I, like many of you, have a bunch of valid Windows product keys through MSDN, Visual Studio, Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) or other Microsoft subscriptions. Because Windows 7 and 8.1 keys can still be used to activate Windows 10, you might have have a number of single use retail keys, and several MAK keys. All
The easiest, most convenient method to use different versions and editions of Windows 10 in dual or multi boot scenario is through a native boot virtual hard disk. No partitioning or virtualization is required: just create a VHD, install Windows on it, and when done and it’s no longer needed, delete the VHD file. This
It is somewhat surprising to think that there are still private users and businesses continuing to use Windows 7 only because they need a free Windows XP Mode virtual machine to run important legacy software. Upgrading to Windows 10 would render XP Mode useless, and requires that new XP virtual machine to be set up,
Everybody, even Microsoft, knows that the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 fall far short of providing a positive user experience. Another, new MS Docs item provides more useful guidance on minimum hardware configs. Let’s compare and contrast them, OK?
Earlier this week, Microsoft and Canonical made a giant leap forward in bringing Linux to the Windows desktop. A pre-installed, pre-configured Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS virtual hard disk is now available in the Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery, and can be set up in minutes. No installation is required. The virtual machine created is Generation 2 and has full
One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!
Final phase of this project is to sysprep customized Windows image, capture it to a WIM file, and create an ISO for completely automated installation. Create a Checkpoint On your reference Hyper-V VM, create a checkpoint before proceeding. Select Action > Checkpoint in Virtual Machine Connection window, name the checkpoint as you wish, click YES to
With the answer files complete, now it’s time to install Windows 10 on a reference Hyper-V virtual machine. You can naturally use any other virtualization platform for this, or even a spare physical PC, but I prefer Hyper-V and recommend it highly. To get started with Hyper-V in case you are not familiar with this