Getting Xbox Live Via Windows Live Games

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Games for Windows Live is Microsoft’s all in one venture into the online PC gaming market. This is available for free download on the official website of Microsoft. After the program is installed, it logs you into your free Games for Windows Live account or even your already existing Xbox Live account. This system makes a uniform way of online gaming between PC online gaming and Microsoft’s popular Xbox Live service. After logging in, the gamers can play on Xbox Live with their PC game as long as the PC game was released on the Xbox 360 console. The Windows online support tips that are shared below will help you get Xbox Live via Windows Live Games.


  • As the first step, make your Windows Live ID at the account creation page. Type in the information into the correct text boxes, like your email account, password, birth date etc. Check the References section of the account creation page and then click on the Next button to continue setting up your unique gamertag that you can use on Xbox Live.
  • Type in your gamertag and then check availability. If it is unavailable, Microsoft will provide you with a number of alternatives. You can finish setting your gamertag by choosing your profile picture and gamerzone. Click on the Next button to continue to the last page of setup.
  • Click on the I Accept button to finish making your account.
  • You can now visit Games for Windows homepage and then click on the large blue Download button. This will download the Games for Windows Live setup. You can check the references section for Games for Windows homepage link.

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  • When the download is finished, launch the software setup. This will open a new window that introduces the user to the program. Click on the Next button to continue.
  • Click on the Next button until the installation begins. During the course of the installation process, you will be shown a status bar that informs you of the progress of installation. Download time varies with the speed of the Internet connection and may take a few minutes to complete.
  • Once the installation is finished, open Games for Windows Live and log into your Windows Live ID and gamertag that you made in step one.

These are the steps to get Xbox Live through Windows Live Games. For further assistance, contact our Windows online support team. The Windows online support team will help you finish the steps successfully.

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Reasons Why Windows 8 Is Failing

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Windows 8 was supposed to be the next big thing for Microsoft, before its launch. Windows 8 was supposed to be the most revolutionary operating system the software maker has ever made. There was much hype before the launch of the software. But, unfortunately for Microsoft, it seems the company is witnessing a Windows Vista repeat. Windows Vista was a nightmare, which took Microsoft many years to recover from. Fortunately, Windows 7 compensated for it and is now reigning supreme.

What went wrong with Windows 8? Many people are dreading the Windows 8 transfer from their Windows 7 version. The main reason might be the difficult to absorb user interface of the new operating system. Windows 8 is more of a culture shock for Windows OS enthusiasts. Windows 8 OS is drastically different from anything Windows users have ever seen. Though Windows 8 contains Windows 7 UI in the form of ‘Desktop Mode’, users still have to go through the new-and-confusing Windows 8 Metro UI.

Apart from that, there are other issues too.  Windows users are familiar with the traditional ‘Start’ button and the ‘Start Menu’. But, in Windows 8, Microsoft has removed the Start menu and replaced it with a ‘Start Screen’. Many find it confusing. The ‘Start’ button was the access point through which users were able to access all the programs and applications in the previous Windows versions. With the absence of Start menu, things might get pretty much confusing for the users.

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Another problem with Windows 8 is that the help and support tutorials are not good enough. In every Windows version, you will find in-built help and support using which you learn how to navigate, access applications and many other things in Windows. The in-built tutorial in Windows 8 is not easily understandable and does not explain certain necessary navigational aspects.

Through Windows 8.1, Microsoft has tried to address some of the issues. Windows 8.1 desktop mode is such that you need not go through the Windows 8 UI at all. Those who prefer using Windows 7 UI can use this desktop mode.

Though Windows 8 is compared to Windows Vista because of its poor market performance. It is actually not that bad if you consider some of the exciting new features it is offering. Windows 8 is modern, advanced and touch screen-friendly. Agreed, there is a learning curve, but if you manage to get over it, the Windows 8 transfer from other Windows versions would indeed be smooth.

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What To Do To Reveal Hidden System Files In Windows 8?

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Every operating system has a list of system files that are crucial for its functions. In modern operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, select system files are hidden to prevent accidental deletion by users. However, you may want to access the system files for various reasons including troubleshooting a problem.

In the Windows 8 family of operating systems (Windows 8 and Windows 8.1), the system files are hidden by default. However, you may want to access them while executing features like Windows 8 transfer. There is a certain level of similarities between Windows 7 and Windows 8 in terms of the preferences for displaying the select hidden files, but the steps to access the hidden files are different for both operating systems. In Windows 7, you have the Start button to access the hidden files but Windows 8 does not have a Start menu and thus the steps for accessing the hidden files are different. Well, don’t worry. The instructions given below should help in locating the hidden files in Windows 8.

Revealing hidden files in Windows 8

The first thing you need to do in order to reveal hidden files in Windows 8 is to reveal them in the system. Once the hidden files are displayed in your system, you can access them and make them visible by your choice.

  • Open the Start Screen of your Windows 8 PC by tapping on the Windows key.
  • Enter Folder Options in the search box. Windows will display a list of search results. You can see these results on the right side of the window.

    Access The System Files

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  • Choose search results by similar names to proceed. Now, Windows will replace the desktop interface with the Folder Options screen.
  • Locate and tap the tab titled View.
  • You will see an option that says Show hidden files, folders and drives. Tap on it to enable it. If you are doubtful whether you will delete any important files by mistake, tick the checkbox before Hide protected operating system files.
  • After adding necessary filters to the hidden files settings, apply the changes. Windows 8 will display the hidden system files now.

Once your purpose of accessing the hidden files is over, it is recommended to keep the system files hidden. You need not have to access the hidden files every time to make changes to advanced Windows 8 features like Windows 8 transfer.

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Windows 8 Shares Falling While Others Are On The Rise

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Although Windows 8 is two years old since its inception in the year 2012, there are no positive hopes on getting a better share in the operating systems market. Windows 8 in any given case cannot come anywhere near the operating system that is still favorite among Windows users that was released in the year 2001- the Windows XP. People are very skeptical about the Windows 8 transfer from Windows XP, and Microsoft is having a tough time convincing customers.

Regardless of the fact that the service and support for Windows XP has ended earlier this year according to the Net Marketshare, the desktop operating system still holds a growing percentage of 25.31. This signifies the rise of the Operating system market share recently from a precious percentage of 25.27 in the month of May. In the meantime, Windows 8 holds a share of mere 5.93 percent, which dropped from the earlier 6.29 percentage in the month of May.

The situation is quite tough for Windows 8 considering the fact that the three-year-old Windows 7 holds the major market share of 50.55. Moreover, the market share has increased from 50.06 percentage in the month of May.

Looking into the bright side of the latest operating system, there is a steady rise in the market share but not at a commendable rate. The market shares for Windows 8.1 were 6.35 percent in the month of May, which rose up to 6.61 in the month of June.

Pondering upon the consistent vicissitudes of the operating system, we can blame on two major crucial reasons. One of the reasons is the release of its successor Windows 8.1 released in the month of October. This later lead to the release of OEM preloaded with Windows 8.1, which was later a major drawback for Windows 8′s downfall. Second reason was that Windows 8.1 was available to Windows 8 users as a freebie, and it is usual for the Windows 8 users to make use of the opportunity.

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When we take up a collective market share of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, it is found to be insignificant. It is likely to remain the same way until their existence. As long as Windows 7 exists, there is no way of Windows 8 outperforming.

Windows 8 could not strike the right note as Windows XP did few years ago. Even if the service and support for Windows XP has come to a standstill, there are plenty of users for the same. Microsoft is having a hard time making people do a Windows 8 transfer from previous operating systems.

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