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Windows 8.1 RTM on Surface Pro

Windows 8.1 RTM on Surface Pro

Today I installed Windows 8.1 RTM on my Surface Pro, and so far I’m pretty happy. I decided to list what I believe to be some pros and cons to consider when updating your Windows 8 system: Pros: Mail app has improved significantly. Ability to easily select more than one message by either long-pressing or right-clicking, or by checking the checkboxes next to each item. Also appearance is closer to Outlook.com’s look and feel. Setup prompted me to either keep…

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Surface RT Metro apps won’t launch

Surface RT Metro apps won’t launch

Just the other day I applied the most recent mandatory firmware update to my Surface RT, and let it restart. I thought nothing of it until this morning when I tried launching my usual morning apps (Bible, check metrics on my apps, etc), and they wouldn’t launch. The only apps that would launch were Desktop, IE and my app I developed that’s already in the store. My initial thought was to run Refresh, but it wouldn’t launch since it’s part…

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Windows 8 Enterprise error code: 0x800F0906 “Windows couldn’t connect to the Internet to download necessary files”

Windows 8 Enterprise error code: 0x800F0906 “Windows couldn’t connect to the Internet to download necessary files”

I fought with this one for nearly 8 hours today, attempting to install SSMS from SQL 2012.  This requires that the .Net Framework 3.5 and 2.0 be activated in Windows Features.  Sure, there’s a checkbox that you “should” be able to check and everything works fine.  Well, not for me.  I check it, click OK, it tells me it needs to download files from Windows Update, I say OK, and it throws this error. Basic troubleshooting courtesy of Google says…

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Creating a VHD for multi-boot in Windows 7

Creating a VHD for multi-boot in Windows 7

Been doing this so much lately with all of the flavors of Windows 8, I figured I’d write this down for my own benefit, but also for anyone who’s interested in doing the same. Create a new VHD Go to Start, right-click on Computer and choose Manage Under Storage in the left pane, single-click Disk Management In the Actions pane on the right, click More Actions, then choose Create VHD Specify the location you want to store your VHD file (ex:…

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

Windows 8 Developer Preview

Following the //build/ conference in Anaheim, I downloaded a copy of Windows 8 developer preview (32 bit) to put on my Dell Mini 12, 1 GHz Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 40GB SSD drive. A little history…I ended up having to put Windows 7 starter edition on it because it was running so horribly.  It came with Windows XP SP3, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate and it killed the performance.  I later changed it to Windows 7 Starter, and performance improved…

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