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Where Windows 8 Keeps......Everything!

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    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8

    Where Windows 8 Keeps......Everything!


    This isn't a tutorial -- It doesn't tell you how to do any particular thing. I've just put together all the bits and pieces on every location in which apps are stored, displayed, or accessed. The last part -- "The Sources" -- is what ties it all together, and attempts to answer some of the questions that have been thrown around (largely by me) regarding the system folders, many of them hidden, whose contents are used as the contents of the display elements of Windows 8 (Start Screen, Desktop, Taskbar, and so on) -- in other words, the "Sources" of those display elements.

    Since it's long, I've attached the rest of it as a Word document which you can save and/or print if it interests you.
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Most of us aren't going to download random word documents. If you want to provide this information, then do so in the post please.
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Actually Mystere, assuming that Dragon Prop has Windows 8 as his operating system running whist his Windows Defender is also up to date and currently active there should be no concern to not download the file posted as Windows 8 now comes with antivirus protection along with all the rest of security features from previous Windows operating systems. If the file were to not be safe it would be immediately quarantined and the user will be warned of such and be asked to take action or otherwise the file will be quarantined for later for the users observation whether the user gets rid of the file or allows it. But in some scenarios users might not go in Windows Defender for Windows 8 and see what is quarantined and so in this case in a certain amount of time depending on user personal settings for the program the quarantined file will be removed automatically. But of course I am sure you already know of all this and I think paranoia nowadays shouldn't be much of a predicament as it once used to have been. Thank you Dragon Drop and hopefully if the file is clean I will be happy and thankful for the time and effort you have made to show us these magical secrets that are there but intelligent people like yourself can discover the in-obvious and share it with us all. Thank you. You both have a wonderful morning, day, evening, or night depending on wherever in this world you are.
    Ravi Sivan
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    Downloaded it, nice but could get more a little bit more cleaning to do to make it perfect.
    But deserves a rep!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ravisivan View Post
    Actually Mystere, assuming that Dragon Prop has Windows 8 as his operating system running whist his Windows Defender is also up to date and currently active there should be no concern to not download the file posted as Windows 8 now comes with antivirus protection along with all the rest of security features from previous Windows operating systems.
    First, why did you assume I was concerned about viruses? That's a silly assumption to make.

    Second, Downloading files requires you to be logged in, and to have an account. This means people just perusing the site have to register an account just to see the information.

    Third, the information will not show up in a search, since attachments are not searched.

    Fourth, Most of us are just too lazy to download and open files. I

    Fifth, t also means that people who are not using the latest Windows have to have Word installed to read the information (they may have Windows 8, but they could be reading from a tablet or phone that does not view docx files).

    Sixth, attachments are just annoying to deal with. It's at least an extra step (and possibly several) we have to go through to read the information.

    Seventh, I could keep going on and on with reasons why it is simply bad etiquette to upload information as attachments, but you get the point.
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    Good start on an "FAQ style" document. Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this!!
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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Thanks Dragon Drop! I like the Word format. The extra click doesn't bother me, and it saves me the trouble of copying and saving it away as a Word document myself.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    It's 1200 words long. I'm sure most forums (not the moderators but the forum software itself) would automatically reject, truncate, or otherwise react to any post that big. Besides, a long article has to formatted to make it readable, and you need Word to do that.

    I knew that most members wouldn't want to start reading a long document, but I thought it might interest a few. Actually, when I do all this research and experimenting and writing articles, I'm doing it largely for myself, because I enjoy it so much. But from now on, I promise not to post more than 50 Word files a day!
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Apparently, you've never looked at any of the tutorial posts on this site.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    Yes, I have, and they're good. But "Tutorials" is a special category, and my article would be out of place there since it isn't about "How To."
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