Troubleshoot Windows 8 Apps; New Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Beta Released

Having trouble running Windows 8 apps after an upgrade from Windows 7 -- "it is probably because you have a 3rd party antivirus program on your PC that is blocking the apps," Microsoft stated and shared three tips to troubleshoot the issue:If you have a 3rd party antivirus this could be blocking them so Try […]

Having trouble running Windows 8 apps after an upgrade from Windows 7 -- "it is probably because you have a 3rd party antivirus program on your PC that is blocking the apps," Microsoft stated and shared three tips to troubleshoot the issue:

  • If you have a 3rd party antivirus this could be blocking them so Try uninstalling and then reinstalling the antivirus program
  • Check out the Apps troubleshooter, which can …automatically find and fix some problems with apps. The troubleshooter will work on all languages but the text in the troubleshooter is only in English.
  • or If one or more of your Windows 8 apps contain an "X" on the app tile on the Start screen and won't open, try uninstalling and reinstalling one of the apps from the Windows Store, the company blogged.

You can get more help for Apps and the Windows Store here.

Microsoft last week posted the preview of Internet Explorer 1o for Windows 7, here are the system requirements for those interested in testing it:

Processor: Computer with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.

Operating system:

  • Windows 7 32-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
  • Windows 7 64-bit with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) 64-bit

Memory:

  • Windows 7 32-bit--512 MB
  • Windows 7 64-bit--512 MB
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit--512 MB

Hard drive space:

  • Windows 7 32-bit--70 MB
  • Windows 7 64-bit--120 MB
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit--200 MB

Drive: CD-ROM drive (if installation is done from a CD-ROM)

Display: Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors

Peripherals: Modem or Internet connection; and Microsoft Mouse, Microsoft IntelliMouse, or compatible pointing device.

Microsoft U.K. published a new Windows 8 Fast and Fun video on YouTube shooted in the Bluewater Shopping Centre.

"We replaced stairs with a giant slide in Bluewater Shopping Centre to make shopping as fast and fun as Windows 8.
Discover a new way of doing things with Windows 8," the video description reads.

Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (beta) available today, is a portable version of the Remote Connectivity Analyzer website.

"The tool contains the same tests as the website, in a slightly simpler UI - that split results into two views - "a simplified view which only shows results, and the full detailed results. And the additional details for administrators is shown under "Review all the tests we ran," the company wrote.

Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer (beta) adds Lync Remote Connectivity Analyzer and Office 365 Lync DNS, Free/Busy test

Tests include:

  • "Microsoft Lync Mobile Auto-Discover Web Service Remote Connectivity Test will test your remote connectivity to the Microsoft Lync Mobile Auto-Discover Web Service Server
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server Test will test your remote connectivity to the Microsoft Office Communications Server, it will auto-discover the Access Edge and port to connect to, OR allow you to specific an Access Edge server.
  • Microsoft Lync Server Remote Connectivity Test will test your remote connectivity to the Microsoft Lync Server, it will auto-discover the Access Edge and port to connect to, OR allow you to specific an Access Edge server," informs Microsoft.

The detailed results are saved as an HTML file and can be viewed in your browser.

"The installation will work on all modern browsers. However, on Chrome, you'll need to install ClickOnce for Google Chrome, and on FireFox, you need to install Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant for FireFox," Microsoft said.

You can find the full release notes here.

Microsoft also notes, that they've joined forces with the Lync Remote Connectivity Analyzer, and brought the two tools together. "You'll notice we've dropped the "Exchange" from the name, and we have a new way to access the website: http://testconnectivity.microsoft.com," the company added.

Further, the company says, that on the Office 365 tab, you'll notice two new tests - the Office 365 Lync DNS test, and the Free/Busy test. "The Office 365 Lync DNS Test will check the external domain name settings for your custom domain user in Office365."

This test verifies an Office 365 mailbox can access the free/busy information of an on-premises mailbox and vice versa that includes:

  • "a check to confirm the system time of the hybrid server is not offset by more than five minutes, which causes failures when requesting delegation tokens from the Microsoft Federated Gateway.
  • a check to verify inbound connectivity to the hybrid server does not require firewall pre-authentication; that is, the firewall allows pass-through authentication.
  • a check to verify the hybrid server meets the minimum Exchange Server version requirement (Exchange Server 2010 SP1).
  • a basic free/busy query against the target Availability Service.
    Links to guidance on the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, a common source of hybrid deployment misconfiguration," Microsoft posted.

Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer (beta): Office 365 Lync DNS test and the Free/Busy test

Here is a video introduces the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer beta: