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FIX: Firefox tabs having strange colors in Windows 8

This graphics glitch is a known bug in Firefox running on Windows 8. It appears to manifest only on machines that run on nVidia graphics cards and it is caused by the browser using hardware acceleration.

The fix is simple – disable hardware acceleration from your browser’s settings menu and the strange colors will be gone – and so will be your browser’s hardware acceleration unfortunately. But that’s all we can do until the bug gets fixed.

You can track the issue on bugzilla here:

And just in case you can’t find the menu where to disable hardware acceleration: open the options window (Firefox – Options or Tools – Options) – Advanced – General – and here uncheck the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ checkbox. That’s it.

Windows 8 and Secure Boot – What if your PC doesn’t support it?

So today, while (by mistake) attempting to upgrade my Windows 7 to Windows 8 I ran into a compatibility check with 6 errors including one that states:

Secure Boot isn’t compatible with your PC

At first it gave me the creeps thinking that I won’t be able to install Windows 8 although the Consumer Preview ran just fine (with a few exceptions) but then, a couple of searches later, I realized that this won’t be a problem at all. Secure Boot is a feature that you can just skip and everything will work just fine.

How to install Windows 8 using a USB drive

To get you started you will need an ISO image of Windows 8 and also the Windows 7 USB / DVD Donwload Tool which will help you put that image on the USB stick. You can download both of them by clicking their respective images below.

Windows 8 Developer Preview 64bitWindows USB Tool

Install the Windows 7 USb Tool after download finishes. Don’t worry about the name of the program which says Windows 7, it works just fine with Windows 8 as well.

Windows Format WindowNow that you have all the needed files insert your USB drive into the PC, right click it and select format. Most tutorial’s I’ve seen say to format it to FAT32 otherwise it will not work – tho when I use the tool to copy the windows files to the USB drive, the tool formats my drive to NTFS. Strange, but whatever.

Quick format it as FAT32 and don’t forget to backup your data!

Now that you’ve formatted the USB drive open up the Windows 7 USb Tool, hit Browse and select the ISO image you’ve just downloaded.

Windows USB Tool Choose an ISO File

Click Next and on the next screen asking you to select the media type choose USB device. As you can see you are also given the option of writing the image directly to a DVD. For this how-to we will stick with the USB.

Windows USb Tool Choose Media Type

Choose the USB device on which you want the tool to put the install files and hit Begin copying.

Windows USB Tool Choose USb Drive

The tool will now start copying the windows install files to your USB drives.

Windows USB Tool Copying Files

Once the entire process is complete and if you got no errors during it restart your computer, bring up your boot menu (F12 in my case – during POST) and select the USB drive. If your USB drive doesn’t show up in that list, go into your BIOS and make sure that Legacy USB Support is Enabled.


you can not make a bootable USB drive with 64bit Windows on it if you are currently running a 32bit operating system. You need to have a 64bit operating system in order to make a bootable USB drive with 64bit windows on it.

– the USB drive has to be large enough. 4 GB will do for the simple 32bit and 64bit versions but for the 64bit containing the developer tools you will need a 8 GB drive – because the size of the ISO alone is 4.7 GB.

– make sure you backup the data you got on that USB drive before formatting it. Otherwise it-s lost. And also, carefully choose the partition on which you install the OS, not to overwrite your good Windows install by mistake – because in this case also, all data will be lost.

And one last thing: Published from a fresh copy of Windows 8. So you know for sure that it works.

Metro and WinRT Webinar on February 2nd

Are you a Silverlight / WPF developer? Want to start developing for Windows 8 as well?  If that’s the case, this upcoming SilverlightShow webinar is guaranteed to give you a jump start. The webinar will teach you how to use your Silverlight / WPF experience to build amazing Windows 8 apps by presenting the similarities between Silverlight / WPF and XAML based Metro apps. This will be done by looking at a working Metro app containing most of the things you were used to in Silverlight / WPF.

Also, as usual, SilverlightShow is giving away 6 eBooks:

Good luck!

Presenter: Gill Cleer
Webinar registration page: Metro and WinRT for the Silverlight/WPF Developer
More details about the webinar: SilverlightShow

Windows 8 Demo from CES 2012

  • January 15, 2012
  • CES, Metro, ...

This is the demo Microsoft made at CES this year demonstrating some of the new features of the upcoming Windows 8. One of the features that caught my attention was the Windows Store which they say it will open in late February. A new build of Windows 8 is also said to come in late February.

Also, in the video there’s a small presentation of a HTML5 app called Cut the Rope – really nice app in my opinion. Can’t wait to try it out myself.