Skill Level Advanced
- Windows 7 and Windows 8 are very similar, and certainly the desktop and the infrastructure of Windows 8 is much like Windows 7. If we take a look at the desktop here, the navigation is very similar, this is Windows 8.1, so they have to some degree replaced the Start menu, or the Start pearl, but there are some very unique features in Windows 8. So rather than reteaching everything about Windows 7, this course, these modules, are about managing Windows 8, and specifically focus on the new features and functionality of Windows 8, including significant upgrades to some of the Windows 7 infrastructure and architecture features.
We're going to talk about some of the new recovery capabilities and some of the alternatives, some of which are mutually exclusive in Windows 8. We're going to talk about some of the new boot elements and boot features available to us in Windows 8 as well as additional or enhanced performance tools. We talk about recovery, we'll talk about the new tool, File History, which replaces Windows 7 and Windows 8 File Backup and Recovery. You get one or the other, File History or the Windows 7 Backup and Recovery Tool available to you. When you turn on File History in Windows 7, File Backup and Recovery is not available.
So you have some decisions to make as you move into Windows 8, you want to watch some of these videos and learn that content. We have the new capability to do storage spaces, using multiple disk drives to provide yourself additional storage capability, with the enhanced capabilities of Windows 8. You need to be aware of how storage spaces works because you do not want to pre-format or pre-partition drives using something like Disk Manager, you need untouched drives or drives that have not been partitioned and formatted, in order to set up storage spaces.
So you're going to need to watch that if you're going to use multiple drives or large storage arrays in Windows 8. We have advanced startup capabilities to us in terms of how our systems start. Clearly we have a different Start screen, a different boot sequence, although we have the RE environment and the operating system partitioned, you want to understand what those features are, we talk about advanced startup. We also talk about advanced recovery. Now, in our series where we talk about advanced recovery, there's a number of tools that will allow us to auto-refresh or restore our system.
So if we look at the essentially Start Settings here in PC Settings, and we go down here back from Accounts to Update and Recovery, we have a number of automated recovery options available to us using some of the Windows image and other capabilities that were present only through external means in Windows 7. They're now automatic with graphic interfaces in Windows 8, we want to become familiar with those. (coughs) Excuse me. Boot elements, we're gonna talk about secure boot. What does secure boot mean? Well, part of that is BIOS or motherboard enabled, how does it operate in Windows 8, how do we configure it? You have the ability with user account control to only run signed applications in elevated mode.
We automatically require digital signatures for the drivers in Windows 8, but you have the ability to identify and only run applications that have been digitally signed. That's how part of the Microsoft Store controls signed applications, you can set it up so that you can use this to prevent users from installing or using third-party applications. Windows to Go, a new capability of Windows 8 says that I can have an entire external drive to boot me, not only into the PE or RE environment, but literally have a full portable copy of Windows 8 on a USB drive or jump drive that I can use to be able to boot my system.
Some great capability there and functionality, that suggests, if you're out in the field repairing systems, Windows 7, Windows 8 or otherwise, or you're going to allow a standard user in your environment to bring in their own device to work, you can enforce it such that they have to boot from an external drive that runs Windows 8 configured for your enterprise environment. Lots of functionality with this new feature, Windows to Go. Talking about the Hyper-V client. We no longer have XP mode, Windows Virtual PC or Microsoft virtual capabilities on our Windows 8 box unless we go to use Hyper-V client that has very specific hardware requirements including SLAT-enabled processors.
So these are new features in the boot elements of Windows 8, and this of course helps you become familiar with those. We have standard performance tools that were available to us in Windows 7, they're also available to us in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Task Manager, Performance Monitor, Resource Monitor. The Task Manager in particular is very different. If we take a look at the Task Manager in Windows 8. When we bring it up, all we see is Running Applications and we have to click More Options or More Details and it's quite different because, as opposed to the processes we were looking before, we now group elements together in terms of process groups.
We have additional performance capability because of Store and others, we have Application History that lets us take a look at which applications are most using our hardware or memory resources. Startup has been moved from the MS Config file into the Task Manager, and more. So Task Manager and other performance tools have been dramatically changed in Windows 8. This performance tools module gives you an overview and an introduction to some of those tools and finally, ReadyBoost capability that was present for us, essentially to provide the relocation of our page file for faster boot using solid state drives, still supported in Windows 8 and 8.1, and they will show you how to configure and use that in your Windows 8.1 platform in this series.
And so there's our overview pretty much of what's in this module set, again talking about recovery, boot elements and performance, in particular the new interfaces and tools available to us in Windows 8 and 8.1.