Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to run Skype in Windows 8 Release Preview

UPDATE: Skype has released a hot fix for these issues so instead of following these steps please re-install/update the latest version of Skype.

Fix login issue:
  • Stop Skype (it doesn't stop all the way in Win8 RP so kill it using Task Manager/Process Explorer)
  • Go to C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Skype
  • Delete the following folders and files
    •  shared_dynco
    • shared_httpfe
    • shared.lck
    • shared.xml
Fix high CPU usage:
  • Run Process Explorer
  • Find Skype from the running processes
  • Double click the Skype.exe process
  • Go to Threads tab (click ok on the warring, it only shows up once)
  • Sort the running threads by CPU usage and kill the one that is consuming highest CPU resource
  • Skype will be still running but it will consume less CPU resource than before