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Spiral Knights Review

Posted by Allen Howard on February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Spiral Knights is a game made by Sega that is free to playon Steam.  Having recently getting a Steam, I decided to take the game for a spin. After downloading it, I started it up and made a new knight.  The game starts you out on a basic run to a rescue camp from which you go to Haven.

A few things about the first part of the game, it isn’t easy at first.  You need to learn the controls and the game play is a bit odd.  It is an unusual style of MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game.  You do not always need to play multiplayer, but in the beginning, it is required.

After making it to Haven, you have the choice of when you want to go and battle enemies in the clockworks and what weapons you use.

Due to it being free on Steam, I highly recommend trying it, if you don’t like it, just don’t play it. If you want more features, or more times you can play levels throughout the day, you can purchase them online.


This game earns 4/5 Stars.


Portal review

Posted by Allen Howard on January 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A few months ago, Steam offered Portal as a freegame.  My brother downloaded it and started playing.  He told me that it was a great game, but I never downloaded it. Regretting it later, I persuaded my brother to play it on his account.

                Portal is a puzzlegame where the player must make portal between two places to follow the objective.  It is a great game to challenge the brain.  On the first levels, it starts off easy as a tutorial, but as the levels go on, it gets harder and harder.  The graphics were good, and I don’t have a good graphics card. The graphics only lagged once and that was during the boss battle, which was disapointing. 

All and all, I liked the game, but there are three thingsthat I did not like.  First, the last level was a bit difficult because it was hard to locate where to go.  Next, there were only 19 levels; I would have liked to see more levels.  Lastly, the ‘person’ who was giving the instructions was a bit annoying at different points.

The end was very good, and I can’t wait until I can get the next one.  This game receives 4 starsout of 5.


Add XP to Windows Developer Preview

Posted by Allen Howard on October 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

So after a long battle, i finally added XP onto a dual boot with the Windows Developer Preview.  I installed XP after the Developer's Preview.  I ended up having to install easybcd, writing a windows 7 booloader and then making xp the default.  If you need help, let me know on here and i can help you.

Windows developer preview boot from vhd

Posted by Allen Howard on September 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Just like in windows 7, you can boot the developer's preview from a virtual hard drive(VHD).  This is helpful if you don't want to install it on a hard drive, you can use this and be able to access all functions of the OS.  I will put up a tutorial soon.

EDIT: There are many tutorials online already, so i'm not going to make one.  Just do a simple google search and you can find it.

Windows 7 style Start Menu on Windows Developer Preivew

Posted by Allen Howard on September 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So you can go back to the windows 7 start menu on windows developer preview by changing the value of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled to 0.  When this is enabled, it disables all of the metro style apps and start menu.  It is pretty much Windows 7... I haven't seen any differences between the two.  Also, when you have the 7 start menu active, you get a message from microsoft on the desktop saying that you are bound by confidentiality.  Interesting.

Office 2003 on Windows Developer Preview

Posted by Allen Howard on September 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

You can install office 2003 on the Windows Developer Preview.  Go to the computers page for the PDF download.

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Windows Developer Preview

Posted by Allen Howard on September 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Microsoft released a pre-beta build of windows 8 for the public to download.  I will be posting documents on how to do things on here(under the comptuers page).