Windows 8

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.

Source / More Info: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/extremewindows/archive/2013/06/06/windows-8-task-manager-in-depth.aspx

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)

Windows 8 Controller App

For the small price of a cup of coffee you can…

Turn your phone into a multi touch controller for you Windows 8 Computer giving you the full natural touch experience of Windows 8 from your smartphone.

For less than $2.00 US you can purchase this cool app and have all of the fun functions you get with a touch screen via your phone. You get it all, swipes, multi touch pinch and zoom and more.

All you need is the app and its small app installed on your Windows 8 computer and run it. So give it a test drive. So far I am impressed. In fact I wrote this post using the app to control my Windows 8 PC.

Link to the Server App and App in the Android Market Place – http://windows8controller.com/#!/download

 

KMS Client Setup Keys for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8

Microsoft has posted the online documentation for the KMS keys for their latest OSes.
In my case the only KMS Setup Key’s I care about are below:

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter: 48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P
Windows 8 Enterprise: 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8 Professional: NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4