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Topic: Why does the Direct3D viewer not work in Windows 8 Desktop Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

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Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I realize that the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 in "Windows 8" does not allow plugins ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b8/archive/2011/09/14/metro-style-browsing-and-plug-in-free-html5.aspx ), however the desktop version of Internet Explorer does. 

In other words: 

1) When I am using Internet Explorer 10 Metro, neither the Silverlight viewer or the Direct3D viewer work, because both Silverlight and the Direct3D Viewer are browser plugins.

2) When I am using Internet Explorer 10 Desktop, the Silverlight viewer works as normal. My question is why the Direct3D viewer does not work in Internet Explorer 10 Desktop. Each time I try to use it, I am greeted by the message: "Oops. Photosynth doesn't work on your operating system yet.", so it seems as though it is giving up before it even tries to run simply because it checks the version number of Windows and doesn't recognize it.

The D3D viewer remains my favorite and I would like to run on my current install.
adrian.info (Over 1 year ago)
I accidentally removed your last post by mistake, sorry Nathaneal
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Ah. That's unfortunate, but not disastrous. Still, it would be handy if the forums simply hid moderated posts to non-team members, so that such accidents could be reverted. 

I believe that the thrust of my second post was that it was a simple matter of the Direct3D viewer reading my web browser's useragent ID string and reading that the version of Windows was 6.2 (a.k.a. codename Windows 8). 

I thought that if I could set the web browser to open in compatibility mode with Windows 7 or before that the web browser might change the version of Windows being reported in the useragent string. It turns out that I can't figure out how to do this for Internet Explorer 10 Desktop, however I was able to do this with Firefox 3 and everything worked perfectly.

For any of my fellow users who refuse to give up the Direct3D viewer's performance, but also want to run the Windows Developer Preview, you can download Firefox 3 here: http://bit.ly/vintagefirefox
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
For the uninitiate, after you install FF3: 

Right-click on any shortcut to Firefox's main .exe file (or just right-click on the .exe itself), 
Choose 'Properties', 
Select the [Compatibility] tab, 
Choose Windows 7 or previous, 
Apply.

If you've already installed the Photosynth app for Windows, you should be all set. 

P.S. If anyone knows how to set the compatibility mode for IE 10 Desktop, feel free to link me to some instructions.
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