Limit user on Windows 8 tablet

Jan 21

A customer has acquired a few Windows 8 tablet to use in a fair, and only to show pictures on them.

So the user on the tablet has to be very, very limited.

With the multiuser capability this is easy to accomplish. Simply create a new user and limit him:

– uninstalled all not needed apps from the apps screen, included the desktop app
– remove all files from the users start menu: delete all files and directories from
C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
– remove all rights for this user on the folder
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
even the right to read it.
– logoff and logon the user

That’s it!

No touch with Windows 8 on Acer Iconia Tab W500

Nov 24

I have been running my Iconia Tab first with the Consumers Preview and then with the 90 day demo of the RTM version of Windows 8, and have been very satisfied with it. I used it mostly to test my first application written in Vulcan.NET specifically for touch use.

After the release of Windows 8 on the market, I installed an OEM version of Windows 8 64 bit on this tablet – and was very surprised, that the touch screen was not working. And a tablet without touch is completely useless. I searched on the internet, tried drivers, buth nothing. I have installed then a 32 bit version of Windows 8 with my OEM key – nothing.

Then I found a very interesting forum post in the german Acer forum: Windows 8 OEM will work only on Windows 8 certified hardware (and the Iconia Tab W500 is not), but Windows 8 Upgrade will be!!!!

Thanks to user MonitoMatze who posted this notice here (in german):

Tried to install from my Windows 8 Pro OEM media, using an upgrade key, not the OEM key (please note: installed from OEM media!) and the touchscreen worked!

Generally, I like Windows 8 on my tab because it is relatively fast and usable (and was at a reasonable price).

Deleted Google Calendar Events

Oct 30

Several customers, and I myself, are using Google calendar to syncronize calendars between different mobile devices – like a poor man’s Exchange.

Now, a customer deleted all calendar events to cleanup an old Nokia device, and was very surprised that his calendar was empty also on his new iPhone.

After a search on the web, I have found this tool:

With this I was able to recover his deleted items.