The Surface Pro gets all of the attention but its little brother packs a serious punch for a much smaller price tag. The Surface 2 differs from most devices by running the Windows RT 8.1 OS. Put bluntly, most of your negative impressions of RT are wrong. In fact, I would make the case that the Surface RT could be your (or your user’s) primary device!
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 is the latest solution accelerator for OS deployment. It is the easiest (and cheapest) way to deploy any modern Microsoft OS including Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2. It supports Zero Touch Installation deployments with SCCM 2012 R2 and to UEFI systems. Without a doubt, this (free) upgrade is very much worth it.
The WinSxS Folder Cleanup wizard allows you to regain a significant amount of disk space in Windows 7.
The WINX Menu can be customized nearly anyway that you can imagine. This article shows you how to add, remove, and rearrange the WINX Menu in Windows 8.1.
In Windows XP if a user left themselves logged on to a PC you could just unlock the computer using admin credentials and it would log off the user, so that you could perform admin tasks. This functionality is missing in Windows 7 and Windows 8. This article will take you through the steps necessary to deploy a nifty little DLL that restores this functionality.