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  1. 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 BigPicture24 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 Screenadded active apps manager in settingsadded 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 settingsadded Alt + Tab functionality in mouse modefixed windows showing incorrectly on high DPI settings.many bug fixes08 Jul 2014 - Version 2.0 beta 2 released bugfixes16 Jun 2014 - Version 2.0 beta 1 released added navigation of other appsadded on screen keyboardadded mouse pointer controladded volume controladded tab, close and menu buttonsadded option in settings to auto power off the controller on system shutdownadded option in settings to disable XBStart soundsadded option in settings to deactivate XBStart when Steam Big Picture is runningadded button in settings to pin Big Picture to Start Screenadded installerbugfixes9 Feb 2014 - Version 1.1 released fixed interference with DirectX runtime installersreduced CPU usage by 90%reduced memory consumptionadded option to select number of active controllers (1-4), by default controller nr 1 is activeadded autoupdate9 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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