Upgrading to Windows 8 RTM Evaluation

Windows Settings



  1. Intel Chipset Update
  2. Check for any missing drivers
  3. AMD Catalyst Software


  1. Visual Studio 2010
  2. Sql Server 2012
  3. AVG Anti Virus
  4. Google Chromre
  5. Windows Live 2012
  6. MSI Supercharger (msi website)
  7. Acronis True Image 2012
  8. WinMerge
  9. Visual SVN
  10. Tortoise SVN
  11. Resharper
  12. SqlComplete
  13. Google Drive
  14. Revaluate Twitter Clients
  15. Try Fence and bins

Sql Server Setup – Restart computer Failed

How many times have you tried installing Sql Server only to get a fail message stating that your machine needs to reboot.

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This is usually due to some file operation required and can be resolved easily by removing a key from the registry without the need for rebooting. (Note: Do this at your own risk)

1) Run “regedit” from from the run menu (Windows Key + R)

2) Navigate to the following path in regedit

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3) Find the key named “PendingFileRenameOperations” and Delete

4) Hit Re-run and you should be onto the next step of installation.

Integrating WinMerge With Visual Studio 2012 / TortoiseSVN / VisualSVN

WinMerge is a great open source utility that can be used for source control code merge and code comparison within Visual Studio 2012.

You can download WinMerge from http://winmerge.org/

Download the installer and install.

Now in order to use WinMerge as your default tool for code difference and code merge you simply need to adjust Tortoise SVN settings.


Firstly in Visual Studio 2010 go to “Tools –> Options”

Navigate to VisualSVN and select “Tortoise SVN Settings” as shown above.


Under “External Programs”, select “Diff Viewer” and set the Diff Viewer settings as above to External and select the path to your WinMergeU.exe file in your installation directory.

Repeat the process for the Merge Tool as shown below.


WinMerge is now your default comparsion and merge tool within Visual Studio for Source Control operations.