Installing the Apps you loved from Windows 8 CP and RP on RTM


I found that a couple of apps I got very used to weren't among the apps in the Windows 8 RTM appstore, but I found that you can install them anyway. The ones that were still missing for me were Sketchbook, MetroTwit and a couple of games.

To install these anyway, you need to have had them installed on the Release Preview or on the Consumer preview before. The steps are pretty simple, one open the Appstore in Windows 8.

Two Swipe down from the top (or rightclick while your mouse is at the top or bottom of the screen)  to make the "Your apps" option appear.

Three Choose it and you'll see all the apps ever associated with your account.

Four Flick-select each app you were still missing and pick the install option from them bottom bar.

Five Now be patient while your apps download.

And that's all there is to it!

Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012 and ALM Ranger Guidance now available!


It has been a long wait for some, others, like me, have been running the beta's for months and have been impatiently waiting for the RTM release of all the tools of our trade. Yesterday Microsoft released the following products to the MSDN developer audience, and those without a developer account can get the 90-day Trial versions from the same location:

  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Team Foundation Server 2012
The wait is still on for:
  • Windows Server 2012 (4 sept 2012)
  • Office 2013 (2012Q4+?)
At the same time the Visual Studio ALM Rangers have released updated versions of all guidance, including a lot of new guidance on upgrading to TFS 2012, new features in Test Manager and Test Automation, refreshed branchign guidance and more! For more details on what we released, check out Willy's cave.

Installing Windows 8 RTM on a Samsung //Build slate

Note: I already had the latest firmware version installed. If you haven't upgraded your firmware, do so before installing Windows 8 RTM. For the //Build tablets this is firmware version 05WJ. If you don't your tablet will be unable to start after the installation of the RTM bits

Samsung strongly urges retail slate users to also update to the latest firmware version before installing Windows 8. Also note that Samsung will not provide support for a slate that was originally installed with Windows 7. Why I do not know, I don't like it either.

Ok, so yesterday I went ahead and flushed my slate. No in place upgrade this time. A fresh install. What I did was the following:
  • Make a backup of your content (Skydrive comes to mind)
  • Format a bootable USB key of 4GB. I used Fat32
  • Download the Windows 8 iso, or insert the disk into your machine
  • Copy the contents of the iso file to the empty usb disk (some slates can even boot by copying the iso file to the usb key as is). 
  • Now you have a usb installation key for Windows 8. Put it in the slate's usb port.
Depending on whether you have the //Build Developer Device or a retail Samsung 7 Slate, the next steps differs:
  • Restart your slate while holding [vol-up+vol-down] 
  • Disable CSM and Safe Boot in the bios.
    • Navigate, change value: vol-up, vol-down
    • Enter sub menu: Rotate lock
    • Confirm selection: Rotate lock
    • Cancel: vol-up+vol-down
  • Save the changes and restart the slate again while holding  [vol-up+vol-down].
  • Choose Boot from USB
  • Restart your slate while holding [pwr+winkey]
  • Enable UEFI, Legacy USB
    • Navigate on page, change value: vol-up, vol-down.
    • Enter sub menu: Rotate Lock
    • Confirm Selection: Rotate Lock
    • Navigate between pages: Rotate lock + vol-up/down
    • Cancel: Winkey
  • Save changes and reboot.
  • Hold winkey+pwr
  • Go to the last tab and choose to boot from the usb key you have connected to the slate.
This should start the installation process for Windows 8. 
  • In the drive selection screen click advanced and delete all the partitions of the slate.
  • Choose to create a new partition. I opted for one big one of approximately 54GB, the maximum available.
  • Setup will also create an Emergency Partition and some other partition used for the boot loader.
  • Next, next, finish, reboot reboot reboot.
Ok, so now you're in Windows. In my case all drivers loaded themselves. While the touch drivers are updated, your slate may act weird. Wait for the driver installation to happen silently in the background. Touch should return to normal function automagically.

When I tried to activate it said "DNS not found". And I couldn't find any place to enter my key (I installed Windows 8 Enterprise, it might be different for Pro). So I entered it from an Administrative command line (ctrl-shift-enter in the start menu, or slide tile down and start it as administrator from the options bar).

slmgr.vbs -ipk insert-your-product-key-here
slmgr.vbs -ato

After activation a couple of drivers were updated. Nothing fancy.

The GPS sensor was not detected on the slate, no idea why I followed the hints provided here but so far I've only managed to get the Application Interface to show up. No GPS Sensor. So I installed Geosense instead. For what I use the location on the slate, that suffices.

At work the wifi still won't work with the Windows 8 provided drivers. I was told this is a configuration issue with the Cisco access points we use, but since they're out of my control I downgraded the Wifi drivers to the latest Windows 7 drivers which work just fine. Don't forget to hide the driver update in Windows Update, otherwise your fix will be short lived.

The only issue I'm still bugged about, has to do with the HDMI connector on the dock. I was so hoping that the issues I have with it would have been a driver or software issue, but it looks like they're hardware related. Luckily I have a workaround as long as the screen I work with has at least two connectors. 

So far I've added the following additional device drivers to the system:
Note: Intel releases new drivers regularly. I've stopped updating the above list of links. To check whether you have the latest driver versions, visit the Intel Driver Update Utility page.

Then make sure you've backed up your Bitlocker recovery keys if you use the bitlocker security feature.
There is a firmware upgrade for the Touch sensors available which reduced tap-and-hold issues and generally improves the touch experience.

Remaining issues

Will you be installing a leaked Windows 8 image?


I've seen the links come by. If you follow news sites such as or it isn't hard to find your way to the iso images for Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012 or even Windows Server 2012. But will you download and install them?

There's quite a few risks involved... While these images look genuine, you can never be sure somebody hasn't slipped a rootkit or faulty drivers into the images you're downloading. When you install Windows 8, you're prompted to associate your Microsoft Account to your installation. To download certain drivers from Windows Update and to install certain features, Windows 8 requires your installation to be activated. Since these images use a generic product key you're not able to do so at this time. Unless you use a Volume License Key and an untrusted license server.

I've been contemplating downloading and installing it. I've decided to hold off just a little longer. In another week the product keys and images should make it to MSDN. I can wait just another week.

That will be my mantra... I can wait another week :).

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