Posts in Category: Windows8

VirtualBox Windows 8.1 Upgrade -- don't forget the settings 

I run a few VM's on my workstation to perform different tasks one is a Windows 8 dev box, I finally got around to upgrading it. So checked all updates were done and then went to the store to get an error message I think is somewhat unusual.

Virtual Box 8.1 Upgrade Error

Sorry, you can't install the update because it isn't supported by your computer's CPU.

So quick search online didn't yeild any obvious results and a simple setting came to mind that may fix it. When choosing your VM you select your version of Windows so after switching it to 8.1 it worked magically (well not magically but you get my point).

Virtual Box - 8.1 Update Error Fix

Then nipping back into the Windows Store and all works fine. Message of the day -- thinking a little helps!

Windows 8.1 -- Virtual Box After Fix



Posted by Stuart James Friday, November 1, 2013 3:13:00 PM Categories: HowTo Software Tech Windows8

Surface (1) RT 8.1 Upgrade Tips 

This week I finally did the Windows 8.1 update on my Surface RT 1st generation, it went well took a while so be prepared for a couple of ours process to update your tablet but, it doesn't much user engagement to complete this.


  • Clear out well everything -- The only thing I hit before upgrading was space issues I had to clear out quite a lot of my own junk to provide enough space to do the download something I found a little annoying was the lack of definition of how much space


  • Clean-Up -- I recommend after you have done the update make sure you go into clean-up tool in Administrator Tools the reason is simple

Disk Cleanup Windows 8.1

Thats 5.72 gb of recovered space!

  • Unlock Some more Start menu screen estate -- Charms Bar (Swipe from Right) -> Personalise -> Show More Tiles

More Tiles 8.1

  • Keep 3gb Free -- Skydrive wont sync if you have less than 3gb on your primary (C:\) drive.
Posted by Stuart James Friday, October 25, 2013 2:07:00 PM Categories: Microsoft Windows8
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