Reports Indicate Stagnation In Windows 8 Sale

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It seems that Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 OS is approaching a standstill. Reports indicate that the adoption of rate of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have hit the lowest ever since the launch. Statistics published by Net Applications have also signalled the fate of Windows 8. The highlights of the report from Net Applications are given below.

According to the report, Windows 8 family of operating systems held 12.48 percent of the total Windows market share. It clearly indicates that the percentage hasn’t shown any sign of improvements over the last few months. According to experts, there are two factors responsible for the slow adoption of Windows 8, the popularity of Windows 7 and the hope that the upcoming Windows 9 operating system will outdo Windows 8.

It seems that people are no more talking about the much hyped Windows 8 features such as Windows 8 transfer and Windows Metro User Interface. In fact, the Metro UI has contributed to the low adoption rate of Windows 8. Windows 8 transfer was appreciated by many. Nevertheless, it remains an isolated feature.

TechBldr’s Joseph Awe opines that Microsoft comes up with flawless operating systems in every eight years. Microsoft released its flagship operating system Windows XP in 2001. Within a few months, the operating system crossed all the previous records and turned out to be the most popular Windows operating system until Windows 7 was released in 2009. Windows Vista, which was released prior to Windows 7 in 2007, could not allure many customers.

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Many consider Vista to be the most flawed and criticized Windows operating system. But new reports indicate that Vista has been replaced by Windows 8 to be known as the most flawed Windows operating system.

How does the termination of XP support impact Windows 8 market share?

When the tech giant lifted Windows XP support on 8th of April, many believed that it was going to boost Windows 8 sale. But, what happened is just the opposite. In fact, the end of Windows XP support helped Windows 7 gain market share remarkably.

The tech world is looking forward now to the release of Windows 9, codenamed Windows threshold. There are rumours that Windows 9 would return most traditional Windows features including the Start button. Apparently, desktop/laptop users would immensely appreciate it. The ability of Windows 9 to fit to the device where it is being installed and optimize its features is another highlight that has caught the attention of many.

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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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CES 2012 Xbox Companion Review

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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.

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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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