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How to get Aero Glass back in Windows 8.1

Aero Glass, one of the more obvious features of Windows Vista and Windows 7, those lovely transparent and blurred Window borders that really gave Windows an impressive look.  Glass was even with us during the beta process of Windows 8, even the last public preview build had glass (the most polished rendition of it yet […]

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Windows 8/8.1 Lock Screen Monitor Sleep

Just a quick post to offer a tip for an issue that has quite literally been annoying the hell out of me lately.  Starting with Windows 8, there is a timeout to put the monitor to sleep when the PC is at the lock screen.  This timeout is a rather short 1-2 minutes, and on […]

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How To: Create WDS Discover Image for Windows 8

I usually do all of my windows installs on my network via a WDS (Windows Deployment Services) server, and thus use PXE boot.  Recently, however, I have run into a rather unique case that led me to have to create a discover image to find the server to install windows.  About a year ago I […]

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Guide: Disable Auto Activation in Windows 8

As some of you may or may not know, Windows 8 brings many changes to the activation system that is used to protect the software from piracy.  While effective, most of them just serve to be a royal pain to legitimate users of the software.  There is no longer a 30 day grace period before […]

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Change Windows 8 Window Border Size

This is a neat little tip for people who do not like Windows 8’s gargantuan Window borders.  In previous versions of Windows (Vista and 7), this was easily accomplished through the advanced appearance options under personalization.  Unfortunately, this is gone in Windows 8, leaving a LOT of the customization features of the OS hidden from […]

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Guide: Optimize Windows 8 for the Desktop

One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is its usability on the desktop.  This was even one of my gripes in the early days.  As time went on however, I got more used to the way the new OS worked but I still had some gripes with the way things worked. These gripes included […]

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Windows 8 Tip – How to Back Up Activation

With the imminent release of Windows 8 to technet and MSDN (August 15th for those of you who don’t know yet), one thing that people may want to know is how to backup the activation status on a particular machine.  This is very useful as you can use this after a re-install to avoid re-activating […]

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Update on Future Articles

I figured that since I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks I would give an update on some things I have in the works that will be posted in the future for your reading pleasure. First and foremost will be the final post in my Building Arcturus series.  In this article I will cover […]

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Tips and Tricks

When Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 3 days ago, I was one of the first to hit the download servers and install my copy of this shiny new OS.  Upon using it for about a day I decided to do something that I haven’t done in 6 years.  I decided to write a […]

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Released

Today is the big day a lot of people have been waiting for.  The release of the Windows 8 Consumer preview. The build number of the preview is 8250, and according to Steven Sinofsky, contains over 100,000 changes since the Developer Preview that was handed out at the BUILD conference in September. I have installed […]

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