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12Mar/13Off

Windows 8

I recently built a new Windows 8 system for general office/email/virtual machine use, and to test the development of TerreSculptor on the newest version of the Windows desktop operating system.
I did not expect any issues with TerreSculptor on Windows 8, and there were none, since the overall functionality of Windows 8 is still similar to Windows 7.

That said, Windows 8 has so far been a love-hate relationship, there are as many good new features as there are bad new features.

One of the things that I do miss when compared to earlier operating systems like Windows XP, is the overlay icons in Windows Explorer for shared folders.
Even the newer Microsoft Windows Server OS's no longer show overlays for shares.  I won't comment on Microsoft's reasoning for this.

Replies on Microsoft forums from MSFT's and MSVP's is to look at the Windows Explorer statusbar "State" indicator when selecting folders, but this requires that you click on each folder to see what its state is, and the State indicator also shows "Shared" for every folder under a shared parent folder so there is no way to determine from the State whether a specific folder is shared itself or whether its parent is the one that is shared.

Windows 8 shares state

Or they tell you to click-click all the way to Computer Management -> Shares to see the list of shared folders, which again has no direct visual bearing on what you see in Windows Explorer.

My personal method for dealing with this is to simply change the icon for every folder that I share. Right-click on the folder, choose Properties, Customize tab, Change Icon, then scroll across to the user share icon.  This is not the best fix, but at least is usable.

Windows 8 folder icon customize

 

I am running behind on the release of the next build of TerreSculptor due to a number of delays.  The next build will be available soon.

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