Windows 8.1 Update 2 Could Reinstate Start Menu

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Despite having sold millions of Windows 8 copies in all this time, one thing Microsoft cannot make this OS do is outperform its predecessors, Windows 7 or Windows XP. Most of the Windows user base still prefers the latter to the outlandish Windows 8.x, which earned Microsoft untold censure for scrapping the Start Menu from it. Many who went in for the Windows 8 transfer even reverted to their old operating systems, through one way or another.

Since they released the OS, Microsoft has been given no chance to forget what an integral part of Windows the Start menu had been. Users are actually quite acquainted with the presence of the Start menu in Windows ecosystem. So when Microsoft dropped it from the design, loyalists put out an even louder cry than at the time of the Vista fiasco.

It took some time, but Microsoft has finally relented to bringing it back with their next update for Windows 8. A screenshot of the new Start menu was revealed amid bustle of the World cup festivities. This looks more like a hybrid, of the traditional menu and the metro look, which Microsoft have suffered so much over they are averse to letting it go completely. This new menu lets you pin stuff to it, and so will be more productive, supposedly.

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Another interesting thing the screenshot showed was that the menu was running on Windows 8.1 Pro build 9788, which means it is compatible with the next update, so there is a chance we will see it as early as with Win 8.1 Update 2. The image has been confirmed as real by reliable authority, and sources say Microsoft uses a similar build inside its offices. However, this still does not mean we will be getting it, whether with 8.1 Update 2, or later. We just have to wait until then.

The Windows 8.1 Update 2 is slated for somewhere around the end of this year if they are on schedule and keep on it. It will be a treat to get the Start menu back that soon. Microsoft taught many of us long past, why not to have too many hopes riding on an impending release. Windows 8 was highly anticipated before it was due, as was Vista, and look where that went.

Therefore, as said, we will have to sit back and wait. Meanwhile, if you have trouble with Windows 8 transfer and returning to Windows 7 or older, we offer tech support with that.

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Third Party Tools For Data Migration Between Windows Operating Systems

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Windows Easy Transfer is a data migration tool that Microsoft has released to enable users transfer data between multiple PCs supported by different operating systems. In terms of features, Windows Easy Transfer is quite similar to Windows 8 transfer. Nevertheless, it has a major difference from the latter. While Windows Easy Transfer lets you transfer data between multiple devices supported by various Windows operating systems, Windows 8 transfer is limited by the fact that it supports data migration between only Windows 8 devices.

Downsides of Windows Easy Transfer

That said, Windows Easy Transfer is not void of flaws. It suffers a major drawback. It is not compatible with Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8.1. In fact, most of the users require a data migration tool to transfer data from an old PC to a new one, often supported by the latest Windows 8.1 operating system. When you attempt to use Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows 8.1 PC, you realize that it does not let you save settings from the current PC but loads settings from an old PC. Obviously, this is not what you are looking for. Therefore, you would need an alternative tool to do the job.

Luckily, there are a couple of third party data migration tools which are compatible with almost all Windows operating systems, for instance PCmover and PCTrans. Both of these tools are rich in features and simple to use. Nonetheless, it is advisable to use PCTrans if you are not ready to part some dollars. PCTrans is a free tool while PCmover is paid. Look at the below steps to learn how to use PCTrans for data migration between your PCs running diverse operating systems.

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  • Download PCTrans tool. You should be able to download it freely from any of the popular download centres like Once downloaded, install it on the two PCs in the same network between which you wish to transfer data.
  • The program on one PC will detect that the other PC that has the program.
  • Now, specify the data migration mode (targeted computer >current computer or current computer>targeted computer).
  • Browse the files that have to be transferred. You can do it by navigating to the Edit button and then clicking the browse button from the dropdown menu. Once the file selection is over, click OK to begin the data migration.

Following the above steps, you would have transferred data between two different PCs supported by diverse operating systems in the same network. If you have any questions regarding the same, contact our support desk.

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Transferring Windows 8 OS To SSD The Easy Way

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Contrary to popular perception, you can theoretically transfer operating system to a new SSD hard drive, if you have recently upgraded it without the need of reinstallation of the entire operating system. However, until now, it has intimidated even the most experienced Windows users, since this requires cloning your system drive using the appropriate tools.

The process, earlier considered as time-consuming and filled with errors even by the professional users, has now become an extremely simple affair with EaseUS Partition Master professional tool. Windows 8 transfer has never been this easier, all thanks to the EaseUS Partition Master tool that does all the work for you.

Using this tool, you will be able to transfer Windows 8 operating system into SSD hard drive without any hassles whatsoever. Here’s how you do this the right way:

  • From the official website, select the right version of the EaseUS Partition Master program and then install it.
  • Once installed, launch the application from the Start menu. Click on the Migrate OS to SSD/HDD option, which is available in the Main Menu.
  • Since you have SSD hard-disk, choose this option as the destination disk.
  • Proceed to delete all the partitions on the destination disk. You are forewarned: deleting the partitions will automatically delete the data inside the destination disk as well. So, backup all your data on to a different location before you delete the entire disk.

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  • Resize the partition on your destination disk. This has been made extremely simple through the use of Disk map, where you can estimate the current size of the partition and how individual partitions will change the size of the location.
  • Click on Finish to witness the final destination disk information.
  • Your will be able to preview the result in the left panel Pending Operations.

Even after the entire Windows 8 transfer, you will be able to resize the disk partitions in your SSD using the same EaseUS Partition Master. This program has an intuitive interface that will help even the most novice users to transfer their operating system without the help of any external assistance. However, if the need may arise, do not shy away from contacting our technical support team in order to seek assistance. Our staff of experienced professionals will give you easy instructions that you can follow. If all else fails, they will troubleshoot the issue themselves using Remote Access.

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Windows 8.1 Gains Market Share Against Windows 8

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For the first time, Windows 8.1 has left Windows 8 behind and has become the second most widely used Windows operating system. Well, in terms of market share at the moment, Windows 8.1 has only the third position. Windows 7 secures about half of the total Windows market share while Windows XP takes up ¼. Nevertheless, when it comes to supported operating systems, Windows 8.1 is ranked second in terms of market share. Windows Vista occupies about 6 percent of the market share and Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 take up 6.35 percent and 6.29 percent of the market shares respectively. The latest report of the Windows market share was released by Netmarketshare.

Remarkable changes in the Windows market share in the last few months

Last few months witnessed remarkable changes in the Windows market share. Windows 8.1, the latest Windows operating system from Microsoft, saw a slight increase in the number of people adopting it while Windows 8, the predecessor of Windows 8.1, saw many abandoning it. Microsoft allows Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free given that they have a valid product key. Windows 8.1 is integrated with many new features and has retained old features like Windows 8 transfer.

Another interesting change reported last month was the number of users migrating to Windows 7. Experts say that the termination of Windows XP support has triggered the migration to the Windows 7. Traditional users are not quite happy with the new Windows 8 interface and the sophisticated features. They would rather use the modest Windows 7. It is said that this is the first time a Windows operating system is gaining market share after the release of its successor.

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Will Windows 8 outdo Windows 7?

Recently, a tech journal predicted that Windows 8 would never outdo Windows 7. The latest trends are a sign that this prediction is well founded. What makes Windows 7 popular at present is that it provides much compatibility with most of the latest applications as well as older applications. Conversely, Windows 8 supports only the recently released applications. It will sure support all the upcoming applications. However, if users have to run their legacy applications, they have to downgrade to an older operating system or run the application in compatibility mode.

Features like Windows 8 transfer have helped Windows 8 be somewhat appealing for few users. But, the absence of traditional features and an unfriendly interface has taken a toll on it.

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Start Menu All Set To Return In Windows 9

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In this present age, where everything is at our fingertips with the help of internet, one cannot keep anything under wraps for long. Soon or later, every breaking news leaks online and then, it is discussed on various forums. We are talking here about the tech industry in particular, where big firms like Apple and Microsoft try their best to save the details about their latest products until they make the big announcement. Of course, in many cases, they themselves leak the information to build up the anticipation, which might result in more number of sales within the first week of the product’s official release.

Windows 9 details leaked

The latest leak in the tech industry is the details about the next Windows OS from Microsoft. This is surprising because Microsoft is expected to release yet another update to Windows 8 called Windows 8.1 Update 3 in 2015. They recently released a Windows 8 transfer app to help XP users move their data to the new Windows 8 or 8.1 OS. But, it seems that there might not be an Update 3 for Windows 8.1 after all.

Experts assume that Microsoft has given up on the failed Windows 8 project, and has already started working on the next generation Windows. The leaked screenshots of Windows 9 indicate the return of a full Start Menu back at its original position. According to leaked reports, this new OS project is right now called Windows Threshold.

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However, you can easily assume that it will be released as Windows 9 rather than Windows 8.2 or some update, as Microsoft would want to disassociate their new OS from the failed Windows 8 franchise. In fact, the hurried development and the tentative 2015 release date show that Microsoft wants to put the Windows 8 fiasco behind them as fast as possible.

The leaked images show that they have finally listened to Windows users and have decided to bring back the Start Menu in full and not just the Start button with a few essential options as they did in Windows 8.1. Yet again, this will not be the same Start Menu as you had in Windows 7 or earlier. In Windows 9, you will see a combination of the classic Start Menu with the new Metro apps screen. The All Programs link will be replaced by an All Apps option, which will open a truncated form of the Metro apps screen.

It is also rumored that this might be made available to the Windows 8.1 users as a free update, along with a Windows 8 transfer app for moving data to the new platform.

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