Reset tiles in the “Start menu” screen on Windows 8

If you ever want to wipe the slate clean of tiles, so to speak, try this:

  1. Start key
  2. Gesture from right to activate the charms menu. For non-touch devices (PCs), do an Alt+C and click Settings:image
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  4. Under “Clear info from personal tiles” click the Clear buttonimage

Done!

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Popup blocker issue with sharing YouTube in Bing search results

On my Dell T7400 running Windows 8 (Pro), in Internet Explorer 10 (desktop) on www.bing.com I entered the term Great Plains software as the search string, clicked on Videos on the top menu bar, and clicked the following hit in the results:

Great Plains software – Bing Videos

Tried to share the video

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Clicked on the More option in the flyout toolbar in the embedded YouTube player:

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When I click on More I get a message at the bottom of Internet Explorer that a popup from www.bing.com was blocked.

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Message: Internet Explorer blocked a pop-up from www.bing.com.

Restart IE, clicked on Allow once, same thing.

Options for this site button w/ drop down gives you More settings.

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Added sites to Privacy settings under Per Site Privacy Actions dialog from clicking the Sites button under the Privacy tab in Internet Options.

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Refreshed (F5) on the page. Same thing.

Sites are also in Trusted Sites zone with default (factory) settings.

Action Center automatically checking for driver updates

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Notification Area

I got a message in the notification area that there was some kind of scheduled event running.

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Action Center icon when no current issues are detected

Hovering over the Action Center icon will invoke a tooltip stating “no current issues detected”:

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Tooltip

Action Center

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Screenshot

Software Update

Software that got updated was interesting:

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After the update completed the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center appears.

So far, everything is working fine.

Last.fm and music discovery services

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Last.fm loaded in Internet Explorer 10 (desktop) on Windows 8 Professional computer

Stumbled upon this site:

Last.fm – Listen to free music with internet radio and the largest music catalogue online

Related Articles

Lifehacker

Five best music discovery services

Cross-site scripting message in notification bar

Very common message. I’ve been seeing this for a while. Pops up at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window. In the notification bar.

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The hyperlink (URL) that I had opened to trigger the above message is the following:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/other-gadgets/10-gadgets-that-will-make-dads-day.htm

I’m pretty sure that http://www.howstuffworks.com or http://howstuffworks.com (without the www.) was added to the Trusted Sites zone but fairly certain that http://electronics.howstuffworks.com is not.

I tried adding the following URL to the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Explorer 10.

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com

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In my case, the address http://electronics.howstuffworks.com is pre-populated (already there) in the Add this website to the zone box. So I just had to click the Add button and the Close button in the lower right of the Trusted Sites dialog box.

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Then OK:

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Result
Same message

Internet Explorer has modified this page to help prevent cross-site scripting.


If you’re in a corporate, locked down environment, the only thing you can do at this point is modify the Internet Explorer settings. But many organizations do control or govern their systems, including Windows and its native web browsing application, Internet Explorer. The best thing I can offer to any end-user (information worker) having this message is to simply click on the x on the right of the message bar at the bottom of Internet Explorer.

Search

Bing

internet explorer 9 messages at bottom

Answer

Internet Explorer 9 Notification bar: frequently asked questions

Can I ignore notifications?

Yes. The bar might be displayed until you navigate to a new webpage or click the Close button. For notifications involving security or privacy, Internet Explorer automatically takes the most secure action, and allows you to take less secure actions if you’re confident they won’t put your computer or information in danger.

Solution

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Click the x to ignore the message and close the notification bar. The bar should [I think] also simply close itself if you do nothing, within like 5-10 seconds.

Forum

Microsoft Answers

How do I prevent Internet Explorer from modifying pages for cross-site scripting? Under the security tab for IE8 there is a new Scripting Section for XSS Filter, Disable it and the issue goes away.

 

I don’t ever touch this setting unless there’s some business justification or an RFP (request for proposal) outlining why it’s feasible to disable that setting. However, if you’re not at work and just in the context of a home computer, not used for business, then I’d suggest do it only if you understand what it does.

For more on the [Cross Site Scripting] XSS Filter, read the following articles:

More Information


MSDN Library

Event 1046 – Cross-Site Scripting Filter

Administrators


Windows Help

Cross-site scripting filter

Information workers, home, and end-users

High disk activity suspected in Music app playback skipping

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Resource Monitor

The song I was just listening to started skipping and I don’t know exactly why. Just that the only thing in Resource Monitor that I could find is a spike like the ones above. Particularly the second highest spike in disk activity.

If it’s disk activity then it would be either:

  • Samsung hard drive
  • External Maxtor USB drive

I always suspect the external to be the bottleneck based on previous experiences with performance lags on Windows 8.

Prescription

Close all apps. If that doesn’t work, try logging off [Windows] by going to Start and clicking on your name on the upper right, then click Sign out:

Press the Start key on the keyboard, swipe from the right [if you’re on a tablet], or

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Click Sign out to log off your user account. This will terminate the current user session and start you off with a clean slate in terms of what Windows loads from the user profile when you login. It saves a reboot and thus less wear and tear on moving parts like hard disks if you don’t have a solid state drive (SSD).

  • Close apps
  • Log off
  • Reboot
  • Shut down

If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll disconnect the drive and test. But it probably won’t get to that. The drive, I believe, is USB 2.0. Will need to verify that later.

Root Cause

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Ran into the issue again today and noticed the song is still downloading. I’m not sure if the song yesterday was having the same problem.

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Receive/Transmit appears fine for a 10MB Ethernet connection. The bottleneck is in the cross connect cable from the computer’s NIC to the DSL Actiontec modem

WWAHost.exe is the process I check under the Overview tab in Resource Monitor.

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When I check that I’ll also get another process in the Network tab that I’ll check called BackgroundTransferHost.exe.

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Don’t think it’s a network issue on my end since regular internet is working and the TCP Connections and Network counters appear normal (above). It’s either with the ISP and/or XBOX in the cloud.

The only thing I could see Windows developers do to remedy situations like this would be to better buffer the packets as they come down. But in this case it’s just easier to play another song and wait for the song to download. In this case, I waited until the download box disappeared. Then it played fine without skipping.

Solution

Wait for song to download. You can play another song in the meantime. Once the download box disappears go back to the song exhibiting the problem earlier and play.

Internet Explorer throws alert on my Twitter “Discover” page

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https://twitter.com/i/discover

When trying to hit the above site I get the following error message:

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Internet Explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors.

There’s a Show content button with an x next to it.

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The My Music section of XBOX Music on Windows 8.0

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Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen. Live tile is off.

There’s an interesting command I discovered several weeks ago that exposed an even more interesting and previously unused feature of the [XBOX] Music app on Windows 8. In this post, all the screenshots were taken either with the print screen key [Prt Scn] or the Start + S combo [OneNote required] to get those tight lasso shots like this next photo below.


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There’s this little hyphen icon in the lower right portion of the screen in the Music app:

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Mouse pointer needs to be moved to this portion of the screen to activate and display
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The my music section of the Music app on Windows 8.0
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Arranged by Genre
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Date added is default
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The arranged by drop down box in-line with the little carrot pointing downward

This is the easiest, best way to get that same record store style experience. Especially with the new touch devices. Even on a non-touch PC like my Dell it’s a nice feature. In some cases, preferable to the built-in search that you get in all metro or modern apps in Windows 8. You just type and the search kicks in. When finished typing you just hit enter. You also get that same integrated search functionality from the Start screen and you can choose which app to use to search from. For example, the Bing app.

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Bing app in Windows 8

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