Microsoft Windows

Windows 8 RT feels like Windows on ARM. Microsoft would be wise to embrace that.

I just got the chance to play with a Surface RT tablet, and I’m actually feeling much more positive about it. My understanding was that RT devices would pretty much only run Windows-Store, aka “Modern”, aka Metro apps, with cursory access to the desktop. Turns out, Windows RT CAN run desktop apps. It has notepad, …

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Locking down a Virtual Machine with BitLocker

BitLocker is Microsoft’s volume encryption solution built into several versions of Windows since Windows Vista. (There is an excellent Open Source alternative in TrueCrypt, but it just has that 3rd party feel to it. That and this particular task is easier with TrueCrypt so you wouldn’t need my help) Normally, BitLocker use the TPM (i.e. …

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WinRT – A gift from the past…

Just came across this enlightening blog post while asking Google if Microsoft was going to abandon .NET : http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2012/feb/17/winrt-windows-8-microsoft-programming EDIT I found another developer blog with similar concerns: http://realworldsa.blogspot.com/2011/09/today-microsoft-killed-net-good-bye-wcf.html I realize I’ve been complaining off and on – sometimes rather dramatically – that Microsoft is making some really terrible decisions of late. The aforementioned article …

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How to Activate Windows 8 Enterprise (and Enter or Change the Product Key)

Wen you install the version of Windows 8 Enterprise from MSDN (and I presume TechNet), it assumes you will have a KMS (Key Management Server) in your domain. When you try to activate it will fail (unless you actually do have a KMS…) – I saw errors about KMS and missing DNS names. Lastly, there …

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Registry Setting to Prevent windows from expanding native booted vhd

Windows 7, 8 (and server 2008r2) allow you to boot them natively from a vhd. The steps to set this up are readily available on your favorite search engine. Where your search engine might fail you is if that VHD happens to be dynamically expanding, and you do NOT want it expanded to full size. …

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Windows 8 loses Previous Version; Microsoft forgets about business users again

Microsoft decided to remove the “Restore Previous Versions” functionality from Windows 8 because “Previous Versions were rarely used and negatively impacted the overall Windows performance” (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh848072(v=vs.85).aspx) Note the bolded “were rarely used” – this is Microsoft’s true justification for feature removal, and it is highly flawed for two (and a half) main reasons: File recovery …

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