I use “pkeyui” (h/t Rick Nash) to find the Windows 8 product key for reinstallation purposes. Works well and has not failed me in about a half dozen times of need.
Download pkeyui from CHIP Magazine.
These are the official direct download links to Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 language packs.
How to Install Language Pack on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
For Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, rename the file to .MLC instead of .CAB and double-click to execute.
You can also obtain these language packs through Windows Update or Language Control Panel in Windows 8/Windows 8.1.
Note: If you install a language pack on Windows 8 and then upgrade to Windows 8.1, you will need to reinstall the language pack. Language packs are specific to the Windows version so you cannot install a Windows 7 language pack on Windows 8, etc.
There are a number of ways to boot Windows 8 to the Desktop (bypassing the Start screen). I have an HP T610 thin client I am getting setup as a master image and this is the method that worked for me.
Update: I abandoned this method and decided to just boot to the start screen. I made some adjustments and added Log Off, Shutdown and Restart tiles for the end-users.
Modify the registry:
- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
- Change the value in Shell from explorer.exe to explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe
- Reboot system.
Note: When booting directly to desktop in this manner, an Explorer window will be opened each time.
If you enjoyed Windows 7 Previous Versions feature, Windows 8 changes this up completely. It is now called File History and is not accessible from the Properties context menu of a file or folder.
In Windows 8, File History is not enabled by default. You must turn it on and choose where to store your files.