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Now that we've RTM'd, what you can expect from the blog

Now that we've RTM'd, what you can expect from the blog

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As many of you probably heard, we RTM'd Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows RT yesterday.  In the event that you've been under a rock, you can read the release about RTM here: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx

Now that we have hit RTM and bits will soon be available for some of you, I wanted to give an update as to how things will occur here on the blog with regards to the changes in servicing.  First, I've taken a new role here at Microsoft and am no longer in support.  That means that I don't know how much time I will have for super regular posts, but I will do my best.  I really enjoy servicing and I like the little corner of the world I've built here, so I think I'll stay a while.  With that out of the way, some things I plan on talking about in the future here include the following, if you have other things you'd like to talk about, please post in the comments and we'll go from there:

  • Using Features on Demand to minimize image footprint
  • Feature and Role persistence when working with Features on Demand
  • Using In-Box corruption repair and how it's NOT CheckSUR
  • Determining offline capability of updates to make better decisions for future downtime planning

Those are a couple of things I have at the top of my mind for right now.  I'll start writing on them shortly after release. 

--Joseph

Comments
  • I'm definitely interested in hearing more on the new DISM commands and what's changed from CheckSUR! Looking forward to any insight there. (Saw your UTG on Servicing, that was a pretty cool jump start on Win8 changes).

    Really anything troubleshooting related is content gold from my perspective :D

  • I agree with Ian. I really want to hear more about DISM and any other Windows Servicing or troubleshooting goodies that come with Windows 8.

  • Here are the 3 usefull DISM comands:

    DISM /Online /cleanup-image /CheckHealth

    DISM /Online /cleanup-image /Scanhealth

    DISM /Online /cleanup-image /RestoreHealth ( /LimitAccess if you don't want to download the files from the WWW).

    Add /remove to Disable-Feature to kill the fiels from WinSxS.

  • I just want to thank you again for your hard work and support with various issues in the past.  I was hoping that servicing would still be blogged about as it's still so important to a healthy OS.

  • No problem, happy to help in any way that I can :)

  • If only the servicing improvements in Windows Codename 'Compromise' were ported downlevel to Windows 7, in maybe SP2.

  • @xpclient;  Progress cant always be back ported.  

  • Yeah progress can't be backported and massive regressions that are deal breakers also crop up along with "progress".

  • We've been back and forth about this a few times and I guess we'll just need to agree to disagree.  There will never be a perfect operating system, some things might change to the point where they are unusable to some but they benefit the overall user experience for more people, which is a good thing.

    I'm sure many people thought seat belts and air bags ruined their cars when they were first put into vehicles but they've done more overall good than they have bad.  To me, this is the same with Windows.  The nice thing about both scenarios is that you have a choice in the matter.  You don't have to wear your seatbelt and you don't have to run a specific version of Windows (or Windows at all for that matter), the choice is yours.

    Windows 95 was a fantastic OS, Windows XP as well. I personally think both Windows 7 and Windows 8 are amazing operating systems and do a lot to help the average consumer/IT professional with their day to day operations.  Are some things different than they used to be?  Yes, they are.  But overall I feel the environment is better and I'm not just saying that like some corporate shill because I work here.  You can tell by the omission of a couple of operating systems above that I don't think everything we've ever done is great.

    --Joseph

  • Windows 7 is pretty solid to be fair and a breath of fresh air, just need to be confident that 8 is not going to break things in our environment. Was a fan of 2000 for long enough, clean, simple and reliable - just not a gaming OS ;)

  • "You can tell by the omission of a couple of operating systems above that I don't think everything we've ever done is great."

    They were the releases that made the greatest technical advances - but not necessarily appreciated by the public. So perhaps there can be 'end-user great', or 'technically a great advance', but not both? Perhaps the Windows development cycle should follow that pattern, and focus more on one of those outcomes than the other, every alternate release. Maybe it already does :-)