*Official* Alienware Official Windows 8 support thread [Questions and Discussions Here]

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  1. steviejones133

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    Good tutorial. Thanks for posting it up Mr. Fox :)
     
  2. Mr. Fox

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    Windows 8 "My Way" ;)

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    The new Windows 8 version of Alienware Respawn works!

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    How did you get your diy start menu?
    How did you get gadgets working?
     
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    Can't wait for the release.
     
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    That is AWESOME news!!!!!!!
     
  7. Mr. Fox

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    And, here is my new BluRay and USB Respawn recovery media for Windows 8. This will restore my system to the state it is in right now. :D

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    Here's the link to download it. Thanks, Brother Pablo!

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    Thank you ALIENWARE gods
     
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    I noticed you used a 32gb drive....what was the size of your image?
     
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    OK, here is my "down and dirty" tutorial. Nothing out of the ordinary, extra fancy or materially different from a basic Windows 7 setup, except for a couple of bullet points, which made it work the way I want it to work.


    • Clean install - avoid upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (You *might* need to upgrade to activate your Windows 8 Upgrade key for the first time, then do a clean install after the key has been successfully activated. Whether this is required is not clear and needs further testing to confirm if it is so.)
    • Set the BIOS for RAID (not AHCI) even if you do not use RAID
    • Install Windows only to UNALLOCATED DRIVE SPACE (meaning delete all old partitions, including system and recovery partitions on the OS drive or RAID array before installing Windows)
    • Windows 8 has native driver support for almost everything (including Intel Chipset and Management Engine) in the M18x R1 except:
      ♦ Intel RST - installed so I could have the RST Control Panel [Download RST 11.7.0.1013]
      ♦ M18x R1 Windows 7 version of Alienware OSD and Alienware Control Center*
      ♦ M18x R1 Windows 7 version of Freefall Sensor*
      ♦ M18x R1 Windows 7 version of Card Reader*
      ♦ NVIDIA GTX 680M Drivers (modded because of the M18x R1 hardware ID, same as Windows 7 - see this post)
    • Install AlienAutopsy: Download AlienAutopsy
    • Install AlienRespawn: Download AlienRespawn
    • Install Windows 8 Media Center (free for a limited time): Add Features | Microsoft Windows
    • Install Start Menu: Start8 for Windows® 8 - Bringing back the Windows Start menu
    • Install Sidebar Gadget support: 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8

    Note: Security software is not needed with Windows 8. It has built-in antivirus/malware/firewall protection. I only installed Vipre Internet Security because I already owned a lifetime subscription, but it needed an update to work correctly with Windows 8. If you are experiencing dropped or blocked network connections under Windows 8 with an aftermarket security software package, consider uninstalling it and using the native protection. It may be your software not functioning properly with Windows 8.

    Limited time offer: Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99*
    (Note: if you are not a US resident, select "Change Location" in the upper right corner)

    *Applies only to M18x R1/R2. Be sure to use version that applies to your system.
     
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