Screenshots: Windows 8.1 Update 1

Screenshots from the leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 update…

Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked from Microsoft [direct download links]

via The Verge:

Microsoft finalized its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update recently, but the company appears to be sharing it a little early today. While the software maker is expected to release the update officially in April, Microsoft has only detailed a few of the features in the update and has not yet provided an official release date. Links to download a final version of the Windows 8.1 Update, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Update service, have been discovered. A series of patches are required to obtain the full update, but once installed the new desktop-friendly features are enabled.The update can be downloaded via a registry change, or through direct links, but we recommend waiting for Microsoft to officially release it through the normal Windows Update channels in April.

Download the package from Mega for x64 here.
Download the package from Mega for x86 here.

You can find the direct download links from Microsoft in this forum post.


Screenshots of Cortana: Microsoft’s answer to Siri


Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge how Cortana looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone 8.1. While the feature is named after the Halo game series, Cortana will take the form of a circular animated icon instead of a female character. Cortana will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, forming a personality not dissimilar to Apple’s Siri.

via The Verge.

SCCM 2012 R2: Reports not showing up in Monitoring

Just some quick tips; When you don’t get to see any reports in your SCCM console:

  • Check if you can browse to the SQL Reporting services (http://yoursqlreportingserver/Reports)
  • Check for any clues in the srsrp.log log-file
  • If you can’t connect check firewall settings (TCP port 80 should be open on the Reporting Server)
  • There can be a port conflict on you reporting server (I.E. another app is listening on port 80)
  • Check your local proxy settings

Hope this helps! ;)