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Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

Some Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355) notes

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/17

Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon on the home screen. Windows 8.1 Update has the search icon and power off button at the top right side on the home screen.After the interesting piece at Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP I decided to make sure it is installed on all my Windows 8.x systems. That wasn’t so easy as “apply this update”.

There are various reasons the update can fail (at least one is even lying, see below) and there is no obviously automated way to check it has been applied.

First of all, two checks to see if Windows 8.1 Update is installed. From my question Batch file: how to check if Windows 8.1 update is installed – Super User I learned this simple statement:

reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v BuildLabEx

If it returns a value of 17031 or higher, then Windows 8.1 Update is installed. The second and third scripts at How to differentiate Windows 8.1 Update 1 from Windows 8.1? are elaborating on that version number.

But for the average user it is even easier: on the home screen, check if the search icon (magnification glass) is visible. See the image on the right.

Potential error messages

Quite a few users get error messages when installing the update. Some of them are these:   Read the rest of this entry »

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Installing VMware vSphere Client 4.1-5.5 on Windows 8 or 8.1 (via: tech :: stuff)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/29

Until recently, I had all my VMware vSphere Client installations inside a Windows XP VM because Windows XP: relatively light weight, but (as of writing almost) End-of-Life.

I am upgrading that install now, and actually making two installs:

  1. on Windows Server 2003 R2 (the main VM management VM)
  2. on Windows 8.1 (my main Windows work laptop)

Of course I needed the installers for vSphere Client 4.1, 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5. The easiest os to get them through the direct download links at VMware: Vsphere Client Direct Download Links | tech :: stuff  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, Power User, VMware, VMware ESXi, Windows, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows XP | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

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