Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew Morris (@unrealshots), Paul Baran (@Tinkererguy) from http://Tinkertry.com and Michael Martis (@MikeMartis) from http://www.racecarmike.com/ 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 TinkerTry.com/esxi51u1-runs-windows81preview
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
For juggling VMs on a workstation, here’s a nice comparison between VMware Workstation and the Windows 8 Hyper-V role
Snapshot on VirtualBox http://www.howtogeek.com/150258/how-to-save-time-by-using-snapshots-in-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 TinkerTry.com/esatap
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:
- Shut down your laptop (or desktop) that has eSATAp
- Hook up an external drive and insert Windows 8.1 install media
- Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the eSATA temporary drive shows as first boot device
- Install Windows 8.1 onto that C: drive
- Play around with Windows 8.1
- Remove cable and drive
- Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the original internal C: drive is first in the boot device list
- 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 ) http://amzn.com/B00AEEC2BM
Mike’s review of the vivo book guys http://www.racecarmike.com/windows-8asus-vivobook-q200/
50” 4K TV/Monitor for $1399 http://amzn.com/B00BXF7I9M
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