What’s New in Windows 8 Control Panel? (Part 1)

Time to compare Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 with Windows 8 Developer Preview. In this case default installs of 32-bit versions of both OS were used for this comparison.

To start we have the new “Metro Control Panel” launched from the Start Screen, then we will get into deep & dirty comparison of the “Desktop Control Panel” in Windows 8 vs Windows 7.

Personalize

This allows us to select Lock Screen and User Tile. User Tile can be from a file or webcam.

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Clicking Browse shows dialog like

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Under Lock Screen title selection we can select up to six apps to put notifications on the lock screen.

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User Tile selection…

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Users

Here we can create users, change password, create PIN or picture password.

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This comparison will centre around the “full desktop-mode” control panel to start.

Change password…

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Create picture password which is 3 unique gestures on an image of your choice.

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Creating a PIN

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Adding a user…

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Wireless

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Notifications

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Privacy

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General

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Search

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Share

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Send

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Ease of Access

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Devices

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Sync PC Settings

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HomeGroup

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Windows Update

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More Settings

This brings us to the desktop version…

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The changes in settings available follow…

Action Centre

In Windows 8 action centre we see two new items

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Details about changed items:

Check for solutions to problem reports

Clicking this will initiate a check…

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Check Security Status

In Windows 7 you will be told on first install that no anti-virus has been found. In addition the maintenance action is highlighted:

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If you expand Security section in Windows 7 you see the following additional items:

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And expanding maintenance shows

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In Windows 8 Anti-Virus is included as part of Windows Defender. In addition by default Security & Maintenance is minimized. However if you expand maintenance you see many more items

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Security maximized we see new items circled in red. These are Windows Defender as Anti-Virus, Windows SmartScreen, and Windows Live ID.

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Windows SmartScreen offers the following options

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The View Windows Live ID settings is not working on two of my test machines. (32-bit and 64-bit)

Expanding Maintenance shows the following new items: Automatic Maintenance, HomeGroup, File History and File System. Backup and Troubleshooting: System Maintenance are gone.

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Change maintenance settings opens

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Create Home Group

 

Turn File History on displays

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Genuine Centre

Displays the following license information

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Restore your computer to an earlier time

In Windows 7 this screen looks like so

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Clicking Advanced recovery methods would display

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In Windows 8 this screen is much improved:

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Administrative Tools

The Administrative tools section doesn’t have additional items compared to Windows 7.

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Some changes of the items are detailed below.

Defragment your hard drive

Essentially the same UI as in Windows 7 except frequency has changed from run 1:00 am every Wednesday to Weekly.  The Defragment Disk has now been renamed to Optimize.

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Instead of change schedule you get a change settings which is greatly simplified and no longer specifies what time it will occur. We also get option to notify if 3 consecutive scheduled runs are missed. You can specify Daily, Weekly or Monthly for the frequency.

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Edit Group Policy

There are hundreds of new group policy settings available, but the details I won’t go into here. For more info on Group Policy changes in Windows 8 refer to https://chentiangemalc.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/new-group-policy-settings-in-windows-8-developer-preview-1-of-2/

Schedule Tasks

New pre-configured scheduled tasks in Windows 8 include:

  • Optimize Start Menu Cache files (Disabled by default)
  • .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319
  • AppID – SmartScreenSpecific
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program – BthSQM (Bluetooth)
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program – Uploader
  • File Classification Infrastructure – Property Definition Sync (Disabled by default)
  • File History (maintenance mode)
  • IME – SQM Data
  • Live – Roaming – BackgroundUploadTask
  • Live – Roaming – MaintenanceTask
  • Live – Roaming – SyncronizeWithStorage
  • MemoryDiagnostic – ProcessMemoryDiagnosticEvents
  • MemoryDiagnostic – RunFullMemoryDiagnostic
  • Mobile Broadband Accounts – Mobile Broadband Account Experience Metadata Parser
  • NetCfg – BindingWorkItemQueueHandler (Handles pending Network Binding Engine tasks)
  • Plug and Play – Device Install Group Policy
  • Plug and Play – Device Install Reboot Required
  • Shell – CreateObjectTask (Provides support for shell components that access system data)
  • Software Protection Platform – SvcRestartTaskLogon
  • Software Protection Platform – SvcRestartTaskNetwork
  • Task Scheduler – Idle Maintenance
  • Task Scheduler – Maintenance Configurator
  • Task Scheduler – Manual Maintenance
  • Task Scheduler – Regular Maintenance
  • TPM – Tpm-Maintenance
  • Windows Defender – Cache Maintenance
  • Windows Defender – Windows Defender Cleanup
  • Windows Defender – Windows Defender Scheduled Scan
  • Windows Defender – Windows Defender Verification
  • Windows Update – AUMaintenanceComplete
  • Windows Update – AUScheduledInstall
  • Windows Update – Scheduled Start
  • Wininet – CacheTask
  • WS (Windows Store) – Badge Update
  • WS – File Validation
  • WS – License Validation
  • WS – WSTask (Windows Store Maintenance Task)

View Event Logs

There are a few additional event logs by default in Windows 8:

  • FirstUXPerf-Analytic
  • MedaFoundationMSVideoDSP
  • MedaFoundationVideoProc
  • MedaFoundationVideoProcD3D
  • MediaFoundationAsyncWrapper
  • MediaFoundationContentProtection
  • MediaFoundationMediaEngine
  • Microsoft-IEDVTOOL/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-MIEPROXY/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-WS-Licensing/Admin
  • Microsoft-WS-Licensing/Debug
  • Microsoft-WS-Licensing/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-ASN1/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-All-User-Install-Agent/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-All-User-Install-Agent/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-All-User-Install-Agent/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-All-User-Install-Agent/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Events/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Anytime-Upgrade/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppLocker/Appx
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppLocker/Appx Deployment
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppModel-Runtime/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppModel-State/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppModel-State/Diagnostic\
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppXDeployment/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppXDeploymentServer/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppXDeploymentServer/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppXDeploymentServer/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application Server-Applications/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application Server-Applications/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application Server-Applications/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application Server-Applications/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience/AIT-Static
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience/Compatibility-Infrastructure-Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience/Program-Compatibility Assistant/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppxPackaging/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppxPackaging/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-AppxPackaging/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-BTH-BTHPORT/HCI
  • Microsoft-Windows-BTH-BTHPORT/L2CAP
  • Microsoft-Windows-BTH-BTHUSB/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Base-Filtering-Engine-Connections/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Base-Filtering-Engine-Resource-Flows/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Biometrics/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-BitLocker-Driver-Performance/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-BitLocker/BitLocker Management
  • Microsoft-Windows-Bluetooth-HidGatt/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-BrokerInfrastructure/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-BrokerInfrastructure/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2/Catalog Database Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-COM/CreateInstance
  • Microsoft-Windows-COM/ExtensionCatalog
  • Microsoft-Windows-CertificateServicesClient-Lifecycle-System/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-CertificateServicesClient-Lifecycle-User/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-ClassicSruMon
  • Microsoft-Windows-CoreApplication/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-CoreWindow/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-CoreWindow/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Crashdump/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Crypto-DPAPI/BackUpKeySvc
  • Microsoft-Windows-Crypto-DPAPI/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Crypto-DPAPI/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Crypto-NCrypt/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-D3D10Level9/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DAMM/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DLNA-Namespace/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DXGI/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DXGI/Logging
  • Microsoft-Windows-Deduplication/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Deduplication/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Deduplication/Scrubbing
  • Microsoft-Windows-DesktopActivityModerator/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DesktopWindowManager-Diag/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DeviceSetupManager/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DeviceSetupManager/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-DeviceSetupManager/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Devices-Location/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Diagnosis-AdvancedTaskManager/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D10/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D10_1/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D11/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D11/Logging
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D11/PerfTiming
  • Microsoft-Windows-Direct3D9/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DirectComposition/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DirectWrite/Tracing
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dism-Api/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dism-Api/ExternalAnalytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dism-Api/InternalAnalytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dism-Cli/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dot3MM/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-API/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-Core/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-Dwm/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-Redir/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Dwm-Udwm/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-DxpTaskDLNA/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-EapMethods-Sim/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-EapMethods-Ttls/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Catalog/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Catalog/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-ConfigManager/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-ConfigManager/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Core/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Core/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Core/WHC
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Engine/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Engine/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-EventListener/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-EventListener/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Service/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-FileHistory-Service/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-GenericRoaming/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-HotspotAuth/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-HotspotAuth/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-NETVSC/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IDCRL/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IDCRL/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-CandidateUI/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-CustomerFeedbackManager/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-CustomerFeedbackManagerUI/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-JPAPI/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-JPLMP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-JPPRED/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-JPSetting/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-JPTIP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-KRAPI/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-OEDCompiler/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-Roaming/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-SCCORE/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-SCDICCOMPILER/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-SCSetting/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-SCTIP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-TCCORE/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-TCTIP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IME-TIP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IPNAT/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-IdCtrls/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-InputSwitch/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-KdsSvc/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kerberos/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-IoTrace/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Pdc/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnP/Configuration
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnPConfig/Configuration
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-ShimEngine/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-ShimEngine/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-ShimEngine/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-LSA-Core/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-LanguageProfile/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-LinkLayerDiscoveryProtocol/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-LinkLayerDiscoveryProtocol/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-LiveId/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-MPEG2-Video-Encoder-MFT_Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Media-Streaming/DMC
  • Microsoft-Windows-Media-Streaming/DMR
  • Microsoft-Windows-Media-Streaming/MDE
  • Microsoft-Windows-MediaFoundation-MFCaptureEngine/MFCaptureEngine
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mobile-Broadband-Experience-Api-Internal/Analytic\
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mobile-Broadband-Experience-Api/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mobile-Broadband-Experience-Parser-Task/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mobile-Broadband-Experience-SmsApi/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mobile-Broadband-Experience-SmsRouter/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Mprddm/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-NcdAutoSetup/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-NcdAutoSetup/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-NdisImPlatform/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Ndu/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Network-Connection-Broker
  • Microsoft-Windows-Network-DataUsage/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-NetworkBridge/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-NetworkProvisioning/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Ntfs/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Ntfs/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Ntfs/WHC
  • Microsoft-Windows-OOBE-Machine-Core/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-OOBE-Machine-DUI/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-OOBE-Machine-Plugins-Wireless/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-OOBE-Machine-Plugins/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-OtpCredentialProvider/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-PackageStateRoaming/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-PackageStateRoaming/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-PackageStateRoaming/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-PhotoAcq/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-PlayToManager/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Policy/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-PrintDialogs/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-PrintService-USBMon/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-ProcessStateManager/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Program-Compatibility-Assistant/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Program-Compatibility-Assistant/Trace
  • Microsoft-Windows-Proximity-Common/Informational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Proximity-Common/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-PushNotification-Developer/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-PushNotification-InProc/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-PushNotification-Platform/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-PushNotification-Platform/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Regsvr32/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Rdbss/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Rdbss/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Smb/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Smb/HelperClassDiagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Smb/ObjectStateDiagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Remotefs-Smb/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Resources-MrmBc-Provider
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-Graphics/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-Networking-BackgroundTransfer/Tracing
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-Networking/Tracing
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-WebAPI/Tracing
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-Windows-Media/WinRTCaptureEngine
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime-Windows-Media/WinRTTranscode
  • Microsoft-Windows-Runtime/CreateInstance
  • Microsoft-Windows-SMSRouter
  • Microsoft-Windows-SPB-ClassExtension/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Schannel-Events/Perf
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-IdentityStore/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-Netlogon/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX-GC/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX-GenuineCenter-Logging/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX-Notifications/ActionCenter
  • Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-SendTo/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Sensor-Service-Trigger/Trigger
  • Microsoft-Windows-Sensors/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Sensors/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Serial-ClassExtension/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Servicing/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-SettingSync/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-SettingSync/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-SettingSync/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-AppWizCpl/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-AuthUI-CredentialProviderUser/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-AuthUI-LogonUI/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-ConnectedAccountState/ActionCenter
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Core/ActionCenter
  • Microsoft-Windows-Shell-OpenWith/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-SmartCard-Bluetooth-Profile/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-SmartCard-Bluetooth-Transport/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-SmartCard-Bluetooth-Transport/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-SmartCard-TPM-VCard-Module/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-SmartCard-TPM-VCard-Module/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Spell-Checking/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-SpellChecker/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-SruMon/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Srv2/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Srv2/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Srv2/Performance
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ATAPort/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ATAPort/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ATAPort/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ATAPort/Diagnose
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ATAPort/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Diagnose
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-ClassPnP/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Disk/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Disk/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Disk/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Disk/Diagnose
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Disk/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport/Diagnose
  • Microsoft-Windows-Storage-Storport/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Superfetch/AgmcLog
  • Microsoft-Windows-Superfetch/AgmcOperation
  • Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-TTS/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-TWinAPI/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-TWinUI/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Maintenance
  • Microsoft-Windows-USB-UCX-Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-USB-USBHUB3-Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-USB-USBXHCI-Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-User Control Panel Usage/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-User Control Panel/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-UserAccountControl/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-UserPnp/DeviceInstall
  • Microsoft-Windows-WCNWiz/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WLAN-MediaManager/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Activity/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Activity/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-WMP-MediaDeliveryEngine/MDE
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-API/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-MTPBT/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-MTPClassDriver/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-MTPIP/Analytic\
  • Microsoft-Windows-WPD-MTPUS/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WWAN-CFE/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WWAN-MediaManager/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WWAN-SVC-Events/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-Wcmsvc/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Wcmsvc/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-WebcamProvider/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-Win32k/Contention
  • Microsoft-Windows-Win32k/Messages
  • Microsoft-Windows-WinINet/UsageLog
  • Microsoft-Windows-WinNat/Oper
  • Microsoft-Windows-WinNat/Trace
  • Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUIImmersive/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUIImmersive/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient/Analytic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WlanDlg/Analytic

  • Microsoft-Windows-WwaHost/Admin
  • Microsoft-Windows-WwaHost/Debug
  • Microsoft-Windows-WwaHost/Diagnostic
  • Microsoft-Windows-WwaHost/Operational
  • Microsoft-Windows-ntshrui-perf
  • OSK_SoftKeyboard_Channel
  • SystemEventsBroker
  • TabletPC_InputPanel_Channel/IHM
  • TimeBroker
  • WINDOWS_KS_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_MFH264Enc_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_MSMPEG2ADEC_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_MSMPEG2VDEC_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_VC1ENC_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_WMPHOTO_CHANNEL
  • WINDOWS_wmvdecod_CHANNEL
  • Windows.Globalization/Analytic
  • WitnessClientAdmin

So yeah just a few new ones.

View local services

New services in Windows 8 include:

  • Broker Infrastructure – Coordinates execution of background work for WinRT applications.
  • Disk Defragmenter is replaced with Disk Optimizer Service
  • Device Association Service – Enables pairing between the system and wired or wireless devices.
  • eventlog service is now spelt with upper case EventLog
  • Local Session Manager – Core Windows Service that manages local user sessions. Stopping or disabling this service will result in system instability.
  • Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup – Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service monitors and installs qualified devices that connect to a qualified network. Stopping or disabling this service will prevent Windows from discovering and installing qualified network connected devices automatically. Users can still manually add network connected devices to a PC through the user interface.
  • The Plug and Play service is now marked as “Stoppable”
  • System Events Broker – Coordinates execution of background work for WinRT application. If this service is stopped or disabled, then background work might not be triggered.
  • Time Broker – Coordinates execution of background work for WinRT application. If this service is stopped or disabled, then background work might not be triggered.
  • Desktop Window Session Manager service is GONE
  • Windows Defender is renamed to Windows Defender Service
  • Winmgmt is now all lowercase winmgmt
  • Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is gone
  • Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant

AutoPlay

AutoPlay has the same 3 items as Windows 7

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Change default settings for media or devices

In Windows 7 we had a bit of choice overkill here:

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In Windows 8 this has been prefixed with Storage devices and option to choose what to do with each type of media, camera storage is also configured here.

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Backup and Restore

There is no backup and restore section in Windows 8 control panel. This has been replaced by other options.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

BitLocker Drive Encryption section removes the Protect your computer by encrypting data on your disk.

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Color Management

Color management remains the same.

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Credential Manager

In Windows 8 Credential Manager now adds Manage web credentials.

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Manage web credentials

We now see the distinction between Web Credentials and Windows Credentials.

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Date and Time

Remains the same as Windows 7

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Default Programs

Remains the same as in Windows 7

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Desktop Gadgets

Remains the same as in Windows 7.

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Device Manager

Remains the same as in Windows 7…

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Except one tiny little but very cool difference. In the properties of a device you can now see events related to that device. I love this feature!

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Devices and Printers

Devices and printers we see five additions – advanced printer setup and near field proximity configuration. Also “Add device” has been changed to “Add devices and printers”

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Add A Printer

In Windows 7 this would prompt with a dialog

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But in Windows 8 it goes directly to searching for network or Bluetooth printers (Because pretty much all local printers these day are USB and would have been auto-detected making this prompt redundant)

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Advanced Printer Setup

This will directly bring up this dialog. In Windows 7 this dialog was found if you clicked Add Printer –> Add Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer –> The Printer  that I want isn’t listed. Unlike Windows 7 a Bluetooth printer can’t be added on this page.

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Change Device Installation Settings

In Windows 7 this displayed the following prompt

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In Winodws 8 it is simplified

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Only if you select No do you see other options. Note the option Install driver software from Windows update if it is not found on my computer is no longer available.

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Near Field Proximity Settings

None of these opened on my 32-bit or 64-bit test machine.

Display

Display has the same options as Windows 7.

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Adjust Screen Resolution

If you click Advanced Settings the “Troubleshooting” tab is gone in Windows 8.

Connect to a Projector

Also triggered by Win+P in Windows 7 you got a box at the centre of your screen

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In Windows 8 you have the same options but they display as a sidebar

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Ease of Access Centre

Has the same items as Windows 7.

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File History

New in Windows 8, and replaces backup in Windows 7 has the following options

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Backup Your Data

By default File History will backup files every 1 hr to USB disk. One cool thing is that if you disconnect your USB drive you will still get backups of files you are working on, just they are made on the local disk. This means if you need to revert to an older file version, or accidentally delete a file, even without USB disk connected you may have a recovery option.

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Then on…

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Restore your data or files from backup

OK so it’s not as flash as Time Machine on MacOS, but it doesn’t give me 3d motion sickness either.

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If your USB drive is disconnected Action Center will warn you…

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Folder Options

Same options as in Windows 7.

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Show hidden files and folders

This brings up the Folder Options View Settings, as in Windows 7. There is only one different option now – Show Status Bar.

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Change search options for files and folders

Once again we see a simplification of dialog boxes. In Windows 7 this showed us

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In Windows 8 “What to search” is completely removed. How to search removes two options, and we get a new option  under “When searching non-indexed locations” to enable Always search file names and contents (I think this is a pretty commonly requested feature, glad to see it here!)

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Specify single- or double- click to open

This adds the Automatically expand to current folder option

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Fonts

The same options as in Windows 7

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Getting Started

This is not in Windows 8 yet, as it is a developer preview release. In Windows 7 this had

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Homegroup

Same options as in Windows 7

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Choose homegroup and sharing options

Essentially the same but network profiles available in advanced settings are different. In Windows 7

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In Windows 8

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Indexing Options

Same as Windows 7.

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Internet Options

In Windows  8 we see one new option Connect to the Internet

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We’ll now look at any changes in the Internet Options tabs

General Tab

The general tab Use Blank has changed to Use new tab. (Which results in a page named about:Tabs instead of about:blank

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In the Browsing History the Delete… button we see Downloaded History Added and InPrivate Filtering Data has been replaced with ActiveX Filtering and Tracking Protection data

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In Settings the history section is now a separate tab. The default cache size has also increased from 50 MB to 250 MB

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In Search Settings section we see new option Search in the address bar. We also see InPrivate Filtering replaced with Tracking Protection

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In the Tabs Settings we see the addition of Ctrl+Q keyboard shortcut and Open each new tab next to the current tab

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Security Tab

In the security tab the first thing we’ll find on 64-bit systems we can configure 64-bit browser for specific zones

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The Custom level settings available are almost identical to Windows 7. Changes in red.

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Privacy Tab

We now have a location setting. In addition the Do not collect data for use by InPrivate filtering setting is no longer there

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Content Tab

In the content tab under AutoComplete settings there is now a Manage Passwords button

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Advanced Tab

Some changes in red.

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Keyboard

The same options as in Windows 7

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Location and Other Settings

Replaced with Location Settings in Windows 8.

Language

These settings full under Region and Language in Windows 7

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Change Keyboards or other input methods

This section is simplified in Windows 8. In Windows 7 you would get a display like this

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In Windows 8

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Selecting Options… will show you

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Selecting Add a language now is much clearer and can sort by language name OR writing system.

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Location Settings

Simplified in Windows 8 to

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OK so I think this post is probably way too long already so I’ll stop here, and complete rest of the panel items in a part two.

Part two (or maybe part two + part three) will cover changes in

  • Mouse
  • Network and Sharing Center
  • Notification Area Icons
  • Parental Controls
  • Performance Information and Tools
  • Personalization
  • Phone and Modem
  • Power Options
  • Programs and Features
  • Recovery
  • Region
  • RemoteApp and Desktop Connections
  • Restore Windows 7 Backups
  • Sound
  • Speech Recognition
  • Sync Center
  • System
  • Taskbar
  • Troubleshooting
  • User Accounts
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Firewall
  • Windows Update

About chentiangemalc

specializes in end-user computing technologies. disclaimer 1) use at your own risk. test any solution in your environment. if you do not understand the impact/consequences of what you're doing please stop, and ask advice from somebody who does. 2) views are my own at the time of posting and do not necessarily represent my current view or the view of my employer and family members/relatives. 3) over the years Microsoft/Citrix/VMWare have given me a few free shirts, pens, paper notebooks/etc. despite these gifts i will try to remain unbiased.
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