Windows 8 Know IT Guyde

There is a lot of info out there around Windows ; For my own personal reasons, I wanted to get the BEST of it, all in one ; A place I could refer back to and a place I could refer ; It’s a working document, growing and changing as time ; It can also be influenced by ; Leave a comment here of your favorite Windows 8 resource, send me a link in twitter (@jcollison), post it out to our Facebook group or send it to me in an email, However you choose, I will give you credit for the find and post it ; Let’s enjoy the ride! Updated 7/7/2015 Find a Store, Hours and Location of a Microsoft Store. Windows 8 Basics The Windows Home Page at Microsoft Windows 8 on Wikipedia The Windows Blog – All things Windows from a Microsoft Blog Windows 8 Tutorials ( – Renny Phipps) – Hours of in depth Tutorials!   Windows 8 Software (due to released October 26, 2012) Windows 8 upgrade offer – Link no longer works Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 October release schedule revealed () Get Ready for Windows 8 (Enterprise) (Technet) Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $ (Blogging Windows) – Link no longer works Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro Free until January 31st Blogs  How to Reset Windows 8 with a Custom Image The Best of GroovyPost for Windows 8 Your SSD drive will need >20GB free space on C: to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, here’s some clean-up tips  (Paul Braren) Overviews / Helps / How-to    Windows 8 Productivity: Who moved my Cheese? Oh, there it is! (Ernesto Morin) Comprehensive List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (Tim Black) Windows 8 Tip: Picking A Backup Strategy () Windows 8 cheat sheet () The Key to Windows 8 for New Users is Patience, Patience, Patience () Windows 8: Frequently Asked Questions Video Quick Look at Windows 8 RTM () (Renny Phipps) Learn Windows 8 in 8 minutes – Blog and Podcast Windows 8 Demonstrations – Technet Podcasts 89 Home Tech Podcast: One Big Windows 8 Surface Tablet 92 Home Tech Podcast: Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is here! 93 Home Tech Podcast: Microsoft Surface Demo / Hands On Reviews Windows Blogs Blogging Windows Blog Windows Experience Blog Surface Tablet Welcome to Microsoft Surface – The Official Microsoft Site for All things Surface Windows 8 for Developers Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for Developers – Download Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation Downloads for Windows 8 style app development – Find the SDKs and tools for Visual Studio 2012 Windows 8 app developer blog – Insights on building Metro style apps for Windows 8, by the Windows 8 engineering team How to develop a Windows 8 App in 30 Days () How to find out when your version of Windows expires () Windows 8 Jump Start – designed specifically for experienced IT professionals Channel 9 – Build 2012 Coverage (Video) Microsoft Virtual Academy Windows 8 Downloads Developer Blogs Devhammer’s Den Windows 8 Developer Preview (released September 23, 2011) Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment Windows 8 Consumer Preview (released February 29, 2012) All Consumer Preview links have been forwarded to the Release Preview below. Windows 8 Release Preview (released May 31, 20) Windows 8 Release Preview – Microsoft’s Front page to all things Release Preview Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Windows 8 Release Preview: Frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions Windows 8 Release Preview forum –
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The Average Guy’s Windows 8 Know It Guyde

There is a lot of info out there around Windows #160; For my own personal reasons, I wanted to get the BEST of it, all in one #160; A place I could refer back to and a place I could refer #160; It’s a working document, growing and changing as time #160; It can also be influenced by #160; Leave a comment here of your favorite Windows 8 resource, send me a link in twitter (@jcollison), post it out to our Facebook group or send it to me in an email, However you choose, I will give you credit for the find and post it #160; Let’s enjoy the ride! Updated 6/30/2015 Find a Store, Hours and Location of a Microsoft Store. Windows 8 Basics The Windows Home Page at Microsoft Windows 8 on Wikipedia The Windows Blog – All things Windows from a Microsoft Blog Windows 8 Tutorials ( – Renny Phipps) – Hours of in depth Tutorials!   Windows 8 Software (due to released October 26, 2012) Windows 8 upgrade offer – Link no longer works Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 October release schedule revealed () Get Ready for Windows 8 (Enterprise) (Technet) Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $ (Blogging Windows) – Link no longer works Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro Free until January 31st Blogs  How to Reset Windows 8 with a Custom Image The Best of GroovyPost for Windows 8 Your SSD drive will need >20GB free space on C: to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, here’s some clean-up tips  (Paul Braren) Overviews / Helps / How-to    Windows 8 Productivity: Who moved my Cheese? Oh, there it is! (Ernesto Morin) Comprehensive List of Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts (Tim Black) Windows 8 Tip: Picking A Backup Strategy () Windows 8 cheat sheet () The Key to Windows 8 for New Users is Patience, Patience, Patience () Windows 8: Frequently Asked Questions Video Quick Look at Windows 8 RTM () (Renny Phipps) Learn Windows 8 in 8 minutes – Blog and Podcast Windows 8 Demonstrations – Technet Podcasts 89 Home Tech Podcast: One Big Windows 8 Surface Tablet 92 Home Tech Podcast: Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is here! 93 Home Tech Podcast: Microsoft Surface Demo / Hands On Reviews Windows Blogs Blogging Windows Blog Windows Experience Blog Surface Tablet Welcome to Microsoft Surface – The Official Microsoft Site for All things Surface Windows 8 for Developers Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for Developers – Download Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation Downloads for Windows 8 style app development – Find the SDKs and tools for Visual Studio 2012 Windows 8 app developer blog – Insights on building Metro style apps for Windows 8, by the Windows 8 engineering team How to develop a Windows 8 App in 30 Days () How to find out when your version of Windows expires () Windows 8 Jump Start – designed specifically for experienced IT professionals Channel 9 – Build 2012 Coverage (Video)  Microsoft Virtual Academy  Windows 8 Downloads  Developer Blogs Devhammer’s Den Windows 8 Developer Preview (released September 23, 2011) Running Windows 8 Developer Preview in a virtual environment Windows 8 Consumer Preview (released February 29, 2012) All Consumer Preview links have been forwarded to the Release Preview below. Windows 8 Release Preview (released May 31, 20) Windows 8 Release Preview – Microsoft’s Front page to all things Release Preview Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Windows 8 Release Preview: Frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions Windows 8 Release Preview forum –
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Window XP, Web Browsers, Hiren’s Boot CD, Windows 8, Drobo Mini, Raspberry Pi Bonus Content- HT086

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by John Stutsman for Show 86 of The Home Tech Podcast.   Make sure you watch the YouTube recording of the show for some special bonus content!  Christian talks about how he hooked up his USB monitor to his Raspberry Pi.  Only on YouTube. We start with a discussion around Windows XP still being used in the wild.  With the end of life for XP looming on April 8, 2014, users are going to have to make some kind of decision how they are going to upgrade. We also has some discussion around the different web browsers today. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Jim is also seeing a rash of virus issues on Windows Vista PCs. Different browser issues are discussed as well. He has been using Hiren’s Boot CD a bunch now to boot into Windows XP mini and running Malwarebytes to scan the drive.  This discussion led into a bunch of chat around the different web browsers. Jim is moving Sarah’s Laptop to Windows 8 this weekend.  Follow the conversation in the Facebook group and follow Jim’s Windows 8 Survival Guide here.  Jim is installing a Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD in her laptop that will not only increase the speed but make the laptop more durable. Christian’s Deal of the Week:  Vizio E370VT 37″ Class Edge Lit Razor LED HDTV – 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, 100000:1 Dynamic, 8 ms, HDMI, USB, Energy Star (click here).  We also spend some time talking about SSD prices.  Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK #8243; 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 555MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 525MB/s Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-NB #8243; 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MB/ TheSSD Drive that Jim is Recommend: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB #8243; 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Some discussion around Drobo and the Drobo Mini.  We refer to the Paul Braren Video.  The link:   Jim is looking for some advice on how to podcast in a room setting during the Home Server Show meet up on October 20th.  If you can help, End of the Audio Show – We talk about the Home Server Show Meet up and Christian Robo Commuting to NASA for work.  Kind of like this: Bonus Raspberry Pi Content (YouTube Feature Only) Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Social Engineering, Windows 8 Enterprise, Raspberry Pi and USB Monitors – HT085

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Nathaniel Lindley and Bryan Auer for Show 85 of The Home Tech Podcast. Nathaniel talks about how Mat Honan from Wired was hacked through social engineering security flaws in Apple and Amazons’ password reset mechanisms. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Some interesting reading is available at: How Mat Honan was hacked and How not to become Mat Honan.  The guys talk about the measures they take to ensure their passwords are secure, and that not too many accounts are linked and using the same passwords.  Arstechnica have a good article about password strength.  The guys talk a bit about password repositories such as 1password, LastPass, Roboform or hardware solutions such as Yubikey.  Mat Honan’s situation also brings home the importance of regular backups using cloud services or products such as Windows Home Server. The guys talk about the Release to Market (RTM) of Windows 8, which was released in the last week.  If you don’t have a TechNet or MSDN account you can download the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation as a 90 day trial.  The guys talk some more about their experiences with Windows 8 thus far, and what they do and don’t like about it. Christian talks about his RaspberryPi plans, as his unit has now been confirmed to be on its way to him, which will incorporate the Deal of the Week, being a DoubleSight USB monitor to build a remotely controllable robot.  Bryan talks about his development plans to integrate the RaspberryPi into his home irrigation system Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Blogging from Windows 8 using Windows Live Writer 2012

It appears that the word “live” didn’t get removed from all the old Windows Live Essentials 2011 Apps when they upgraded the suite to Windows Essentials 2012 (WE2012).  I just installed WE2012 on a newly minted Windows 8 Enterprise Laptop (I am a Microsoft TechNet subscriber and the RTM version is available there now) to test the user experience and discovered that like Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger, the live brand has yet to be removed from Windows Live Writer (WLW).  Good, one less thing I have to change. Surface RT, now starting at $349 at Microsoft Store Speaking of change, there no real visible updates that have been made to #160; Sure, the interface is flatter and more Windows 8 (Metro) like, but no major #160; It’s been one of the best blogging tools in my kit over the last 4 years and I was glad to see that Microsoft is not tweaking a good #160; I’m sure something changed, I just cannot find #160; If you know of something, leave it in the comments below. One of the weird things about installing WE2012 on Windows 8 however is the fact that you have to install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3 before you can install #160; It’s not seamless #160; In this case, it throws a message (see below) with a link to the .NET Framework install () and expects you to select the download button for the #160; When you do, it gives you a popup that then suggests some additional software (also see below) that can be #160; Not Average User friendly kind of #160; I didn’t select either and moved on. When the framework install is complete, it then does not take you back to the WE2012 install like you would expect, but closes out the install completely. It’s then back to the WE2012 page and the install starts over again without the .NET interruption this time. It’s not awful, just not a one step install. Microsoft will need to get that fixed before launch in October. When the install is done (and I did a complete install, it looks something like this on the Windows 8 (Metro) screen. Other than that, blogging is just as easy in WLW2012 as it was in #160; I just wrote this entire post with it and didn’t have a single #160; Thanks for not messing up a good thing Microsoft! If you would like to try Windows 8 Enterprise with 90 day evaluation license, click on the link and #160; I would suggest trying it first in a VM or an extra PC or Laptop that you might #160; If you have questions about that, join us over at Facebook for the #160;  Windows Live Essentials 2012 can be found here:   Get more help just like this on the Home Tech Podcast!  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at or subscribe at the links to the right!
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It’s all about The Microsoft Surface Tablet! – HT078

Jim, Christian and Andrew are joined this week by John Stutsman and John Zajdler for Show 78 of The Home Tech Podcast. This show was all Microsoft Surface Tablet news. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy Facebook Group If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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CrashPlan, eBay, HTPC, Rainmeter, RaspberryPi, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Windows 8 – HT070

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this by Gary Johnson for show 70 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We talk CrashPlan, eBay, HTPC, Rainmeter, RaspberryPi, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Windows 8 Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: The guys start off with an eBay Australia Group Deal on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the current flagship Google branded Android phone, which is the handset variant that will work on all networks in Australia, and is AT&T compatible in the US.  The guys talk about carrier exclusivity for mobile phone handsets, as well as some other phones such as the Nokia Lumia, one of the new Windows Phone 8 devices, which has been promised for quite a while, yet still to hit the market. Andrew talks about a new small form factor PC, the Zotac ZBox Nano XS he has his eye on for building a new Home Theatre PC.  The PC runs an AMD E-450 processor, and comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 64GB SSD, Gigabit network and Wireless N, Remote Control, will fit on the back of a TV on a standard VESA mount, and is fully compatible with Windows 7. Christian’s Deal of the Week is Micro SDHC Memory Cards over at , via a WOOT deal, with cards being as low as for 4GB! Christian also shares some of his recent engadget reading, as they cover the release name of Windows Server 8, as well as the names of the various flavors of Windows 8.  Hit the links below for the news! The guys talk some more about the Raspberry Pi ARM-based computer, discussion why the Raspberry Pi has been bought to market, and the intended audience for the machine. Gary talks about his adventures with Rainmeter, the desktop customization tool that he and Christian have been using to customize their Windows user experiences.  The image below is Christians’ desktop, customized with Rainmeter. Gary talks about some issues he has been experiencing with Windows Media Center, and the guys talk some more about desktop management.  Andrew uses Stardock Fences to manage his desktop space Gary and the guys discuss their experiences so far with Windows 8, and where they believe Windows 8 is headed, as well as the success they believe it will have once released to market. Gary talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note and its impending release onto the Sprint network, once the CDMA version of the hardware is released. Gary also gives us an update on recent updates to Subsonic, and some of the issues that are being seen with the Android client for the current release. Jim and Gary talk about the performance increases in moving a system drive to an SSD drive, before talking about private cloud backups using Crashplan, and how Jim provides a data backup service to his family without using a third party cloud storage provider. If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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