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Hyper-V 3.0 Confirmed for Windows 8 Client

A moment has come that I am very excited about. I have been taking a part the latest Windows 8 leaked build 7989, which is the first time an X64 build has leaked. In looking at the Windows Features item in the Control Panel, I came across something new.

via Hyper-V 3.0 Confirmed for Windows 8 Client – Robert McLaws: Windows Edition.

via Friday Mail Sack: Gargamel Edition – Ask the Directory Services Team – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

A cool method that is too small to rate a full blog post: if you need to get a network capture on a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer and you do not have or want Netmon installed, you can use NETSH.EXE.

From an elevated CMD prompt run:

netsh trace start capture=yes tracefile=c:\yourcapture.etl

Do whatever you needed to do

netsh trace stop

Boom – network capture, written in ETL format.

Open that file in Netmon 3.4 and you get all the usual capture info, plus other conversation and process info. AND other cool stuff – open the CAB file it created and you find a bunch of useful files with IP info, firewall event logs, applied group policies, driver versions, and more. All the goo I gather manually when I am getting a capture. Sweet!

Windows 8 to get better crash-detection features, a 3G/Wi-Fi/WWAN Cost Limiter and gasp! a taskbar with multi-monitor support.

By Sandro Villinger, ITworld

Late last month, I spent some time digging into an early Windows 8 build and found some interesting hidden features — including the Windows Store, a hybrid boot mode that drastically reduces cold boot time, Automatic Maintenance, and Spot Verifier, which checks for bad sectors in real-time and marks them as “bad” in order to avoid data loss or damage.Then came the presentations at the AllThingsD and Computex conferences and all attention turned to Windows 8’s new immersive UI. But there’s much more happening under the hood that Microsoft isn’t quite ready to tell us. After looking through about 1500 group policies of an early Windows 8 build, I’ve caught a few interesting hints to yet unrevealed features.

Continue reading via 3 more hidden features in Windows 8 | ITworld.

Windows 8: Steven Sinofsky @ D9

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Windows

Steven Sinofsky @ D9 – Windows 8 Details

Paul Thurrott has a live-blog from the D9 conference where Steven Sinofsky has revealed details about the next version of Windows – code named Windows 8.

See the report via Steven Sinofsky @ D9.

Building “Windows 8” – Video #1

WOW!!!!!   I did NOT expect this much info about Windows 8 today.

Watch the video via YouTube – Building “Windows 8” – Video #1.

Report: Microsoft to show tablet version of Windows 8 next week

Bloomberg is adding fuel to the rumor fires claiming that Microsoft may show off the tablet version of Windows 8 next week at the AllThingsD conference. If and when that happens, here’s what to watch for.

Steven Sinofsky, the President of Microsoft’s Windows client division, is slated to take the stage during the three-day confab, which kicks off on May 29. Ever since Sinofsky’s appearance at the show was confirmed earlier this week, there’s been talk that he’d show off an updated version of Windows 8 there.

Continue reading Mary-Jo Foley’s report via Report: Microsoft to show tablet version of Windows 8 next week | ZDNet.

WinRumors have another scoop on Windows 8:

An early copy of Windows 8 leaked to the Internet this week and enthusiasts have been digging their way through the various new bits in Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.

Windows 8 build 7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508 contains a number of references to a brand new feature in Windows: Portable Workspaces. Microsoft will allow Enterprise customers to create USB storage driven copies of Windows. “Portable Workspace is a Windows feature that allows you to run Windows from a USB storage device,” notes Microsoft in its description of the feature inside Windows 8. Users at mydigitallife discovered the features inside 7850 and discovered that the feature requires at least 16GB of space.

Continue reading the whole article via Windows 8: Portable Workspace allows you to run Windows from a USB device | WinRumors.

Microsoft’s Windows App Store Revealed In Leaked Screenshots

Microsoft is planning to build an app store into Windows, according to leaked screenshots on a Taiwanese online news forum.

Here’s what they posted:

Windows App Store

A Microsoft spokesperson refused to comment on the screenshots, and said the company has nothing to share about future versions of Windows at this time.

But if they’re real, two things stand out.

  • It’s called the Windows App Store. Last month, Microsoft tried to stop Apple from trademarking the term “App Store,” saying it was too generic.
  • The screenshots appear to be running on Windows 7, which suggests the App Store might not be a Windows 8 exclusive.

A Microsoft spokesperson refused to comment on the screenshots, and said the company has nothing to share about future versions of Windows at this time.

But if they’re real, two things stand out.

  • It’s called the Windows App Store. Last month, Microsoft tried to stop Apple from trademarking the term “App Store,” saying it was too generic.
  • The screenshots appear to be running on Windows 7, which suggests the App Store might not be a Windows 8 exclusive.

Windows 8 Secrets: Aero Auto-Colorisation

In Windows 7, Microsoft added a new Personalisation interface, allowing users to customise their desktops as they wished.  But a few obvious features were missing, and in Windows 8, the company is finally filling in the gaps. Today’s revelation is one such feature: The ability to automatically configure the color of Aero elements, like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows, and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper.

via Windows 8 Secrets: Aero Auto-Colorization.

Microsoft working on new Windows 8 activation protection

Microsoft is preparing a new version of its OEM BIOS activation for use in Windows 8, WinRumors has learned.

The protection allows PC makers and system builders to pre-activate copies of Windows for use on their hardware. OEM BIOS activation (OA) was originally introduced with Windows XP. Microsoft shipped OA version 2.0 with Windows Vista.

via Microsoft working on new Windows 8 activation protection | WinRumors.