Windows 8

Enable Telnet in Windows 8

Like that of Windows 7; Windows 8 is without telnet installed by default. To enable this feature follow these steps below:

  1. Move over to the Charms Bar on the right and select Settings
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select on Program then Program and Features
  4. Select “Turn Windows features on or off”
  5. In the Windows Features selection menu select telnet client from the list
  6. Select OK and the feature will be installed

The Windows 8.1 Preview is here!

There has been some buzz about it and it seems as if its finally Windows 8.1 is here as an preview. Now you can take a first-hand look at many of the new features and improvements with the Windows 8.1 Preview.

For a more complete look at all the features in Windows 8.1, check out the Product Guide.

Before you install the Windows 8.1 Preview, it is also highly recommended you backup any files you have on your PC or tablet first. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ before installing, which includes information on how to go back to Windows 8 if you need to. There are certain cases in which you will not be able to go back to Windows 8 after installing the Windows 8.1 Preview so please read the FAQ before proceeding.

So head over to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store. Please see the Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements needed to install the Windows 8.1 Preview.

Here is the Download Preview Page:

ISO file Download (no yet available **** Its aviable now):


Windows 8 file history feature

File history is a new way to back up your files and it keeps a chronological history of the files in your document libraries. All you need to do is activate and turn it on.
Steps to enable this feature:

  1. From Start Screen, type “File History”, click on settings in right pane, click on File History icon
  2. Navigate to: “Control PanelSystem and SecurityFile History” in the Desktop Control Panel
  3. Once you have the File History Control Panel page open simply click ‘Turn On’ to enable this. You can also changes settings to select attached drives

After this setup process File History checks every hour to see if any of the files in these locations have changed, and backs up any files as needed. Please note this is simply a default setting you can make this as granular as you wish down to 10 minutes.

Restoration of files is also just as simple:

  1. Click on “Restore personal files” in the File History Control Panel dialog
  2. Browse to the location where your files were backed up to
  3. Double click on the file or folder that you wish to restore
  4. Select the version to restore
  5. Click on the “Restore” button

So have a blast you active worker and remember you can restore files when needed, and never forget to have a full backup plan and even backups off-site.  Tools such a s CrashPlan are perfect for this.


‘in-depth’ with the Windows 8 task manager

One of the newest features in Windows 8 is the new Task Manager. Microsoft gave the Task Manager a complete overhaul that includes several performance tools to help you optimize your PC. In an official blog post, Microsoft goes over these optimization tips. Microsoft has also posted up a video that showcases these tips in action.

You could launch the Task Manager in Windows 8 by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc? The Task Manager in Windows 8 is different from the one in Windows 7, featuring a new Processes tab that has been completely redesigned, Performance and Networking tabs have been merged, and new tabs such as App History and Start-up have been added to the Task Manager.

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Extending Windows 8 Trial

I have been using the Windows 8 Enterprise for several months this way for testing rather than backup my data and reinstall the OS just to reinstall my applications, followed by configuration tweaks, which can be time consuming. I have started extending the trail to give me more time.

The process of extending a trial is called ‘rearming’.
Here is how I have done so:

  1. Open the command prompt as (Admin) | Answer Yes to the User Account Control
  2. You can then check your license information by typing slmgr /dli – this provides information on your version and license status.
  3. You could also use the command slmgr /dlv for more detailed information – good to give you status of how long you have before complete expiration of your trial 

If you just want the expiration date info type: slmgr /xpr

And finally what you have been waiting for: The rearm command.
Like the ones I mentioned above all you need to do is type: slmgr /rearm then reboot the computer.

This can be done no more than 3 times of the life of the install of the Windows 8 system. If you time it correctly you could have Windows 8 for free for 270 days. How cool is that.

Info on my test machines:
1 Physical Machine and 2 Virtual Machines (VMware)