How to view the time in Windows 8?

Charms bar in Windows 8

Problem

In older versions of Windows, you could see the time and date in the system tray on the taskbar. You can still do that in the Desktop mode of Windows 8. But, when you are in the Start screen of Windows 8, this information is missing. The tile of the Calendar application show the date, but what about the time?

Solution

If you bring up the CharmsΒ Bar, which appears on the right, the current date and time is also displayed in a box on the bottom left corner. The easiest way to bring up the Charms Bar is to use the keyboard shortcut Win + C.

Once I learnt about this, I felt that this was more convenient than a date-time display that is omnipresent on the Start screen. This is less distracting.

Tried with: Windows 8 Pro x64

Component MSCOMCTL.OCX not correctly registered

MSCOMCTL.OCX error dialog

Problem

After I installed MP3Gain on Windows 8 and executed it, it threw this error:

Component ‘MSCOMCTL.OCX’ or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid

Solution

This error is caused because either the file MSCOMCTL.OCX is missing or it is not registered with the registry. To fix it, try the following:

  1. Find a copy of this file. You might find this file somewhere among your Windows application directories or can be found online. Place the file in a directory which will not be tampered with.
  2. Open a command prompt with Administrator privileges.
  3. Register the file by using the regsvr32 command: regsvr32 C:\path\to\MSCOMCTL.OCX

After the registration is successful, run the application again and it should execute without throwing this error.

Tried with: Windows 8 x64 and MP3Gain 1.2.5