If the operating system in your computer is Windows 8 and your system is equipped with UEFI instead of BIOS, then you would know that your computer would turn on in about seven seconds. The boot time in Windows 8 computers are so fast that you may not get enough time to get into the advanced boot options menu.
Boot Menu features
Boot menu is an extremely helpful feature, especially when your computer gets into troubles. The boot options menu allows you to access various features like System repair, different safe mode options, boot logging, last known good configuration, low-resolution video mode, and directory services restore mode etc.
Setback due to the fast boot
With the launch of Windows 8, a large number of people have migrated to it using the Windows 8 transfer packs and other upgrade options. Most of these users whose computers have SSD devices in them are really amazed by this boot time. Remember that the boot time of earlier versions of Windows were more than double compared to Windows 8. Therefore, now with this extremely fast boot time, people find it difficult to get to the advanced boot menu options, unless their systems have BIOS instead of UEFI in them.
Microsoft has come up with the solution. It has now completely redesigned the way the Windows 8 gets to the boot options. With the new architecture, your computer gets into the boot menu if it fails to boot properly twice. Now you can enter the advanced boot options menu in a number of ways. One is to go to the ‘System settings’ in Windows 8 and then selecting ‘Advanced Startup’. Another option is to restart your computer and while it restarts, press and hold the shift key on your keyboard. Once you enter the boot menu, you can make necessary changes or log into the computer in safe mode, safe mode with command prompt or safe mode with networking. You also have the options to change the boot device priority in the advanced boot menu options.
If you were using an earlier version of Windows like Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and have just upgraded to Windows 8 using a Windows 8 transfer pack, then it will be a joy to watch your computer turn on within seconds. Now with the redesigned of boot options by Microsoft, you will not find it difficult to get to the advanced boot options menu.
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Right from the release of the latest Windows platform by Microsoft, Windows 8 gained both positive as well as negative reviews. Though Microsoft guarantees that the latest operating system performs faster than any other Windows versions, some traditional users rate it lower. Users find it difficult to adapt with the new features, which look good on touch screen devices, but unfriendly (as per the users) on desktops. Those who moved on with Windows 8, rate the operating system higher experiencing it’s faster performance, new user interface, the advanced graphics, and features like Cloud apps, live tiles on desktop, Windows 8 transfer, speedy boot, Windows live syncing etc.
Windows Market share
Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 were released in the month of October, three years apart, to gain the December holiday season & attract most of the buyers. Windows 7 attained a 9 percent of market share of the desktop operating system by five months. But the December holiday season could not grab much attention towards Windows 8, resulting in a mere increase of 0.41 percent in the market share. Windows 8 has achieved only a 2.67 percent of the market share in the past five months.
As per Net Applications, & the data collected from its vast network of around 40,000 websites & 160 million visitors, Windows 8 is showing a very slow & minute growth on the graph of market share per month. Also, when compared to Windows Vista standing at 5.17 percent, Windows 8 stands just at the half way.
With regard to Windows market share, Windows 7 leads the market share with 44 percent, unchanged for the past six months, while Windows XP declining with a continued fall of half a percent per month.
Windows 8 developed for PCs and tablets equally face ups & downs in establishing in the market. Where Android devices & iPads have dominated the market of Tablet PCs over the past, Windows 8 still lags behind to offer users with a better experience. The good news for Windows 8 is that, it has overtaken recent versions of Apple’s OSX, with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion standing at 2.61 percent.
Windows 8 may have a gradual growth, but it promises the best to users who desire for a change. With the Windows 8 transfer feature & developed apps, which work on desktops, tablets & Windows phone, Windows 8 will soon change the trends of the cyber market. Let us hope the best for Windows 8.
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Many people who’ve done the Windows 8 transfer are now wondering if they’ve made a mistake trading in the familiarity of Windows 7 for the added features in Windows 8. But then there’s the Advanced Startup Option feature, using which, users can access all the repair tools in Windows 8 including System Restore, Command Prompt, Reset Your PC and Refresh Your PC.
Normally, users will find ‘Advanced Startup Option’ popping up automatically after two successive startup errors. Nevertheless, if any user wants to access this option to fix other concerns, this is possible. Users can manually access this option using the following three methods.
Method 1: PC Settings
Method 2: Shutdown Command
Method 3: Boot from your Windows 8 Installation Media
With the above list of methods, you should have been able to access the ‘Advanced Startup Option’ during your Windows 8 transfer. Contact an expert in case of any further concern.
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Windows Media Center is a program developed by Microsoft, which allows users to manage as well as play music & videos. It also offers an option to stream and record live videos. The program was first introduced with Windows XP Media Center edition, but it really came into the limelight in the Windows Vista, which really brought out the software’s strengths. The application was further developed and included with Windows 7 pack, and is available as an add-on for Windows 8 Pro computers.
Windows Media Center can also be downloaded and installed from the official Microsoft website, available free for a limited period for genuine Windows 8 Pro users. There are many third party websites, which offer downloading Windows 8 and Windows Media Center free. You can try Windows Media Center with Windows 8 Pro by opting any of the options. Just sign up for the Windows Media Center and you will receive a license key through mail.
Installing Windows Media Center
Follow the guidelines below to install the utility in your system running on Windows 8 Pro.
Microsoft skipped providing support for this utility in the starter pack of Windows 8, but the program functions without any issues in Windows 8 Pro. While it is always better to opt for genuine Windows platform, downloading Windows 8 Pro from any third party websites also will not hinder installing the add-on to your computer.
Install the utility on your Windows 8 Pro computer and enjoy the features of the best media management suite for Microsoft Windows.
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Windows 8, the new operating system from Microsoft is loaded with features and enhancements. The new long awaited operating system has come out with significant improvements not only in its interface but also in file systems. Windows 8 transfer helps transfer files and documents with more ease and security. NTFS or commonly known as NT File System is a type of file system. NTFS file system maintains and arranges files on your hard disk. NTFS contains transaction logs and this can be handy if a disk failure occurs. NTFS comes with improved and added features with the launch of Windows 8. Some of the improved features of NTFS in Windows 8 are listed below.
The above-mentioned online features of NTFS file system allow you to scan even large volumes of data that can be checked without fail. The file system downtime is considerably low and it incurs only when it is necessary. This downtime is relative to the detected corruptions.
All these features increase the NTFS uptime. With all these enhanced features, more and more people use Windows 8 transfer packs to try out this feature rich operating system.
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