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Alright folks, it's a new OS and time for tips and tricks...let us know what you find and post them here so we can keep a running thread of all the nifty shortcuts MS has included.

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[quote name='Ci7' timestamp='1332916153' post='594761624']
it always worked for me so long as

1- both machines are either [b]AHCI [/b]or [b]IDE [/b](otherwise it would Bsod)

2- both being Intel based or AMD [b](you have 50%/50% chance otherwise )[/b]
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But won't that cause Windows to ask you to re-activate?

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[quote name='Ice_Blue' timestamp='1333043087' post='594765998']
But won't that cause Windows to ask you to re-activate?
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yes , unless both are OEM machines , then it won't.

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Has [url="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dorischen/archive/2012/04/05/windows-8-cheat-sheet-get-started-easily.aspx"]http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dorischen/archive/2012/04/05/windows-8-cheat-sheet-get-started-easily.aspx[/url] already been posted?
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Thanks, Matthew.
Some were helpful

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[quote name='Muhammad Farrukh' timestamp='1333696479' post='594781556']
Thanks, Matthew.
Some were helpful
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np ;)

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[quote name='Ci7' timestamp='1332916153' post='594761624']
it always worked for me so long as

1- both machines are either [b]AHCI [/b]or [b]IDE [/b](otherwise it would Bsod)

2- both being Intel based or AMD [b](you have 50%/50% chance otherwise )[/b]
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1. Can be fixed prior to swapping drives by modifying this key:
[b]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\msahci[/b]
I do this quite a bit when restoring VHD's built on VM's to physical machines.

2. Sysprep it before hand, it will redetect drivers etc on next boot (Re-activation required):
[b]sysprep /generalize[/b]
[url="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721973%28v=ws.10%29.aspx"]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721973%28v=ws.10%29.aspx[/url]

Unless it's for a specific reason though I would just rebuild it.

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[quote name='Aergan' timestamp='1339164422' post='594919283']
1. Can be fixed prior to swapping drives by modifying this key:
[b]HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\msahci[/b]
I do this quite a bit when restoring VHD's built on VM's to physical machines.

2. Sysprep it before hand, it will redetect drivers etc on next boot (Re-activation required):
[b]sysprep /generalize[/b]
[url="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721973%28v=ws.10%29.aspx"]http://technet.micro...v=ws.10%29.aspx[/url]

Unless it's for a specific reason though I would just rebuild it.
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last time i swapped AHCI => IDE

booted perfectly , No need for the fix with Release Preview :)

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[quote name='FaiKee' timestamp='1332901479' post='594761348']
Askvg came up with the solution to customize the "WinX Start Menu"(right click on desktop bottom left corner), turnes out to be quite complicated and involves editing twinui.dll:

[url="http://www.askvg.com/exclusive-how-to-add-new-shortcuts-in-quick-access-menu-win-x-menu-of-windows-8/"]http://www.askvg.com...u-of-windows-8/[/url]
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This is good. Better than the Windows 7 Start Menu. Accessing your main APPS nice and quick.

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[quote name='LEXX911' timestamp='1341736920' post='594987425']
This is good. Better than the Windows 7 Start Menu. Accessing your main APPS nice and quick.
[/quote]FYI Thurrott/Rivera had updated winX tweak for WRP

[url="http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/06/01/windows-8-secrets-the-winx-menu-and-its-hashing-algorithm-revisited/"]http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/06/01/windows-8-secrets-the-winx-menu-and-its-hashing-algorithm-revisited/[/url]

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Does someone know the shortcut for zooming out in the Metro interface?

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[quote name='Pettor' timestamp='1342976845' post='595023837']
Does someone know the shortcut for zooming out in the Metro interface?
[/quote]ctrl+mouse wheel. It's pretty much standard since a while.

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[quote name='Anthonyd' timestamp='1342978037' post='595023879']
ctrl+mouse wheel. It's pretty much standard since a while.
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Yeah, and that's what I thought would be logical. However, it doesn't work so maybe a problem with the VM. Thanks anyway!

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The keyboard-only shortcut for semantic zoom is Ctrl+-, out is Ctrl++.

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when Microsoft [url="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/18/creating-the-windows-8-user-experience.aspx"]announced[/url]* the removal of Aero glass, they said Windows 8 would allow users to choose a taskbar color that was different from the window color. in the RTM Windows 8 Enterprise leak, this is not present in the GUI. however, you can keep achieve this look by changing EnableWindowColorization to 0 in regedit. example: [url="http://i48.tinypic.com/qzhm3q.jpg"]http://i48.tinypic.com/qzhm3q.jpg[/url]

*see section: Updating the visual appearance of the desktop

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in the RTM leak, you can set the window color black and have a different color taskbar. this isn't particularly elegant, but maybe someone can use this to discover some better tweaks.

[img]http://i50.tinypic.com/2uj5p4n.jpg[/img]


I've found that the taskbar color will usually be darker or lighter than whatever you choose, or even a completely different color based on the ColorizationColorBalance value

some more screenshots:

[url="http://i50.tinypic.com/ivipmp.jpg"]http://i50.tinypic.com/ivipmp.jpg[/url]
[url="http://i49.tinypic.com/b67zgy.jpg"]http://i49.tinypic.com/b67zgy.jpg[/url]
[url="http://i47.tinypic.com/20jredf.jpg"]http://i47.tinypic.com/20jredf.jpg[/url]


how to:

- select your desired color in Personalize under Control Panel
- open regedit
- find ColorizationColorBalance entry in regedit (\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM)
- right click ColorizationColorBalance. choose modify. make sure hexadecimal is selected
- to make the active window black and inactive windows white, set ColorizationColorBalance to ffffffff
- to make the active window black inactive windows grey, set ColorizationColorBalance to 80ffffff
- sign out and sign back in


you can also set the taskbar color using hex code

- find a hex color code: [url="http://web.njit.edu/~kevin/rgb.txt.html"]http://web.njit.edu/~kevin/rgb.txt.html[/url]
- or find an rgb color code [url="http://www.tayloredmktg.com/rgb/"]http://www.tayloredmktg.com/rgb/[/url] and convert it using this hex tool: [url="http://tweaks.com/windows/39028/change-color-of-glass-with-regedit-with-decimal-to-hex-argb-converter/"]http://tweaks.com/windows/39028/change-color-of-glass-with-regedit-with-decimal-to-hex-argb-converter/[/url]
- right click ColorizationColor. choose modify. type the hex code into the value field, make sure hexadecimal is selected
- sign out and sign back in
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Can someone explain how you sort the items on your desktop by their names?

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[quote name='Unrealistic' timestamp='1345939337' post='595122759']
Can someone explain how you sort the items on your desktop by their names?
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Right-click the Desktop, select Sort by -> Name.

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[quote name='osuwildlifer' timestamp='1346007859' post='595123981']
Right-click the Desktop, select Sort by -> Name.
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That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.

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[quote name='Unrealistic' timestamp='1346028365' post='595124469']
That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.
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It is...

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Is there anyway I can make the scale of the metro screen smaller so I can fit more on it without that scroll bar at the bottom?

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[quote name='Unrealistic' timestamp='1346028365' post='595124469']
That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.
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Yes it is...unless you are not meaning on the desktop...
Are you meaning on the start screen?

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[quote name='Unrealistic' timestamp='1346028365' post='595124469']
That option is no longer in Windows 8, hence the question.
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It still is:

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[quote name='Fractalize' timestamp='1346028653' post='595124475']
Is there anyway I can make the scale of the metro screen smaller so I can fit more on it without that scroll bar at the bottom?
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There is if you're running at a high enough resolution. When you're on the start screen press Win+I and click on tiles. If your screen is at a high enough resolution it will allow you to change the setting to show more tiles. :)

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[quote name='Shane Nokes' timestamp='1346028905' post='595124485']
There is if you're running at a high enough resolution. When you're on the start screen press Win+I and click on tiles. If your screen is at a high enough resolution it will allow you to change the setting to show more tiles. :)
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Im at 1920x1080 and all I have is the option to show administrative tools.

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[quote name='Fractalize' timestamp='1346029279' post='595124497']
Im at 1920x1080 and all I have is the option to show administrative tools.
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I just did some digging and it looks like it's set to trigger at 1920x1200 and higher resolutions. I'll see if I can find more info about a manual workaround (but no guarantees on how well it will work or what it can do).

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