On August 16th, Windows 8 RTM became available through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), for company with Software Assurance for Windows. Since the company I’m working for has an Enterprise Agreement and Software Assurance, I was able to download it and get the license key.
I had downloaded it already the day before through my Technet Plus subscription and installed it on my test laptop at home but now that it was available on the VLSC, I could install it on my work computer as well and this is exactly what I’ve done.
I decided to try upgrading directly from Windows 7 and it went very well. It warned me about the software I should uninstall because they are not compatible with Windows 8 and asked me to disable Bitlocker for the duration of the installation. It took a while but installed without any problem. My applications were still working after the installation and it kept all my data, customization and themes.
The only problem I had was when I tried to install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). I found out RSAT hasn’t been release yet for Windows 8 RTM but is was for Windows 8 Release Preview. You can find it here.
The catch is that it won’t install on Windows 8 RTM. Here’s the error message I got:
But after some research, I found how it could be installed manually. Here’s what I found:
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As a Technet Plus Subscriber, I was impatiently waiting for August 15th to get my hands on Windows 8 RTM. At about 1:00pm EST, it became available and I started my downloads (Pro & Enterprise in x86 & x64). It was a bit of a challenge because the site kept giving me error messages probably because it was overloaded by people like me who wanted to get their hands on the latest release. Anyway, after a few tries, I’ve got my first download started which was the Windows 8 RTM Enterprise x64 version.
Getting the key was a challenge as well. But around mid-afternoon I was finally able to get it. Then I started the installation on my test Laptop. The installation went well and it was very fast. It discovered all my hardware even though I had trouble finding some drivers when I installed Win 7 on it. For example, I had to install the Vista video card drivers on Windows 7 because they didn’t exist for Windows 7. But Windows 8 detected my video card, installed a Windows 8 driver for it and it’s working like a charm (no pun intended)!
The only problem I had was the Activation. I kept getting the same message over and over: “Windows can’t activate right now. Error Code: 0x8007232B”
At first, I thought the site was overloaded like it was for the downloads and the keys. However, after a while I noticed that it wasn’t asking me for my license key and that it was trying to activate with a key that was already built-in. If you’re trying to activate your Windows 8 RTM Enterprise and you’re stuck like me, here are the solutions I found:
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What’s the difference between Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR)? This is a question I have had to answer multiple times. It is a very good question and the answer is not simple! So, as a good lazy ‘techy’, I tried to find the answer on the web. That way, when I am asked, all I would have to do is send a link.
I have used this approach multiple times for other questions I have received. It is convenient and a great way to avoid re-typing an answer. However, this time, I was not very successful in my quest to find an answer. I searched the web, multiple times, for hours without finding the perfect “pre-written answer” I was looking for. So I decided to stop being lazy and write it myself.
Now, if you are like me, and you’ve been looking for an answer to this question, feel free to use this one.
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No, it’s the about the single “It’s All About Me” by Mýa or the British sitcom “All About Me”. It’s all About Me, Me and only ME!!
More seriously, about.me is the new service I discovered recently that allows you to create your own personal splash page with a short bio and links to your multiple online profiles from the different social networks. Here’s mine: http://about.me/EricGagnon
The cool thing about this service is that it doesn’t only display static link to your different profiles but also allows you to enable dynamic content. For example, when people clicks on your Twitter link, they can see your recent tweets, follow you and follow the link to your twitter profile.
You also have access to a dashboard that provides statistics on how many people viewed your profile where they clicked and from which website they found you (Links to You).
Have you been using about.me?
Let me know what you think!
Welcome to my new Blog!
This is my first post.
Stay tuned for interesting articles!!