Tag Archives: Windows 8

Offline Install Of dotNET 3.5 On Windows 8

In the last post I took a look at how to install the .NET Framework 3.5 while the server is not connected to the Internet. At the same time I installed the server I was also installing a Windows 8 client as well and needed to install the .NET Framework 3.5 on it as well. Being client software I expected the process to work, if not better than, then the same as the one on Windows Server 2012.

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How To Make A Bootable Windows 8 USB Drive

In this post I’m stepping away, briefly, from Microsoft Dynamics GP but will return in to it in my next post.

Microsoft have recently released a raft of new versions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Management Reporter 2012 Rollup 3, and to test I’ve been installing a few new virtual machines with Windows Server 2012 and have also updated a couple of machines with Windows 8 and, because they’re new machines without DVD players in them, to do this I used the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for free download from the Microsoft CodePlex|Project Hosting for Open Source Projects site in order to create a bootable USB drive.

I thought a step by step guide for others needing to install Windows 8 (or other version of Windows) might be of benefit. So after downloading the utility from the above link, double click the downloaded setup file to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard;

Welcome to the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Setup Wizard

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How To Install Windows 8

Well, Windows 8 has landed on MSDN and TechNet for subscribers and is due for general release in, I believe, October.

This means it is time to interrupt the scheduled posts on installing the Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Having got my hands on an MSDN version I thought a quick run through on how to install it might be in order.

I am installing this into a virtual machine so I can have a little test before replacing one of my main systems with it.

I mounted the ISO image from MSDN in the virtual machine settings and launched the VM. The first part of the installer shows the new Microsoft Windows Metro Modern logo;

Windows 8 Setup - Modern Logo

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Windows 8 & Server 2012 Released to Manufacturer

I was just catching up on the blogs this morning and caught David Musgraves post on the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to manufacturing.

Great news and must mean about two weeks before they’re on MSDN and TechNet. Can’t wait :)

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Microsoft Surface Announced

As recently rumoured, Microsoft announced a self-built tablet yesterday adding to their current hardware line which includes mice, keyboards and the XBox 360.

Branded the Microsoft Surface it is available as both Windows RT, arm powered 32 or 64GB memory, or as the Windows 8 Pro, powered by an Intel i5 and with either 64 or 128GB of memory with both versions coming with built in Micro SD slot for more, exchangeable memory;

Microsoft Surface

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Available

Microsoft Windows 8Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for download.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Available

Yesterday, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.; full details at the Building Windows 8 blog.

I’m in the process of downloading it so I can see what improvements have been made since the Developer Preview and will post any thing of interest.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 On Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Windows 8
Well, I’ve just finished installing SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Dynamics 2010 R2 on the Windows 8 Developer Preview and GP is exactly like it is on Windows 7. Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview’s Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft Windows 8Before instaling the Windows 8 Developer Preview onto my laptop I first tried installing it into a virtual machine.

It was doing this install which introduced me to the “user friendly” BSOD;

Windows 8 Blue Screen of Death

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Windows 8 Developer Preview First Impressions

Microsoft Windows 8As mentioned, Windows 8 Developer Preview now available for download here which I have done.

First impressions are very positive. Overall it’s snappy and easy to use and I do like the look of the Metro UI; I’ve seen it on colleagues smartphones and always quite liked the look of it but I did wonder how well it would translate onto a desktop. The answer appears to be very well. Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview Downloaded And Installed

Microsoft Windows 8As mentioned, Windows 8 Developer Preview now available for download here. I’ve just installed it on an old laptop (an Acer Aspire 9301 WMSi with 4GB RAM).

I’ve not bothered with screenshots of the install as it is very much the same as Windows 7; and was as smooth an install as Windows 7 as well. Continue reading

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