Windows 8 and Outlook.com
There are more than one way to create a Microsoft ID. I chose to create mine via Outlook.com. Since I've had Windows 8, which I like by the way, I've had the classic, "local user account". But recently I've began logging in to Winows 8 using my firstname.lastname@example.org Microsoft ID. It's much nicer to do this as all the buttons work seamlessly. The Store, Calendar, Email, and SkyDrive are all accessable instantly. Office 2013 automatically uses my login to configure Outlook using the email@example.com. Combined with the Surface tablet, it's a savvy setup going between devices and the cloud.
Desktop Hypervisors: Hyper-V Vs. VMware Workstation
For those who test and prepare using personal VM's and snapshots, VMware Workstation is unmatched in it's abilities. Now there are alternative choices to the hypervisor used on a workstation. Oracle's VirtualBox and Microsoft's Hyper-V are now available for desktop Windows. We'll focus on Hyper-V and save VirtualBox for a future post. Since the hardware needs VT enabled in the BIOS, only one hypervisor can be used. VMware Workstation is full-featured and the Snapshot Manager beats both Oracle and Microsoft's abilities. However, Hyper-V is free with Windows 8, VMware Workstation is around $180. VMware offers the VM Player for free but with limited features.
My Personal PC
One of many ways I practice DR for myself and customers is not activating my Windows OS. Every 30 day I will wipe out my C-drive and reinstall Windows 8 (previously Windows Vista & 7). Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy, I will 'rearm' the license on the last day to give me 14 more days before activation is required. You can 'rearm' the Windows license only 2 times, the command is (run Cmd Prompt as Administrator): slmgr -rearm