Windows 8

Mount a Raw Hard Drive in VirtualBox

Recently, I had a hard drive start to go bad and Windows couldn't read some of the data on it. So, I wanted to mount the raw drive (750GB) connected via USB 3.0 to a virtual machine in VirtualBox to run some linux disk utilities on the drive. There were plenty of tutorials and instructions scattered across the web that I found to do this.

Windows 8 Machines Debut at Computex 2012

In Taipei, Taiwan, Computex 2012 has started. Computex is an International Information Technology Show held annually in Taipei and this year manufacturers are eagerly showing off their new Windows 8 machines. Acer, ASUS, and MSI are just a handful of companies that will attempt to sway customers with a brand new Windows 8 desktop, laptop, tablet or some innovative hybrid. Here are some of the more compelling products, in no particular order:

Windows 8 Killing Aero?

Aero is the codename for the “glass” effects and other UI. Originally designed and created back in 2003, Aero was seen as a major step forward in the user interface for Windows. Aero was first seen in Vista then greatly refined in Windows 7, but now Microsoft is killing Aero. Gone will be  the transparency effects, glows, reflections and all the “glassy” niceness. And the real reason they’re doing this might surprise you.

Windows 8 in October 2012 [UPDATED]

As rumored in my previous article Microsoft (MSFT) will indeed complete its work on Windows 8 by the end of this summer and have it ready and shipped for consumption in October so says inside sources.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Report [UPDATED]

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Evaluation Copy. Build 8250Today Microsoft has just released the Consumer Preview, a.k.a. beta, to the world. Anyone willing to give it a test run can get a legal copy here. I was not the only one thrilled for the chance to view all of the new updates and changes Microsoft has made since the Developer Preview. The new Metro screen is still the main focus of change and you can read what I had to say about it here. My experience was overall good but a bit of a rollercoaster as I explored the new layout and features. Here is my quick look at the upcoming OS from Microsoft.

I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview [Win8CP] on a virtual machine using VirtualBox. Everything was sleek, smooth and what you would expect from a typical Windows install. Select your drive to install, enter your product key, etc.

My Trials of Windows 8 & the New Metro Start Screen

I have recently taken a tour of the Developer Preview of Windows 8. All in all, the experience was familiar to Windows 7. The biggest (and currently hotly debated) addition is the new Metro Start Screen. For those of you whom don't know, it is essentially a new start menu. Instead of seeing a menu popup near the start orb, you now are greeted with a full screen app launching platform. In many aspects, it's very similar to the Wii menu. Quite a change, but I could find myself getting used to it.

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