How to install non-store application in Windows 8

windowsWindows 8, the new operative system by Microsoft, has completely revolutionized the Windows world. The Eight is totally different from its predecessors: quicker, easier and beautiful. The tiles interface, even if a first glance can seem tricky, is very simple and funny.

It looks clear that Microsoft developed Windows 8 with tablet and smartphone in mind, with the goal to give a complete environment where to move into.

One of the biggest difference between Win8 and its predecessors is the Store. Microsoft developed a Windows Store which contain all the apps users can install on their PC. By default, Windows 8 allow to install only applications downloaded from the Windows Store. These applications are known as “authorized” and have gone through a review process by Microsoft team which gives its approval. That means they are safe to be installed. Should you need an app which is not in the store (be cautious!) you can follow those steps:

  • search for “Run” from the start screen
  • on the window type in “gpedit.msc”, then click OK
  • go on Local Group Policy Editor and, from the main screen, go on “Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Component -> App Package Deployment”
  • enable “Allow all trusted apps to install”

That allow to install non-store apps. Two more things to check:

  • the developer must have cryptographically signed the app
  • your PC must have accepted that certificate

If both criteria are met, you can use Windows PowerShell to run this command:

add-appxpackage C:\apptoinstall.appx –DependencyPath C:\dependency.appx

apptoinstall.appx is the app to install, dependency.appx is the dependency of the app, which is included within the app itself.


Tips, Tricks and Secrets of Windows 8

windows8Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft OS, is quite easy to use and many persons fell in love with it. New interface version and new features distinguish this OS from its predecessor: Windows 7. One of the first questions new Windows 8 users can ask is “which new things can I do with Win8?”. Here are some of the most useful.

Find and open applications in Windows 8. Locate programs or applications in Windows 8 can be somewhat confusing at first, indeed its easier than previous versions. Just need to go to the Metro interface and start typing to see a list of suggested applications. Easy, isn’t it?

Remove, move and resize mosaics on the Home Screen. Mosaics of the home screen can be modified, deleted, moved or changed in position. Just right click on an icon to visualize options on the bottom bar.

Open applications from the home screen. Windows 8 allows you to enter the name or just the first few letters of any program or application on the Home screen and open it directly.  This is limited only to programs and applications installed.

Take screen capture using keyboard. The easiest way to take screen capture is to press down Windows key, which usually has the Windows logo on the keyboard, and the PrintScreen key.  The screen will fade almost imperceptibly and an image will be saved in the Pictures folder.
Use the Windows-X menu. The menu called “Windows-X” is a small one with several shortcuts to access the most used programs in Win8. To start using this menu just press Windows key + X.