Adding Start Menu Back on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

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Do you miss the classic start menu on your Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012?  Some of us do and some of us don’t.  If you do miss it, you can add it back in.  It’s pretty close to what you’ve experienced in previous versions of Windows.  It can be downloaded from SourceForge.Net.

If you’re not allowed to install software on your Windows 8, you can create a shortcut to your programs by following these instructions:

1. Right click on the taskbar

2. Select Toolbars

3. Select New toolbar…

4. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

ProgramData is a hidden folder. You can choose to show hidden files from File Explorer or type in the above path in the Folder dialog box.

5. Select Programs Folder and click Select Folder

You should now see a similar image on your taskbar

Shortcuts

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Enabling Hyper-V on Windows 8

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In my previous post, I walked through the process of ensuring that your PC can run Hyper-V on Windows 8.  This post is the next step, enabling Hyper-V.

The following assumes that you have already installed Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise on your PC.

Let’s get started.

1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run box and type appwiz.cpl
appwiz-cpl

or, from Control Panel, select Programs and Features

2. Select Turn Windows features on or off

TurnFeaturesOnorOff

3. Select Hyper-V, and click OK

SelectHyper-V

The Hyper-V binaries is now added to your Windows installation.

Hyper-VApplyingChanges

4. Once Hyper-V feature is enabled, you must reboot your PC to complete the installation.

Restart

After your PC is restarted, Hyper-V Manager is added to your start screen.

Windows8-Start-Screen-Hyper-V

I use Hyper-V Manager often, so I chose to pin it to my taskbar. Here’s my Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V-Manager

Next post, I’ll walkthrough setting up networking on your PC (host) and your VMs (guests) with Ethernet and wireless.

Making Sure that Your PC Can Run Hyper-V

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For those who wonder if they could use Hyper-V with Windows 8 by re-purposing their old PCs, here are some helpful hints.

Hardware Requirements:

  • 64-bit system with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • 4 GB RAM (minimum)

You’ll need either Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise

To check and see if your PC supports SLAT

1. Download Coreinfo

2. Extract coreinfo.zip to your location choice

3. Open Command Prompt window and Run as administrator

cmd-administrator

4. Navigate to the coreinfo extracted location, and type coreinfo.exe –v

Since I already have Hyper-V enabled, the results produced as captured in the screenshot below

coreinfo-v
On PCs with Intel processors, without Hyper-V already enabled, the EPT line would have an * indicator.
“*” means the feature is present
“-“ means it is missing

In my next post, I will walkthrough how to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8.