Installing Windows 8 on Lenovo W520 from USB

A few minor gotchas when installing Windows 8 RTM on my Lenovo W520 – may affect others with Optimus switchable graphics, or other Lenovos. Issues encountered initially include: USB Boot drive not being picked up properly Stuck / hung on “Getting devices ready” during installation (94%) After downloading Win 8 RTM from MSDN these steps […]

VMWare Workstation 8 & Windows Server 2012 RC0

With VMWare Workstation 8, you may encounter display issues after installing VMWare Tools in a Windows Server 2012 RC0 environment. To address this, ensure that the “Accelerate 3D graphics” is checked or you may have weird display issues (I was unable to see mine… behaved like it was stuck as a screensaver) I’m sure VMWare […]

There are no logon servers available – Create Cached Credentials over PPTP VPN

If you need to re-install Windows (7 for me, but this should be valid for any) on a “work” laptop when away from the Active Directory domain you may have difficulties setting up and logging in using your domain account due to the domain not being available until after you setup a VPN connection (however […]