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How to download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Trial right now

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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You have probably already noticed that Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 update a bit early today. All Windows 8 users can install the upgrade by visiting the built-in store of the operating system. That’s very convenient, even though it is not that different from distributing the update via Windows Update.

Installation via the store is just one of the options to upgrade to Windows 8.1. It is likely that Microsoft will make available ISO images of the operating system as well, but those are not yet available.

But what if you want to test the new version of Windows first before you make the plunge and upgrade your operating system to it?

Microsoft has released a trial version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise that you can install for that purpose.

Windows 8.1 Download

windows 8.1 enterprise download

You can download Windows 8.1 Enterprise from Microsoft’s TechNet Evaluation Center. Here are the most important requirements and information about it:

  • The evaluation version is provided as a 32-bit and 64-bit ISO image.
  • The following languages are available: English (United States), English (Great Britain), German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional).
  • You do need a Microsoft account to download the ISO image from the site.
  • The trial version is good for 90-days.

Hardware Requirements

  • CPU: 1 GHz processor or faster.
  • RAM: 1 Gigabyte (32-bit) or 2 Gigabyte (64-bit).
  • Hard Disk space: 16 Gigabyte (32-bit) or 20 Gigabyte (64-bit).
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

To download, select whether you want to download the 32-bit or 64-bit ISO image of Windows 8.1 and proceed. You are asked to sign in to your Microsoft account on the next page, and are taken to a form on the page thereafter.

Most fields are filled out automatically, but you need to make a couple of choices manually before you can start the download. Probably the most important choice is the language of the download. Make sure you pick the right language here and select data for the other fields that are not auto-filled.

If you prefer direct download links, here they are for the English version:

32-bit English Windows 8.1 Enterprise

64-bit English Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Note: The downloads may change at any time. Please notify us when that is the case so that we can correct the download links. They point to official Microsoft servers.


Dropbox Torrent uses Dropbox to load torrents on local PCs

March 15, 2013 2 comments

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If you work on multiple computer systems, some local some remote, you may have encountered situations where you’d want one of your remote machines to handle a task. Maybe you discovered a torrent that you want to download, but since you are not at the right location to do so, you may have come up with a workaround. Maybe you have attached the torrents to emails for safekeeping or loaded them into online storage.

Services like Iffft may have improved the handling for you, by automating the task so that you do not have to load that torrent manually on a system once you got access to it locally. And some clients, like uTorrent, can monitor locations on a computer systems for new torrents that you add to it.

The basic idea behind Dropbox Torrent is very similar. It is a program that monitors your Dropbox folder for new torrents, and when it finds any, it will start to add those torrents to its internal client and start the downloading right away.

Here is how it works in detail:

  1. You install Dropbox Torrent on a local Windows system and run it from C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\PhrozenSoft\PDBOXTORRENT afterwards.
  2. A click on Settings displays the Dropbox path, device name, the number of tasks that you want the program to run at the same time, and the logs count you want displayed. Make sure the Dropbox path is set correctly here. There does not seem to be an option to change it though.
  3. All you need to do now is save torrent files you want to download on the computer Dropbox Torrent is running on into the main Dropbox directory.

dropbox torrent

You do not really have control over the downloading itself. You can’t for instance specify upload or download limits, remove broken or non-working downloads from the finalized work table, or change other torrent related settings such as ports.

You can configure the uTorrent client for pretty much the same task. The main benefit here is that you get better controls over the process.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open uTorrent and click on Options > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-P.
  2. Switch to Directories on the left and locate the “automatically load .torrents from” section here.
  3. Select a Dropbox folder, or any other file hosting folder, e.g. SkyDrive or Google Drive, here.
  4. Torrents that you move into that folder will be loaded into uTorrent automatically, provided that the system uTorrent is running on is up and connected to the Internet.

utorrent load remote torrents dropbox

I do prefer uTorrent for this right now as it is offering better controls over the whole process.

Add a background wallpaper to Google Search

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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Google some months ago announced that it would remove a feature from its search interface that allowed users to add custom background wallpapers to the main search page.  While purely cosmetic in nature, it enabled users to add a tiny bit of customization to Google’s front page. As of November 16, 2012, this feature is no longer available and users need to look for third party solutions to add the option to display background images on Google’s homepage again.

One of those options at your disposal is Custom Google Background for the Google Chrome web browser. The web browser extension enables you to add a custom wallpaper to Google Search just like you were able before. Apart from that, it is also offering a couple of extra features that may be interesting to some users.

google search background wallpaper screenshot

Once you have installed the extension in Google Chrome,  you need to open the options of Custom Google Background to select a wallpaper that you want to use there.

The extension makes available the following three options:

  • Upload an image from your computer.
  • Use a web address instead that is displaying an image.
  • Search and use a picture from the 500px website.

The first image is automatically selected as the background wallpaper which you can check right away by visiting the Google homepage. Note that you can add multiple wallpapers to the extension which you can then switch between with a single click in the settings. Here you can also disable the background functionality again if the need arises.

google background wallpaper screenshot

I already mentioned that the extension makes available a couple of additional options that some Google users may find useful. If you look at the screenshot above, you may already notice some of the enhancements.  The following options are at your disposal:

  • Hide Google logo
  • Hide Search button
  • Hide Lucky button
  • Hide Footer
  • Hide Promotion
  • Stealth Modus

Most features should be self-explanatory. Stealth-modus adds transparency to the search form so that the wallpaper shines through.


If you miss the background image on Google Search and want it back, and use Google Chrome as your browser, then this is the extension to use for that. It is versatile enough in terms of image sources as you can load them from the local system or Internet, and the options it makes available on top may be useful as well to some Google users. In fact, some users may want to use the extension just for that purpose.

Sony announces Playstation 4 (PS4) but does not show it

February 22, 2013 1 comment

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While Nintendo managed to get a head start by releasing the Wii U gaming system in 2012, both Sony and Microsoft are expected to release their next generation consoles this year. Rumors have been floating around for a while now but since neither company commented on those rumors, they were just that.

Sony announced the new Playstation 4 yesterday in a show that provided us with information about what we can expect the company to deliver. Before we take a look at what that is, I’d like to point out that Sony did not show the Playstation 4 console during the show or reveal a final price.  While that is certainly disappointing, Sony at least revealed information about the PS4 system architecture.

Sony moved away from the Cell cpu architecture of the Playstation 3 to the x86 architecture with an 8 core cpu. The most likely reason for that move is to drop production costs and maybe also to make it easier to bring PC games to the system (and PS4 games to PC).

What this also means, and this is without doubt a negative, is that PS3 games won’t run on Sony’s Playstation 4 on launch. That’s a big issue for current generation Playstation users who want to keep playing their large collection of games on the new system. While they could simply keep the PS3 and switch between both systems, it may not always a viable solution.

Sony’s PS4 console will have 8 Gigabytes of GDDR 5 RAM, local hard drive space (no mentioning of how many Gigabytes), and a 3D camera. Sony did not reveal many technical information about the gpu (graphics processing unit), only that it almost reaches 2 Teraflops of computational performance. Information about other hardware related features, if a disc drive is used, the connectivity features, how much power it consumes, have not been revealed during the announcement.

playstation 4 architecture screenshot

The new Dualshock 4 controller was revealed during the show. The biggest change in design is a touchpad that Sony added to the top of the controller. The controller on top of that features a share button, a  headphone input jack and a light bar that is being used by a sensor unit to determine the controller’s position in the room.

ps4 controller


As far as other features go that were introduced: Sony’s PS4 supports suspending and resuming of game sessions with the press of the power button. The game data is preserved in RAM, and when gamers want to continue playing the game, they can do so almost immediately according to Sony.

Another interesting feature that was announced during the show is the share option. What this makes available, basically, is an option to hand over the controller to a friend so that this friend can jump right into your game to continue playing where you left of. This can be interesting if you are stuck for instance and want your friend to help you overcome a particular scene in the game.

What’s also interesting is that you can tap right into streams of games that other users or friends are playing right now. We all know that live game streams are highly popular, and this seems to be Sony’s way of making those available natively on the console.

playstation 4 interface screenshot

By now you are probably dying to see what the console has to offer in terms of games.

Google Drive gets file preview feature, mobile gets video streaming

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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Google’s cloud storage and file synchronization service Google Drive has been around for a while. It is Google’s go-to solution when it comes to syncing and storing files online. The company has integrated it into many of its service, Google Docs comes to mind for instance, which certainly improved the service’s reach.

Yesterday Google announced an upcoming change to Google Drive that is being rolled out as we speak and should be available to all users in the next couple of days.

The company has integrated a new preview feature in to Google Drive which is available for more than 30 different file types including image and video formats as well as document formats such as pdf. To use the new feature, right-click on a supported file type on Google Drive and select preview from the context menu.

google drive preview screenshots

A preview of the selected item is then displayed on the screen. What makes this preview feature interesting is that you can browse related items easily right from it. Google displays a thumbnail stream at the bottom that you can click on, or you can use the back and forward buttons that are displayed on the left and right side of the browser window to switch to the previous or next item in line.

Previews not only show static imagery, you can also preview videos right from there or scroll through documents. Another interesting feature that has been integrated into previewing files on Google Drive is the option to copy text from the preview right away. Google furthermore built-in zooming options, and options to download, print, share or open files for editing.

In other news: the official Google Drive application for Android was also updated yesterday. The main new feature that it makes available is support for video streaming on Honeycomb or newer versions of Android. According to the release notes, Google has improved the application’s performance across the board and integrated pinch to zoom support in presentation mode.


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