Installing Microsoft Windows onto DigitalOcean Droplet

Installing Microsoft Windows Operating System to DigitalOcean’s Droplet is impossible using conventional methods due to the inability to mount an installation ISO and lack of a KVM providing a virtual keyboard (ie. Send Ctrl + Alt + Del, etc.).

WhatUpTime have built special templates allowing Windows to be installed via DigitalOcean’s Recovery ISO; their Recovery ISO is available with all of their droplets, however you need to request it to be mounted via support ticket.

The guide below will walk you through the entire process, from beginning to end. Once you have reached the end of the guide your server will be successfully running Microsoft Windows Operating System.

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JavaRa

JavaRa is an effective way to deploy, update and remove the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). It can assist in repairing or removing Java when other methods fail.

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Its most significant feature is the JRE Removal tool; which forcibly deletes files, directories and registry keys associated with the JRE.

Features:
– Quickly update JRE
– Cleans logs and temporary files created by JRE
– Perform a clean uninstall of JRE

Download JavaRa here -> SingularLabs

StartW8 – Start Menu for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

 

 

 

 

StartW8 – Windows Start Menu replacement for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Start menu had been an essential feature of Microsoft Windows for almost two decades, used by countless users all over the world. But Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are shipped without it.

StartW8 allows users to access their apps and folders with greater ease as it adds a fully-functional Start Menu to their Windows 8 computer/notebook. Users can also easily search a specific file or program by entering a relevant keyword, or they can simply shut down their PC, reboot or switch users.

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Meet the new Windows Phone 8

Meet the new Windows Phone 8.

The new Windows Phone is the only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. Pin your favorite people, apps and more. Arrange your Start screen just how you want it and see everything that’s going on, as it happens. Only Windows Phone has Live Apps— a delightful innovation that makes apps easy to use and more amazing than ever. They bring the information you want right to your Start screen. Windows Phone is the smart phone built not for all of us, but for each of us. It’s the smartphone reinvented around you. Continue reading “Meet the new Windows Phone 8”

Turn Windows into an AirPlay receiver

Whilst Windows is the most widely-used, Apple’s iteration continues to go from strength to strength, and does have many quirks attributing to its increased popularity. AirPlay is one such feature, allowing music to be played wirelessly to compatible speakers. Thanks to a nifty little app by the name of Shairport4w though, Windows users can too stream music from their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iTunes and basically everything that supports AirPlay, over a Wi-Fi connection. And it’s free!!

A simple, small and free app, Shairport4w turns your Windows PC into an AirPlay receiver with a simple setup process that takes less than a minute. It requires Apple’s Bonjour service to be running, but as an iDevice user, you’ll probably already have iTunes installed. As iTunes relies on Bonjour, you needn’t download it separately, but if you don’t have iTunes, Shairport4w will prompt you to download the Bonjour package at first launch. Continue reading “Turn Windows into an AirPlay receiver”

How to install Windows 8 on VMware Fusion

 

Now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available to the public, people want to test, use and play around with Microsofts new and shiny OS (Metro-Style). I have made a simple step-by-step guide on how to install it on a Mac running VMware Fusion. It’s quite easy, so let’s get on with it:

Prerequisite (with download links)
Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview (NEW!)

 

 

 

 

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How to make a bootable VMware vSphere 5 USB installation media

 

Now that VMware has released their new vSphere 5 into the public, questions always come up on how to make a bootable vSphere 5 USB installation media. As of now there isn’t any official way of doing this if you are using a Microsoft, Apple or Linux GUI  based OS. So I have made a small step-by-step guide on how to achieve this. So here we go…

 

1. Download UNetbootin and run the software (WindowsMac OS XLinux).

2. Download the VMware vSphere 5 ISO file -> VMware Download Center.

3. Start the UNetbootin application and choose Diskimage (ISO) and browse to the downloaded ISO file.

4. Choose Type: USB Drive and choose the correct USB drive letter that you want the bootable installer to be installed to.

5. You are now done! Just make sure you edit the boot sequence in your BIOS (UEFI mode on some systems).

You can also visit the vSphere 5 documentation online.

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Update to Mango – Windows Phone 7 – Without being a developer

This tool will provision your device to receive beta updates. It requires the Windows Phone Support Tools to be installed, and your device needs to be updated to NoDo or beyond. It, however, does not require a developer unlock. Simply download the file, connect your phone, run the batch file, and it should take care of the rest. After it’s done, fire up Zune, and you’ll be prompted to install the beta.

NOTE 1: I am not responsible for any damage caused to your device during this procedure. Do it at your own risk. It hasn’t been fully tested, so you may run into some issues. Let me know in the comments field if you have issues and I’ll try to help.

Updating to Mango
Requirements:
Microsoft Windows operating system, Windows Phone Support Tool, Zune, Mango Update Tool

1. Download the tool here (due to updates of the tool, please do not link directly to this file, but download from this site only).
2. Make sure Windows Phone Support Tool is installed (32bit or 64bit)
3. Connect your phone to your computer (make sure you exit Zune if it starts)
4. Extract the tool to C: (root)
5. Run the tool Update.bat and follow the on-screen instructions

NOTE 2: If you get an error that looks like this: System.UriFormatException: Invalid URI you should try running the update tool from the command prompt from C:\takesonetomango folder. (Make sure you run command prompt with Administrative rights.)

Restoring NoDo
According to Microsoft, you must restore NoDo before the Mango update is released. This applies to everyone, including registered developers. To restore NoDo, run the Restore.bat file. Alternatively, the updated version provides a readme.txt file for manual restoring instructions.

Good luck!

Thanks to windowsphonehacker.com for the original article.