Thursday, September 15, 2011

Windows 8 Fail

So now I'm up and running on Windows 8....I'm a big fan on building on previous knowledge. Windows 8 and the new Metro UI is a pain! I already know what to do and how to navigate around the Windows OS. Now that you've "moved my cheese" and enabled things like the ribbon, hidden the command prompt, totally screwed up the start button, I'm a little pissed!

You can change most of these items back. Which is usually what I do. I disable all the animations and set the computer for best performance, turn off the Metro UI by doing this registry hack...

Via REGEDIT, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer navigate and change RPEnabled key to a “0” instead of the default “1”. It disables some of the ribbon, the Metro UI and also some of the file operations, but I get my start button back and am INSTANTLY productive. That's all I want. Don't put lipstick on a pig, I just need to get my work done!

Installing Windows 8 on VirtualBox

Just downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview with Tools, but it failed to boot into Oracle's VirtualBox. (You can't use Virtual PC because it doesn't support 64-bit operating systems - plus VirtualBox you can use on Mac/Linux and Windows and just move your virtual image around once it's setup).

Anyway, here's what you need to change to get it to work...

General: OS Type: Other/Unknown

System: Base Memory=1536MB
Chipset=PIIX3
[X] Enable IO APIC
[ ] Enable EFI
[X] Enable absolute pointing device

Processor: 1
[ ] Enable PAE/NX

Acceleration
[X] Enable VT-X/AMD-V
[X] Enable Nested Paging

Storage: Remove SATA Controller
IDE Controller: Type PIIX2
IDE Primary Master: HDD 20GB
IDE Secondary Master: Windows 8 DVD

Audio: Intel HD Audio

Thursday, August 11, 2011