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XBStart 2.0 beta 2 - navigate Windows 8.1 with an Xbox controller

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Hello, I would like to share with you version 2.0 beta 2 of XBStart

It's a simple app which provides one functionality to Windows 8 about which Microsoft apparently forgot in a hurry.

It allows to use your Xbox 360 controller to open the Windows 8 start screen using the guide button, navigate and launch games, and apps.
It also adds some of the Xbox One's sound effects.
By holding the guide button you can power off the wireless controller.
By holding the back and start buttons for 2 seconds you can add an app which you want to control with XBStart
Up to 4 controllers are supported.

Just unzip the file, save it to a folder of your choice and select "Run with Windows" from the system tray icon.

It's free to download from my website.

http://www.xbstart.info


CHANGELOG:

08 Jul 2014 - Version 2.0 beta 2 released
  • bugfixes
16 Jun 2014 - Version 2.0 beta 1 released
  • added navigation of other apps
  • added on screen keyboard
  • added mouse pointer control
  • added volume control
  • added tab, close and menu buttons
  • added option in settings to auto power off the controller on system shutdown
  • added option in settings to disable XBStart sounds
  • added option in settings to deactivate XBStart when Steam Big Picture is running
  • added button in settings to pin Big Picture to Start Screen
  • added installer
  • bugfixes
9 Feb 2014 - Version 1.1 released
  • fixed interference with DirectX runtime installers
  • reduced CPU usage by 90%
  • reduced memory consumption
  • added option to select number of active controllers (1-4), by default controller nr 1 is active
  • added autoupdate
9 Jan 2014 - Version 1.0 released
  • Initial version released
FAQ:

Q) How to activate XBStart in a specific modern app?
A) Launch an app, press and hold Back+Start for 2 sec, when notification appears confirm with button "A"

Q) XBStart sometimes crashes 5sec. after startup.
A) Update to 2.0 beta 2.

Q) XBStart crashes every time.
A) If your account is not an admin, try to run XBStart as an administrator

Q) XBStart crashes with an error HRESULT: [0x80040154]
A) One of the DirectX libraries is not properly installed. Try to install a full DirectX Runtime using the link below:
http://www.microsoft...ls.aspx?id=8109

Edited by oomek, 10 July 2014 - 04:28 PM.

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wOw Thanks :D



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XBStart Version 1.1 released


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 When I click on your link, I get nothing. Is there another link?



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Webhost server was down for a moment, should be up now.

Edited by oomek, 10 February 2014 - 09:12 AM.

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Link still doesn't work, do you have an alternate link?



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Link still doesn't work, do you have an alternate link?


I've just checked and it's downloading fine.
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I can confirm the DL link seems fine.  stonyi1966, what OS and Browser were you trying to use and what was the exact error you recieved?

 

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I'm using Win 8.1, with IE 11



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Any chance you could e-mail me the zip file of it. For some reason ever time I click on the link it says that it can't be found. Must be my ISP



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Just out of curiosity, try any other current browser you happen to have, or can find to use, even a portable version if you don't want to install another one, 32bit or 64bit shouldn't matter.  Any of the Chrome variants, (Chrome, SRWare Iron, COMODO Dragon), Opera, Firefox or Pale Moon, SlimBrowser, even QtWeb, installed and portable, all should work fine.

 

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 Nothing works, even tried downloading from my old Xp PC. every time I try to go to website, a Mediacom page comes up saying the page cannot be found



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stonyi1966, whether the problem is your IP or whatever, the problem is definitely on your end.  You might try using a different DNS, I use OpenDNS, check your HOSTS file, your AV, your router settings, whatever else you can think of.  Something on your end is blocking things.  Is this the ONLY thing that is giving you this problem?  It seems unlikely that anything, including your IP, would only effect this one site.  Very strange.

 

EDIT: Link deleted

 

Good luck in fixing your issue.

 

Cheers and Regards


Edited by bphlpt, 16 February 2014 - 09:19 PM.

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 Thankyou, I'll figure out why it's happening soon I hope



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Webhost i'm using is case sensitive, maybe some proxy mechanism on your ISP side is causing that.
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XBStart version 2.0 beta 1 released

edit: added missing dll's to the installer, please re-download the file.


Edited by oomek, 07 July 2014 - 07:58 PM.

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INPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT:

XBStart 2.0 beta will be my last release. My HDD died just the day after I posted the installer and all my source code has gone. Maybe It's recoverable, maybe not, but I do not have a spare £300 at the moment to find out. Little advice, don't buy Seagate drives, EVER!

 

EDIT: I've managed to decompile the XBStart.exe and recover my sourcecode. You may expect a new version soon.


Edited by oomek, 07 July 2014 - 07:57 PM.

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I opened it with dotPeek and got good results

 

http://confluence.je... Access Program

 

You can decompile the source of the Exe into a new sln+csproj file with code.


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I opened it with dotPeek and got good results

http://confluence.je... Access Program

You can decompile the source of the Exe into a new sln+csproj file with code.

I was trying Reflector but wasn't happy with the result. Does this netpeek extract the embedded resources as well? Thanks God that at the last moment I've decided to NOT obfuscate the exe.

Edited by oomek, 18 June 2014 - 10:59 AM.

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try it out. export the exe into a new VS solution and look if you can recompile it.


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For some reason I cannot connect to the website. Could I get it emailed to gacgacao@live.com?


Edited by Zarzuh, 20 June 2014 - 10:54 AM.


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Maybe It's recoverable, maybe not, but I do not have a spare £300 at the moment to find out. Little advice, don't buy Seagate drives, EVER!


If, by any chance, it is a 7200.11, it is possible that fixing it will be much cheaper than that.
We have "saved" in the past a few hundreds (possibly more) of such disks:
http://www.msfn.org/...e-media-issues/
with just a few bucks/Euros needed for the TTL adapter.

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Maybe It's recoverable, maybe not, but I do not have a spare £300 at the moment to find out. Little advice, don't buy Seagate drives, EVER!

If, by any chance, it is a 7200.11, it is possible that fixing it will be much cheaper than that.We have "saved" in the past a few hundreds (possibly more) of such disks:http://www.msfn.org/...e-media-issues/with just a few bucks/Euros needed for the TTL adapter.jaclaz
I heard about that issue with the old Barracudas, mine is unfortunately 7200.14 ST3000DM001. It spins up, makes about 10 clicks and spins down. Not visible in the bios or Windows. I've recorded a video, so maybe with your experience you could fortell the source of the problem, whether it's PCB or mechanical failure.



If it's PCB i could try to find a donor and transfuse the flash chip, as i'm skilled well enough in soldering.

EDIT: Well, the PCB I got from Canada didn't work. I guess this is the end of story, as I can't afford the clean room recovery.

Edited by oomek, 01 July 2014 - 02:47 PM.

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I've managed to disassemble the xbstart.exe and toastnotification.dll and recovered the sourcecode. I'm rearranging it now to make a workable project out of it. After that you may expect a new beta release with some bugs fixed.
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ok, no put the source into a version control system and do regular backups.


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