When the editor of Backbone Magazine asked me earlier this year ‘Why should I my readers be getting excited about Windows 8?’ I told him… until the time had passed and we were both late for our next appointments. He asked me to write it into an article (or opinion piece) for him, and it … Continue reading Backbone Magazine
This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/13/the-shoemaker-is-no-longer-barefoot.aspx. For years I have been espousing the need to and value of locking down client workstations in a corporate environment. Part of the SWMI Story – the secure, well-managed IT infrastructure for which I named my … Continue reading The Shoemaker is No Longer Barefoot!
This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/12/windows-8-enterprise-what-s-what.aspx Since the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8 I have had a lot of people ask me the differences between the Pro SKU and the Enterprise SKU. It is a fair question, because ever since … Continue reading Windows 8 Enterprise: What’s What?
This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/11/default-file-locations-in-hyper-v.aspx. Note: This article applies equally to the server-side and client-side hypervisor. Although some scenarios may not apply to older versions, the technical steps apply to all versions of Hyper-V released to date. A virtual machine in … Continue reading Default File Locations in Hyper-V
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
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…
I have been a virtualization guy for a long time, so when Microsoft released Hyper-V 2.0 with Windows Server 2008 R2 I was among the first to ask why they weren’t including it in the client OS. In my opinion it was a no-brainer. With the launch of Windows 8 with the client-side Hyper-V, they … Continue reading Client-Side Hyper-V: How Microsoft is changing the game
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!
Tomorrow is the day that a huge number of you will be downloading and installing the final bits (RTM) of Windows 8. You now have an ISO image of Windows, and you need to install it onto your computer. In order to do that you have to put it onto media – DVD or in … Continue reading Making Your Windows 8 ISO work for You