Since about a year I have owned a Surface Pro, but when the Surface Pro 3 was launched I really wanted the new 12” edition of this great device. So last week I decided I wanted to sell my ‘old’ Surface Pro. Off course the new owner of the Surface wants a nicely and clean installed machine, so I tried to reinstall Windows via the Update and Recovery in Windows 8 and Windows 8.
Last year I received a new business laptop. Too bad it was still deployed with Windows 7 Enterprise, since Windows 8 wasn’t available yet. **The situation ** Because I’m a desktop guy I really wanted to run Windows 8 (when it arrived) on my laptop, so I decided to P2V my Windows 7 install. With Windows 8 I was able to run Hyper-V and run (whenever I needed to) my Windows 7 install from there.
Around 13:00 CET Microsoft has made the Windows 8.1 update available in the Store. I have the Windows 8.0 with Media Center installed, and I can upgrade it to Windows 8.1 with Media Center with just a few clicks. After you clicked the Update Windows tile, you only have to click Download to start the upgrade process. Since the download is about 3.4 GB in size and everybody is downloading it around now, it probably will take a while…
Just hours before Microsoft has made the Windows 8.1 update available, the official Facebook App appeared in the Store! If you don’t see the Facebook App, just change your location to United States and click the link again. Curious as I am, I checked for App updates and almost all the ‘default installed’ Apps (and the Netflix, Hulu and Adobe Reader Apps) received an update and are now supporting the new Snap formats.
Note : The procedure below is not officially supported on Windows 8.1, it can break your Windows installation! On of the new features that came out with Windows Server 2012 last year was data deduplication, a feature which can save GB’s of space on your servers. After a couple of weeks there was also a way to ‘enable’ the data deduplication feature on your Windows 8 client. This Friday (Oct. 18th) Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.
Update: The Enterprise version of Windows 8.1 is also available on TechNet and MSDN. Today Brandon LeBlanc announced the RTM availability of Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 on TechNet and MSDN. Windows 8.1 Enterprise version will follow somewhere in the upcoming weeks. I’ve already started the upgrade process of my home lab with the upgrade of both my domain controllers to Windows Server 2012 R2. What about you?
Earlier today Microsoft has released the Preview of Windows 8.1 for x86, x64 and ARM. Since I own a Surface RT, I immediately went down to http://Preview.Windows.com to download the update to enable the Windows RT 8.1 Preview Store download. Too bad the update wasn’t able to run on my Surface RT device. After some dinging on� Google I found a solution for the (temporary) problem. Just follow these steps to ‘enable’ your RT device for the Windows RT 8.
The Surface Pro is available in several countries at the moment, in a couple of days it also will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In some of the countries it’s already available at the time of this blog. In the Netherlands Microsoft has already opened it’s Windows Brand Store again, from May 30th you can come in and check the Surface Pro.
On November 7th 2012 Microsoft Netherlands had invited 8 Dutch experts to share their experiences with Windows 8. In the presentation below (sorry, it is in Dutch) you can see what they had to say. I would like to say thanks to Microsoft Netherlands to invite us and have a discussion with us about the pro’s and con’s of Windows 8. [https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=65E28FB6F80D867B&resid=65E28FB6F80D867B%21154158&authkey=ABrWkhN0B2Htno8&em=2&wdAr=1.6&Embed=1] Source : SlideShare Microsoft NL So, what do you think of Windows 8?
Windows 8 doesn’t only bring the Windows 8 Interface (formerly known as Metro), but also a couple of nice new features. One of the new features is called_� “Refresh your pc”._ When you refresh your pc, the following happens: Your files and and personal settings stay unchanged The computer settings will be reset to their defaults Apps which were installed from the Windows Store won’t be removed Installed Desktop applications (which were installed manually) will be removed A list of removed applications will be saved on the desktop.