Running Nokia and Samsung WP8 apps on the HTC 8x

There is a pretty well known proxy hack that will allow Windows Phone users to simulate other device manufacturers when visiting the Windows Phone Store. This allows you to download and install Windows Phone 8 software that is exclusive to other devices. As any HTC Windows Phone user probably knows, they’ve basically been left in the dust by HTC. HTC hasn’t provided any decent apps or updates in months and they seem to be totally neglecting their Windows Phone users. I feel like I made a huge mistake by choosing HTC over Nokia (and yes, I’m very bitter because of it).

So that leaves us with a few choices, either just deal with it and receive no updates or support from a company that doesn’t care about you, get a new phone (and the only way to go is Nokia if you want to stick with WP8), or use this hack to get some of the cool Nokia and Samsung features on your phone.

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How to unprotect a password protected .XLSX file

I found a pretty easy way of disabling the password protection in the new Excel Worksheet files (XLSX) used by Excel 2007 and 2010.  Just follow these simple steps:

  • Change the file extension from .XLSX to .ZIP
  • Extract the file to a folder with your favorite unzipper (7-Zip is what I used)
  • Go to the xlworksheet sub-folder that you just extracted
  • There should be one or more files named like: sheet1.xml (sheet2.xml, etc). Inside of one of those files is an XML tag: <sheetProtection password=… />. Delete that entire XML tag.
  • Re-zip the files back up
  • Rename from .ZIP to .XLSX

Done!

UPDATE: This method only applies to password protected workbooks.  If the file is secured with the “Encrypt with Password” feature, it will not work.

UPDATE 2: It is important that you don’t have Windows configured to hide file extensions (which unfortunately is the default behavior). To enable displaying file name extensions, follow this Microsoft support article.