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windows 8.1 and programs

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I am new to windows 8.1.   I would like to understand  why when I try to install certain programs, they tell me that it can not find any devices, and to visit the app store.

What has changed here with this new version of windows?

What is the buzz that I am not getting, and what do apps have to do with windows
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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With Windows 10, not anymore, but with Window 8.x they are either fullscreen or minimized. You can't scale them by dragging their edges.
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@intelogent  - All you really have to do is keep Desktop and Metro separate. It is very easy. Most apps (Office, Adobe and so on) are all desktop. Get those. If you think you need a Metro app, go to Metro and the Store. Very easy.
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You still can't properly resize them or place them anywhere on the desktop. That is more an alibi "feature" with no real advantage or proper use control. Basically they are still fullscreen.
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You mean, "you (rindi) were wrong saying they need fullscreen mode, but basically you were right"? ;-) About advantages: use it, you'll find them. Scaling for example or common sidelines (to re-arrange 2 apps, you just need to adjust one line, not 2 as with classic desktop applications).
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i did not present the proper wording of the error.

it says " this app can't run on your PC...  it then directs me to the windows store.
i have found that programs such as team viewer, will run on my desktop of windows 7 but not on my windows 8.1 desktop.
so is it an app, or a program ?
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Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are 3 different operating systems. It is possible for something to run on Windows 7, possibly Windows 8 and then not run on Windows 8.1. I have software that did that and needed to be upgraded.

So make sure Team Viewer has a version for Windows 8.1. You cannot make any broad assumption that all your software will work.

Windows 7 had no "apps" and generally, what you are dealing with here is "programs", that is, desktop applications.

I am running Windows 8.1 just fine. But I did have to upgrade drivers, NCP, and Symantec to name a few with versions that were made for Windows 8.1
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Ahhhh.
My guess is, you run Windows 8.1 RT. RT is a version based on an ARM-processor, it cannot run programs written for "normal" CPUs. So I am afraid, you should have bought something else.

To make sure, please press the windows key together with the pause key - what windows version is indicated?
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i really want to delve in to the discussion of Crapp   vs   programs.
but it proper to award some points here.. and post a second question...
please watch for it.

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8.1 is right
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@intelogent  - Thanks, and I was happy to help. I will watch for the other question.