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Windows 10 Connect to Hyperbox remote management server

Le 22 septembre 2017, 09:32 dans Humeurs 0

Here you're connecting to the Hyperbox server software, hboxd.exe, running as a service, on the machine hosting your VirtualBox VMs. You won't see your list of VMs just yet.

In the Hyperbox client interface, click Server > Add and fill in the details.

The Label can be anything you like. The Hostname can be the IP address or name of the host machine. The default User and Password are "admin" and "hyperbox", respectively. Click OK and your first server is ready for a connection.

Right-click your server name and select "Connect", or just double-click the server name. With luck, you're connected within a few seconds. If you're unlucky, the Hyperbox service doesn't respond, and you'll have to remotely restart the hboxd.exe service on your host, kind of negating the whole point of having a Hyperbox client in the first place.

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Connect to hypervisor (VirtualBox)

Let's assume your connection to the Hyperbox server is successful. You still need to connect to the hypervisor software, VirtualBox, via its Web Services component, VBoxWebSrv.exe.

Right-click your server name again, select Hypervisor, and then select Connect. You'll get a small dialog box asking for some parameters.

My host has VirtualBox 5.0.20 installed, and its Web Services component were set up earlier, so from the dropdown I choose the "Oracle VirtualBox - vbox-5.0-ws" connector. Since I configured VBoxWebSrv to not require authentication, the Connector Options field can be left blank. If you choose to require authentication, fill in Connector Options like so:

The username and password are the Windows host machine credentials. Any special characters in the password, by the way, like a question mark or slash, will flummox the connector, so only use letters and numbers in the account password if possible.

The good news? Once you connect to the hypervisor for the first time, the connection will be made automatically every time you connect to the server.

Manage your virtual machines remotely

The graphical user interface that Hyperbox offers isn't quite as pretty as the native VirtualBox GUI, but it tells you everything you need to know.

Well, almost. You might notice that if your VMs are running under VBoxVmService, Hyperbox won't show that they're running, just that they exist. Same as VirtualBox itself, actually.

Regardless, you can still view and edit your VM configurations, and even start and stop them if Hyperbox is your only add-on to VirtualBox.

One more oddity to note: since the Hyperbox client is actually a Java program, it might not show up in the Windows Task Manager's list of running applications. Rather, it shows up underneath a listing for your Java platform.

How do you manage your virtual machines? Let us know in the comments!

Windows 8.1 Release & Download/Upgrade Instructions

Le 14 septembre 2017, 10:14 dans Humeurs 0

Windows 8.1 was the first major update to the Windows 8 operating system. The Windows 8.1 update is free for all Windows 8 users.

For basic Windows 8 & 8.1 information, like system requirements, see my Windows 8: Important Facts.

The Windows 8.1 update includes a number of new features, user interface changes, and bug fixes.

Originally codenamed Windows Blue, the Windows 8.1 update is in many ways equivalent to the service packs that were available in previous versions of Windows like Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.

Windows 8.1 Release Date

Windows 8.1 was released on October 17th, 2013.

Windows 8.1 Update, released on April 8, 2014, is currently the most recent major update to Windows 8.

Windows 10 is currently the most recent version of Windows available.

Microsoft is not planning a Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2 update. If new features are made available, they'll be pushed alongside other updates on Patch Tuesday.

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Windows 8.1 (standard) and Windows 8.1 Pro are free updates to those respective editions of Windows 8, but the update package is not available as a standalone download.

To upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free, visit the Windows Store from the Windows 8 computer you want to update to 8.1.

See How To Update to Windows 8.1 for a complete tutorial.

If you don't currently have Windows 8, you can purchase a copy of Windows 8.1 (the entire operating system, not just the update) direct from Microsoft: Buy Windows 8.1 Pro and Buy Windows 8.1 (standard).

You have the option of a downloadable ISO file or a boxed copy you'll receive in the mail.

If you're looking to download a standalone copy of Windows 8.1 but aren't happy with your options direct from Microsoft, see Where Can I Download Windows 8.1? for some further discussion.

I also answer a lot of questions about Windows 8.1 in my Installing Windows 8.1 FAQ.

Windows 8.1 Changes

A number of new features and changes were introduced in Windows 8.1.

One of the most notable changes in Windows 8.1 is the ability to configure Windows 8 to boot straight to the desktop, skipping the Start screen completely. See How to Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8.1 for instructions on doing this.

How to downgrade Windows 10 after a month

Le 12 septembre 2017, 09:16 dans Humeurs 0

In some ways, it was generous of Microsoft to offer the option in the first place. We've already explained step-by-step how to use the Windows 10 rollback feature.

But after a month, the option will disappear along with your old version of Windows, and you're then stuck with Windows 10. It's not such a hardship - see our Windows 10 review for why - but if you're only just discovering incompatibilities, what can you do about going back to Windows 7 or 8?

Here are some options open to you.

How to downgrade Windows 10 after 30 days: a clean install

Once 30 days have elapsed since you upgraded to Windows 10, it will automatically delete your old Windows files (kept in a folder called Windows.old) along with the files in two other important hidden folders: $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS.

You can check for these folders by enabling 'Hidden items' in the View tab in File Explorer. But even if those folders are present after 30 days, it's likely the files within them have been removed to prevent them using up a lot of unnecessary disk space. This means you can't roll back.

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One obvious way to get around this is to use your Windows 7 (or 8) disc and activation key. It's not exactly a simple process since you'll need to back up everything and then wipe your hard disk and start from scratch. After installing Windows, you'd need to install drivers for your hardware, then all your software, and finally your documents and all the other files and settings you backed up. And, of course, hundreds of Windows updates.

If you have a disc but lost your activation key, you can extract it from Windows 10 by pressing the Windows key and R to bring up the Run box. Then type cmd and press enter. Then copy and paste this code at the command prompt which will have popped up:

wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Hit Enter and your original product key for the previous version of Windows will be displayed.

How to downgrade Windows 10 after 30 days: Factory restore

Many laptops and PCs have a hidden partition on the hard drive which contains a copy of the original Windows, programs, drivers and settings which were on your PC when it arrived. Upgrading to Windows 10 shouldn't have affected this, so it should still be intact.

Whether or not you can access it is another matter. Typically you can look out for a message while your computer is starting up, such as "Press F11 for recovery options". When you press the appropriate key, you should be presented with a menu that will include the option to restore factory settings. For more details, including which keys to press on different laptops, see How to reset a laptop to factory settings (this applies to some PCs as well).

On some computers, you'll still have a Windows application which allows you to perform a restore by using the manufacturer's own method. On an Acer Aspire laptop, for example, we found the Acer Recovery Management app which made it simple to go back to the original version of Windows which came in the box.

Performing a restore will wipe the C: drive, so you will lose all your personal files and settings. So you'll still have to back these up, and you'll still have plenty of Windows updates and programs to install after the restore is complete. You shouldn't have to worry about anything not working, since the drivers will be reinstalled. But any hardware you've added will have to have the software or drivers reinstalled, such as a printer.

How to downgrade Windows 10 after 30 days: Third-party backup software

If you're thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 (or have just done so) and don't want the 30-day limit, there are two different options.

Before upgrading:

Hard drive imaging software is nothing new: Acronis, Norton Ghost and similar programs have allowed you to make a complete copy of your hard disk so you can quickly go back in the event of a hard drive failure, or some other disaster. You can use these, or something specific such as EaseUs System GoBack which is designed to let you roll back to a previous version of Windows.

Naturally, you need to install and use this type of software BEFORE you upgrade.

After upgrading:

If you have already upgraded but are within the 30-day rollback window, you can enable hidden items (as described above) and rename the three folders which Windows will try to delete. If it can't find the folders - because you've changed their names - it can't delete them. We can't verify this works, but some users have reported that renaming the folders back to their original names after 30 days brings back the rollback option, which you'll find in Start > Settings > Update and Security > Recovery.

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