If you’re like me (a glutton for punishment who wants to play a few PC-only games), you might want to install Windows 8.1 on your shiny new Mac Pro. If you’re like me, you own a license for Windows 7 and you bought a new license for Windows 8.1. If you’re like me, that means you can’t install Windows 8.1 via Boot Camp because Boot Camp only supports Windows ISO images of Windows 8 or higher, but when you purchase a download copy of Windows 8.1 you actually receive an EXE that contains a shell installer for the OS. Therefore you have no ISO and Boot Camp tells you to go to hell.
Well, since you’re like me, here’s how I solved it and maybe you can follow these instructions too and end up with a copy of Windows 8.1 and most of your sanity (that is, until you start using Windows 8.1 and then good luck).
It should be noted: If you own Windows 8 (not 8.1) you can install using that ISO and it will work fine. If you have the DVD installation disk for Windows 8.1, you can generate an ISO from that and it will work fine. This guide is for people who own the download version of Windows 8.1 only. Owning Windows 7 is optional, though it will help with step 1 below. Boot Camp on the new Mac Pro will not let you install Windows 7 directly, however, and purchasing Windows 8.1 will not give you an ISO.
Before you do this, make a full backup of your computer. You’re going to be live partitioning, you never know what might go wrong.
Here’s how you make this all work:
You’ve got Windows 8.1 installed on your new Mac Pro. Make sure you turn on all the anti-virus and malware stuff, since Windows is a pit of awful. And you might want to invert the scrolling direction so it matches OS X.
Hello :) Back in 2012 I believe you mentioned that you were going to risk trying the new Jawbone UP in hopes that it was an improvement on the first release. I have seen that there is now the UP24 also ( which I unfortunately cannot buy here in the uk ) but I was wondering whether you knew if the UP had resolved its issues as was worth purchasing? I am considering switching from my FitBit One :) Many thanks, Grace
I never tried the new UP because the old UP was so terrible I couldn’t justify it. The UP24 adds wireless, which is nice, but I found the band (which is effectively the same on both devices) to be uncomfortable, especially while working (it was nearly impossible to keep my hands on the desk and type with the band on because it’s so thick). I’m assuming they have resolved their issues by now, but I don’t know first-hand.
For the most part I use the Fitbit Flex—comfortable, thin band which allows typing without issue, very lightweight, hate the fact that it has no clock in it (but glad I never bought a Fitbit Force since it seems to be giving people insane skin rashes). To be honest I haven’t been wearing it of late. All of this passive data collection is fun but pointless. Do I really need to know how many steps I’ve taken in a day, especially if it doesn’t drive me to change anything? The reality is that I don’t walk much on weekdays because I’m here in the home office doing work. On weekends, I walk plenty. But I don’t know if having the hard data for that means anything to me anymore.
I’ve been having a lot more fun recording data in Reporter for iPhone, which allows me to track activities, mood, games I’ve played and anything else I desire. I’m looking forward to looking at the raw data from this after a few months.
Production, import and sale of lace underwear will stop in July 2014 in Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus under a Moscow-led Customs Union. Officials say lace does not absorb enough moisture.
What in god’s name is going on over in Kazakhstan when they need underwear to absorb more moisture?