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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 1, Overview

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

Microsoft will make it’s next version of Windows, Windows 8.1, available on October 18, 2013 as an update to Windows 8. While this may make it look simple to organizations, already running Windows 8, to adopt this new Operating System, it’s not as straightforward as it sounds…

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 2, The best hardware for the job

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

When your organization is running on PCs with Windows versions prior to Windows 8, you might want to look at new hardware to run Windows 8.1 on. While you can still run Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on a 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM, the impact of running Windows 8 on underwhelming hardware to the […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 3, Return of the Start Button and Boot to Desktop

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

With the right hardware and enough time to plan the Windows 8.1 deployment within your organization, it’s time to start looking at the many new Windows 8.1 features you might (or might not) want to take advantage of with your organization. One much anticipated feature of Windows 8.1 by Windows 8 users is the return […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 4, Automatic App Updates

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

In this series, I’m asking the questions to determine as an admin if your organization is ready to go to Windows 8.1. Today, I’m looking at the ability to automatically download and install updates for Windows 8 interface apps. One of the more prominent new features of Windows 8.1 for organizations. Automatic App Updates are […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 5, Managing SkyDrive

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

You can really tell Windows 8.1 was designed with tablet users in mind, since it offers a lot of new features specifically for people using Windows on these types of devices. One of the more intrusive features is the SkyDrive integration. SkyDrive allows users to store their files and settings in the Microsoft cloud and […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 6, Start Screen Layout Management

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

As part of the new Windows 8 Interface in large networking environments, Microsoft allowed for some customization of the Lock Screen, the Start Screen background and the Logon background. I’ve described these settings as part of my five must-have Group Policy settings to create an uniform look for your Windows 8 clients. Windows 8.1 allows […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 7, Managing Start Screen Theming Centrally

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

While I’ve covered the fixed Start Screen Layout feature in Windows 8.1 in the previous blogpost in this series, there’s even more control for administrators to make the Start Screen on Windows 8.1 devices uniform throughout the organization. Today, we’ll look at two more settings. We’ll look at forcing a specific Start Screen background and […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 8, Start Screen App Pinning

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

As we discover more and more of Windows 8.1, it becomes clear this Windows Operating System has some tweaks to facilitate the adoption of it by end-users of Windows Operating Systems prior to Windows 8. In this series, I’ve already shown you how to force a specific Start Screen Layout. I’ve also shown you how […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 9, Disable Help Tips in The New Interface

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

My time with Windows 8 was fun. I found numerous hacks to make the most of my experience. The most fun I had was with pressing Alt + F4 during Windows 8‘s psychedelic color-flipping welcome screen to skip it altogether. Now, In Windows 8.1, pressing Alt + F4 during the initial setup won’t do you […]

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Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 10, Group Policy Caching

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1?

As an admin, you’ll want to centrally manage the devices of your organizations. This reduces urgent helpdesk incidents and gains trust from your colleagues. On the other hand, much of the security you put in, slows down their devices. Anti-malware has been accepted as a necessary evil by most of your colleagues, but long logon […]

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