Alexander Vanwynsberghe

"There is nothing impossible to him who will try"

Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event: Slides

A few days ago, my company (RealDolmen) organized an event related to the launch of Visual Studio and TFS 2012. It was a great success and we had a lot of attendees. The 2 rooms were really crowded, which was absolutely great! On the event, I had the chance to talk about two great topics:

  1. Getting your database development under control using the new SQL Server Database Tools (SSDT)
  2. Cross-platform development with TFS 2012

I had some good feedback afterwards which I really do appreciate! I’ve uploaded my two slide decks to my SkyDrive so you can download them if you’re interested. You can find them here. Have fun!

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Solved: Several Windows 8 Apps do not start

Yesterday, I was trying out some of the new apps that became available after the official Windows 8 launch last week. The 2 apps that I was looking for was Lync and Skype. So, off to the Windows 8 store, a small search and a few seconds later I had the apps.

Only there was one small problem. Not one of the apps was able to start correctly. After clicking (no touch on my corp machine) on the Lync and Skype tiles, the application started, but after 1 or 2 seconds, I was returned to my start screen. When I looked at the event log, I found the following traces:

And also (caused because the app was in a ‘lost’ state)

That’s quite annoying, but I found the solution. The main reason that several apps don’t work is the fact that I’m actually running Windows 8 N (Enterprise). Let me quote from the Microsoft website what this ‘N’ is all about:

Windows 8 N editions have been designed to give you most of the features of Windows 8—with the addition of choice. There are three Windows 8 N editions: Windows 8 N, Windows 8 Pro N, and Windows 8 Pro Pack N. The N editions of Windows 8 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free. Windows 8 N editions are available for customers who live in countries that are part of the European Economic Area, Croatia, and Switzerland.

For one reason or another, the 2 apps that I tried do need some media features that are not there with Windows 8 N. So all I had to do was download the required media things. Microsoft actually provides a ‘Media Features Pack For Windows 8 N‘. You can download the installer here. After installing this package (and a reboot!) my apps were just running fine.

Have fun with Windows 8! Thanks for reading.

Note: I don’t have any experience with Windows 8 development, but perhaps, developers, could you please add a check on the App launch to find out if the required components are available on the system? Would be awesome!