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Windows 8 Dev Preview in VirtualBox

Installing and running Windows 8 in VirtualBox is very straight forward. There are just a couple major issues that are easily fixed. (I'm running VirtualBox 4.1.2)

(You can get the Windows 8 download links here.)

Get the network connection working. The default NIC in VirtualBox isn't recognized by Windows 8 out of the box.


How To Fix Common Java Issues In Windows

So you're sitting there playing your favorite PC game, or compiling the latest version of the Linux kernel, and suddenly you hear your smart phone play the TARDIS ring tone from Doctor Who. You check the caller ID and notice it's that old lady you fixed a computer for recently. You answer, and she immediately starts complaining about how this Java based game on "the Yahoo" doesn't work any more.

Fixing little JRE issues for end-users can be annoying, but if you have a better idea of what to look for, it can save you a lot of time.


Fix Windows XP Activation Loop

When Windows XP has been seriously doinked. A repair install can be an easy solution for fixing problems without doing a format/reinstall of the OS. Often times this will put you in an activation loop forcing you to activate Windows at login, and then nothing happening after clicking yes. This happens when Internet Exploder Explorer 8 is installed, the repair install breaks IE8 causing this loop.

To fix this reboot with F8 and select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"

At the command prompt type:

cd \

Click yes at the pop up that says you're in safe mode. Now you have access to the Windows desktop and can reinstall IE8. After rebooting you will be able to activate Windows.