Update on handedness (menu location)

A while back I wrote how to change the handedness (which seems to be the correct term, instead of the dreadful ‘Menu on the wrong side with a touch screen’).

I got a machine in my hands which exhibited the previously mentioned problem. However Tablet PC Settings weren’t installed, so we couldn’t open the tab.

After searching the bowels of the internet I found the following shell shortcut:

shell:::{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}

Putting this in Winkey+R, or in the Windows 7/8(.1) search box will open the Tablet PC Settings, and if you don’t have a touch screen, will default to the Other tab, where you can change the handedness of your menus!

Menus appear to the right of your hand.

Have a good one,

-Kristof

Menu on the wrong side with a touch screen?

When you’re reading this you probably have a touch screen.

So, I never use my touch screen. Almost never. But I did notice that by default my menus in Windows (from a menu bar, not a ribbon) appear (when possible) on the right side of the clicked menu item.

Like this:

Menu appears on left side of the menu toolbar item.
Menu appears on left side of the menu toolbar item.

Goosebumps. Something is off. It took me a while to realize this,

The menu expanded to the left!

So, what is this. I can’t remember what exactly I searched for, but the change you need to make is in Tablet PC Settings.

When your menus are expanded to the left you’ll see something like this:

Menus appear to the left of your hand.
Menus appear to the left of your hand.

This is different from the default that I’ve been used to since I’ve been using Windows 95.

Change it to ‘Left-handed’:

Menus appear to the right of your hand.
Menus appear to the right of your hand.

Hit apply, and restart any offending programs, open a menu and enjoy:

Menu appears on right side of the menu toolbar item.
Menu appears on right side of the menu toolbar item.

I can easy again…

Windows 8.1 Preview install: error 0x800705AA – 0x2000C

Yesterday I was trying to upgrade a VM to Windows 8.1. The VM had Windows 8 on it.

The host software I used was Hyper-V from Windows 8.1 Preview

By itself the VM worked fine, and I was able to install the package that allowed me to download the Windows 8.1 Preview from the store and install it through there.

However upon completion of the download and the subsequent reboot I was greeted with the following error:

VM upgrade error when upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview on a VM in Hyper-V
Sorry we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1 Preview. We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this pc.
0x800705AA – 0x2000C

The full error is

Couldn’t update to Windows 8.1 Preview
Sorry we couldn’t complete the update to Windows 8.1 Preview. We’ve restored your previous version of Windows to this pc.
0x800705AA – 0x2000C

And the upgrade didn’t happen.

Googling on error 0x800705AA – 0x2000C didn’t help a lot. So I decided to investigate: I found out that I had set the Startup RAM of the machine too low. Because it had dynamic memory it wasn’t an issue WHILE running Windows 8, but it seems that during the installation of 8.1 something goes wrong and the VM thinks it doesn’t have enough RAM, hence the error.

So by setting the RAM of the machine to, say 2GB I managed to mitigate the problem. After that the upgrade went like a charm.

Set startup RAM to 2GB
Set startup RAM to 2GB

Have a good one,

-Kristof