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The Clock is Ticking.... Tick Tock...

  1. #1


    Bahrain
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    Triple Boot: Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Release Preview, Virtual Machine ( Windows 8 )

    The Clock is Ticking.... Tick Tock...


    less than a week to go for the release of Windows 8 Release Preview..

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    Win8 Pro x64


    Bring it on..................................!
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    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    well yes and not. Do you mean reinstall everything again. Hate that.

    Jeff
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOUD NOISES!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrys View Post
    well yes and not. Do you mean reinstall everything again. Hate that.
    I assume the enthusiasts here will be taking one for the team so we can follow their progress through the minefield that is a new Windows OS installation.

    Thanks guys. Pics if possible
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Nothing in the wild yet either -- Ms's security this time even puts the old Soviet era KGB to shame.

    Incidentally for re-installing everything again I'd suggest this method (especially as W8 can read ISO's directly).

    Create on a 32 GB USB stick a directory called INSTALLABLES. (16 GB might be enough depending on how much software you need to install).

    Then create images of all your software that was supplied on DVD's / CD's and copy them to folders such as say ADOBE==>Photoshop
    MS==>OFFICE etc.
    Keep the serial numbers in each folder with the name say PHOTOSHOP.TXT or WINDOWs_ENTERPRISE.TXT
    Do the same for all the programs that are installed via an .exe or .msi type file.
    Keep also any DRIVERS you might need (for MOBO / Chipset / in the directory too)

    Now 1) install Windows
    2) browse to the INSTALLABLES directory and install any MOBO drivers --Wireless / LAN stuff might need to be installed.
    3) install applications in order

    Apply updates at the end of the process -- Office for example has quite a few (SP1) unless you can get the dvd with SP1 alrteady applied.

    If you do it logically a re-install doesn't take a horrendous long time these days -- W8 is pretty good with drivers too so you shouldn't be stymied on lack of drivers.

    I got this down to a fine art when W7 releases were coming thick and fast. Unfortunately there haven't been any decent leaks this time around for W8.

    Finally note that any Virtual Machines you have don't need to be re-created --they should function as before under the new OS.

    cheers
    jimbo
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    It might be released on Friday and might get leaked before that.

    Windows 8 Release Preview now available on Microsoft Connect for OEMs and TAP | WinBeta

    Jim
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    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    YMMV


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    ... W8 is pretty good with drivers too so you shouldn't be stymied on lack of drivers.
    W8CP was a step backward for me compared to W8DP.

    It refused to correctly install my MB sound driver.
    It claims that everything is "hunky dory", even though the sound output is defective (buzzing only).

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Finally note that any Virtual Machines you have don't need to be re-created --they should function as before under the new OS.
    I'm not sure that is correct for VHDs.

    When I tried to upgrade my W8DP VHD to W8CP, I got a message saying that it was not possible to do so.
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    Well,

    I'll be trying a couple of 32-bit versions (the cheaper ones!) to see which I should buy when the CP on this ole laptop is out of date....

    I'll start with VM then Multiboot on an old Sempron 3000 system - to see which features etc are there or not. Won't be re-installing loads of apps either.

    I'll let you know how I get on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    It might be released on Friday and might get leaked before that.

    Windows 8 Release Preview now available on Microsoft Connect for OEMs and TAP | WinBeta

    Jim
    yeps. Very close now.
    Just got an Email from my Microsoft partner Network, advising that it would be "shortly"(?) available on Technet.
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