Backing up Windows 8 Part 3 – Full system recovery in Windows 8

As promised I have kept looking into backing up Windows 8 and have found some juicy tidbits on Previous versions!!  Those will come with my next post!!

For this post I just wanted to delve quickly into system level backups. Windows 8 has done a great job at allowing you to rebuild or repair your PC.

The 2 new recovery options (reset and refresh) allow you to rebuild the PC without needing any external media!  Think about that for a second.  The files you need to use to rebuild your PC are already on the PC so why not just use them?  Windows developers went one further and included a full set of source files that allows the system to be completely rebuilt even when you have lost (misplaced behind the filing cabinet and forgotten) your OS disk (or stack of disks if you remember the bad old days).

To access these new options you just need to follow these easy steps
1) Navigate to the settings charm (right side of screen)
2) Navigate to PC settings
3) Half way down the page you will see the options called “Refresh your PC without affecting files” and “Remove everything and re-install Windows”
4) Click the one you want and voila!

Just a note of caution: The first option (“Refresh your PC without affecting files”) means just that – it will not affect your files. Any applications installed will need to be reinstalled.  All  your apps from the Windows Store will be available as shortcuts on your Start Screen.  This is the equivalent of re-installing the OS with the advantage that apps will be there where you left them

The second option (“Remove everything and re-install Windows”) erase the hard drive and re-installs the OS as it was when you received it from the manufacturer.

As always: be careful. If you want to test these options I do suggest you have a backup first.  If you are reading this because you need to repair a PC than backing up may not be option ( but you can always try to attach the drive to another PC to see if is readable).

Setting up Lync 2010 in Windows 7 x86 (32-bit)

First: a gripe.  Why is it still referred to as x86 when 32 and 64 bit is so much easier to understand (and explain to end users).  Argh!

Now here is the situation I just ran into.  I am trying to install Lync 2010 on a 32-bit Windows 7 VM for some testing.  Doing a full clicky/default install did not work.  To be precise: the install worked but I could not login.  The application kept saying either my account didn’t exist (it does: it works just fine in Lync 2013) or the server is not reachable.  So I started to dig.  I located the server IP from our existing documentation (always document everything) and put that in.  Voila!

If you are in the same boat here is what to do:
1) Launch Lync 2010 on your 32-bit machine
2) When Lync opens go to the Tools -> Options screen
3) Go to Personal -> Advanced
Lync 2010 in a 32-bit Win 7
4) enter the internal and external IP of your Lync server
5) Chat and IM all day 🙂

Fun with Storage Spaces Part 3

To continue on the same vein as my previous post: here is a great training link if you are looking to learn about Storage Spaces.

MVA is very under-used resource in my opinion – there are a ton of videos and other learning materials there that really need to see the light of day more often.  Spread the word!

Free Microsoft training

Jut came across this.  One of my clients is finally moving off XP to Windows 7.  They have asked for training material.  As I have been writting some documentation for them I came upon these hidden gems.  They are straight from Microsoft and very useful

Lync training online

Office 2010 training online

Windows 7 training online