ASUS UX32VD – Install Windows 8 x64 on fresh SSD with UEFI Bootable USB Media

ASUS UX32VD shipped with Microsoft Windows 8 x64 preloaded and configured in UEFI mode. Legacy-based boot media will therefor not boot successfully. To create UEFI bootable USB media that can be used to install Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 64-bit operating systems, follow the steps below: Open a Command Prompt with Administrator privileges in either Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro. Insert the target USB boot media device into an available USB port. Type “DiskPart” in the command prompt. Type “List Disk” (make note of the disk number of the target USB drive). Type “Select Disk X”, where X is the target USB drive noted in step 4. Type “Clean”. ...

Run Windows 2012 Data Deduplication on Windows 8 2

My ASUS Zenbook is a powerful beast, but because I run some virtual lab environments in Windows 8 Hyper-V, I ran short on SSD disk space. Normally there’s only one possibility, by a larger SSD, but this time I found some post about “borrowing” the Windows 2012 data deduplication functionality. Actually it’s possible to move this feature of Windows 2012 to Windows 8. I followed the instructions and it worked wonderful for me. I regained 75% of disk space on my Hyper-V Lab partition. If you follow the next steps remember that this only works on 64-bit Windows 8 and future updates can be a problem. Here are the easy steps: ...

Windows 8 Product Key Deactivation

It’s the end of the year and I bought myself a new laptop. Although it came with Windows 8 and upgraded it to Pro, I had to install a fresh installation of Windows 8 Pro for some stupid/buggy reasons (still frustated, something with missing groups when using upgrade). So I needed to remove the license from my old laptop and bring it over to the new one. To achieve this I used the following procedure: Press Windows key + X Click Command Prompt (Admin) Type: slmgr.vbs -upk + ENTER This will uninstall the product key from the computer and set it back to trial mode. The key is now available ...

Windows 8 Shortcuts

Learn the first 10 Windows 8 shortcuts. They really make Windows 8 easier. My top 10 Shortcuts (but I’m sure you think some others are more important). Windows key: Switch between Modern Desktop Start screen and the last accessed application Windows key + C: Access the charms bar Windows key + Tab: Access the Modern Desktop Taskbar Windows key + I: Access the Settings charm Windows key + D: Show/Hide Desktop (minimize/restore all windows) Windows key + Q: Access the Apps Search screen Windows key + Z: Brings up the App Bar when you have a Modern Desktop App running Windows key + W: Access the Settings Search screen Windows ...

Install Windows 8 without a product key

As you maybe are aware by now (you googled for this solution I guess), Windows 8 needs a product key before installing. In Windows 7 one could simply skip this. The difference is the ei.cfg file that’s missing in Windows 8 and this little file is the solution. We need to add it to the Windows 8 ISO to make skipping the product key section possible. Follow the next steps: Extract the Windows 8 ISO (I used 7-zip) Add the ei.cfg file to the sources folder of the extracted Windows 8 ISO Edit the ei.cfg file [EditionID] [Channel] Retail [VL] 0 Create a bootable Windows 8 ISO again. I used ...

Windows 8 – Install Hyper-V and VMWare Workstation 9 side-by-side 2

To start with the bad news. For now there is no solution. When Hyper-V is enabled, VMWare Workstation 9 simply refuses to install or to run. But there is a way to install and use VMWare Workstation 9 while having Hyper-V installed. The trick is to create an extra boot option. Here are the steps to take: At the command prompt, type the following: bcdedit /copy {default} /d “No Hypervisor” The above command should say: The entry was successfully copied to {guid}. Copy that guid to the clipboard including the curly braces. Now, type the following command: bcdedit /set {guid_hvoff} hypervisorlaunchtype off In the above command, replace {guid_hvoff} with what you copied in step ...