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Workaround: ZHLT fails to read WAD list properly

So I just recently picked up mapping for Team Fortress Classic again. I hadn’t done it for a few years, so I was actually surprised how well everything worked with my new computer, operating system and all. Except one thing: The wad.txt would not be included properly, as seen below. This happens when your wad.txt looks somewhat like this: halflife.wad zhlt.wad This actually has a very simple fix: Just add a backslash (\) to the beginning of every line and it should work perfectly fine. \halflife.wad \zhlt.wad

Windows 8 clean install with an upgrade license

I really needed a clean Windows installation, so after moving a lot of files I reinstalled it, and all went well so far. But then Windows 8 told me it wasn’t activated. I tried entering my key again, but it then told me: The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not for clean installs. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one with this issue. This post in the Microsoft forums describes the solution quite well. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for you. Press 🪟 to open the start menu, type in regedit and press ENTER .

Booting Win8 to Desktop

Windows 8 Metro is a joke. Luckily, there are a few workarounds to start with the proper desktop shell. My favourite: Scheduling a task that runs explorer.exe after every log in. Since there are enough tutorials out there, I’m not going to bother writing it down here. Make Windows 8 boot straight to the desktop Alternatively, you could just download a GNU/Linux distribution. Why not Ubuntu?