Here is a compact yet deep technical exploration of how to setup Windows 8.
Related topics elsewhere on this same website (WilsonMar.com):
Microsoft has a MCSA (Microsoft Cetified System Administrator) on Windows 8 certification earned through certification exams
WinRT does not include the Pivot and Panorama controls available in Silverlight for Windows Phone.
WinRT is not cross platform - it is one of the platforms supported in Windows 8.
Direct 3Dv11 is the graphics API now. So existing Direct 3D code only need to be verified to run on Direct 3Dv11. But existing code using GDI at the presentation layer would need to be extracted and ported to Direct 2D/XAML.
WinRT use only 32-bit CPUs, so are limited to 4GB memory.
But 64-bit editions of Windows 8/RT can have different amounts of memory.
|Windows 8 RT||(32-bit)|
|Windows 8||16 GB|
|Windows 8 Pro||192 GB|
|Windows 8 Enterprise||192 GB|
The classic approach to dual booting by splitting a large hard drive into multiple partitions.
VHD using Microsoft's diskmgmt.msc program.
Windows 7 required the primary boot drive to be IDE (not SCSI). But a virtual SCSI controller can control up to 64 hard drives.
If there is any software conflict as clean boot helps in eliminating software conflicts.
To put the computer in Clean Boot state, using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs, according to KB 929135:
To return the computer to Normal startup mode, according to this page:
USB 3.0 support by Windows 8 is among the announcement fanfare. Microsoft test engineers came up with a programmable plug (MUTT) to test software.
Apple Thunderbolt support is not certain, and unfortunately unlikely, since it competes with USB 3.0.
TOOL: Bluestacks runs Android apps on Windows 8.
Anyone who has physical access to a laptop can remove the hard disk, and read all files without knowing Windows passwords.
That's unless the hard disk is encrypted by software such as Microsoft Bitlocker, which Microsoft provides as a feature of Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7. It offers full volume encryption and system protection, possibly without users noticing.
BitLocker To Go protects removeable volumes.
BitLocker boot integrity protection is enabled on computers with a built-in TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip holding the encryption key
Users of machines with Bitlocker can supply a PIN (of at least 12 characters, according to Group Policy) or a startup key in a USB plug.
TPM PINs can be backed up to AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services) where administrators can recover the TPM PIN using an organization-wide account setup as Data Recovery Agents (DRAs) holding a digital certificate issued by an AD DS certificate authority (CA). So the first step to configure BitLocker is to invoke Group Policy Editor (in Start > Search type gpedit.msc). Add the DRA account to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\BitLocker Drive Encryption node.
Control Panel > BitLocker Drive Encryption.
Bitlocker uses a US keyboard map when it reads the encryption password. Since Microsoft does not allow this to be changed, those using a keyboard for other languages may have a problem setting up the password.
Other encryption should not be used on folders and files on the same disk encrypted by Bitlocker.
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