Windows 8 Tips & Tricks

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    As we are migrating our laptops to Windows 8 and lots of people mention significant UI difference from Windows 7, here is a page where we can share tips'n'tricks to make people adopt Win8 easier and learn about new important features they can benefit from in their work.

     

    Skype
    When you try to download Skype client, by default you get Metro version which is different from what we used to. You can download Skype Desktop version HERE to enjoy Skype client you used to.

    Synergy
    You have probably noticed that Alt+Tab combination doesn’t work anymore in Synergy on W8. Patched version is available attached to this article (64 bit only).

    Start Menu

    If you are missing your start menu, you can get it back using Classic Shell.

    Admin Tasks
    To get to Control Panel and other admin tools go to bottom left corner, wait for "Start button" (you need Classic Shell from previous tip) to appear and use right click. Or just press shortcut key {Windows}+x where ever you are on your Win 8 box.
    To restart using Remote Desktop go to desktop and press Alt + F4 you should be presented and that will bring up the shutdown/restart option.

    Startup Config
    msconfig is moved into Task Manager ( CTRL+ALT+DEL => Task Manager), click on More details and click on Startup button

    Cisco Agent
    To install cisco agent, firstly right click on the installation file then select "compatibility" tab. Run in compatibility mode for "Windows 7". You can now run the install file.

    Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client
    If you are trying to connect to the network by using Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client you might get errors like:
    • AnyConnect was not able to establish a connection to the specified secure gateway. Please try connecting again.
    • The VPN client driver encountered an error. Please restart your computer or device, then try again.
    Follow this link to fix the issue: http://furycomputing.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/how-to-fix-anyconnect-was-not-able-to-establish-a-connection-or-vpn-client-driver-encountered-an-error-cisco-anyconnect-vpn-error-messages/