Visual Studio 2013 breaks VirtualBox due to Hyper-V conflict 

After installing the preview with all its bells and whistles including Hyper-V for Windows Phone development(I think) I found that I got array of network errors and then the killer VT-x is not available


This is due to the Hyper-V install in VS2013, since only one virtual controller can own the VT-x and Hyper-V is nested into Windows Hyper-V takes ownership and breaks VirtualBox.

So the solution, first you have to disable Hyper-V

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Now if you reboot you should be able to boot up VirtualMachine, now if you are thinking to yourself but what about if I want both, well simple you cant. You either go through this process of turning off and on, or you do what I suggest convert fully to Hyper-V.

This can be done through Disk2VHD so boot up your VirtualBox VM convert it to a VHD and send it on over to Hyper-V simple hey? Oh and if you are like me with fairly chunky VM’s then you will want to archive or delete the old one.

Posted by Stuart James Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:00:42 PM

My Stickmen look like a 5 year old (possibly younger) drew them 

If you have seen any of my research it heavily involves crazy little stick figures or badly hand drawn stick figures or horses. Sadly after 3 years of PhD my ability to draw via a computer or by hand has not improved as demonstrated by some quality stick figures that when are aged will go into my current project.




Often it feels like maybe someone with some natural artistic ability should be working on the topic of Sketch based Retrieval. For now though I will have to do!

Posted by Stuart James Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:57:00 AM Categories: FAIL

Microsoft decide the UK doesn’t exist in Windows 8.1 Update 

As you may of gathered from previous posts, it seems it isn’t possible to install the update on a UK surface. The only way that is rumoured to work is to flash the device and select either German or French in the setup. This is going way beyond my commitment to trying this so for the moment I am done.

As far as I can see there has been no official announcement from Microsoft about if or when there will be a fix, a rumour said July that is probably not far off. Is disappointing that no one noticed this issue and they didn’t make it clear that they were abandoning poor old UK.

So for the moment don't try, it will go no where no matter how many tricks you follow.



The book is closed for me on my quest to get 8.1 early.

Posted by Stuart James Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:35:06 PM
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