Windows 8 Install and Boot Settings
Here is a reference page covering all the important Windows 8 install and boot topics.
Windows 8 Install and Boot Topics
Installing the Windows 8 Operating System
Once you have a bootable Windows 8 DVD, then power-on your machine with the DVD in its tray. Lookout for the screen which says: 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'.
The installation method is very similar to previous Microsoft Windows operating systems. If anything Windows 8 continues the trend for ever easier installs.
One features is the Windows 8 install is the ability to adapts to different form factors, it recognises computers with our without keyboards and different screen widths, and reacts with different menus and settings. See more about Windows 8 install »
Boot Configuration Data (BCD)
In Windows 8 BCD (Boot configuration data) replaces Boot.ini. This is the modern way to control what happens after your computer starts.
Windows 8 BCDEdit Switches
If you want to get the Windows 8 Hyper-V working, first go to the Control Panel and Turn Windows Features on, check Hyper-V, then reboot.
The first job for a Virtual Machine manager is to create a virtual switch so that your guest can connect to other machines. The second job is to create a Windows 8 virtual machine from an .iso file. See more about Windows 8 Hyper-V »
SolarWinds' Orion performance monitor will help you discover what's happening on your network. This utility will also guide you through troubleshooting; the dashboard will indicate whether the root cause is a broken link, faulty equipment or resource overload.
What I like best is the way NPM suggests solutions to network problems. Its also has the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you try NPM now.
Just like its prececessors Windows 8 can join to an Active Directory domain. It seems to me that increased security makes joining a domain more difficult than with XP. See more about joining a Windows 8 domain »
Windows 8 Dual Booting
If you are looking to test-drive Windows 8 while keeping your present operating system, consider a dual boot installation. It's pretty much mandatory to create a second partition. As you install the second operating system - Windows 8 - watch out for the custom option. See more about Windows 8 Dual Boot »
Creating a Bootable USB Drive
One neat feature is 'Windows to Go'. Thanks to Microsoft's USB/DVD download tool. You can create a bootable USB drive using an .ISO file. See more about 'Windows 8 to Go' »
This is not only an alternative logon, it's becoming the prefered method. The idea is that Windows 8 combines these Logon with the Windows Live ID service. See more about Windows 8's Live ID »
Recreating a Windows 8 Image with Recimg
Here is a command-line program for your notebook: recimg. The purpose is to recreate an install.wim file, and then refresh your Windows 8 machine via the Control Panel . The setting to 'Refresh your PC' is in System, File History. See more about Windows 8's Recimg »
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Refresh Your PC Without Affecting Your Files
It's frustrating when your Windows 8 operating system runs slowly. Perhaps the registry has become corrupted or some malware has infected key files. My favourite solution is to use the 'Refresh' in the Control panel, your files and personalization settings won't change. See more about refreshing Windows 8 »
While it's not part of the install proceedure, sooner or later remote desktop is useful for working with a second machine. The two most popular uses are for remoting back to your desk and for troubleshooting. See more about Windows 8's Remote Desktop »
Windows 8 Uninstall
While downgrading from Windows 8 to a previous operating system, and uninstall is a challenge, with effor it is possible to return to your previous configuration. See how to develop your soft skills to uninstall Windows 8 »
How to Refresh a Windows 8 Computer
A Windows 8 refresh took less that 10 minutes, compared with 30 minutes for a clean install. Perhaps the biggest benefit was not having to restore my data files from backup.
See more on how to Refresh Windows 8 »
Windows 8 Backdoor Login
Surprisingly, it's possible to create a login without needing to supply a username or password. This Trojan Horse exploits the fact the 'Ease of access' Icon is wired to Utilman.exe. See more about Windows 8's Backdoor Login »
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