How To Go About Upgrading Your System To Windows 8

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    About Windows 8 Upgrade

We always put off our system upgrade to a later date considering different factors like cost, inconvenience, time involved, etc. As far as Windows 8 is concerned though, it is now clear that Microsoft has no plans to slash down the OS prices any time soon. So, there is no point in putting off Windows 8 installation hoping to see a reduction in price in the near future.

Upgrade to Windows 8 before the end of Windows 7 mainstream support

Your favourite Windows 7 OS now has only a few months of mainstream support left. After this date, Windows 7 will only get the periodic security patches for the operating system. So, it is time you considered upgrading to Windows 8. However, you need to take care of a few things before heading for Windows 8 installation.

First, backup all your important data. For this, you can use an external hard disk, a few blank DVDs, or just use your online cloud storage account, if you have enough free storage space left in your account, of course. The best option for this is Microsoft’s own OneDrive cloud service, which will integrate smoothly with your new Windows 8 OS.

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                    Contact Windows Support

When done, use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant by Microsoft for facilitating a smooth upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. You have to use this app to reduce the chances of any unnecessary installation errors. This app will scan your system resources and check if they meet with the requirements of Windows 8 platform. If not, a detailed report will displayed on your screen, which will tell you what all changes you have to make in order to install Windows 8.

Next step is to purchase the OS online. There are two different Windows 8 editions available, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. The Upgrade Assistant app will recommend the most suitable Windows 8 edition for your system, and you can just click on the relevant link to go to the purchase site.

Once you make this payment, you will receive the product key for activating your Windows 8 OS. This key will also be sent to your registered email account. Download the OS installation files, and use the product key for activating your copy of the OS. When done, you will land on the new Metro UI Start Screen.

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Windows 8 Start Button Not Included In The Upcoming Windows Update

Windows 8 Features

                  Windows 8 Problems

If you have been expecting the return of Start button to your Windows 8.1 machine via the upcoming Windows Update, what I am going to say here might disappoint you. It was reported lately that Microsoft has decided not to include the Start button in its upcoming Windows Update, codenamed Windows 8.1 Update 2. Nonetheless, the tech giant hasn’t dropped the idea of a Windows 7 like Start menu. Rumour has it that the Start menu will be returned to the next major Windows Upgrade codenamed Windows 9 or Windows Threshold.

Partial rectification of Start screen in Windows 8.1 disappoints users

It is said that Microsoft released Windows 8.1 less than a year after the release of a Windows 8 with a purpose of overcoming the much reported Windows 8 problems. Despite some unique Windows 8 features, the operating system suffered major drawbacks like the absence of Start button. Moreover, Windows 8 featured a Start Screen, quite similar to how applications are displayed in smartphones.

The brand new look of Windows 8 with a Metro User interface and without the Start button made traditional Windows users upset. It badly affected the adoption of Windows 8. If you compare a few Windows 8 reviews, you would realize the gravity of Windows 8 problems, which Microsoft could have avoided. The Windows 8.1 update, which was released to overcome Windows 8 problems, too suffered major downsides.

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                Windows 8 Update

When Windows 8.1 was announced, Microsoft had said that it would address all the serious Windows 8 problems. No doubt, some of the problems were addressed effectively. Nevertheless, the most important issue, the absence of a sophisticated Start button, remains. Unlike Windows 8, Windows 8.1 features a Start screen. Users are also given an option called boot-to-desktop, which allows users to switch to Windows 7 mode.

Naysayers find that the option to switch to Windows 7 mode is not a solution to the Windows 8 problems. The question that Microsoft has to find answer for is, if it is to switch to Windows 7 mode from Windows 8.1, why should one ever upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Customers worldwide want Microsoft to streamline Windows 8 in a better way now, adding brand new Windows 8 features in addition to retaining the traditional Windows features. In this context, therefore, the release of Windows 8.1 Update 2 has greater significance.

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Doing A Windows 8 Upgrade

Install Windows 8

                Windows 8 Upgrade

I am planning to test the upgrade process on Windows 7 computer, which I put to daily use. There is loads of stuff installed, including the Office 2013 preview, iTunes and iCloud for Windows, some games, and the likes. There must be around 40 GB of data, a web browser, and an antivirus (I use Microsoft Security Essentials). This is probably what the PC will still be holding onto when I try the upgrade.

Here is what some more detail into the current system setup. I have a single local account, which is password-protected. There are also some changes, which I made earlier on to the operating system settings. One of the new developments is that the screen locks when you activate the sleep mode, or when the screensaver kicks in. Also, since you can use a network bridge to connect a desk phone to a home network using the Wi-Fi on the PC, I have done that too.

My computer is a custom-built machine with 64-bit Windows 7 installed, with the latest versions of drivers and software. In my opinion, this would be an ideal rig to run an upgrade on. Often you have people trying to install Windows 8 on computers brimming with bloatware and needless settings, not to mention loads of redundant, fragmented data. However, this computer right here is used daily, and I keep it running clean and smooth.

If you are still new to Windows 8 and are looking to upgrade, you will need to know a few things before you start. The first is a valid product key, for the exact edition of the OS that you are going to install. Next is to make sure that your hardware specs match with the minimum requirements as shown on Microsoft Windows 8 page. You might be upgrading from Windows 7, in which case, you have the following options.

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                           Windows 8 Install

  • If you have Windows 7 Starter pack, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium version, you can install Windows 8 as a Service Pack upgrade.
  • You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you have Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.
  • Windows 8 Enterprise can be installed as an upgrade onto Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise only.
  • Windows XP and Vista computers can be upgraded too, but all the applications must be installed once again. You can keep your system files intact though.

I am looking forward to the Windows 8 Pro pack. You can contact experts to learn which one of the new OS versions will suit your system the best.

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You Can Preorder A Sparkly-Boxed Version Of Windows 8.1 For 120 Dollars

Install Windows 8

          Install Windows 8.1

Windows 8 incepted in the year 2012 in the month of October, but did not nail it to the top. Manufactures expected users to accept Windows 8 as they had done for Windows XP. However, this was a major disappointment, as people did not like the operating system for some of the features that were removed from it. Most importantly, the removal of Start Button and Start Screen left people wonder how they would work on the system without it. Windows 8.1 was available as an upgrade to patch up the flaws in Windows 8.

For all those who do not trust the internet and are insisting the updates from Windows in a box, here is something for you from the operating system manufacturer. You can get Windows 8.1 in a boxed version for which Microsoft has started taking preorders. Windows 8.1 is available in a purple box that is priced at 120 dollars.

This is for all those who are planning to install Windows 8 and are waiting to upgrade to Windows 8.1. This is like paying for a new license for the operating system including the disk that will let you install Windows 8.1. The boxed version of Windows 8.1 is available at 120 dollars, which is the same rate for the boxed version of Windows 8. Moving forward, it would not be wise to purchase Windows 8, since Windows 8.1 is available at the same price. This is the right time wherein you can install Windows 8.1 directly into the computer without having to install Win 8 and then wait for long to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through the Store.

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For the other users who already have Windows 8 loaded for which they had paid earlier, the upgrade would begin automatically in the month of October, most probably on 17th.

For all the discontent customers, this is a good opportunity, which they can look forward to. Although Windows 8.1 operating system is not a favorite among the users who have been using Windows operating system for long, they have the Start Button, which is a relief to many. Nevertheless, it is to be noted that the Start menu is not back; it is only the Start Button that takes you back to the Start Screen hated by many. In addition, advanced options are available for customization and enhance the universal search.

You need to wait until the final verdict is announced and get to know more about Windows 8.1 and decide whether to install Windows 8 is wise or not.

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Changing Your Windows 8 Computer's Name

Windows 8 Installation

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Windows 8 is widely known to be the most advanced version among the current lot of operating systems. Some of these include the Charms bar, Metro UI interface, a revamped Start screen, better boot up speeds etc. Although the operating system was projected as the most sophisticated one, many users found it difficult to use in their computers. This is because in the process of making Windows 8 highly superior to its predecessors, Microsoft omitted out certain basic features from the OS, making it somewhat complicated to run on.

According to the Windows tech support team, several users complained that they were not able to perform some basic functions after the Windows 8 installation. As a result, the sales of Windows 8 OS gradually began to diminish and fall behind that of the previous versions like Windows 7 and Windows XP. This even forced Microsoft to end the mainstream support for Windows XP operating system. Now, after the end of support for this aged operating system, Windows 8 has been witnessing considerable improvement as far as the sales figures are concerned.

But then, whatever the reports say, Windows 8 is undoubtedly the most advanced operating system that Microsoft has ever developed. If you’ve already installed this OS in your system, here let us see the steps involved in changing your computer’s name. Although it may sound a bit odd, most users find the names of their systems boring and unoriginal. So, if you have already done the Windows 8 installation or are in the process of doing the upgrade, you can use the instructions mentioned below to change the name of your system.

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  • At first, go to the Start screen, search for the Control Panel and then select it. Now, you can click on the System and Security option.
  • Under this option, click on See the name of this computer followed by Change settings under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings. Here, you’ll be requiring administrative rights.
  • Next, you need type in your computer description and then click on Change, which is availablenext to the Rename this computer text.
  • After renaming it, go ahead and click on OK. Now, you can check under System Properties to click on Apply, followed by OK.

By following these steps, you can successfully change the name of your Windows 8 computer. To know more about the exquisite features in Windows 8, you may also contact our technical support team.

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