A Raspberry Pi-style mini-PC running Windows 8.1

Microsoft has never been ashamed to copy smaller companies if a trend proves popular enough, and its latest homage is dedicated to pint-sized PCs like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards.

Hoping to show that Windows can run on just about anything, Microsoft has teamed with Intel and product manufacturer CircuitCo to announce a Windows-compatible development board, which is now available for pre-order, as ArsTechnica first reported.

Dubbed the Sharks Cove, this tiny PC features a “Bay Trail” 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor with integrated graphics, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD slot, HDMI, a MIPI connector, a single USB 2.0 port, and a micro-USB port for power. There’s no Ethernet or Wi-Fi card onboard, so you’ll need to use USB adapters to connect the board to the Internet or any other network. 

Developers looking for a breakdown of pin headers can check it out on the Sharks Cove site. The board measures 4 inches by 6 inches.

While the Sharks Cove shares a similar size to other development boards, Microsoft’s version isn’t nearly as wallet-friendly as the competition. Sharks Cove will set you back a stunning $300, a price that includes the hardware, a Windows 8.1 image, and the “utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove,” Microsoft said.

Three hundred bucks is far more expensive than the recently released Raspberry Pi B+, which features half the RAM, no onboard storage, and a slower processor, but only costs $35.

Still, at $300 anyone hoping to use a board for user-centric purposes like an entertainment center or old-school gaming emulator is probably better off with a Raspberry Pi or alternatives like the $55 BeagleBone Black or the upcoming $99 Minnow Board Max. 

Microsoft says its board is geared towards developers for creating software and drivers for Windows devices such as phones, tablets, and other miniature devices. The Sharks Cove can also be used for Android development.

Anyone looking for an extra Windows PC on the cheap should skip development boards entirely and wait until later in 2014, when devices like the $200 Hewlett-Packard Stream and $250 laptops from Acer and Toshiba start rolling out.

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Program compatibility problems

If you have issues with a program check its website or Google the program’s name, version number and your version of Windows to see if there are any issues with it.

Avoid installing system software not listed as compatible with your version of Windows, otherwise try installing it as normal; if it fails, Windows 7 may offer to apply compatibility settings to it – see if these work.
If the program installs but won’t run, right-click its program shortcut and choose Properties > Compatibility Settings. Select your old version of Windows from the list and click OK.
If this fails, try ticking “Run this program as an administrator”; in Windows 7 you can also click “Help me choose the settings” to gain access to the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.

Program compatibility problems

If you have issues with a program check its website or Google the program’s name, version number and your version of Windows to see if there are any issues with it.

Avoid installing system software not listed as compatible with your version of Windows, otherwise try installing it as normal; if it fails, Windows 7 may offer to apply compatibility settings to it – see if these work.

If the program installs but won’t run, right-click its program shortcut and choose Properties > Compatibility Settings. Select your old version of Windows from the list and click OK.

If this fails, try ticking “Run this program as an administrator”; in Windows 7 you can also click “Help me choose the settings” to gain access to the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.

VERIFY SYSTEM FILES

The System File Checker (SFC) tool enables you to scan for – and replace – corrupt and missing fi les. If you use XP you can use it to scan your entire drive, while in Vista and Windows 7 it can verify individual files and folders too. If you have an installation CD, keep it handy in case it’s needed.

Step 1. In Windows XP

Click Start > Run, type “sfc /scannow” and press [Enter] to check your entire drive for errors. Have your installation CD handy in case you’re asked for it.

Step 2. Vista and Windows 7

Click Start, type “cmd”, then right-click cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator > Continue. Type “sfc /scannow” and press [Enter] to check your entire drive.

Step 3. Scan and replace

Alternatively, type “sfc /SCANFILE=path fi lename” and press [Enter], replacing pathfi lename with your chosen fi le – such as c:windowssystem32riched32.dll.

PC WON’T SLEEP

If your PC won’t stay asleep it’s often because a device is configured to bring it out of standby when triggered. Identify the culprit by pressing the Windows key and [R], type “cmd” and press [Enter].

Type the following line and press [Enter]: powercfg –devicequery wake_armed

Now press the Windows key and [R] again, but this time type “devmgmt.msc” to open Device Manager. Find any devices listed earlier, then double-click them and look for an Advanced or Power Management tab.

Check if the device is allowed to bring the PC out of standby – if it is, untick all the boxes that wake it. Click OK, close Device Manager and test it worked; repeat the process if necessary.

MISSING TASKBAR ICON

If icons have disappeared from the Taskbar’s notification area, there are two things to try: first, press the Windows key and [R], type “regedit” and press [Enter].

Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER SoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionTrayNotify, and delete both IconStreams and PastIconsStream values.

Reboot, or log off and back on again. If the problem persists in XP, and you can live without it, open the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel, click Add/Remove Windows Components, expand Networking Services, and untick “UPnP User Interface”. Then click OK > Next.

PC problems and possible solutions

Lost Broadband Internet connection

1. Right-click the “Internet Network Connection” icon in the SysTray (- right-bottom corner of Windows
Taskbar), click “Repair” or “Diagnose and Repair”, or
2. Click Start/Run/cmd; type ipconfig
/release all; ipconfig /renew all
3. In Win ME, Start/Run/winipcfg
4. Restart PC
5. If all else fails, try the following:
• Disconnect the power cord of the cable, or DSL Modem (- remove battery pack, if there is
any), wait for 1 to 1 min
• Plug back in the power cord, wait for 1 to 2 min. See if that works.
• If you have also a “Wireless Router”, remove its power cord, too, along with power cord of the cable/DSL modem. Wait for 1 to 2 min, plug back the cable/DSL modem
first, wait for 1-2 min; then plug back the power cord of the Wireless Router, wait for
1-2 min.
• Cross your fingers (both hands). If that does not work, reboot pc.
• If it is still NOT working, then repeat the power cord disconnect ritual

• Anything more serious:

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