VMWare Fusion 5 – Touch Keyboard keeps reappearing in Windows 8 VM

Surprisingly annoying, by default Windows 8 seems to think it’s running on a tablet instead of inside of a computer; you likely won’t need the touch keyboard toolbar unless you are running Windows 8 on a touchscreen tablet. It irked me every time I saw it reappear after disabling it in Taskbar Properties. Here’s how to permanently disable it:

How to disable the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service in Windows 8:

1. Move the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the screen and right-click to reveal the “secret” admin menu.
2. Click Computer Management
3. Expand Services and Applications, and click Services
4. Find “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” and right-click -> Properties
5. Click the Stop button near the bottom
6. Change the “Startup Type” to “Disabled”. Click OK.

Enable DTS passthrough for .dts audio files in XBMC

XBMC by default will not pass DTS to your audio receiver when playing .dts files or DTS .wav files. This is because XBMC by default plays all audio using PAplayer, which apparently does not handle DTS; the audio is downmixed to 2 channels. You can easily get around this by playing the audio via XBMC’s DVD Player. You can’t do this song-by-song as XBMC will only let you open video files with the DVD Player via the interface. There’s a fix that allows you to make XBMC play your DTS files via DVD Player automatically via the Music menu, though:

Find your playercorefactory.xml file (is at /usr/share/xbmc/system in XBMC live/XBMCbuntu) and add this line somewhere below the line “<rules name=”system rules”>”, and before “</rules>”:

<rule filetypes=”(dts|wav)” player=”DVDPlayer” />

Note: Visualizations won’t work and there is a ~1 second delay before you hear audio after hitting play, so each song is missing the first one second. It’s certainly better than your 5.1 mix outputting over only 2 channels though.

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