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  1. PowerShell default Executionpolicy

    The Default is restricted. While I understand the idea of the security reasons, it is still nonsense.
    Why is it possible to run python, Batch and everything else with no such restrictions?
    For instance it is no Problem to call PowerShell with Bypass Parameter from cmd, but why should this extra step be neccessary?

    Am i missing anything?

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      0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • DesktopAppConverter Error massage

      first day,I run DesktopAppConverter succeeded,and I get my appx.
      but, this day, I run DesktopAppConverter get Error massages:

      C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.4.0_x64__7wedeb3d7aawe\DesktopAppConverter.ps1 : Cannot
      find type [H:\]: verify that the assembly containing this type is loaded.
      At line:1 char:1
      + &'C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.4.0_ ...
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Write-Error], WriteErrorException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.WriteErrorException,DesktopAppConverter.ps1

      my testApp in H:\mytest folder, try copy this folder to C:\mytest, I get same error massage " ...: Cannot
      find type [C:\]: verify that the assembly containing this type is loaded..."!

      So, What's wrong? Help,Please!

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        0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • PowerShell Executable

        Give PowerShell an integrated exe-wrapper, so a script can be run by any user with a simple doubleclick.
        Thinking of something like this:
        PowerShell.exe -file "script.ps1" -Out-Executable "script.exe"

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          0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • PowerShell Elevate

          Just like #Requires -RunAsAdministrator, but instead of stopping the execution, it should selfelevate with UAC prompt, while keeping the Connection to the caller process, to make sure the return values dont get lost.

          Maybe:
          #Requires -RunAsAdministrator -Force

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          • 2 votes
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            • Add Advertising SDK & controls for converted WPF apps

              Would be good if the advertising SDK controls could be used in WPF apps

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              • Support for existing UWP Ads in Desktop Bridge applications.

                Currently desktop bridge supports in app purchases. It would be nice if you also ported the ads into UWP APIs so that they can be used with Desktop Bridge apps. As of now, there is no good ad network for existing desktop applications.

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                  0 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Our app uses UI Access. We are wondering if that is now supported?

                  We DESPERATELY want to convert to a full uwp app. We currently have a store app that works with our desktop app and it causes a great deal of confusion. It also creates a large hurdle for new users and causes a number of headaches.

                  The issue is that our software uses ui access to emulate an onscreen touchpad and custom gestures. We also allow for simultaneous pen and touch to add touch keyboard hotkeys to a docked custom keyboard (typically aids in drawing and ink based applications)

                  our question is, would converting our app to use newer windows ink code (forgive my lack of knowledge here) and if…

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                  • Allow uiAccess, elevated privs to pave the road for getting rid of MSI

                    Completely separate out UWP from its ties with sandboxing and the windows store. If we look at .appx/the new installation mechanism as a much saner version of app installation, then the more applications it allows, the better. Centennial takes big steps towards that, but I'd like to go even further.

                    My example: An interactive screen sharing app. It requires uiAccess (if I recall correctly, so that it can intercept alt+tab for sending to the remote host) and elevated privileges (so that it can send input events to elevated processes such as regedit, taskmgr, etc for when the remote user has…

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                      1 comment  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thank you for your feedback. uiAccess is on our backlog. See Thomas’s reply regarding elevation.

                    • Provide DAC Preview Build 18262 wim

                      The DAC wim files are not keeping up with the Window 10 Preview Builds and as such I cannot use the DAC.

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                      • BaseImage 16299

                        Installing BaseImage 16299 FailsThe DesktopAppConverter 2.1.1.release_2017-10-25 fails when Installing BaseImage "Windows_InsiderPreview_DAC_16299.wim" with PowerShell Error Record:
                        Ausnahme beim Aufrufen von "ProcessBaseLayer" mit 1 Argument(en): "Der Wert liegt außerhalb des erwarteten Bereichs."
                        PowerShell Stack Trace:
                        bei Expand-BaseImage, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\converter_util\BaseImageOps.ps1: Zeile 388
                        bei Setup-ExpandedImages, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Setup.ps1: Zeile 245
                        bei Setup-DesktopAppConverter, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\Setup.ps1: Zeile 139
                        bei <ScriptBlock><Process>, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppConverter_2.1.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\DesktopAppConverter.ps1: Zeile 382
                        bei <ScriptBlock>, <Keine Datei>: Zeile 1
                        Inner Exception[0]:
                        System.Management.Automation.MethodInvocationException: Ausnahme beim Aufrufen von "ProcessBaseLayer" mit 1 Argument(en): "Der Wert liegt außerhalb des erwarteten Bereichs." ---> System.ArgumentException: Der Wert liegt außerhalb des erwarteten Bereichs.
                        bei Microsoft.Windows.ComputeVirtualization.ContainerStorage.StorageFunctions.ProcessBaseImage(String path)
                        bei Microsoft.Windows.ComputeVirtualization.ContainerStorage.ProcessBaseLayer(String path)
                        bei CallSite.Target(Closure , CallSite…

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                          21 comments  ·  Desktop Bridge ('Centennial')  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow $targetnametoken$ and $targetentrypoint$ in desktop:Extension element of appxmanifest

                          In .appxmanifest files, the <Application> element supports $targetnametoken$ and $targetentrypoint$ variables, which the Windows Application Package Project uses in its template .appxmanifest file. The <desktop:Extension> element, however, does not, which leads to some guessing as to what the Executable attribute should be.

                          The documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/uwp/api/windows.applicationmodel.startuptask#desktop-bridge-app-startup-task-extension does say what the EntryPoint should be, but in packages generated by the Windows Application Package Project, putting just the executable name in for the Executable attribute results in an error, because the generated package puts the executable in a subfolder with the same name as the solution.

                          For example, a correct .appxmanifest that…

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                          • Update the Extend tab

                            Extend page have a mistake that is the package manifest changes must be in the packaging project, not the UWP project

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                            • Windows Bridge for desktop does not finish process correctly.

                              Could someone answer my question, please?

                              The Windows Bridge does not create a correct output files. It looks that it removes something from the folder, but it cannot. I disabled the AV, the result is unsucceesful. What would I do?
                              A link with a log:
                              https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50586462/windows-bridge-for-desktop-does-not-finish-process-correctly
                              It looks like the bridge cannot remove its own folder while cleaning up the environment.

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                              • Up to date with Win 10 pro build 17120.rs4... (insider, slow ring) and no corresponding DAC base image?

                                "Up to date" with Win 10 pro build 17120.rs4... (insider, slow ring) and no corresponding Desktop App Converter base image uploaded:

                                https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewdac?wa=wsignin1.0

                                What is wrong?

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                                • Allow applications to have elevated privileges/admin rights

                                  I have a disk imaging application (which I have already converted) that writes bytes directly to disk (USB and SD cards). It requires admin rights to get a lock on the disk. It would be good if we could submit utility tools to the store as there is no way to perform these tasks without admin. Maybe warn the user when downloading the app or more stringent verification process for these apps but don't block them completely as you're hurting both devs and users. There are thousands of apps out there that probably aren't converted for similar reasons.

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                                  • When I got my Windows 7 it was nice, but I like Windows 10 better.

                                    I liked Windows 10, Version 1803. That was a very good build. I would like to try 1809, or maybe some of the rest of you have.

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                                    • Allow elevated starupTasks

                                      I have an always on background Desktop Bridge app, that some users might want to be elevated, when it starts at logon. Add an option to let user do so.

                                      It might make sense to have that option in Task Manager, since it is the tool to control startup tasks in Windows 10.

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                                      • Allow UWP App to access packaged COM if UWP App is packaged in Desktop Bridge

                                        Packaged COM (https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2017/04/13/com-server-ole-document-support-desktop-bridge/#KgekWJeWFmOwUZRb.97) allows exposing out-of-proc COM objects using desktop bridge, however these COM objects are not accessible from UWP apps, even if the UWP apps are packaged into same desktop bridge exposes the COM objects.

                                        It is understandable that when UWP app is run normally, it can only access a limited set of COM objects; however if the UWP is packaged to desktop bridge, it makes sense to allow it to access additional COM objects exposed by that desktop bridge, using the technical described in the blog above.

                                        Without this support, if a desktop bridge contains a…

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                                        • Convert EXE to APPX by command lines? Why not telling us to use floppy disk? Come on! Wake up, MS! It's 21 century.

                                          Convert EXE to APPX by command lines? Why not telling us to use floppy disk? Come on! Wake up, MS! It's 21 century.

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