When I first started using Windows 8, I created a local account and set it up the way I like it, i.e. start screen, taskbar, desktop etc.
However, now I need to use a different user account, which means I'm now back on the default settings. I've copied the folders from the "user" folder across from one to the other, so I can access all my documents, music, pictures etc, but that didn't copy the settings, recent documents and so on.
Is there a way of getting all of the settings from my local user account copied onto the new account, so that I don't have to start setting it up again from scratch?
You can use Windows Easy Transfer to copy the settings and documents to a different account.
In the Wizard select to store the data into a transfer file. After the backup is finished, go to the 2nd account, run the Wizard again and select this is the destination PC and restore the settings from the file.
The Startscreen layout is stored in a file called appsFolder.itemdata-ms under C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows. If the transfer wizard doesn't copy the layout, copy this file into the new account.
Under Windows 8.1, the transfer wizard does not allow you to store the user settings and docuents in a transfer file. Only importing a transfer file is available in the wizard, as you can see in the image below !![enter image description here]
I have photos on my network drive that I want to display (in live tiles preferably in the photo app).
Under c:\users\paul\pictures I have made a link to them, using mklink /d:
And this works fine in classic:
But nothing appears in the photo.app:
I am guessing that this is an issue with indexing - the photos won't appear until they are indexed, and Windows won't normally index a network drive (unless you make it "available offline, which just copies the files locally) - but this is exactly what the mklink was supposed to work around, and the properties show it is indexable:
On the Building Windows 8 blog it has been reported that Photos will receive an update for this:
Crop and rotate photos
New auto-curated collage slideshows
View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups
Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop
— Source: Building Windows 8 - Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8