- 2015-08-01 - I switched to Windows 10.
While using this, I also dual-booted into Linux.
- At this point, it was Lubuntu (version not recorded)
- 2013-12 got Windows 8.1
Before Windows 8.1, I used Windows Legacy.
- Press escape or the windows key to get out of the "apps" or whatever it is icon menu mess.
Get to the earlier "proper" Windows menu.
- Right-click the bottom-left Windows icon.
Get to your startup applications
- Win-R >
- Win-R >
Shift-rightclickon a taskbar item to get the traditional list.
I decided to break down and purchase Microsoft Windows 8.1.
There's a lot of fuss over 7 vs 8 vs 8.1, and Microsoft is obviously screwing over Windows 7 and 8.1 by refusing to backport fundamental graphics subsystem upgrades now found only 8.1.
I tried and tried, and Microsoft website(s) refuse to sell Windows. You either have to purchase a new computer which includes Windows or upgrade an existing installation. Having built mine, I can do neither.
The Windows 8.1 they sell on their website is only an upgrade. I had to actually use their search feature to find a way to purchase Windows 7 from which I could theoretically upgrade.
What's the total cost to get Windows from Microsoft? $344. No joke.
So I ordered an OEM DVD from one of my favourite websites. Yes, I'm a system builder, so I do qualify to purchase an OEM copy.
How I'll get it on a USB stick is currently beyond me, but I suspect I'll just install off of the DVD and then shelf it.
I was forced to make a Microsoft account, because I had my internet cable plugged in during part of the initial bootup / installation sequence.
- Making sure that I was disconnected on a future reinstall eliminated this nuisance.
- Slow bootup and slow install using that CD.
- Not choosing a custom install for a fresh install will force the user back to the "install" screen and its slow startup.
- Making a partition is fucking slow!
- I had to nuke my drive, it complained about Lubuntu's mangled partitioning.
- It made it's own system partition.
It can't make logical partitions?! Holy fuck!
- I was forced to make a very basic setup, and then repartition some of my disk using Linux. I reinstalled Linux to correct the boot loader. I then booted into windows 8.1 which did an auto-repair and things worked just fine. It didn't, surprisingly, mangle my boot loader. In later reinstalls, this auto-repair process was not needed.
Using DVI, there were black borders around the screen. This was fixed with video drivers.
- Or just use HDMI.
Disable/Enable the Windows logo key hotkeys ∞
This is to stop Win+1 etc from quick-launching an application pinned to the taskbar.
- Tested 2015-07-30 on Windows 8.1, updated recently.
- Requires logging out.
- This does not disable tapping WIN to bring up that dumbass 'apps' list.
This also disables WIN+d to show the desktop.
Set PAE memory (32-bit Windows) ∞
Set PAE to use all available memory.
Note that the
pae parameter is valid only on boot entries for 32-bit versions of Windows that run on computers with x86-based and x64-based processors.
Tested 2014-10-13 on Windows 8.1, updated recently.
bcdedit.exe /set pae forceenable