Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Driver Problem DTMB BDA TV USB

After updating to Windows 8.1 Update 1, my wife installed a USB flash drive that previously gave her no problems, and now wouldn’t show as a drive in Explorer. I got the same error on my (also updated) computer.


A notification was in the system tray to view devices, which showed the flash drive icon. Right-clicking that and choosing Troubleshoot suggested removing the device and reinserting. Some web searching said the same thing—which was almost right. However, the driver wasn’t being fully removed, so kept getting used again, resulting in the same error.


Instead, the driver needs to be completely removed. To do this:

  1. Plug in the flash drive.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Find the bad device.
  4. Right-click and choose Uninstall.
  5. When prompted, check Delete the software for this device.
  6. Unplug the drive, then plug it back in.
  7. The drive should now be available.



Windows 8.1: Window Key + S = Search from Desktop

Something I don’t (didn’t) like about Windows 8.x is that, if you’re in the desktop, to search for an application required:

  1. Press Window key, taking you out of the desktop and into to the Modern UI.
  2. Start typing.

I hate switching contexts just to find/open an app that don’t have pinned. I mean, I can’t pin all of them! In Windows 7, this is

  1. Press Window key.
  2. Start typing.

I just discovered by exploration that in Windows 8.1 (and presumably 8.0), this sequence keeps me in the desktop:

  1. Press Window key + S.
  2. Start typing.


Likewise, Window key + Q, W or F. They all open the search sidebar. Note that “F” opens a file search, while the others open “search everything.”

I haven’t found a keyboard shortcut to open the Modern application list. Yet.