Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Wrap up

Over the past 1 1/2 weeks, we have touched on a number of new updates to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 that our (Windows Performance/Reliability) team supports.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts and look forward to your comments. To wrap up the mini-series, we’d like to direct you to a couple… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Assigned Access

Hello again Askperf!  Today we are going to quickly highlight the new Assigned Access feature in Windows 8.1.  Formally known as Kiosk Mode, Assigned Access is designed to restrict a standard user access to a single application. This feature works well for the corporate admin or parent that would like to prevent users from having… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Updated Shell UI changes

Hello folks, today I would like to take some time and highlight some of the new UI changes in the shell for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 introduces several changes that allow the user to personalize and enhance the overall user experience. Start Screen The Start Screen now provides more customization options. There are more sizes… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – In-box Scan App

Welcome back AskPerf readers!  Prior to Windows 8.1, scanning could be a relatively frustrating experience with many questions coming to mind… Will my scanner work on Windows RT? Do I need to download a driver from the manufacturer? Do I have the necessary applications to acquire and edit an image? With Windows 8.1, any Windows… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Printer Roaming

Hello again AskPerf!  Today I’m going to introduce a new Windows 8.1 feature called Printer Roaming. Windows 8 provided the ability for users to roam a number of settings with their Microsoft account, such as the desktop background and web history. Windows 8.1 extends this functionality to include roaming of printer connections, and this is… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – RDS Shadowing is back!

Hello again AskPerf!  I’m happy to report that Windows Server 2012 R2 reinstates Remote Desktop Shadowing. This functionality lived in kernel mode through Windows Server 2008 R2, but was removed from the product in Windows Server 2012 when the RDP stack was moved to user mode. We’ve strived for feature-parity with 2008 R2, with the… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – NFC “tap to connect” Printer Connections

Hello folks, today I am going to talk about a new feature that’s available in Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 called NFC “tap to connect” Printing. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, which allows a two way communication between devices (endpoints) within a very close proximity; typically no more than few centimeters. NFC… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – VMConnect Enhanced Mode – RDP over VMBUS

Hello folks, I would like to introduce you to an exciting new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 called VMConnect Enhanced Mode. This feature enables high fidelity RDP sessions to VM guests over the VM bus.  High fidelity implies getting audio, clipboard support, USB and other redirection in addition to enhanced graphics. Creating high fidelity… Read more

Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 Mini-Blog Series coming…

Hello AskPerf, Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that we are going to begin a Mini-Blog Series this Friday (10/18).  We will be covering some of the new features in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 that our (Reliability/Performance) Team support. We are still finalizing these blogs, so I do not have… Read more

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 them. When troubleshooting Windows… Read more