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Windows 8.1 RTM Installation Notes

Windows 8.1 RTM install went well.  I did a new install from disk; Upgrade from disk; and upgrade from Windows Store. Windows 8 RTM – 6.2.9200 Windows 8.1 RTM – 6.3.9600 Things you need to know… 

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Windows 8 Jump Start

Windows 8 Jump Start Videos: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/jj687764.aspx  

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Antivirus for Windows 8

I was please to find that Antivirus is built-in to Windows 8. It’s lightweight and runs quietly in the background until a threat is detected. This is nice having professional virus protection enabled out of the box. Formally a Microsoft download called … Continue reading

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AHCI interface for SATA disks in Windows 8

Recently while bench-marking my new OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, my PC builder suggested I may get better results by using Intel’s AHCI interface (for SATA disks). Turns out my new Windows 8 PC was already enabled for AHCI. Philip Elder (SBS … Continue reading

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Plunge into Windows 8

Today more Windows 7 USB device connection problems forced me to move early to Windows 8 RTM Pro. A clean install (not an upgrade). I expecting the worst (maybe $1000+ in upgrade costs) but was pleasant surprised to spend only … Continue reading

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Windows 8 RTM – Get back the Start Menu

For many users Win 8 is a poor desktop experience. The Start menu, which has been a major feature since Windows 95, is gone and a new Metro interface is now in its place. I’ve been used Win 8 for some time … Continue reading

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Windows 8 – My 2c

????????????? ???? So MS couldn’t ignore the IPad and fast growth in the mobile market, and now they are betting on a new “reimagined” OS. The Build attendees got a nice new Samsung incentive to start building the future. Success … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview under VMware

A number of developers have been struggling to install the Win 8 Preview .ISO as a VM. The trick seems to be to create a Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) VM and select “I will install the operating system later.” … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

Yesterday was very exciting for the developer community. Microsoft released details of Windows 8 at the Build 2011 (formally PDC) developer conference. The new features and improvements to Windows 8 are too numerous to list. But I took these notes … Continue reading

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MS Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

For a while now we early adopters of multi-touch have been watching as newer Touch Screens were released with this thing call MS Touch Pack containing cool touch applications… And wondering how to get our excited little hands on it. … Continue reading

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Latest Multi-Touch Screens for Windows 7

Well it was only a mater of time. The next wave of Windows 7 compatible touch screens are here. Great to see the larger machines as well as standalone monitors getting multi-touch. Good for developers. ACER Computers http://us.acer.com/showrooms/touch/touchscreen.html The Aspire … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Windows 7 RTM

Last night I upgrade our 4 Vista PCs to Windows 7 RTM Ultimate.  Note there is no direct upgrade path for Windows XP. However MS provide tools to migrate your settings (you could upgrade to Vista first if you were really … Continue reading

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Multi-Touch PCs for Windows 7

Windows 7 release is getting closer: Late July for the RTM (MSDN download; In-store Oct 22nd. If you’re in the market for a new PC you should be considering Windows 7 multi-touch. There are lots of touch screens out there … Continue reading

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N-Trig release new Windows 7 Touch drivers

N-Trig (who make the touch hardware for DELL Latitude XT/XT2, HP TouchSmart TX2 computer screens) have finally released a new Windows 7  multi-touch driver/firmware update. Unlike the last drop this is full featured, supporting Windows 64bit/32bit, and both Pen & … Continue reading

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Windows 7 RC now available

Windows 7 Ultimate Release Candidate (build 7100) is now available for download for Beta  testers,  and for everyone else a little later via microsoft.com. From Microsoft to MVPs (in my words)… Size: 2.47 gigs (x86), 3.2 gigs (x64) Windows 7 … Continue reading

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Windows 7 can run apps in true Windows XP Mode?

Wow this is ambitious. The idea is that Windows 7 will have deep compatibility mode where you can run an application in a kind of XP virtual machine mode box. I gather that Win 7 Pro/Ultimate users can download the … Continue reading

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Windows 7 SKUs Announced

Windows 7 is looking good. So good that MS say they will skip Beta 2 and go straight to RC (release candidate) – see ZDNET article. Most testers are very happy with the beta and hope MS will release sooner … Continue reading

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WiiMote for Windows 7 Touch?

If you watched the Johnny Lee Wii Remote hack videos (below) you can easily imagine using a Wii Remote to turn any screen into a touch screen for Windows 7.   The question really is now, who will be first to … Continue reading

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Windows 7 & Touch Screens

Some more digging into Windows 7 and touch screens. Which companies make multi-touch screens? Microsoft say they are working closely with several OEMs including: Elo, N-Trig, NewWindow, Qanta and Wacom. However there are 2 OEMs that standout, N-Trig and NextWindow. … Continue reading

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Windows 7 MultiTouch

Single touch screen solutions have been around for quite a while. MS Win 7 uses a special MultiTouch screen which recognizes multiple touches at once. Apparently Microsoft develops using the N-Trig’s DuoSense API suite. There are already several W7 compatible screens out there now. … Continue reading

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New From Microsoft

I’ve been watching the PDC2008 sessions on video. And yesterday I went to session at Microsoft Melbourne which talked about Silverlight, WPF and Windows 7. PDC 2008 have several sessions on Windows 7. http://microsoftpdc.com/ http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/ First some interest statistics quoted … Continue reading

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Linksys DMA2100 Media Centre Extender

We’ve used XBOX360 to take Media Center content from PC to LCD TV ever since XBOX360 first came out (we bought one in the USA). However lately we get video freezes when we use skip or fast forward. MS Support … Continue reading

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Windows Vista SP1 Download

Good feedback on Vista SP1 so far. Takes a bit of time to install. Once installed the installation continues on reboot (> 1hr on my PCs). Download Vista SP1 - 434.50MB (32bit, 5xlanguages) Will be available soon via Windows Update – about 70MB More info:  ZDNet Blog | … Continue reading

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Vista SP1 RTM – Shipped!

Just updated all 3 of my Vista PCs (1x Ultimate; 2x Home Premium) to Vista SP1 RTM. So far so good. Vista SP1 RTM (Release To Manufacturing) — See Vista Team Blog for rollout info 4-Feb-2008 – RTM (Released to … Continue reading

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Vista Business Upgrade for Aus$13

Microsoft Software Donation Program It’s not well know but Microsoft offer software such as Vista Business for only Aus$13 to non-profit organizations.  Up to 50 copies per site. For more info see http://www.donortec.com.au/directory/2 Vista Business Upgrade for Aus$13 Microsoft System Builder Program  … Continue reading

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