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  • 1. "WINDOWS 8"— "RTM" AND/OR"ENTERPRISE EVALUATION" 1
  • 2. Web location for this presentation:http://aztcs.orgClick on“Meeting Notes” 2
  • 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY"Windows 8 RTM" will be"generally available" on October26 with all retail copies requiring aunique, not-free product keyduring installation. However, youcan use the free, time-limited"Windows 8 EnterpriseEvaluation" to learn about"Windows 8..". 3
  • 4. TOPICS• Features of "Windows 8.."• Free Previews and Evaluation Versions of "Windows 8.."• Editions of the RTM versions.• System requirements• Testing a legacy "Pentium 4" computer to make sure that it can run "Windows 8.." 4
  • 5. FEATURES OF "WINDOWS 8.."• "Start" Screen with "Tiles"• (legacy) "Desktop"• No "Start" button• "Hot Corners", "Charms", and "Switch List"• "Windows Store" apps (Formerly called "Metro style apps")• "Internet Explorer 10" in 3 flavors• "File History" automated backup of data files 5
  • 6. FEATURES OF "WINDOWS 8.." (continued)• "Storage Spaces" with mirroring of drives (Not for the C: drive)• "Windows Defender"• "File Explorer" is the new name for "Windows Explorer"• "Hyper-V" virtual machine program but no "Windows XP Mode"• "Family Safety" 6
  • 7. FOUR PUBLICLY-AVAILABLE, FREE RELEASES OF "WINDOWS 8.."• September 13, 2011: "Windows 8 Developer Preview"• February 29, 2012: "Windows 8 Consumer Preview"• May 31, 2012: "Windows 8 Release Preview"• August 15, 2012: "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation" 7
  • 8. EXPIRATION DATES FOR THE TIME-LIMITED, FREE RELEASES OF "WINDOWS 8.."• Expires on March 11/2012 or January 16, 2013 "Windows 8 Developer Preview"• Expires on January 15, 2013: "Windows 8 Consumer Preview"• Expires on January 15, 2013: "Windows 8 Release Preview"• Must be activated before August 15, 2013, but it only lasts 90/180 days once it is installed: "Windows 8 Enterprise 8
  • 9. RELEASES OF "WINDOWS 8 RTM.."• August 1, 2012: Release to "OEM partners"• August 15, 2012: Release to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.• August 16, 2012:• Release to "Software Assurance" volume customers• October 26, 2012: "General availability" = retail sales 9
  • 10. 4 RTM EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8.."o "Windows 8"o "Windows 8 Pro"o "Windows 8 RT"o "Windows 8 Enterprise" 10
  • 11. 4 RTM EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8.." (continued)o No "full version" of "Windows 8.." will be available: Only "Upgrade Edition" and "System Builder" edition instead of "Full Version". "System Builder" edition probably cannot be moved to another computer or motherboard. 11
  • 12. 4 RTM EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8.." (continued)o Some vendors such as "Newegg" are referring to the "System Builder" as a "Full Version". However, in the past the term "Full Version" implied the ability to phone Microsoft for a activation key to move "Windows.." to another computer or to another motherboard. 12
  • 13. A COMPARISON OF THE EDITIONS:o "Windows 8" (edition with fewest features)o "Windows 8 Pro" (has "Hyper-V", can add in "Windows Media Center" for +$10)o "Windows 8 RT" (for tablets)o "Windows 8 Enterprise" (has "Hyper-V", cannot add in "Windows Media Center", has "Windows To Go", not available at retail, for volume "Software Assurance" sales to organizations, free time-limited evaluation available for everyone!) 13
  • 14. THE "WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISEEVALUATION" IS A TRIAL OF A VERSION OF "WINDOWS 8" THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PURCHASE!• But it is close enough to the versions of "Windows 8" that you will be able to purchase that it is a great learning and testing tool at a fabulously great price (free!). 14
  • 15. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE "..ENTERPRISE EDITION" AND THE OTHER EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8"• See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows _8_editions and http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b /bloggingwindows/archive/2012/04/1 6/announcing-the-windows-8- editions.aspx 15
  • 16. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE "..ENTERPRISE EDITION" AND THE OTHER EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8"• Unlike the "Pro" edition of "Windows 8", you cannot add "Windows Media Center" to the evaluation or RTM versions of "Windows 8 Enterprise". 16
  • 17. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEENTERPRISE EDITION AND THE OTHEREDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• The evaluation and "real" versions of "Windows 8 Enterprise" have "Windows To Go" which lets you create bootable USB flash drives and bootable USB external hard drives.• No other edition of "Windows 8" has this feature. 17
  • 18. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEENTERPRISE EDITION AND THE OTHEREDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• When the "real" Windows 8 computers are sold starting in October 26, 2012, they will be running either the "Windows 8" or the "Windows 8 Pro" editions of "Windows 8". These two versions will NOT have "Windows To Go". 18
  • 19. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE "WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUTION"• According Microsofts Website: 19
  • 20. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS..(continued)• Many bloggers and discussion group participants have stated that the actual minimum requirement for RAM for the 32-bit version of "Windows 8.." is 2 Gigabytes 20
  • 21. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS..(continued)• Paul Thurrott stated that the 1 Gigabyte minimum requirement for RAM for the 32-bit version of "Windows 8.." and the 2 Gigabyte minimum requirement for RAM for the 64-bit version of "Windows 8.." is "ludicrous". See http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/super site-blog-39/windows8/thoughts- windows-8-system-recommendations- 142457 21
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  • 23. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS..(continued)• Members of the Tucson Computer Society have made several failed attempts to install "Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit" into computers with 1 Gigabyte of RAM so we agree with Paul Thurrott. 23
  • 24. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS..(continued)• To determine if a "Pentium 4" computer is capable of running "Windows 8..", you can download and run Microsofts free "Coreinfo" program by following our "how to" instructions at http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winh ardsig/win8/old-computer-Win8.pdf 24
  • 25. WAYS FOR YOU TO TRY OUT THE "WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUATION"• Method 1: Install it into a real computer.• Method 2: Install it into a virtual machine.• Method 3: Create a "Windows To Go" USB flash drive or external USB hard drive. Then use this device to non- destructively boot up another computer. 25
  • 26. WAYS FOR YOU TO TRY OUT THE"WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUATION" METHOD 1: INSTALL IT INTO A REAL COMPUTER• If you have a spare computer handy, you can install "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation" into it. 26
  • 27. WAYS FOR YOU TO TRY.. (continued): METHOD 2: INSTALL THE"WINDOW 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUATION" INTO A VIRTUAL MACHINE• Step 1: Install a free virtual machine program such as "VMware Player 4 or 5" or "Oracle VM VirtualBox 4" into your existing "Windows XP"(or higher) computer. 27
  • 28. WAYS FOR YOU TO TRY.. (continued): METHOD 2: INSTALL THE "WINDOW 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUATION" INTO A VIRTUAL MACHINE (continued)• Step 2: Install "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation" (32-bit or 64 bit depending on the actual processor in your computer) into a "virtual machine" running inside the "virtual machine program". 28
  • 29. WAYS FOR YOU TO TRY OUT THE "WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISE EVALUATION"METHOD 3: BOOTABLE "WINDOWS TO GO" DEVICE• If you have an empty USB flash storage device or an empty external USB hard drive (that has at least 16 Gigabytes of capacity), you can help you make it into a "Windows To Go" device by placing a copy of the free Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation on it. You can then use this device to non- destructively boot up most Pentium 4 or higher computers with "Windows 8 Enterprise Trial.." 29
  • 30. PRODUCT KEYThe installation process for "Windows8 Enterprise Evaluation" does notrequire a product key.However, if "Windows 8 EnterpriseEvaluation" demands that you enter ina product key (during a maintenanceprocedure), put in MJ8TN-42JH8-886MT-8THCF-3667B 30
  • 31. HELP AND ADVICE FOR USING "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• If you use a "Windows To Go" device to boot up a computer with "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation", do not remove the bootable USB flash drive or external USB hard drive until the computer is totally powered off: 31
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  • 33. HELP AND ADVICE FOR USING "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• Prior to the RTM versions of "Windows 8", the "Windows To Go" feature allowed you to remove the USB flash drive or USB external hard drive for up to 60 seconds and then re-insert it. Folks are still raving about this (discontinued) feature all over the Web so do not be misled by all this raving! 33
  • 34. HELP AND ADVICE FOR USING "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• You can download our Windows 8 Care Package from http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig /win8/CarePackage/Windows8CarePacka ge2012-09-04.zip This zip file contains useful shortcuts that will make "Windows 8" easier for you to use. 34
  • 35. HELP AND ADVICE FOR USING "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• You can download our Windows 8 Care Package from http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig /win8/CarePackage/Windows8CarePacka ge2012-09-04.zip This zip file contains useful shortcuts that will make "Windows 8" easier for you to use. 35
  • 36. HELP AND ADVICE FOR USING "WINDOWS 8" (continued)• The "Windows 8/Hardware SIG" of the Tucson Computer Soceity will continue to post useful information on "Windows 8.." at http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/meeting_n otes.shtml such as http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig /win8/win8-making-usable.pdf and http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig 36
  • 37. EXTENDING THE EVALUATIONAt or after the 89th day of your use ofthe "Windows 8 EnterpriseEvaluation", you can extend it for 90more days by following the procedureathttp://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/win8/extendingwin8eval.pdfWith this procedure, you can get 180days of use from the "Windows 8Enterprise Evaluation". 37
  • 38. APPENDIX 1 Making "Windows To Go" Bootable USB Flash Drives and USB External Hard Disk Drivesfor Non-Destructively Booting Up Computers with "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation"• Chicken and egg problem: You have to have a working "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation" computer before you can make a "Windows To Go" bootable USB flash drive or USB hard drive so let the participants of the "Windows 8 Hardware SIG" help you! 38
  • 39. APPENDIX 1 (continued) Making "Windows To Go" Bootable USB Flash Drives and USB External Hard Disk Drives (continued)• For USB 2 or USB 3 external hard drives, use the "Windows To Go" icon inside the "Control Panel" of a real or virtual computer that is running the 32- bit or 64-bit version of "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation"  about 30 minutes 39
  • 40. APPENDIX 1 (continued) Making "Windows To Go" Bootable USB Flash Drives and USB External Hard Disk Drives (continued)• For USB 3 flash drive devices, use the "Windows To Go" icon inside the "Control Panel" of a real or virtual computer that is running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of "Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation"  About 1 hour 40
  • 41. APPENDIX 1 (continued) Making "Windows To Go" Bootable USB Flash Drives and USB External Hard Disk Drives (continued)• For USB 2 flash drive devices, do the following from inside a computer that is running any version of "Windows 7", or "Windows 8": Run the diskpart, imagex.exe, and bcdboot commands, as described in http://tweaks.com/windows/52279/how-to- create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive/ or http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12119  About 3 hours 41