Why Do I See Different Blue Enterprise Mode IE Indicators Next to the Address Bar?

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Enterprise mode text

If Enterprise Mode IE (EmIE) is enabled, you should see a blue box with buildings next to the address bar. On some hardware, you may see a blue box with white EmIE text. The behavior depends on your display settings.  The “EmIE” text is a fallback if there isn’t an acceptable icon resource for your…


Internet Explorer 11 Migration Quick Start

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IE Logo

On Jan 12, 2016, IE11 will be the only supported version of IE on the most Windows versions. In this post, I will cover the essentials to jumpstart your migration. There are three main areas to plan for when you migrate: deployment, configuration, and compatibility. Deployment There are several ways to deploy IE.  Choose the…


Controlling WebBrowser Control Compatibility

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IE Logo

If you have a embedded browser in your Windows application, you may be encountering a rendering or some other kind of compatibility issue with the content you are trying to display. In this post, I’ll talk about some options to try to fix those issues. The web browser control is known by many names: WebBrowser…

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How Do I Deploy a Windows 8 App to Another Device for Testing?

If your developing a new Windows 8 app and you want to test it on another device (e.g. Surface), you’ll need to use a technique called sideloading. This can easily be done through a few steps that I’ll describe in this post. What is Sideloading? Windows 8 Store Apps are deployed through the Windows Store. …

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Developing a Native Win32 Application for Windows 7 Touch

In a previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, I’ll continue elaborating on each development environment  and discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using native C++.  If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this…


Developing a WPF Application for Windows 7 Touch

In my previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, my goal is to discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using WPF.  If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this document for good general guidance…


Troubleshooting Interactive Services Detection

Interactive Services Detection
Interactive Services Detection

My earlier post on Interactive Services Detection is very popular. It was targeted toward developers.  Based on the comments I receive, I think most readers are users looking for some help.  If you’re a developer, make sure to check out my previous post. If you are just a user trying to figure out why Interactive…

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Troubleshooting Application Compatibility Issues – Tools, Tips, and Tricks

When I need to troubleshoot a compatibility problem, there are a handful of tools that I use that are very helpful. In this post, I’ll talk about some of my favorite tools and how to use them to identify compatibility issues. Most applications do a poor job of reporting unexpected errors. A lot of times,…

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If I’m an Administrator, Why Do I Get Access Denied?

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UAC logo

User Account Control (UAC) can seem mysterious. After all, if I’m a member of the Administrators group, shouldn’t I have access to everything?  If you’re a developer, you’ll run into a UAC issue sooner or later.  In this post, I’ll cover the basics that every developer should know. Standard User by Default Running applications as…

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