Windows 8 Release Preview: 10 Things You Need to KnowMicrosoft’s Windows 8 Release Preview has recently been made available to its MVPs, and the company has provided these individuals with links to different forum sites that specifically deal with questions that they may encounter as they navigate through their new Windows 8 Release Preview. Within the confines of these forums, I found several pieces of helpful information that appeared to answer questions and/or solve problems that were being discussed by individuals within the LockerGnome community. I hope that my sharing what I have found will be of help to those who read this article.

Here are some of the interesting questions and or problems that were posed by group members and the answers that were provided by Microsoft’s forum moderators:

What anti-malware programs are compatible and approved by Microsoft for use with Windows 8 Release Preview?

Microsoft recommends the following anti-malware programs that are compatible with its Windows 8 Release Preview:

  • Bull Guard (free three-month trial)
  • F-Secure
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Panda
  • Norton
  • Trend Micro

I, myself, have installed the free version of avast! on Windows 8 Release Preview and, to date, have not experienced any difficulties with its performance.

Will I be able to upgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows 8 Release Preview?

If you want to keep your existing files, you cannot install Windows 8 Release Preview using the setup program.

However, you can save your files if you install Windows 8 Release Preview from within the Consumer Preview, using an installation media. In order to do this you must follow the procedure for a custom install. However, neither of these options will automatically upgrade your OS, enabling you to keep your original settings, programs, or applications.

To update the release with your current preferences, your next choices are to:

  • Continue with the installation, and, when it is completed, navigate to your old Windows folder where you will be allowed to move your data into the new OS.
  • Use Easy Transfer (described below).

How to use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate your personal files to Windows 8 Release Preview

The Microsoft Answers website outlines the proper procedures — that must be followed exactly — required to migrate your files over to Windows 8 Release Preview from Windows 8 Consumer Preview. However, there is this one caveat:

‘Using Windows Easy Transfer to move Windows 8 settings or apps settings from the Consumer Preview to the Release Preview may cause the Release Preview to not function properly.’

It appears that this problem occurs when one tries to transfer over settings and/or applications. The problem is apparently resolved or is not an issue when one chooses to reinstall applications and then reset the settings manually.

Error when installing Windows 8 Release Preview: “Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8.”

Modern CPUs support the instruction set to run Windows 8 Release Preview. However, some people are receiving an error message stating that their CPU is not compatible with Windows 8 Release Preview despite the fact that these same people had no problems running the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8.

Microsoft is addressing this problem and currently suspects that this could be a ‘bug’ that it will be able to work out prior to RTM. In the meantime, the link below has several ways to work around the problem, including:

  • Updating your BIOS
  • Enabling NX instructions in the BIOS

Microsoft admits that, in its attempts to provide better system security, changes have been made in the latest release — one of which is to check that the installed CPU meets minimum requirements.

Mail, Messaging, People, Calendar, SkyDrive, Metro apps can’t open.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, the fix appears to be fairly simple. Try going into Settings and making your account a local account. Once you have done this, reconnect using your Hotmail, Live, or other Microsoft account and the problem should sort itself out. You may be required to reboot the system.

Can I use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Neither Windows 8, Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview support Microsoft Security Essentials. There is no need to worry, however, since Microsoft now includes Windows Defender as standard on Windows 8.

When does the Preview Release expire?

It expires on January 15th, 2013 at exactly 6:59 PM. I would guess this would be PST.

How do I reconfigure accounts after changing my Microsoft account?

You may have the need to change your Microsoft account settings on the PC side of Windows 8. To configure your mail account again and get them working properly, you will need to do the following:

  • Open your Mail application.
  • Select the charm Settings from the right edge of the screen.
  • Now select Add Account and reenter your email account settings.
  • Select and click on the Add button.

All of your Mail, Calendar, and Events plus Contacts should then be synchronized.

Why are half of my apps in German?

Some applications may not be available in the language you choose — such as Spanish. However, you can add a second language, such as English, when the primary language is not available. To do this, follow these steps:

  • On the Start screen, do a search for ‘add a language’
  • Change the search parameters from Apps to Settings.
  • Click on Add a language, find the language you need, and click on Add.

You can use the Move up and Move down arrow option to make sure the languages are in the proper order of preference.

How do I add photos to the Photos app?

If you want to add photos to your Photo app, just follow these directions:

  • Locate the photos on your website storage site, drive, or other source where the photos are located.
  • Select the photos you want to add.
  • Search for your Picture Library and tap Pictures.
  • Drag the photos into the Picture Library.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, fixes, and so forth, please add them to the comments section.

Comments welcome.

Source: Microsoft Anti-Virus Partners

Source: Microsoft Answers

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