How To Install Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 Installation

               Installing Windows 8 OS

People say Windows 7 OS is the best operating system. However, this version of operating system does not boast any new features. Apart from the Aero-look that gives the operating system good aesthetics, it is just a stream-lined and faster version of Windows Vista. It’s true the Windows 7 OS is stable, but the operating system is hopelessly outdated if installed in a touch friendly PC.

In comparison, Windows 8 has the stability of Windows 7 as well as supports touch friendly displays. The Start screen and the user interface can best be used if run on a touch-enabled device. Moreover, the system requirements of both operating systems are the same, which means Windows 8 is as streamlined as its predecessor, if not more.

There are several methods for Windows 8 installation. Before you do so, you need to purchase a licensed copy of the operating system from a retail vendor or purchase the Key from the official Microsoft website. Once purchased, there are several options you can avail to install Windows 8 OS in your computer. Here are the different ways in which you can install Windows 8 OS.

Install Now

The Install Now is the best method for newbies who do not have much experience installing operating systems before. The installation wizard will detail how and what procedures you need to take in order to install the OS on your computer. If you select the Install Later option, a shortcut of the Windows 8 upgrade will be created in your desktop.

Windows 8 OS

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Install From Media

In this option, the OS is first mounted on to a USB flash drive or a blank DVD. This option is obviously meant for users who downloaded the operating system from the official website. Other areas where this method is helpful is when the operating system needs to be installed in a virtual desktop setup or in computers that require the dual boot option.

This option of Windows 8 installation allows you to create a clean install of the OS, which means all the user data you have kept over the years will be lost. It is always better to backup all your data before you proceed to install the OS by any of the previously mentioned methods.

Once you reach the installation setup, you will be prompted to fill in the Authorization key. This is to check if your copy of Microsoft Windows 8 is genuine. The rest of the installation would be done automatically and with minimal help from your part.

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The Easy Process Of Installing Windows 8 On Your Computer

Windows 8 Installation

             Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 was first launched by Microsoft in 2012. Even though two years have passed, many users still confront issues while opting for the Windows 8 installation. Most of the users who call up the Windows tech support team to know how to do the Windows 8 upgrade are the Windows XP users. This is because the touch-centric OS Windows 8 works fine on computers running on Windows 7, but if you’re using XP, the system requirements differ a lot.

You can use the following methods to install Windows 8 in your system.

Download Windows Upgrade Assistant

The Windows 8 support technicians recommend the customers to install and run the Windows Upgrade assistant tool before opting to upgrade the system. This is because the Upgrade Assistant tool scans the computer and checks for its compatibility with Windows 8 OS. The tool will also provide with options to buy, download and install the upgrade if your computer is able to run Windows 8. For downloading the Windows Upgrade Assistant, visiting Microsoft’s official website would be the best option.

DVD copy

Windows 8 can also be purchased from a retail store or even from Microsoft’s official website. You will also have an option to choose the Windows 8 version i.e. Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro and then order the DVD. Now, you need to click on the How do you want to receive Windows? Drop-down box and check the DVD option.

Installing Windows 8

Windows 8 Support

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For the Windows 8 installation, you can either choose the option to do it immediately or at a later date after you download the OS version. If you select the latter option, the installer will be copied onto your desktop. Also, you will be able to copy the installer to a USB drive or a DVD. You can install the operating system using the DVD by inserting it in your system and then restarting it. Now, you need to follow the onscreen instructions and select the Custom installation option.

Setting up Windows 8

Once the installation of the operating system gets successfully completed, you will require customizing the details. For speeding up the personalization process, click on Use express settings and for more details, selectthe Customize option.

By following these steps, you can successfully install Windows 8 operating system into your system. To get more assistance on the same, you may contact our technical support team.

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Getting Out Of Fullscreen Mode In Windows 8

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     Fullscreen In Windows 8

The interface of the Windows 8 operating system proved to be very much confusing to the users. The longtime users of Windows operating system were not at all satisfied with the changes that were brought about in the operating system. Many of the unsatisfied users complained about the confusing interface, the missing Start button and many other Windows 8 features in the support forums, but Microsoft had their justification for the changes that were introduced in the operating system. Another important issue was that it was very difficult to turn off the device as the Shutdown button was hidden away in the Windows 8 operating system.

Many of the users have also complained about getting stuck in fullscreen mode in the operating system. This article discusses the steps to get out of full screen mode in Windows 8 operating system.

Before trying to exit the fullscreen mode in Windows 8 OS, you will have to determine if you are using the Modern or the traditional desktop Interface. This is very much important as the step to exit the fullscreen mode depends on the current mode of the Windows 8 OS. When the user presses on the Start button on a Windows 8 PC, the new Start screen will be displayed. This will be like a Start menu that covers the complete screen.

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Most of the users of Windows 8 operating system do not know that there is a link to the desktop from the Start screen. This link is usually located at the bottom of the screen. You will be able to find it as it is an icon with the current wallpaper of the user. You will be able to find it easily even if the Desktop label is not present in it. If you are unable to see a tile to take you to the desktop, you can type Desktop on the Start screen. In the list of results, the top one should be Desktop.

These are the simple tips to exit fullscreen mode in the Windows 8 operating system. If you wish to know more on making use of the Windows 8 features, you can contact our Windows help and support team. They will be able to help you know more on the features of Windows 8 operating system.

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Windows 8 ISO Download Now Available Without A License

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             Download Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 license owners can now get their OS as a complete installation, using the ISO files provided by Microsoft. You don’t need to enter the license key for the download; it’s required only for the installation.

Many Windows users, over the years, have been dealing with not being able to do a clean install of their OS, because they initially got it with their machines. This was also the case with the Windows 8 installation, this being the latest OS out from the manufacturer. Microsoft was hard about the download rule, but now they’ve given way, at least to Widows 8.1 owners. Users can now download the disk image of the operating system, and then use the license key they have in hand, to install it.

Microsoft has posted online that you can install or reinstall Windows 8.1 without installation media, which can now be created online. The PC would need to have a good internet connection for this, and you could either save the installation files as an ISO, or get it into a flash drive.

The installation can be started off with a small download from Microsoft’s site. You have options among Windows 8.1 (“Core”) and Windows 8.1, for 32 and 64 bit systems. You can also get the version of the OS which comes without the media player. There are languages other than English which you can download, such as German, Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. Once you finish downloading the ISO, you get the option to run the installation from a USB drive. Inside the ISO is the updated version of Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 License

             Windows 8.1 Key

It’s only once you start the installation that you’ll need a valid license key, so until you find that out, you’ll have an installable media which can be used to set up the Windows 8 installation. The 8.1 ISO also takes your previous Windows 8 key. This never worked before because the key was required before downloading the ISO, and Windows 8 keys didn’t work when you tried to download Win 8.1 media.

Users of Windows 7 still don’t have an option where they can download an ISO image without the license key. The only way to legally install this OS is by getting a DVD, or by getting an ISO from Digital River. The latter isn’t exactly a legal option either because you’d be using the key for a different copy of the OS.

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Why Working With Windows 8 Is No Longer Annoying

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Installation

Windows 8 was released in 2012. Even though the operating system came in with much hype, many users were reluctant to purchase a Windows 8 PC or upgrade to the operating system. There were many reasons behind it.

One of the major drawbacks of the operating system was its interface. It was considered as a total disaster by many. The modern interface that Microsoft introduced with Windows 8 was considered by many as nothing but an imitation of the Android and iOS interfaces. However, the interface did not have the features or functionality as found in these operating systems. The second interface of the operating system, the desktop version, had even more issues. Many features lacked in the desktop interface. Many of the users were annoyed to find that the operating system did not have a Start menu included in the program.

With all the issues surrounding Windows 8, Microsoft had no other choice than to release updates for the program. The software giant has released two updates for Windows 8 users. These updates were intended to improve Windows 8 features and make a more user-friendly operating system. The first update was released in 2013 and was named Windows 8.1. It cannot be considered as an update since it was available as an operating system to anyone. The second update, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was released this year.

The two updates have made Windows 8 a much better operating system to work with. With the updates, the modern interface and the desktop interface of the program has more synchronization and works together well. Some of the Windows 8 features that were added with the updates are mentioned below.

Boot into any interface

Earlier, users could boot only to the modern interface of the program. However, with the updates, users can make their choice. They may choose either to boot to the desktop screen or to the modern interface of the program. You can also set same background for both the interfaces.

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Pin apps to taskbar

You may add any number of apps to the desktop taskbar. With this, you no longer have to login to the Start screen to run your favorite apps.

Shut down functions

Earlier, Windows users were unable to find the shutdown function on their desktop window. However, the updates have brought this function to the operating system.

With many features and additions to Windows 8, the operating system has become more user-friendly. If you have any queries on Windows 8 upgrade, you may contact our technical support team.

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