Posts tagged Windows
Are you just dying to check out Windows 8? What do you think about your PC using an Xbox-like Interface? Or maybe you’d say Xbox’s Interface is Android tablet-like? Either way you can’t get around the fact that Windows 8 has the look of the Xbox 360′s latest interface.
The upside is that it lends itself more easily to a wider range of devices, as you can see on the video below.
The downside is that initial feedback I’ve read on their Youtube videos – which admittedly is just the top 10 comments on the first one, comments are disabled on the second – is all negative. I can’t say I disagree with some comments, especially this one:
I can tell what I’m going to disable the first time Win8 is installed!
Microsoft’s CES 2012 Keynote: A Look at Windows 8
I’m going to make the assumption that the Windows 7 Interface will be available on Windows 8 for the following reasons: More >
After my last post on Dreamweaver 8 working on Windows 7 back in January 2011, I’m finally posting an update.
I’ve been using Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit actively for some months now, but with some minor aggravations. Here are the problems I encountered running Macromedia DW8 on Win7 64-bit (Home Premium):
- cannot change images in Design View by right-click on the image, clicking Source File…, then navigating to the image (more details)
- Dreamweaver seems to randomly lose FTP username and Password, necessitating site definition backup usage for each site (given time and enough usage). You should back up all sites once, but these backups shouldn’t be necessary for regular use.
Taken from Microsoft Answers (answer by Shinmila H – Microsoft Support): Dreamweaver 8 (studio 8, 2004) worked for 2 days on my 64-bit Windows 7 system
From your problem description, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with your computer. You just need to install the 8.02 patch to make Dreamweaver work.
Here’s a trick to install 8.02 patch of Dreamweaver on Windows 7 machine.
1. Download the file from the link below.
http://www.adobe.com/support/dreamweaver/ts/documents/kb400150/DW802_unwrapped.zip (link not LIVE any more on Adobe site)
2. Unzip the installer to a folder which can be easily located.
3. Now run a command prompt in elevated mode.
To do so,
a) Go to start and type cmd in the search field.
b) Right click on cmd from the list and choose run as Administrator.
4. Navigate to the saved folder where patchpackage.msp file is located and type in the following.
msiexec /update patchpackage.msp
5. Press Enter.
6. The patch will begin to install.
By now you should have successfully installed 8.02 patch.
Trying the above, I almost ended up giving up, because I was prompted for Macromedia_Dreamweaver_8.msi which is not on my PC or install disks. Let me add more detail, since I’ve probably got an unusual installation … I have Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) and originally I purchased Dreamweaver MX 2004, which I later upgraded with the Dreamweaver 8 upgrade, so I don’t have a “normal” Dreamweaver 8 install to begin with. Next, I searched the DW8 Upgrade CD (the one used to upgrade DW MX 2004 - see details), and my Windows 7 Hard Disk to no avail. There are a number of Sharez and Warez sites that popped up when I searched Google for Macromedia_Dreamweaver_8.msi, but staying LEGAL is not an option for me – its a REQUIREMENT.
So, I just finished the install with the error message that Macromedia_Dreamweaver_8.msi wasn’t found, but then Dreamweaver worked and now I can edit the images just fine. I’ve backed up all of my site definitions (with login, password and local paths) and hopefully will not need them for regular Dreamweaver use!
In other words, if you have a LEGAL installation of your Dreamweaver 8 and cannot find Macromedia_Dreamweaver_8.msi, then you may be able to get the update installed correctly anyway. Time will tell!
I did see other options which included installing Sun VirtualBox, but that would mean uninstalling and re-installing DW8 (and MX 2004 in my case). Then if that didn’t work I’d need to re-install DW MX2004, then upgrade it again to DW8 after uninstalling VirtualBox.
Another option was upgrading for about $80+ to Windows 7 Professional.
Does Dreamweaver 8 work on Windows 7? Let’s see.
DREAMWEAVER MX 2004 WORK ON Windows 7?
Well, it did for me in this short test. I installed, looked up my (very old) serial number and completed the install and ran DW MX 2004. I set up a website and made some minor edits to a couple of pages on the site and everything went smoothly.
Now its time to move onto DW8, I won’t bother with many settings in DW MX 2004 because Dreamweavwer 8 should change many of the options and settings so there’s really no reason to spend a lot of time getting the GUI the way I want, importing and adding snippets etc.
DREAMWEAVER 8 WORK ON Windows 7?
It almost in my worked on my initial test, but here’s what happened. When I have images on a page and I right click in Design View, and select Source File to change the image it won’t update. I can type the image name in the dialog box and that works. Oddly enough, in the Relative To dropdown box, if I change the value (Document or Site Root), then I can change the image through the dialog box – but that’s aggravating. Obviously more testing is needed. I didn’t check this functionality in DW MX 2004, so its possible the issue was there also.
Another interesting thing is that running the Program Compatibility wizard seems to do no good, although it tries to load Windows XP SP2 compatibility. Since the DW8 worked on an XP SP3 computer, I tried Windows XP SP3 compatibility, but just got a message that it didn’t work. Even trying to save its Program Compatibility’s “Try recommended settings” option fails with “Incompatible Application – Detected”.
DOES DREAMWEAVER 8 RUN ON WINDOWS 7?
Well, mostly up to this point it works, but clearly more testing will be needed. I guess its time for me to re-read Dreamweaver 8 and Windows 7 and try some of the suggestions.
I used to think that the Windows Defrag program was all that I needed. Then I started reading about defragging programs (freeware, shareware and paid) and talking to people in the know. There are a couple of good ones I use that do a better job than Windows Defrag, and tonight I’m writing about two of my favorite Windows Utilities, MyDefrag and Defraggler.
UPDATE: The recommendations for MyFrag and CCleaner came from a good friend who is an IT Pro who performs PC maintenance and repair. Since the recommendation for CCleaner is not a direct recommendation for Defraggler, I read Gizmo’s “Best Free Disk De0Fragmenter” page.
Defraggler, which I would have never used without a recommendation because of its name, is written by Piriform, the same people that write CCleaner, another essential Windows Utility. Defraggler can be downloaded from the Piriform Defraggler download page and you will also find more info about the program using the links on the right hand site of the site.
Another great, free Windows defrag program is MyDefrag. Their website is so generic-looking, that again, without a recommendation I would have never used this product. Visit the MyDefrag site and download the latest version, and you can also read about the product. Its got a very interesting screensaver option that can run when your screensaver starts… but read up on it before using it.
Microsoft Windows Vista is still around (I’m using a Vista laptop tonight) and so looking around for ways to speed my system - disable Vista transparency. I’ve added RAM to computers before, but this tip is free, and doesn’t have any negative effecton the Operating System (in my opinion). I found this little gem on TechRepublic.com originally posted back in 2008, but its still as useful as ever.
For instructions and screenshots click the link above, or do this:
Right-click an empty spot on the desktop > click Personalize > click Window Color and Appearance. When the Window Color and Appearance window opens uncheck the Enable transparency checkbox, then click OK.
You’ll notice you can’t see through as when transparency was on, but the window edge background now gives the appearance of transparency since the “background pattern” doesn’t move when the window does.
This info applies to Windows 7, and I understand it also works in Windows Vista.
Next, type in your new account name (John, The Laptop, etc…) and choose the account type “Standard user” (see note below). Now click the Create Account button. At this point you can add a password to your new account, or there are other options like managing other users. When you are done close the window and you’ve created your new user. Next time you start or reboot your computer, it will stop and let you choose which profile you wish to login with.
NOTE: Only choose an Administrator if you need to, and you understand exactly what that means. Otherwise you can end up with big trouble as you accidentally leave your computer less secure than it could be. If you needed a user with Administrator privileges you probably wouldn’t be reading this unless you need a refresher.
I’ve got a new computer running Windows 7 Home Premium and at 1024×768 the desktop icons seemed huge. I found a nice shortcut to resize the desktop icons (I still don’t know the “right” way) that is right quick and intuitive.
Resize Desktop Icons in Windows 7
First, click the desktop once in an empty area to give it “focus”. Next, hold down the CTRL button and scroll with the mouse wheel. Scroll forward (up) to increase icon size, scroll backward (down) to decrease desktop icons and make them smaller. Note this will resize the icons – not the text under them.
Now I’ve also changed my screen resolution to 1280×1024 and they look even better, but I think I’ll monkey around with the size of the icon text some later.
Check out the Gmailblog’s “So, you want to be a Gmail ninja?” and Gmail Help’s Become a Gmail Ninja for some ideas to increase your productivity with Gmail. You’ll read interesting tips and see entertaining videos about Gmail and how to get more out of it.
Note that the Gmail has already sent out all 1,024 of their free, laminated printed versions of the Become a Gmail Ninja guide, but you can get them online for $1.25 at http://www.barcharts.com/gmail.
ORGANIZE YOUR WINDOWS DESKTOP
You also might look to Stardock’s Fences to tame your Windows desktop. Fences lets you create labeled, re-sizeable “fences” on your desktop to keep all of your desktop icons in a neat arrangement of your choosing. Its easy-to-use and customize. Read the directions, there are some system requirements.