Kids Corner-like images spotted in Windows 8.1 9369

With the leak of Windows 8.1 build 9369 yesterday, thousands of users have been scrutinizing the latest leak to look for nuggets of information buried deep within the OS. One of the latest items to have been discovered looks somewhat like the Kids Corner feature of Windows Phone 8, possibly indicating a similar feature Windows 8.1.

Now, before we go any further, note that this is only an image and may not be representative of what is coming to Windows 8.1 but that there are similarities between the icons which gives hints that the feature could arrive with the update.

The image at the top is of the pinwheel shape that we see with Windows Phone 8 and is clearly present in the far right image of the three icons above, found in the imageres.dll file of the leaked version of Windows 8.1. It would not be a stretch to believe that Microsoft could bring similar functionality to Windows 8.1 as well considering that there are already parental controls built into Windows 8.

Being able to heavily lock down a Kids Corner area of Windows 8.1 could entice parents to upgrade from previous versions of Windows, giving them better control of what their children view.

While this is far from confirmation that Kids Corner will arrive, it does provide a hint that Microsoft may be preparing the feature for 8.1.

Thanks for the tip Roman!

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Omg yes!!! This would be awesome! Whenever I show my Winphone to people, especially parents, they are just like OMG when they see that feature. To have this on my PC would be amazing. I even know some people that use this for 'guest' use instead of kids use. So if they ever pass their phones to a collegue or friend, they just put it in that mode. One of the amazing innovations of WP8, can't wait to see it come to Win8 too

I thought Metro was the kids corner. Seriously, some of the legitimate things that Microsoft needs to fix in 8 are, 1. DVD playback, and 2. File associations. I would really like to have DVD playback put back in Windows 8. My other gripe is photos, videos, pdfs, all open in metro, MS needs to fix this so they will open in the desktop by default! Windows 8 was on one of my non-main computers, and I had to change almost all the file assocations.

This has nothing to do with this post. Why would MS make the desktop default for opening every file? Seriously why are you saying this is something they need to fix? They don't even ship a pdf reader for the desktop with the stock install of WIn8.

Try and stay on topic!!!!

lctb51 said,
I thought Metro was the kids corner. Seriously, some of the legitimate things that Microsoft needs to fix in 8 are, 1. DVD playback, and 2. File associations. I would really like to have DVD playback put back in Windows 8. My other gripe is photos, videos, pdfs, all open in metro, MS needs to fix this so they will open in the desktop by default! Windows 8 was on one of my non-main computers, and I had to change almost all the file assocations.

Oh my God, you have to customize it! God forbid! It takes thirty seconds to go through and click "All of its defaults" to change the associations. I like using a lot of the metro apps, don't assume everyone wants your defaults.

1. My windows 8 machine plays DVDs just fine. What's wrong with yours?

2. They made fiie associations easier than ever. First time you open a file with more than one assocaition it asks you what you want to open it with. When you install a program that can open another file, again, it tells you that new programs are available, and you don't have to go in any context menus and browse for .exes in program files. How much easier can it get?

Because, there are real PC users out there like me! This article is talking about an update, so I am talking about another update I would like to see as well! It is a real pain in the A$$, when you click on a photo, mp3. or video, it opens metro up, and I would have to close it and change it to open in WMP or windows photo viewer etc. Thats a HUGE annoyance!

siah1214 said,

Oh my God, you have to customize it! God forbid! It takes thirty seconds to go through and click "All of its defaults" to change the associations. I like using a lot of the metro apps, don't assume everyone wants your defaults.

A person should not have to do that after installing Windows 8, its like a WTF moment when this big color (orange, green etc) screen overtakes your screen trying to view photo ! Microsoft should at least give a option when installing windows 8 for files to be associated with the desktop or in metro!

Edited by Atomic Wanderer Chicken, Apr 18 2013, 3:22pm :

lctb51 said,

A person should not have to do that after installing Windows 8, its like a WTF moment when this big color (orange, green etc) screen overtakes your screen trying to view photo !

Yeah I know - every single bloody version of Windows doesn't do everything in exactly the way I want out of the box. Christ, sometimes I just sit in the corner sobbing my precious little heart out.

In all seriousness there are real issues with MUI and MS will tackle them but your 'problems' just made me chuckle.

lctb51 said,
I thought Metro was the kids corner. Seriously, some of the legitimate things that Microsoft needs to fix in 8 are, 1. DVD playback, and 2. File associations. I would really like to have DVD playback put back in Windows 8. My other gripe is photos, videos, pdfs, all open in metro, MS needs to fix this so they will open in the desktop by default! Windows 8 was on one of my non-main computers, and I had to change almost all the file assocations.

You seem to be trolling every Windows 8 Thread/Topic. It's really getting quite irritating and as others have said above, this is completely unrelated.

lctb51 said,

A person should not have to do that after installing Windows 8, its like a WTF moment when this big color (orange, green etc) screen overtakes your screen trying to view photo !

"A person"? Look... the OS comes with some default applications and some default file associations. If you don't like the default apps, lucky for you the entire existence of an Operating System is to facilitate the installation of other applications, through which you can open and view files how you prefer.

Don't like it? I'd say stick with Windows 7, but it and every other OS on the planet work *THE SAME WAY* and no one seems to have a problem with it.

What's wrong with his? He's running a copy he didn't buy so it doesn't come with a DVD playback software from his OEM. And because Microsoft was having issues with the owners of the patents they removed it seeing that all PCs shipped from an OEM always have DVD playback software other than what's in windows. By removing DVD play back this creates business opportunities for other DVD software vendors, which in essence is creating business for other people. Plus it saves them money and prevent the patent holder from "double dipping".

I don't have a problem with the removing because I can always go to my OEMs we page and install the DVD playback software from their site. I can also pay for a DVD playback software too, and I can download a "free" playback software.

File association is pretty simple in windows 8. It's people who always clicks yes yes yes without actually reading end up in mess like that and viruses all over their computer then go ahead and blame the OS. In this case, it's not windows 8 that's the problem, it's the user (ictbc51).

It is related, because this article is discussing an update, and I am discussing a future update I would like to see as well! I never, ever had problems after installing Windows 8, that I had with previous Window like XP and 7! Windows 8 is not bad, it just needs work, it is like a prototype currently! BTW I bought Windows 8 from Microsoft during the huge discount period, it does not have DVD playback by default!

lctb51 said,
It is related, because this article is discussing an update, and I am discussing a future update I would like to see as well! I never, ever had problems after installing Windows 8, that I had with previous Window like XP and 7! Windows 8 is not bad, it just needs work, it is like a prototype currently! BTW I bought Windows 8 from Microsoft during the huge discount period, it does not have DVD playback by default!

Look, a specific feature is mentioned in the topic - your wants and needs aren't related to said feature and are therefore off topic. That's what they're complaining about - because every single thread on 8 devolves into this sort of thing where any chance at sensible discussion about the OP is obscured by it.

DVD playback isn't supported by MS directly unless you buy the media center pack - MS had good telemetry that suggested it wasn't worth them paying for the licence and (as mentioned) you can get free playback software/codecs if you don't want to pay for the feature. Problem solved.

Now can we draw a line under it and maybe get back on topic a little?

blackjezuz said,
This has nothing to do with this post. Why would MS make the desktop default for opening every file? Seriously why are you saying this is something they need to fix? They don't even ship a pdf reader for the desktop with the stock install of WIn8.

Try and stay on topic!!!!

He's been trolling every single Windows 8 topic with BS

lctb51 said,
Because, there are real PC users out there like me! This article is talking about an update, so I am talking about another update I would like to see as well! It is a real pain in the A$$, when you click on a photo, mp3. or video, it opens metro up, and I would have to close it and change it to open in WMP or windows photo viewer etc. Thats a HUGE annoyance!
You do that once and then you're done... Quit complaining, move on.

I am constantly having to tell my kids that they can't have my Dell Latitude 10 because they like to rearrange things and I don't want them doing anything to my work services or data. If I had Kids corner (which I love on my Lumia 920) It would be great when we are out and about and I need to entertain them, while I'm taking care of things. I'm holding out for the 8" devices before I buy them for my kids, but this would be a greatly welcomed feature.