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from what I have seen so far, windows 8 has some things I really like (things I think should have been in windows form the beginning) and a lot of things I can't stand. some of them, like the metro UI, are fixable and you can get your start menu back (including your programs's icons when you install something!).

ways to shut down windows 8!!!

  • power button, although this really only hibernates the PC and it's not a true shutdown. you would need to reconfigure the power settings in the control panel (accessed via windows explorer or via [windows-logo-flag-key]-R ) to make it turn off the computer.
  • [windows-logo-flag-key]-R shutdown -s (waits a while, then shuts down)
  • [windows-logo-flag-key]-R shutdown -s -t 0 (that's a zero for zero seconds to wait)
  • [windows-logo-flag-key]-R shutdown -s -t 900 (15 minute warning and wait before shutduwn)
  • [windows-logo-flag-key]-R shutdown -f -s -t 0 (that's a zero for zero seconds to wait, and FORCE a shutdown, right now, useful if you are having problems with your computer notshutting down properly on a regular basis - if this is the case, look into
    1. repairing your filesystem
    2. sparing your data
    3. repairing your windows installation
  • [windows-logo-flag-key]-I [shift-tab] [space] u (shutdown, you can also pick restart or hibernate)

about the real windows 8 system requirements

PAE+NX+SSE2: secure boot sounds optional in the system requirements. is it NOT. older pentium 4 systems will NOT BOOT windows 8 because it does not have PAE+NX+SSE2 enabled in the BIOS. this means at the very least it must be at least a 64-bit processor-based system.

BIOS/UEFI: whether a certain version of UEFI is actually required to boot I don't know. if it is a requirement, it will also be a requirement to have a new kind of motherboard that is windows 8 certified. if microsoft does what it has done in the past, recent older motherboards/systems will be compatible with windows 8.

RAM: you are usually better off maxing out the system's RAM. whatever isn't used by the system will be used nicely for disk cache! or you can allocate it for ultra-fast ram disk!

windows 8 products

windows 7 can be the base you upgrade from to upgrade to windows 8. windows 8 currently only comes as an upgrade.

windows 8 does not appear to have XP mode.

accessing ALL the settings,control panel, all that stuff in one place

this is usually called windows vista/7/8 "god mode", but that's silly - it has nothing whatsoever to do with God. well, maybe He inspired the idea of having all the control panel stuff in one place for convenience. it's what things should have been in the first place. having it fragmented is not productive. plenty of pages out there on it, I figured I would make it into a batch file and make it deployable.

this is a zipped batch file which will make the appropriate folder. you can edit it if you wish. it's a one-liner. puts it in \Users\All Users\Desktop.

after extracting the zip file, you will have to right click the .cmd file and pick Run as Administrator, and then give it permission, because anything that touches "All Users" requires Admin privs. I figured All Users should have this because pretty much everyone would want to be able to access all the settings on their system.

read comments here first before running.

seems to work in windows 8 but will cause 1 reboot.

if you have problems with it causing incessant reboots, have a burned copy of system rescue cd and mount your /dev/sda1 (or whatever) fileystem as -t ntfs-3g and then you can cd into the directory to remove the file. then umount the /dev/sda1

apparently it causes problems with vista.


hyper-v ia a virtual machine and also has a virtual machine manager and a bunch of other stuff that's free. windows 8 supports hyper-v. yes, you can run server cloud stuff on your desktop.

but it only supports win7 and up (7/8/8.1), it won't do VM of any lower OS. supports linux.

windows server is about $1000, and client licenses are per seat. for a VM you should install server core, install the desktop and server mgr and then uninstall the server mgr and desktop (there is training on on why).