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An Update about the Windows 8.1 Update
Hi everyone, David here. Today over at the Springboard series blog we announced some important news that applies to anyone who has been trying to roll out the Windows 8.1 update in an enterprise environment. We don’t usually do announcements about ...read more
17 Apr 2014
Options for Managing Go to Desktop or Start after Sign in in Windows 8.1
Hi, David here. Over the past year we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our customers about the pain of changing from older versions of Windows over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. While it’s a great OS with a lot of compelling features, it’s ...read more
7 Apr 2014
Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Hi All! My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role. We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating ...read more
17 Feb 2014
Let the Blogging begin…
Hello AskDS Readers. Mike here again. If you notice, Ned posted one of our first Windows Server 2012 RTM blogs a while back ( Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012 ). Yes friends, the gag order has been lifted and we are allowed to spout mountains ...read more
7 Sep 2012
Upgrading to Windows 8 – Part 3
Dual boot and other installation options Hello Again, Today’s post is for a different reason. I know many of you love your Window 7 PCs so much that you are not ready to upgrade it yet. Then why not test drive Windows 8 in a boot from VHD or dual boot configuration? This way you can test...
29 Oct 2012
Upgrading to Windows 8 – part 4
Restoring the older OS in case the Upgrade fails Hi again everyone, You tried upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, but something bad happened midway. You didn’t take a backup when you started. Can you go back? Sure you can. Starting with Windows Vista, we actually save all files...
4 Nov 2012
What to do if your Windows 8 Modern App fails to start
Good morning AskPerf! David Alessi here from the Windows 8 client team. One of the biggest support issues we’ve seen is with Windows 8 Store (formerly Metro/Modern) Apps failing to start. This post is going to cover some of the most common issues that users run into, and how to troubleshoot...
11 Oct 2013
Sessions from MMS 2013 Now Available
Greetings AskCore fans. I thought I would start creating a blog for a subset of the videos/sessions available at each of the conferences that Microsoft has throughout the year. These sessions will be available and will deal with topics that are discussed here on the AskCore Blog. There are numerous other...
23 Apr 2013
Windows 8 has RTM’d!
Hello AskPerf! Today is an exciting day as we have released both Windows 8 and Server 2012 to manufacturing! Please read Steven Sinofsky's and Jeffrey Snover’s blog posts below: Releasing Windows 8 – August 1, 2012 Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing! For our AskPerf Blog...
1 Aug 2012
Tracing with Storport in Windows 2012 and Windows 8
Welcome back to the CORE Team Blog. Paul Reynolds here. I would like to let everyone know about changes on how to capture Storport traces in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Previously, Bob Golding wrote a blog on how to do this in Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2. If you have Windows 2008 or 2008...
12 Jan 2013
Window 8 / Server 2012 computers reboot outside of maintenance window after installing updates
Currently, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM computers check for updates from Windows Update or Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) daily at a default time of 3:00 AM (configurable) as part of an automatic maintenance task which runs every day. If any of the updates applied required a reboot...
9 Oct 2013
Roaming Profile Compatibility - The Windows 7 to Windows 8 Challenge
[Editor's note: Everything Mark mentions for Windows 8 clients here is also true for Windows 8.1 clients. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients use the same (v3) profile version, so the 8.1 upgrade will not prevent this from happening if you have roaming ...read more
31 Jul 2013
Task Manager in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
Good morning AskPerf! This is Digvijay from the Performance team in Bangalore. Following up on my previous blog about Task Manager for Windows Server 2008 R2, it was very apt to write another one about the Task Manager of Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8. My first impression of this new task...
9 Aug 2013
Standardizing Dynamic Access Control Configuration – Exporting and Importing Dynamic Access Control objects between Active Directory Forests
[This is a guest post from Joe Isenhour, a Senior Program Manager in Windows Server. You may remember him from his previous ADFS claims rule post . If you are not yet up to speed on the DAC security suite in Windows Server 2012, I recommend our own Mike ...read more
18 Jul 2012
Updated Group Policy Search service
Mike here with an important service announcement. In June of 2010, guest poster Kapil Mehra introduced the Group Policy Search service . The Group Policy Search (GPS) service is a web application hosted on Windows Azure, which enables you ...read more
2 Sep 2012
Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition
Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We've had some great questions over the last few weeks so I've got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers ...read more
8 Jan 2013
Windows 8 RTM Windows Server 2012 RTM IT Pros Store Build Dates Prizes - Ned "terse" Pyle ...read more
1 Aug 2012
Logon Failures Involving Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2012
Welcome back to the CORE Team blog. The General Availability date for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 has come and gone, and we here on the CORE Team expect more of you will be diving in and taking part in all of the excitement around these new products. To make sure you have a great experience, we...
31 Oct 2012
How to Cleanup TPM information from AD for Windows 8 computers
For Windows 7 machines, TPM Owner Password is stored in msTPM-OwnerInformation which is attribute of Computer object in AD. So if you delete the computer object, TPM Owner Password is also deleted. For Windows 8, TPM Owner Information is not stored directly under Computer Object. It is stored in a...
5 Aug 2013
MMS 2013 Hands On Labs Available
A few months ago we held the annual 2013 Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. As in years past, the event sold out quickly and it was a very busy week. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks. As a recap, the below blog gives you the list of available sessions online to view that deal with...
29 May 2013
Monthly Mail Sack: Yes, I Finally Admit It Edition
Heya folks, Ned here again. Rather than continue the lie that this series comes out every Friday like it once did, I am taking the corporate approach and rebranding the mail sack. Maybe we’ll have the occasional Collector’s Edition versions. This week ...read more
25 Aug 2012
Windows 8 and Server 2012 Upgrade Blog Series coming
Welcome to our Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Launch Series! We hope you will enjoy reading this series as much as we enjoyed putting the content together. With that said, this 8-part series will talk about things to consider, walkthroughs, dual boots, etc. Below is the series of blogs that we will...
22 Oct 2012
Troubleshooting a Stop 0x7B in Windows
The purpose of this blog is to provide information about the common Stop 0x7B bugcheck/Reboot Loop issue, and the best methods available to resolve it. We will discuss the main components involved in this type of bugcheck/crash, what can affect them, and not only troubleshooting steps to perform, but...
5 Aug 2013
Alternate Data Streams in NTFS
This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com...
24 Mar 2013
Upgrading to Windows 8 – Part 5
Known Issues Hi Again, Welcome back to the Upgrade to Windows 8 Series. In today’s post we want to cover some of the know issues you might hit when you move to Windows 8. The following are the top issues we found customers reporting on our forums. Black screen after performing an Upgrade...
5 Nov 2012
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