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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-06, 14:26 PM

Yes that would be the ideal solution.


As packaging ourselves and then signing ourselves creates more problems than it solves and also breaks the updates if there were any to push out.


But it'd have to all be done from an OEM WIndows 8 machine. I think to get the download link to show he'd also have to uninstall the software first and then go to reinstall it ?


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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-06, 14:53 PM

I'm also thinking that if they were in the preload they are being distributed via the LOB process :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh852635.aspx

And that they do in fact come like that in the preload but are being built on the machine after-install and then signed and installed using scripts of some sorts.

 

That's my guess anyhow.


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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-06, 17:30 PM

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Fullmetal99012, just curious, did the files you shared come from the Windows Store (grabbing them out of the cache of the properly authenticated machine) or come preloaded on the machine?
I ask just in case the Windows Store contains an updated version, or in case the preloaded version is model-specific (whereas it would seem the Windows Store version is intended for all Lenovo models).

 

If you're willing, it might be safer for the rest of us to grab the .appx file directly from the store (per the directions here: http://superuser.com/questions/478041/where-is-windows-8s-package-cache-for-store-applications) which also reduces the need for repackaging the appx with VisualStudio.


 

They were preloaded. There was nothing in the cache. I looked. plus, can't really go running a ton of software on the display computers.


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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-06, 22:15 PM
It's a shame as that's the cleanest quickest and best way for redistribution to everyone.

Rebuilding and self signing those folders will make the process a lot less viable :(

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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 6:13 AM

unless I can sign it with the p7x file in the folder.


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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 6:13 AM

because apparently If I self sign, the package signature won't match the publisher of the app(Lenovo), and sideloading won't work.


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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 9:44 AM

I managed to compile all three metro apps using MakeAppx utility in VSExpress and self-sign them (if you keep the publisher's name as in the original manifest, then you need to create two self-signing certificates, as the Lenovo Settings app has a different publisher id from the Companion and Support apps).

 

I suspect others were having problems with MakeAppx because they were just using the original directory names for the apps when extracted - these very long names cause a problem. If you rename the root directory of the app to something like 'test', MakeAppx works with no problem.

 

All three apps sideloaded on my system with no problem, and each runs. But they don't work perfectly. Power, Camera and Audio options don't display anything in the Settings App. And the system warns me that there are version conflicts with Lenovo Settings and Location Aware. I have the latest version of Lenovo Settings Dependency installed.

 

Looks like we need the latest update from Windows Store - although the apps indicate they need to be updated, of course I cannot access the updates in Windows Store.

 

Still, proof of concept.

 

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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 11:39 AM

I have same version conflict error messages on a machine with the factory build.  All up to. Date.  This is just Lenovo incompetence.

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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 11:53 AM

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It's a shame as that's the cleanest quickest and best way for redistribution to everyone.

Rebuilding and self signing those folders will make the process a lot less viable :(

What signing certificate would you use to sideload the app once you managed to intercept the .appx with Fiddler?

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Re: ThinkPad software for Windows 8

2013-02-07, 13:39 PM

Has anyone installed the latest HotKey driver? I have Power Manager for win7 and I tune it to start charging on 45% and stop on 75%.

After HotKey installing, power manager turns in maximum lifespan mode, making my settings stop working. I manually put my settings back, but power manager turns maximum lifesoan again and again.

Anyone has the same problem?

And one more question. How can I turn Bluetooth off by lenovo hotkey?

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