Windows 8.1Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft Ben Hunter recently blogged about a new way that Windows 8.1 can be installed while still ensuring that there is plenty of storage left for apps and data.

The method uses the well-known Windows Image Boot format. But instead of uncompressing the image during installation, WIMBoot keeps all of the operating system files compressed on a separate partition. From the user’s perspective, however, nothing looks any different: You still see a C: volume containing Windows, your apps, and all of your data.

A standard WIM file is not usually bigger than around 3GB. This allows for installation on devices with smaller disks, e.g. devices with 16GB or 32GB SSDs or eMMC storage, while still ensuring that there is plenty of storage left for apps and data.

Note that UEFI is a requirement and that WIMBoot will only be supported on Windows 8 logo-certified devices.

Read more about Windows Image File Boot (WIMBoot) here.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn594399.aspx

Read about Michael Niehaus experiences from experimenting with WIMBoot using MDT 2013 here:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2014/04/13/experimenting-with-wimboot-using-mdt-2013.aspx

Windows
Windows To Go
lets you to boot and run Windows 8 (Enterprise) from a USB stick as well as allowing you to connect to your corporate infrastructure from that image.

So how to deploy Windows To Go in your organization?

Peter Daalmans (MVP in System Center Configuration Manager) has published a blog article in three parts about how to deploy Windows To Go (onto a Ironkey Workspace W500) using SCCM 2012.

Windows To Go, Ironkey and SCCM 2012 R2 better together – part 1
Windows To Go, Ironkey and SCCM 2012 R2 better together – part 2
Windows To Go, Ironkey and SCCM 2012 R2 better together – part 3

As an alternative, Mikael Nystrom has posted a comprehensive blog post about Deploying Windows To Go devices using PowerShell. He generously published the script as well. Thanks Mikael!

Happy deploying 2014!

WindowsMicrosoft avslöjar nu på sin blogg en stor del av innehållet i den kommande uppdateringen av Windows 8.
Startknappen från Windows 7, som många har frågat efter, kommer inte tillbaks.
Istället lanseras en ny sorts startknapp. Den kommer finnas i det nedre vänstra hörnet och kommer när du klickar på den visa en lista med alla installeradde appar.

Iom Windows 8.1 kommer man också kunna ställa in så att Windows startar direkt till skrivbordet.

Dessutom presenteras utökningar/förändringar och förbättringar av bl.a.
– Personlig anpassning (Personalization)
– Sök
– Inbyggda appar och Windows Store
– Koppling till molnet (SkyDrive)
– Inställningar (blir lättare att komma åt)
– Internet Explorer 11
– Mus och tangentbordsinställningar

Läs mer på Microsofts blogg:
http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/30/continuing-the-windows-8-vision-with-windows-8-1.aspx