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Windows 8.1 – Use windows store apps when behind an authenticated proxy

With Windows 8 one of the major issues especially when used in an enterprise was that the Windows Store and Windows Store apps wouldn’t work when you were behind an authenticated proxy unless you specifically allowed URLs to pass through the proxy unauthenticated.

I even created a blog post about this before and since it gets many views I believe it is an issue a lot of people are having.

As such I’m happy to inform you that with Windows 8.1 Preview you can configure your authenticated proxy to be used for Windows Store apps. Press Windows key + W and type “Change proxy settings”.

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The settings from Internet Explorer are also automatically used, so existing configurations set using a GPO work as well.

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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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Windows 8 – Change default install location of Windows 8 apps / Modern UI apps

In a previous blog post I compared Windows 8 tablets with other tablets. In it I said that it was nice that you could use memory cards to expand your storage, but unlike Android there is no easy way to move windows 8 / modern UI apps to the memory card and run them from there.

Since I saw the question pop up a couple of times and because I was convinced it would probably be possible, I went to look for a workaround. This is the procedure I used to change the default app install location:

  1. Close the Windows Store app.
  2. Make a new folder in the desired location. By example “D:\WindowsApps”.
  3. Run regedit as administrator
  4. Create a backup of your registry just in case.
  5. In regedit go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx”
  6. Take ownership of this path and everything below it (inheritance).
  7. Edit the value of “PackageRoot” to your desired location. By example “D:\WindowsApps”
  8. Start the Windows Store app.
  9. Install apps.
  10. Run apps.

Beware: I’m not entirely sure if and how this affects security, so use this at your own risk.

This article regarding the use of junction points may also interest you.

 
 

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