Category Archives: Beta Experiences

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (Build 9926) is now available

Earlier today, Microsoft released a new preview for Windows 10, codenamed Technical Preview 2 and wearing build number 9926 (in proud lime green on navy blue, oh wait…)   Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 You can download the Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 ISO files or install the Windows 10 Technical Preview update from the […]


Knowledgebase: Known Issue with Windows and Windows Server Technical Preview in a pre-Windows Server 2012 Active Directory environment

While going through the Release Notes for the Windows Server Technical Preview and the Release Notes for Windows 10, I noticed something quite interesting: If you join a computer with Trusted Platform Management (TPM) enabled to a domain in which there are no domain controllers running at least Windows Server 2012, computer authentication and those […]


Windows 8.1 Preview (Build 9431) is now available along with useful tools to complete your preview

Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 Preview today, as part of the announcements made during //Build/ 2013 and TechEd Europe 2013. While in the past with Preview releases of Windows, you would be stuck waiting for deployment, management and customization tools, this release is a complete package from day 1


Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview (Build 9431) is now available

Undoubtedly, you have seen the announcements made by Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Program Management in Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group (WSSC), during the TechEd North America 2012 Keynote. During this keynote, among other things, he announced the General Availability of the Preview for Windows Server 2012 R2.


How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD

It’s never been easier to install pre-release versions of Windows and Windows Server, then with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Downloadable ISO files were abundant and could be used for virtual machines on all major virtualization platforms, ISO files could be burned with a built-in tool in the previous version of Windows (Windows 7) […]


Determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 version

With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, many people are eager to download and install the latest and greatest Operating Systems from Redmond. For people who have deployed one of the pre-release versions of Windows 8, Windows Server 8 and Windows Server 2012, the big question now is which version they are […]


Creating your own Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 USB install device

A lot of servers and clients, nowadays, are no longer equipped with an optical drive. While this leaves room for extra drives and allows for smaller form factors, it can be a hurdle when you try and install the Operating Systems of your dreams (in this case: Windows 8) to the device of your dreams.


Changing Windows 7 back to the ‘old’ Windows

Windows 7 has a mass appeal to Windows XP users and their system administrators. While major advances were made in Windows Vista and Windows 7, you will always find people opposing change. And, boy! A lot has changed in the user interface since Windows XP! In the past opposition has been dealt with with deception […]


Windows 7 RSAT Release Candidate

Not everyone likes the chilly climate of the server room or the mesmerizing humming of racks, stuffed with server hardware. For these pseudo-admins, Microsoft releases remote management tools. (They work wonders for managing Server Core installations, too!) The latest incarnation was released two weeks ago and works with Windows 7.


How to install Windows XP Mode for Application Compatibility

One of the new and interesting features in the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), mentioned a few days ago, is the ability to utilize a virtual Windows XP with Service Pack 3 environment for application compatibility. This feature is called Windows 7 XP Mode and builds on Windows Virtual PC 7. The new Virtual PC […]