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oomek

XBStart 2.1.9 stable - navigate Windows 8.1 with an Xbox controller

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Hello, I would like to share with you version 2.1.9 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 download xbstart_setup.exe from my website and run the installer.

http://www.xbstart.info
 

In case my website is down here is the direct Dropbox link to XBStart version 2.1.9
https://www.dropbox.com/s/97r9mqiwnqvnz75/xbstart_v2.1.9_setup.exe

 

CHANGELOG:

 

07 Mar 2015 - Version 2.1.9 stable released

  • fixed disabling guide button in Steam BigPicture

24 Dec 2014 - Version 2.1.8 stable released

  • fixed crashes caused by some unicode characters.
  • Internet Explorer (desktop and modern) can now be separately activated.

27 Oct 2014 - Version 2.1 beta 6 released

  • improved loading time when Windows is set to boot to Start Screen
  • added active apps manager in settings
  • added assignable global buttons (back button + any other button, customizable in settings)
  • added mouse mode (back button + left thumb, customizable in settings)
  • mouse pointer speed adjustable in settings
  • added Alt + Tab functionality in mouse mode
  • fixed windows showing incorrectly on high DPI settings.
  • many bug fixes

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) XBStart gives an error during installation "Certificate Failed"

A) Check your internet connection.

 

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 the latest version

Q) XBStart crashes or gives access denied errors.
A) Your account needs to be in the administrators group, you may also try to set run as administrator in the XBStart settings. Don't set run as administrator in the xbstart.exe properties or the autorun will fail!

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.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8109

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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.

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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?

Cheers and Regards

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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.

Cheers and Regards

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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

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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.

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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.

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I opened it with dotPeek and got good results

http://confluence.jetbrains.com/display/NETPEEK/dotPeek+Early+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
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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?

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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/board/forum/169-hard-drive-and-removable-media-issues/

with just a few bucks/Euros needed for the TTL adapter.

jaclaz

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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/board/forum/169-hard-drive-and-removable-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.

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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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