Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew Morris (@unrealshots), Paul Baran (@Tinkererguy) from and Michael Martis (@MikeMartis) from for Home Tech episode #124

We recorded an update on Mike Howard’s condition that I tagged onto the end of the podcast.  Thanks Mike for sharing with us!

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What is new with Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 Preview runs fine on ESXi 5.1 Update 1 Build 1065491

We looked around the Modern UI, and noticed it does stay running on multiple-monitor configurations, even when doing desktop apps on a second monitor!  Skip-domain join still works, for backing up (to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials), described here:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview The Essentials Experience

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For juggling VMs on a workstation, here’s a nice comparison between VMware Workstation and the Windows 8 Hyper-V role

Snapshot on VirtualBox

This is a way to install Windows 8.1 on my laptop (bare-metal), non-destructively, avoiding my C: drive entirely by going external

Where I have a write-up of the procedure, and a walk-through video. Here’s a shorter more generic version. After making sure I have a complete backup, take care to:

  1. Shut down your laptop (or desktop) that has eSATAp
  2. Hook up an external drive and insert Windows 8.1 install media
  3. Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the eSATA temporary drive shows as first boot device
  4. Install Windows 8.1 onto that C: drive
  5. Play around with Windows 8.1
  6. Shutdown
  7. Remove cable and drive
  8. Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the original internal C: drive is first in the boot device list
  9. Reboot, and you’re right back to where you were before horsing around with Windows 8.1

Jim’s cheap laptop pick:

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T-SL 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop ( Silver )

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