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.

Windows 8 Enterprise

                           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

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          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.

Start Screen

           Windows XP Support

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

Windows 8 Features

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.

Metro UI Interface

Windows 8 Upgrade

  • 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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Getting Access To Mac Drives In Windows 8

Install Windows 8

Windows 8

Are you a Mac user who wishes to install Windows 8 alongside OSX through boot camp? Or, you may have just installed Windows 8 together with Mac. Alternatively, you can be a Windows user who has just been tasked with the job of getting data from a Mac formatted HDD. In all these scenarios, to get the complete access to the hard drive, you will need third-party help.

Previously, getting full read and write access to a drive that is formatted with Apple’s HFS+ file system would cost you money. If you are a Windows 8 user, you can thank the Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free edition 1.0. As the name suggests, this can be downloaded for free to help you in these scenarios. This software is free for non-commercial use at any rate. After finishing the download, you will be taken to a registration screen on the official Paragon website. Type in your details and you will get a product key and serial number as an email message. You can copy and paste the key and serial number into the setup program before starting the installation.

Windows Fast Boot

Windows Assistance

Paragon requests the users to temporarily disable Windows Fast Boot while installation to prevent possible file corruption in your computer. Many users have tried to install it with Windows Fast Boot enabled and have not experienced any issues. You can take your Windows installation in your own hands. Disabling Fast Boot is a fairly simple task. To do this, open the Power Options Control Panel, click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’, select ‘Change settings’ that are currently unavailable, scroll down, and uncheck ‘Turn on fast startup’. After doing these steps, click on ‘Save Changes’ button to save the changes that you have made to your computer.

You may now go ahead and install Paragon, and then recheck the box when you are done after the mandatory restart. After installing and rebooting, you will be able to read and write data from and to your HFS+ drives. The driver will deliver comparable speeds to other file systems, including NTFS and exFAT. One of the major drawbacks of this tool is that it is available only for the Windows 8 users. If you wish to get full access, you will have to pay 19.95 dollars.

If you wish to know more on the steps to install Windows 8 with Mac, or using Paragon HFS+, you can contact our tech support number.

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Major Update To Xbox Video App For Windows Phone 8.1 Brings New Features

Windows 8 Features

               Windows 8 Support

Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system Windows Phone 8.1 is equipped with a slew of sophisticated features. Perhaps, the most obvious feature could be the Xbox video application. Of late, a major update to the app has been rolled out, making it more vibrant and exciting to use. With this latest update, the version number of the app is bumped to 2.5.3962.0.

In its recent press release, the tech giant announced that it would continue to provide updates to all Microsoft apps on Windows Phone 8.1. The company added that it was planning to allot more time to develop a slew of meatier features to Windows Phone 8.1. Well, we don’t get exactly what Microsoft intends to convey by meatier features. Nevertheless, we have a detailed list of the new features that have been brought to the updated version of Xbox Video app on Windows Phone 8.1. We will discuss them in the following paragraphs. Before that, I think it is important to look into the major differences and features of Windows Phone 8.1 against Windows Phone 8.

There are lot of similarities between Windows Phone 8 features and Windows 8 features. Apparently, one is a desktop operating system while the other is a mobile OS. When Windows Phone 8 intends to streamline its touch-oriented features, Windows 8 makes efforts to appear more desktop friendly. It is more or less same with Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.

You can spot a slew of common Windows 8 features in Windows Phone 8.1. However, on top of that, there are several sophisticated features, thanks to the Xbox Video app, that make it one of the finest mobile operating systems out there.

Localization Issues

             Windows 8 Help Line

Features of Xbox Video App for Windows Phone 8.1

  • If you want to customize the tile of your Xbox Video app, say change the theme colour or backgrounds, you need not rely on a 3rd party app now. The update has brought default settings to Xbox Video app for customizing its tile.
  • No more issues while downloading licensed contents.
  • Option to play most downloaded contents even when you are offline.
  • Localization issues have been fixed.
  • Addressed intermittent issues.

Well, it is not possible to include all the new features being added to the latest version of Xbox Video app on Windows Phone 8.1. You can visit the Microsoft support site for more information.

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