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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John Nye Returns from DefCon and Black Hat, UEFI and Windows 8 – HGG180

John Nye from () and Christian Johnson () joins Jim () for show #180 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Home Server Show Meetup in Indy – Sep 20 – register  –   DefCon and Black Hat notes for The Average Guy: Home Gadget Geeks Podcast John Nye – -or- @endisnye_com -or- Black Hat Archives Defcon Archives, (no 2014 slides yet) Black Hat Information and Links Time Magazine Article about The DarkTangent ( Jeff Moss) the founder of Black Hat and Defcon: Blackhat Keynote “Cybersecurity as Realpolitik” – Video () Talks that I saw and wanted to say a few things about: BadUSB – On Accessories that Turn Evil – USB has become so commonplace that we rarely worry about its security implications. USB sticks undergo the occasional virus scan, but we consider USB to be otherwise perfectly safe – until now. This talk introduces a new form of malware that operates from controller chips inside USB devices. USB sticks, as an example, can be reprogrammed to spoof various other device types in order to take control of a computer, exfiltrate data, or spy on the user. We demonstrate a full system compromise from USB and a self-replicating USB virus not detectable with current defenses. We then dive into the USB stack and assess where protection from USB malware can and should be anchored. ,2817,2461717, Extreme Privilege Escalation on Windows 8/UEFI Systems: The UEFI specification has more tightly coupled the bonds of the operating system and the platform firmware by providing the well-defined "runtime services" interface between the operating system and the firmware. This interface is more expansive than the interface that existed in the days of conventional BIOS, which has inadvertently increased the attack surface against the platform firmware. Furthermore, Windows 8 has introduced APIs that allow accessing this UEFI interface from a userland process. Vulnerabilities in this interface can potentially allow a userland process to escalate its privileges from "ring 3" all the way up to that of the platform firmware, which includes permanently attaining control of the very-powerful System Management Mode (SMM). This talk will disclose two of these vulnerabilities that were discovered in the Intel provided UEFI reference implementation, and detail the unusual techniques needed to successfully exploit them. Whitepaper: Slide Deck: and Beyond (HIGHLY Technical) Abusing Microsoft Kerberos: Sorry You Guys Don’t Get It. (Slide Deck) Defcon Information and Links DEFCON Documentary: Defcon has been at the Rio for several years but this is the last year there, Defcon 23 is scheduled to be at the Bally’s/Paris casino and #160; It will finally be on the strip. Defcon 22 Badge Challenge walkthrough, pretty cools stuff: Badge Interaction over Infrared: SOHOplessly Broken: Common Small Office Home Office Router Flaws: , EFF’s Official Posting about this “contest”: SOHOplessly Broken Competition Reveals 15 0-Day Flaws, and Cracks Four Routers Wide Open: Network World “Hacker Hunts and PWNs WiFi Pineapples With 0-Day at Defcon. Portable Router that conceals your Internet traffic (ARS Article about Defcon Talk) Caffeinated Bitstream Blog, Defcon Highlights – Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at 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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What’s New and a LIVE First Look at Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview with Hyper-V – HT124

Jim (@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! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Buy Online, Pick Up in Your Local Best Buy Store-Same-Day Pickup Guarantee. Listen Mobile: What is new with Windows Windows Preview runs fine on ESXi 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 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 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: Shut down your laptop (or desktop) that has eSATAp Hook up an external drive and insert Windows install media Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the eSATA temporary drive shows as first boot device Install Windows onto that C: drive Play around with Windows Shutdown 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 Jim’s cheap laptop pick: ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T-SL Touchscreen Laptop ( Silver ) Mike’s review of the vivo book guys 50” 4K TV/Monitor for $1399  #215;2160-TV-Unboxing-and-Preview 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: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: 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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How using RAID 0 Can Increase Your PC Performance

Nothing new #160; Just wanted to document some of the benchmark results from a recent install I am doing with a Dell Precision 690 Workstation that I picked up from a sale at #160; The full tech specs are at the link above and it came with 2 x Dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 series #160; It also came with no drives and no OS and 4GB of #160; My good friend Kevin Schoonover was able to track down 32GB of RAM, 2 x Dual NIC cards and 4 x 150GB WL150GB SATA drives to add to the mix. I was able to install the memory first and get the system running with 32GB of #160; Click any image to enlarge Shot of the entire #160; RAM slots are the 8 rows bottom right The DIM risers filled with 32GB of RAM. Installed in the box With the box up and running, time to install an #160; In this case I am going to use Windows Server 2012 #160; Selected all the defaults and no additional #160; I could have just as easily installed Windows 7 or Windows #160; Windows Server Gives me more virtualization options for tests later on. The goal was to do some benchmark testing with different drive configurations on this #160; The board offers 4 SATA ports on an Integrated LSI 1068 SAS/SATA controller that supports RAID 0, #160; I haven’t done much with boards and RAID in the past, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to test a few things. I started with a single Drive Western Digital 320GB (WD32000BEVT) drive that I pulled from a HP Laptop back in the #160; I knew the performance was going to be bad, just not this bad!  If one is bad, are two any better?  Well the answer is yes, but not that much #160; This time I used 2 x 250GB (WD25000BEVT) that I had purchased to go with an Icy Dock enclosure a few years #160; They were fairly good drives when I got #160; Performance was better, but still not #160; Configured in RAID 0.     Then came the good #160; First, I put in 2 of the 150GB (WL150GBSATA) drives in RAID #160; The results give the system about a 4x performance boost in both read and write speeds over #160; With 3 drives in RAID 0, the performance was just short of #160; Great #160; Some of that came from fast spinning drives (10,000RPM), some of it came from the benefits of RAID #160; You can find the specs of these drives here:   With 2 Drives With 3 Drives Next steps are some virtualizations #160; Now that the server is running well. You can follow more about Jim’s tech projects by listening to the Home Tech #160; Each Thursday, 8pmC/9EST over at #160; or you can join our community 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: Jim’s Twitter: 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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Choosing a laptop for Rich, Windows 8, Intel Haswell, Iris Graphics, HD 5200, LGA 1150 socket, On-Die Voltage Regulator, ASUS VivoBook, Ultrabooks – RRPG022

The guys from Home Tech Podcast show #117 hang around post-show to help me, Rich O’Neil, figure out what to buy as a replacement for my 2 1/2-year old $199 Acer Aspire 5251-1317 laptop. The cheap little laptop has been holding its own, especially since I had I installed an SSD in it, but the screen is beginning to die and I don’t know if I’m going to replace it. Besides, it really doesn’t have enough power to run virtual machines well, something I occasionally require for testing and  schoolwork. Listen Mobile:   The guys and I talk about hardware and choice of OS – Windows 7 or Windows 8. If I’m going with W8,  they recommend getting the touchscreen so I can experience Windows 8 in all it’s glory. I agree. I also like the fact that W8’s Hyper-V feature makes working with virtual machines fairly easy. It’s nice to have a decent alternative to VirtualBox. As far as when to pull the trigger on a purchase, Michael Martis suggests waiting until Haswell, Intel’s newest CPU series, arrives next month on June 3rd or 4th. It’s a good idea and I think I’ll wait. The decreased power consumption by itself is reason enough – Intel is claiming at least 20x power consumption improvement over Ivy Bridge. But Intel is also claiming up to a 2x boost in graphics performance with support for 4k video. Whoa! I guess it’s a tough time right now to be in the market for a new laptop. Having said that, Martis recommends the ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T ” Touch Laptop he recently picked up from his local Best Buy, and Jim Collison snaps up one of these from Amazon after the show. For $399, it’s a really nice, tight little laptop with touchscreen included. But I cannot deal with an screen. Ultrabooks with SSD caching and a ” touchscreen are an interesting thought. Maybe I’ll look for a Haswell proc in one of those? Anyway, thanks to the guys for giving me good stuff to think about and letting me bounce some of my thoughts off them. – Rich Rich’s RPG is a podcast hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering stuff that’s interesting to us. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. And we welcome newcomers. Got your headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy“. Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos’
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The Last 100! A Look Behind and One Ahead – HT100

Jim (@jcollison), Christian (@theWizBM) and Andrew (@unrealshots) are joined this week by Chris Lux (@christopherlux), Jay Moore and Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) for show 100! Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Thanks to everyone who made the first 100 a real success! Special thanks to Sarah Collison, Christian Johnson, Andrew Morris, David McCabe, John Zajdler, Christopher Lux, Mike Howard, John Stutsman, Nathaniel Lindley, Greg Welch, Gordon Schmidt, Ces White, Bill Paulmenn, Rich O’Neil, Jay Moore, Renny Phipps, Kevin Schoonover, Michael Martis, Mike Faucher, Christopher Brown, Gary Johnson, Brian Burgess and Bryan Auer making it was it is! Thanks everyone! CES 2013 coverage coming live starting January 6th.  Follow the schedule at Nathaniel’s Perfect Gift –  3-in-1 LED Light, Hand Warmer and Battery Backup for iPhone, ®iPod®, and other USB Mobile Devices (2500mAh) Jim’s Christmas Gift Success! A referral from Mike Faucher (PC Doc) ;qid=1356558015&sr=8-2&keywords=miccus Jim’s Gigabyte Board Recommendation: GA-D525TUD (rev. ) The Average Guy’s Cloud Storage Know It Guyde 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 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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New Windows 8 Pro Devices, VLC for Win8, NAS in a Box, Christian Goes to College, CES 2013 – HT099

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Greg Welch (@welchworks) and Rich O’Neil (@dvn7) for show 99.  Christian joined us late in the podcast.  You will have to listen beyond the end to hear about his college admissions Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: New Show Twitter hashtag for the show each week. This week’s show would have been: #TAG99.  Next week’s show will be #TAG100.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at [do action=podcast_panel youtube= audio= itunes=] Chris Kenney wins the Pogoplug Virtual Audio Cable: Congratulations to Andrew on the birth of his twins (one of each) on 12/12/12!  Mom and kids are doing well! Greg’s New headset: Greg’s Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 – ThinkPad Tablet 2 64 GB Tablet HP Elite Pad from Greg – VLC for Windows 8 from Kickstarter. A native app, fully featured and fully open source. Play all your files, streams and optical media.  Rich’s Web Project:  Take this existing website: To something better: ~roneil/ Connect your cars’ telemetry to the Internet!  – “NAS in a box” a tiny NAS for the inner hacker in all of us! Pandora’s Box – Internet Radio made with a Raspberry Pi Top schools for Computer Science:  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 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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