windows rt tip – how to recreate a recovery partition

ADVANCED TIP FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED:  Assuming you didn’t jump right in like me and delete your recovery partition on a Windows RT device (haven’t tested this on an OEM Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro machine – yet here’s the official guidance – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825221.aspx), you’ll definitely want to at a minimum make the USB Recovery…

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8 things about windows 8: windows key + prt sc

I discovered this one by accident (thought I was pressing ALT + Print Screen) – in Windows 8 the Windows key + Print Screen takes a screen shot of the entire screen and creates a sequentially named file in the Pictures Library under a Screenshots folder! Screenshot (1) Screenshot (2) etc. the file type is…

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windows rt tip: regain an extra 3.5 gb of space

WARNING:  This is an advanced tip for users that understand the ramifications of deleting a recovery partition.  If you have problems in the future and did not back up your recovery files, you will likely need to visit a Microsoft Store.  I’m going to do some recovery testing and will post a follow up (and…

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kinect and the microsoft company store opening in oakbrook, il

in my five years at microsoft i’ve had a chance to attend a lot of events.  my first “launch” event was for windows vista in february 2006 where I had a chance to do two of the keynote demos in front of an audience of over 4,500 attendees.  i’ve worked at the intel developers conference,…

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use the powerpoint 2010 action feature to touch enable your next presentation

In PowerPoint 2010 there is a Hyperlink and Action feature that allow you to navigate to a certain slide when a word (hyperlink) or area/section (action) is touched by the presenter (on a touch screen) or clicked with a mouse.  I have found this very useful with some of the new intro decks for Windows…

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applocker on windows 7 professional

a question came up today at one of the it pro windows 7 sessions today about applocker – whether you can setup an applocker policy on windows 7 professional.  here’s the answer – straight from the windows 7 professional help for applocker (you can setup applocker from the local computer policy on windows 7 professional)…

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8 things about windows 8: advanced search

I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet.  Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search:  I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title.  Press Windows Key + F and type in…

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paint desktop version registry key

typically there is version information displayed in the lower right hand corner of windows in pre release versions, but there is a quick way to display the desktop version information on your computer by changing a registry key. windows 7 service pack 1 displays as build 7601 open regedit.exe, navigate to the hkey_current_user\control panel\desktop subkey…

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did you know: show windows stacked, cascaded or side by side

someone asked me if there were ways to vertically maximize more than two windows using aero snap (snap one window to the left hand side of the screen and a second to the right hand side dragging the windows or using the windows key + left and right arrow keys) and sure enough a taskbar…

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25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps

for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers?  applications that made it useful.  many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application.  but an important part – especially of those early computers i…

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