Windows 8 overview

 * Windows Server 8 Overview webcast on Channel9 Getting Started with Windows 8 – Windows Key (): switch to Home screen – Home screen, then type some characters: search for Apps (and Settings and Files as well) – Home screen: right click a Tile to see the Advanced button in the Taskbar – Ctrl-Alt-Del: Restart…

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Volume activation at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Source: http://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=5294 These are some of the important characteristics of Volume Activation 2.0 as implemented at the  UW-Madison. In November 2006, Microsoft rolled out their new volume license activation scheme, Volume Activation 2.0 (VA2). Windows desktop (Vista) was the first software released using VA2, but other Microsoft volume-licensed software will eventually follow. As of late…

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KMS host troubleshooting & monitoring

* Windows Activation: Troubleshooting and Monitoring the KMS. Source: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys/archive/2009/04/08/windows-activation-troubleshooting-and-monitoring-the-kms.aspx As I’ve described in the previous two installments, the KMS is a pretty simple and straight-forward service. When you think about, this makes sense because the only thing that it does is activate clients. So how do you track what the KMS is doing and…

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Windows 7 deployment

Windows 7 deployment TechNet landing page TechNet Webcast: Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Deploying Windows 7 by Alan Le Marquand

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Activation and Volume Licensing contacts

Microsoft Activation Center Email: seapa@microsoft.com Tel: (+84) 4 935 1053; Outside Vietnam: 603 7712 4671 http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/numbers.mspx   VLSC Support  Contact Email:   vlservp@microsoft.com     Tel:  +65 6622 1235 https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx * Guide to register and access your Volume Licensing portal (in Vietnamese): 120-111-52 * Volume Licensing activation support phone number (in Vietnamese) Software Assurance customers and Volume Licensing…

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Installing Windows 7 from a USB stick

I found the steps from the below article: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/   Make sure your USB stick is big enough to accomodate the Windows 7 installation bits. And here below is the summary of steps and output on my own machine:   C:\Windows\system32>diskpart   Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7054 Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation. On computer: MY-PC   DISKPART>…

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KMS activation for Windows 7, Windows 2008, Office 2010 and above

 There are two different models for completing volume activation: 1.Multiple Activation Key (MAK) – MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services.2.Key Management Service (KMS) – KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network. This is new model designed for Windows 7, Windows 2008, Office 2010 and above. *…

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