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Hyper-V disables the fastboot option. One of the main advantages of the surface pro is having the fastboot option, which disappears after having hyper-v enabled. Hyper-V is enabled if you install the windows phone dev tools and if you want to run vhd files. Hanselman made a blogpost about adding an extra bootoption to switch between with and without hyper-v

 

But after installing the january firmware update, it gave me the blue screen with both boot entries, each time I boot.

This can be disabled in Windows. Press the windows key + pause/break and go to the ‘advanced system settings’. in tab ‘advanced’ click the button ‘settings’ next to “boot- and recoverysettings”

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remove the checkbox to disable the list of operating systems and hit ok and that’s it. Enjoy the speed of the fastboot with the surface pro 3.

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I had this error “A reference to a higher version or incompatible assembly cannot be added to the project” during my Windows Phone development. I wanted to add some dll’s because there are no nuget packages for smaato, mobfox etc.

http://i.imgur.com/YsNnEWF.png

At first I thought that it was because the dll’s were not build as portable class library. But then I found this other source online which gave me the correct and simple answer: Windows blocks the downloaded dll’s by default. You have to unblock it by going to the properties of the dll.

You can also unblock with powershell by using Unblock-File

So perhaps the dialog of visual studio should tell me that it is impossible to add a reference to a blocked dll.

Good luck!

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I have been running Windows 8 now for a while and have been using Notepad++ for a long time. It is my favorite notepad replacement. It has great syntax highlighting and is fast and lightweight. The only downside is that there is no updated icon for windows 8.

The current icon is from 2010 and looks great, but it does not fit in the new Microsoft UX design guidelines. There was this free nice looking icon on the web:

source: http://www.softicons.com/free-icons/system-icons/windows-8-metro-icons-by-dakirby309/notepad-icon

Which looks imho better on the Windows 8 desktop. So I have downloaded version 3.6 of resource hacker from this website: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/ direct link to resource hacker 3.6. After installing and launching it you can open for example: C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe and navigate in the treeview to icon/1

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at action you can replace icon with the .ico file which you can download from the softicons url above. Save the ‘new’ .exe in the same folder as Notepad++ and right click on a .txt file, select ‘open with’ and navigate to the ‘new’ .exe.

 

Another icon option is this image from SalvoGentile from deviantart, it looks nice but you have to convert it to .ico yourself.

 

Good luck!

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