Friday, September 23, 2011

How to change Metro-style lockscreen image of Windows 8 computer? [VIDEO]

Windows 8 Developer Preview was launched last week, its loaded with plenty of new features, notably the lock screen. This screen is a part of Microsoft's Metro-style User Interface. Here you can customize the Windows 8 lock-screen by changing the default picture to your favorite outdoor photo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to Shutdown or Restart a Windows 8 Computer?

Windows 8 is loaded with many exciting features. Even though its initial installation steps are almost similar to Windows 7, configuration steps has got many changes. Notably, your session can be configured for cloud applications using Windows Live ID. At the time of first log-in, we will experience a complete redesign of its GUI, the large icon view of Windows desktop is called Metro view. But if you are going to shutdown or restart a Windows 8 machine, it will be little bit difficult to find  the option, because Microsoft has complete relocated the SHUTDOWN button.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Configuring Virtual Machine for Windows 8 BETA on VMWare Workstation 8

Windows 8 Developer preview cannot be installed on earlier VMWare version. You should download latest VMWare make, VMWare Workstation 8 to support Windows 8. We have discussed how to download and install VMWare 8 in another post. In this post, I will show you how to configure a VMWare virtual machine capable of Windows 8.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Windows 8 installation fails on VMWare Workstation 8 with error note 'No device drivers were found.'

Windows 8 Installation ERROR: "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive please insert it now".
I was much excited to see the new Windows 8 Developer Preview installed in my system. I just downloaded Windows 8 64 bit version in ISO format, and VMWare Workstation 8 evaluation as well. Created new virtual machine with all the required component configurations, and mapped ISO image as first boot device. Initial few steps were loaded smoothly until 'Install Now' option. Once clicked next button, I could see few error messages, as mentioned above, related to 'device driver'.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Download link to the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Installation instructions

Microsoft has recently released the Developer Preview edition of their upcoming Windows Desktop family Operating System, codenamed Windows 8. The new Windows version has moved far away from the traditional appearance of earlier Windows Operating Systems, especially in terms of Graphical User Interface (GUI). The new design of Windows is basically made to support Tablet PCs as well, along with Laptops and Desktops. Microsoft foresees the current trends in the Tablet PC market, since the launch of Apple's iPAD in 2010. Here I have just collected Download links to the Microsoft Windows Developer preview editions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Accessing Registry of a remote computer in a domain using REGEDIT utility

You can access Registry settings of a remote host using REGEDIT utility. This method is useful when you are unable to RDP to the target host.  
Use below steps to access the registry settings of a target computer.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

How to take backup of Windows Registry settings (regedit) before editing?

Editing Registry settings of Windows Server computers is an important task for sysadmins. But this task must be carried out with utmost care because some of the changes could bring vital impact on the behavior of the Operating System.

Backing up the registry settings is always highly recommended before editing Windows Registry. Below instructions will help you to perform backup and restore of the registry.
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