLL MSIMG32.DLL make up GDI. D3D8THK.DLL is the DirectX thunk. TWSRC_32.DLL is the print driver. WINSRV.DLL …

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ERROR CODE 0x80072F8F

This error code has been seen with problems in Windows activation. This occurs when the system clock is not set correctly. To the problem reboot the machine and enter the BIOS and set the correct date and time. Then restart the machine and you find Windows will activate properly. If you are installing Windows 10, …

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WINDOWS DIRECTX GRAPHICS INFRASTRUCTURE

DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) is a user-mode component of Windows Vista and higher which provides a mapping between particular graphics APIs such as Direct3D 10.0 and above and the graphics kernel, which in turn interfaces with the user-mode Windows Display Driver Model driver. DXGI provides objects to handle tasks such as enumerating graphics adapters and …

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