Be Cautious When Using The Windows Store

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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.

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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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Enabling Hibernate Mode In Windows 8 OS

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The Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft is touch friendly and the plunge style is based on .NET. The operating system mainly uses JavaScript and HTML5. The processing speed and other features of this operating system are very good when compared to the older operating systems from Windows. The Windows 8 operating system has seen many highly useful features throughout the evolution cycle of this operating system. From the Windows XP operating system to Windows 7 was the biggest leap that Microsoft ever made both in aesthetics and the feature set that the operating system had to offer.

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.

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Instructions

  • Click on the battery icon in the system tray and choose More Power Options from the panel.
  • Choose either Choose what the power button does or Choose what closing the lid does from the left panel.
  • Click on the blue text that says Change settings that are currently unavailable. This will open a new set of options at the bottom. Check the box near to Hibernate and click on the Save button.

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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Windows 8.1- An OS Worthy Of Installing

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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.

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Windows 8.1 Upgrade

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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Technical Features Of Windows 8

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Windows 8 is considered as one of the best operating systems for computers. The OS was developed by Microsoft. It is quite interesting to know that Microsoft began to develop Windows 8 OS much before the launch of its predecessor, which is Windows 7 that was launched in the year of 2009. Read along to know more about the advanced operating system from the house of Microsoft.

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The operating system introduced remarkable changes to the user interface and the platform for improving the user experience on computers, laptops and tablets. The operating system was launched to a mixed reception from the customers. The improved technical support for touch screens, security features and enhanced performance was highly acclaimed by the customers. At the same time, the user interface of the operating system was vehemently criticized by the users from all over. This was mainly because unlike the user interfaces of the previous operating systems, the technical features were hard to learn and not at all user friendly.

On the starting day of the Build Conference that took place on September 13, 2011, more enhanced technical features of the operating system were unveiled by Microsoft. It was during this event that the initial public beta build of the operating system was released. It was on the month of February 2012 that Microsoft revealed the logo for the new operating system. The official logo was designed by Paula Scher who happened to be the Pentagram partner. The original logo for Windows was modified in order for resembling the four Windows pane.

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The computer giant started a major advertisement campaign that was primarily focused on the operating system and the Surface tablet in the year of 2012. Following that, there was a television advertisement that was premiered on October 14, 2012. The latest functional features of the operating system were inclusive of a faster startup facility. This was made possible through the technically advanced Hybrid Boot mode and the UEFI integration. Windows explorer was renamed as File Explorer and now has a ribbon at the place of a command bar. The dialog boxes for the File Operations were updated for providing statistics that are more precise.

The security features of the OS is now inclusive of two latest authentication modes that are tailor made for picture passwords and PINs. Advanced Parental controls and Family Safety options are features of the new OS that requires special mentioning.

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How To Go About Upgrading Your System To Windows 8

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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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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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