Popular Finnish software company, Futuremark has recently brought an update to the extremely popular PCMark 8 benchmarking software. The current update will allow users to install and use the software in Windows 8.1 as well. The all new update version, listed 1.1.111, can be used by Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS users.
The software description states,” PCMark 8 is a complete benchmark for Windows 8 and can be used to test the performance of all kinds of Windows 8 PCs from lightweight tablets and notebooks to high-end desktops.” This software is even used by professionals and tech experts in order to determine the capabilities of individual personal computers. Using this tool, you can accurately describe the real-world performance of the software. The best feature is that this single software is well-equipped to test every version of devices on which the operating system runs. The software is available in three different editions, including a supposedly free version.
In order to run PCMark 8, you need to have a computer running Windows 7 operating system or higher. Another prerequisite is having Internet Explorer 10 in order for the software to work. The other updates of the software include ability to test OpenCL. Moreover, there have been several changes with the way data is displayed. PCMark 8 now displays extremely detailed hardware monitoring graphs that were not available before. If you use Internet Explorer 11 along with an updated SystemInfo, you will find improved compatibility in Microsoft Windows 8 powered devices.
The benchmark software includes one of the most comprehensive ranges of OEMs, software developers in the industry and hardware manufacturers, and promises to be impartial and free from any degree of bias. The different benchmarks that determine the performance of the system include storage testing, Application testing, Work test, Battery Life testing, creative testing and Home testing.
Futuremark detailed about the recent changes in the App stating, “PCMark 8 includes five benchmark tests covering a variety of scenarios from home to business use. There is a dedicated Storage benchmark for testing SSDs and HDDs and an Applications benchmark that uses Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. PCMark 8 also includes battery life testing tools.”
With the free version still unavailable for download, there are no free editions if you want to try out the software. Keep in mind that only Windows 8.1 OS is compatible to work with the PCMark 8 Professional edition.
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Microsoft had been focusing to fix issues of Windows 8 ban in China. Recently, the Chinese government decided to impose ban of Microsoft products and they could not be used on any computer owned by the State government. China being a big country with the highest population in the world has the largest number of computer users. The new decision of the Chinese government is however a blow for Microsoft products.
As per Bloomberg, Microsoft had been conducting detailed discussions with government agencies and representatives to remove the ban that they have put on Microsoft products. As per Joanna LI, a Microsoft spokesperson in Beijing, Microsoft had been working hard and had been conducting discussions with Government Procurement Center following which they will meet the government procurement requirements of products and services.
The initiative taken by the Chinese Government can be considered as a political strategy to encourage the platforms and software programs developed by their fellow natives. Thus, they could encourage their own people and motivate them. However, this is a terrific blow for Microsoft as sales problems in China could affect their sales to a major extend. When the Government released an official notice drafted by the Central State Organs of Government Procurement Center, the notice read, “All computer products are not allowed to install Windows 8 operating system”.
One great relief for Microsoft is that the Chinese government has imposed the ban only for Windows 8 platform and they have not mentioned anything about Windows 8.1 in their notice. This platform that was released in October 2013 can definitely be tried, as there is a ban to install Windows 8 only.
Even if discussions are on their way, we cannot simply state that things would show a green signal for Microsoft. If the government sticks with their stand, we are not sure about the software that will be recommended by them instead of Windows 8. One relief for Microsoft is that the government has not imposed any ban for Windows 7 and hence, Microsoft wishes to extend support for the same until 2020. Therefore, if you cannot try Windows 8, you can install Windows 7 or 8.1 on your systems and thus continue using the Windows OS.
Let us hope that discussions with the Chinese government will finally come out with a positive note. In addition, Windows 10 is on its way so Microsoft will be trying to patch things up with China as soon as possible.
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Windows 8 operating system, which still looks new and refreshing, was released over two years ago. Although it did not enjoy immense popularity as was anticipated, it has slowly taken over other Windows versions and has emerged as one of the most prominent operating systems of all times. If you are using any of the old operating systems, especially Windows XP, you should start looking into ways of upgrading your PC soon.
One of the major reasons why it is advised to upgrade as soon as possible it is security concerns. Old and outdated operating systems have lot more security issues. On the other hand, newer software employ better encryption methods. Greg Schulz, one of the prominent security experts and analysts says, “The older the Windows OS, the less support there is or will be such as with XP or older versions of Windows Vista.”
Because of this reason, it is especially ideal to shift from Windows XP as soon as possible. Another IT analyst and security expert mentioned, “Those staying on XP are more vulnerable to security exploits than later versions. As Microsoft no longer provides support for Windows XP, there is more of a risk of vulnerability in the operating system or the browser.”
The next major reason for updating is technological progression. Windows XP was released over 13 years ago and Windows Vista is also not any more advanced in terms of capability. Over the years, a lot has changed and many more features have come up. The changes over the years are too many to be updated.
To enjoy the full range of technical capabilities that the present technology has to offer, one must install the latest Windows operating system. Windows 8 features are a testament to how far technology has evolved over the years. Schulz mentioned, “For those that don’t upgrade, there is the disadvantage of not being able to leverage new features in Windows 8 that range from the ease of the user interface to more robust platform tools and capabilities.”
Another reason why it is necessary to steer away from ancient technology is that using Windows 8 will familiarize you with the latest user interface. Every machine with an interactive GUI and touch-screen is somewhat similar. Although there have been certain issues with Windows 8 features, Windows 8.1 was released to overcome all the problems associated with this operating system. If you are not satisfied with the performance of Windows 8, you can update to Windows 8.1 for free.
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It is better not to compare Windows 7 with Windows 8, if you are not using a desktop system or laptop. On any keyboard and mouse system, the latest Windows 8 features meant for touch screen devices would be pretty much useless. In fact, this would even make the new OS UI seem a little less user friendly than its predecessor. But, this only means that Windows 8 is not suitable for desktop systems.
Why the Windows 8 features failed?
It does seem that Microsoft designed Windows 8 as a response to the competition from Google’s Android. However, Windows operating systems are mostly used by desktop users and they would evaluate the OS based on its performance in the desktop environment. Clearly, the mistake Microsoft made was to follow the same UI design in both desktop and touch screen versions.
Microsoft gambled on their huge desktop OS user base in their attempts to win over more users in the touch screen OS market. The result was that Windows 8 failed to satisfy both these users. The desktop users preferred to use even the outdated Windows XP, rather than switching to an OS designed specifically for touch screen devices.
As far as the touch screen users were concerned, they were happy with using the free Android OS than purchasing Windows 8. This meant that the new Metro UI only helped in alienating the loyal Windows users in the desktop OS market, while gaining negligible market share in the smartphone and tablet market.
Of course, Microsoft made a few changes with the Windows 8.1 Update. They introduced the Start button and introduced an option for booting straight to the desktop mode skipping the Metro UI, which many desktop users found annoying. However, this was simply too little, and too late. Desktop users wanted the full Start Menu, and not just the Start button. Also, they wanted the full desktop UI and not an option for running a different OS in the ‘Desktop’ mode.
Microsoft has now officially written off Windows 8 and is busy focusing on Windows 10. Taking cue from the failure of Windows 8, they have gone back to the old desktop UI design, at least for the desktop version of the OS. A technical preview of the new OS has been launched already.
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Windows 8 is one of the latest Windows installments developed by the Redmond based software giant, Microsoft Corporation. Windows 8 is one of the most modern and advanced Windows OS released by Microsoft. The greatest change will be in the UI, which is entirely different.
To install Windows 8 can be tricky at times and because of which, you are forced to do a clean install most of the times. Now, there can be problems when it comes to clean install. This is unfortunately due to the Windows 8 upgrade, which disallows users to do a clean install throwing them an error message. This happens when you try to activate it after a clean install.
You need not worry; you can install Windows 8 as a clean install. There is a hack that allows you to do it. If you perform a clean install using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, things should work fine. At the same time, if you have already formatted your hard disk drive or if you are changing to a new drive, you will not be able to perform a clean install without you installing an old Windows first. This can be a hassle, if you don’t have an old version of Windows to install. You will be allowed to install Windows 8 cleanly, but when you activate it, you will receive error 0x8007007B.This error means the product can only be used for the purpose of upgrading and not for doing a clean install.
Here is how you fix it:
When Windows reboots, you will be able to run the Activation utility and activate Windows in the normal mode. You will not get the error. This way, you can make a fresh install of Windows 8 without worrying about the errors.
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