Archive for November, 2012

Where are my Windows 8 apps?

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Windows 8

So you have installed Windows 8 on your machine and want to try out some apps from the store, but you only see a small subset of applications as the screenshot below shows. (33 apps in the Top Free category)

You’ve read some tweets or postings about Microsoft releasing a Lync client to the store and Citrix has released Citrix Receiver, but you can’t find them anywhere. So let’s try and search for them, but as you see below that dosen’t help either;

The reason for this is a setting in the Store, that will only show applications that contains your own language by default, you need to turn this off to able to see all applications in the Store. To do this you do the following;

  • Start the Store application
  • Press Win+C
  • Select Settings on the charms bar
  • Select Preferences
  • Turn off the setting “Make it easier to find apps in my preferred languages”


Now you will see all the applications in the Store (98 apps in the Top Free category) and also be able to search for them, happy shopping 🙂



A while back I blogged about the spreadsheet Chris Nackers made for documenting all the ports needed when working with Configuration Manager, that spreadsheet was made for 2007. I’ve created a new version of the spreadsheet that is adjusted to Configuration Manager 2012.

It works exactly like the previous version; on the 2nd sheet, you can put in the names of the servers for the various ConfigMgr roles. Once you do that, the 1st sheet will auto populate with those names. Once this is completed you will have a nice sheet you can show the client, or your network team that shows what ports needed to be open and from where to where.

This information is based upon this TechNet article and the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed book

Download the spreadsheet; ConfigMgr 2012 Detailed Port Information v1.0