I wasn’t able to get to TechEd in Australia this year (or ever… sigh!). However the folks from Channel 9 were, and they have a lot of the sessions available on their site. I hope to find the time to sit through most of them over the next couple of weeks, but there are two … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Videos from TechEd Australia
I have been getting a lot of questions from people about my recent Windows To Go (WTG) articles. I need to clarify, that this is a tool meant for business; as such it is only availably in the Windows 8 Enterprise version. It cannot be created from any other SKU. If you are not able … Continue reading Can I use Windows To Go?
Earlier today I discussed the Picture Password and PIN codes in Windows 8. What I didn’t mention is that for non-corporate users (who will still continue to log on using domain accounts) you have a new option in Windows 8… and that is to use your Microsoft Account to log on to your system. Cool, … Continue reading User Account Options in Windows 8
The three-fingers salute is gone. Okay, that is not entirely true, but if your computer is not domain-joined, you will no longer need to press Ctrl-Alt-Del to log onto Windows. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be asked for a password… However, built into Windows 8 there are two new ways to log on: PIN … Continue reading Logon Options in Windows 8
Hey folks! While I have not seen this documented anywhere official (yet) I was just sent a list of memory caps on different SKUs of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. If you have a need for speed, you are going to like the new changes! Windows 8 Client OS Windows 8: 128GB RAM Windows … Continue reading Memory Limits in Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012
Celebrate the arrival of Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft experts and a community of users from around the world! Watch the keynote address at 8:00 am PDT on Tuesday, September 4. Then, dive in deeper. Learn more about amazing new capabilities in the areas of Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Management, Application Development, VDI, and more! Get … Continue reading Join us for the Windows Server 2012 online launch!
We have been talking about Windows 8 for some time, but in the pre-release forms. Earlier this month Microsoft closed the lid on the final bits, releasing them to manufacturers and OEM partners on August 1st, and subsequently to various community members (MSDN, TechNet, Partners) mid-month. Today they have launched their Partner support forum for … Continue reading Windows 8 Support is Here!
For the past year or so I have been counting down (on Twitter) the days left until the #EndOfDaysXP… as of the date of this article it stands at 591 days. Some of my followers think it is silly, others thank me for it. Some want to know why it matters, and there are a … Continue reading Still on XP? There should be a reason…
Six years ago Microsoft introduced the Windows Experience Index, a better way to measure the actual speed of computers, rather than simply relying on the single measurement of the CPU speed. Although it really is more complicated than this, Microsoft has broken the speed of a computer down to five components: CPU, RAM, graphics and … Continue reading Windows 8 Experience Index… What it means and how to check it
A couple of months ago I posted an article on Windows To Go (Windows To Go: This is going to be a game changer!) outlining the benefits and use cases for Windows to Go, as well as the steps to build your WTG key. In the RTM release of Windows 8 it has gotten easier … Continue reading Windows to Go: Better (and easier!) in the RTM!
Here’s a tip if you need to change your product key in Windows 8. It also works in earlier versions of Windows, but those versions have easier ways of doing it. In Windows 8 you need to use the Windows Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr.vbs) Open a Command Prompt with elevated privileges (from the Windows … Continue reading Wrong Product Key? Oh No!
On July 6th I sat down with John Weston and talked about Virtualization once again. This is the third show that I recorded with John, and I love going back because we go back and forth so well. TechNet Radio is a great resource for learning about new and existing technologies. If you spend any … Continue reading Mitch is Back on TechNet Radio’s Community Corner!
I couldn’t believe it. I had finally installed Windows 8, and I wasn’t able to blog about it. I use Windows Live Writer as my blogging tool (most of the time). One of the required pre-requisites is .NET Framework 3.5, and for whatever reason it would not install for me (see screenshot). The error code … Continue reading Windows 8: .NET Installation Issue
Unlike most people I was (and am) a big fan of User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 (and even Vista). I have often referred to it as the ‘Are you really sure you want to do something stupid?’ button; it let you know that you were about to do something that would affect your … Continue reading Smart Screen? Smart!
As we celebrate twenty years of Microsoft Learning, it is amazing to see some of the changes that the certification program has gone through. I remember the first day I was ever able to call myself a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). It was March 31, 2003, and I was ecstatic! When Microsoft Learning unveiled the … Continue reading Are you a Microsoft Certified Professional?