Control the Windows 8.1 Start Screen Layout with Group Policy

If you had the opportunity to attend TechEd North America 2013, one of the new Windows 8.1 features that was showed off was the ability to set the layout of the Start screen in Group Policy. (In the event you didn’t attend, you can watch a replay of the keynote here; skip to 13:30 to see the demo of customizing the Start screen.) Continue reading

Create a Local Account During OOBE in Windows 8.1 Preview

When Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 Preview, they made it pretty clear that you would have to sign in with a Microsoft Account.  In the FAQ under “What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1 Preview?” they stated the following:  “In order to use Windows 8.1 Preview you must sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account. The option to create a local account will be made available at the final release of Windows 8.1.”  That same information has been echoed over quite a few sites.

As it turns out, you can create a local account on the Windows 8.1 Preview. Continue reading