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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Several days ago, Microsoft released a public beta of their upcoming Windows 8.1 release, which has previously been known and called Windows Blue. This was a great opportunity for me to test the alleged rumors of a desktop renaissance coming back to Windows.
Windows 8.1 installation
There's nothing to it. The old, proven, fairly simple and straightforward process, so if you've done one of these in the past, you will get along just fine. You can use my Windows 7 installation tutorial as an excellent baseline.
Still, there were a few interesting bits and pieces.