It is possible to do a clean install of Windows 8 on a computer that has another operating system running. You’d have to format the hard drive, of course. After that, you’ll need a Windows 8 setup program so that the drive can be reformatted with the new OS. The problem here is that you’ll need another version of Windows OS on the PC – clean is a loose term. Windows 8 installation can’t be done on an empty drive.
If you have the new OS on a DVD, which you bought, or you’ve made a bootable installation disk out of a USB flash drive after downloading the ISO file, here’s what you do to install:
That was on how to install Windows 8 on a computer with an existing OS. You’d need a previous version of Windows on the drive, where you set up Windows 8. For more information on Windows 8 tips and tricks, and on the latest from Windows, check out the other posts here. Use the search option to find a topic of interest.
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Here are some updates on what is currently happening with the Windows app Store. It has reached a milestone of 100,000 apps recently. It has just been a few years after the launch of Windows 8 operating system and it has been only some time since the Build conference. This means that in a limited time of just eight months after the launch of Win 8, the Windows Store is filled with a huge number of apps.
As per the predictions of one of the Microsoft executives, Windows Store was supposed to hit 100,000 in three months, which happened only when it completed eight months after the launch. However, comparatively, Windows Store reached 100,000 faster than the other two app Stores- the iOS app Store and Google Play. After having a lethargic start and a major slow down after the holidays, the success of Windows Store is not small.
Despite the fact that Windows Store has reached the 100k app milestone, the app Store is still short of good apps. The quality of most of the apps is questionable. While determining the success of the app, it is not only the quantity that counts but the quality as well.
Anyways, things have seen some improvements. People looking for apps for videos and music can now rely on Windows Store. There are plenty of good ones introduced off late right after those roundups were written about the quality of the apps later this year. There is more to work to make sure about the quality of the apps. Despite that, there are quite a few for you to utilize what has evolved. Desktops experts will be pleased to find some of their favorites like VLC media player and WinZip in a modern style.
It is true that Windows Store has hit the record with 100k apps, which is not sufficient; the quality also needs to be up to the mark. The Windows 8.1 Update has a pack of latest apps. This update also includes reconstructed Windows Store with personalized recommendations, a completely new look, and a user interface that needs minimum scrolling. Last but not the least, there are short text descriptions in menu screens below the app.
Since this milestone has been reached, it looks like all their hard work is paying off finally. The life of latest Windows OS all depends on Windows Store. With the 100k app milestone, Microsoft is going strong and if they continue the same way, Windows Store would eventually become a strength rather than being just another online marketplace for Windows 8.
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The release of Microsoft Windows 8 operating system brought forward many changes to the Operating system market. One of them being, the introduction of the all new Windows Store. Although Microsoft released it with a lot of marketing propaganda, the market was useless the first few months because there were no Apps in it. When compared to the millions of Apps available in iOS and Android Market, the Windows Store was sort of a joke. However, it was believed that times will change and Apps will come out in this platform in due time.
Well, this is partially true. Windows Store has come up with a number of Apps that are available for download. However, the quality of the Apps has left the Store a place to avoid! Windows Store, which is supposed to send out Apps for Windows 8 desktop and tablets, is filled with fake apps made by scam users that aim at luring away your money. It seems that in the race to catch up with the likes of Amazon and Google, Microsoft has completely left out quality checks, filling the entire market with deceptive software.
In order to experience this first-hand, you only need to head to the Windows Store and then search for VLC in it. You will be astonished to find hundreds of Apps, none of which are real. The scammers even have the audacity to, and are getting away with, using the trademark company’s traffic cone logo. This increases the chances of a gullible user installing the fake App believing it to be real.
If you type in names of any other apps, you are bound to see the same. Searching for popular Apps like iTunes, will even show you a PAID app that “Helps users to know how to use and download iTunes.” While this App itself costs $8.99, the actual iTunes App is available for free! Moreover, Apple is yet to release a touch-friendly iTunes app meant for tablet devices, adding to the frustration of users.
This would naturally lead to the question: why is this happening? The answer is simple; Microsoft chose quantity over quality, which is evident from its policy back in 2013 when Microsoft paid developers $100 for each app they published to the store, paying up to $2,000 per developer! No quality checks for any of these Apps, which means App developers can get away with anything they want.
Unless Microsoft Windows 8 brings some immediate changes to address this major security concern, the image of the company will suffer since its rivals will leave no stones unturned when criticizing the already failing Operating system.
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Windows XP was the first OS to introduce Hibernation, and that was one of the most useful power features that the OS came with, allowing the users to save the state of the whole computer, while powering it down and consequently resuming work much faster than a cold start. With the Windows 8 OS, many Windows 8 features changed in comparison to the previous iterations and not just in terms of the modern user interface. This OS also saw the addition of many new features, take the Ribbon UI for example, and removal of others. However, as the operating system was built with a desktop and tablet approach, it went for the hybrid approach, thereby resulting of certain areas of the offered features being hidden despite remaining a part of the OS.
Inside the power options, Shut Down is the major example, where the removal of the Start button resulted in a more complicated process to power down your computer. It is understood that the users would not need to power down a tablet very often, but if you use a desktop or notebook, that will surely be annoying. Another missing power option is Hibernate. This option is not readily visible, but is still a part of the operating system and the users have to enable it. The steps to enable Hibernation in Windows 8 operating system are explained below in this article.
These are the steps to enable hibernate mode in Windows 8. If you wish to know more on Windows 8 features and the steps to enable them, you can contact our Microsoft support desk.
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A Windows 8.1 Review might sound quite untimely now because it has been almost a year since the OS was released and the world is now looking forward to the release of the upcoming Windows 9 or Windows Threshold, which is predicted to be released by the end of this year or beginning of 2015. Microsoft hasn’t yet given any clues regarding when the release of Windows 9 would take place. As long as Windows 9 is not out, it is better to keep quiet about it and focus our attention on operating systems which are available already.
When Windows 8 was out, many found its features, the so called Windows 8 features, somewhat confusing. But, the update that followed, Windows 8.1, addressed most of issues with Windows 8 and made the operating system an appealing one. Well, let’s see here what makes Windows 8.1 an operating system that is worthy of installing.
A general outlook of Windows 8.1
From a positive perspective, Windows 8.1 is an evolutionary operating system. Although critics say that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 skipped traditional Windows features, the truth is that Windows 8 came out of the traditional Windows shell, integrating brand new features such as Metro User Interface and Start Screen. If you denounce Windows 8 for its lack of Start button, I remind you that the Start Screen that has replaced the Start button works much better than the latter.
Windows 8.1 stands out from older Windows versions in several ways; in terms of performance, appearance, ease of use, etc. The Windows 8.1 update gives even better impression with its streamlined Windows 8 features. In fact, Windows 8.1 differs from Windows 8 in terms of its streamlined features.
Windows 8.1 for personalized Windows Experience
Using Windows 8.1, you have better chances for having a personalized Windows experience. There are several options for customizing your operating system. Other major advantages of the operating system include better integration with SkyDrive and better performance.
Windows 8 users are allowed to upgrade their OS to Windows 8.1 for free. This is the first time that Microsoft is extending a free offer of the sort. It is said that the offer is given out to avert people’s attention from Windows 8 problems. Whatever it be, Windows 8.1 has enough features to appeal to users. It is an operating system that meets the needs and demands of today’s generation. Actually, it is the best operating system from Microsoft we have today.
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