Explore The Windows 8 Desktop And Start Screen

Windows 8 Transfer

           Windows 8 Features

If you have recently installed Windows 8 on your computer, you will notice that there are a couple of stark changes from the previous versions of Windows. The look and feel of the operating system is entirely different from Windows 7 although performance wise you won’t see much of a change.

The best feature about this operating system is the touch friendly operating system you will experience in this version of Windows. If you have installed this operating system on a touch screen device, you will be able to perform common actions by clicking on the screen itself. Windows 8 transfer will privy you to a number of major improvements in features, which will make you, wonder why these were not present in previous versions of Windows.

Another major difference you will see is the absence of the Start menu. The Start menu icon has been replaced by the all-new Start screen that contains of Tiles instead of menus. The interactive Tiles are much easier to operate by hand and gives a refreshing new look.

In Windows 8, the Start screen will be available upon booting up and the desktop is an App inside the Start screen. This is a reason for confusion for lot of users who have been used to the usual User interface that Windows featured. So in order to reach the Windows 8 desktop, you need to click open the desktop icon from within the Start screen. This will push up the desktop on top and you will be able to play your programs the traditional way from here.

Windows 8 Desktop

            Windows 8 Differences

Once you are inside the Windows 8, you won’t be able to distinguish between different versions of Windows. The operation is the same as long as you do not re-enter the Start screen. The desktop features small windows that are apt to use with keyboard and mouse so you may want to avoid the desktop if you are using a touch screen device.

The Windows 8 desktop runs almost all the previous applications that were executable in previous version of Windows, like Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. The only programs that will not be supported are anti-virus programs, security suites and other utility programs. You will have to download Windows 8 compatible versions for these programs.

Shortly after Windows 8 transfer, once you use the Windows 8 operating system for a while, you will be able to use the OS with dexterity making the best of both worlds, the desktop version as well as the Metro UI version.

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Steps To Upgrade Your Operating System With Windows 8

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              Features Of Windows 8

If your computer is running on any of the outdated operating systems like Windows XP, then it is important that you upgrade the computer to a newer operating system like Windows 8 as early as possible.

Windows XP users have Windows 7 or Windows 8 to upgrade to. Since Windows 7 is older than Windows 8 and also its mainstream support ends next year, it is advisable to carry out a Windows 8 transfer since it is the latest operating system from Microsoft. In this post, we will find out in detail how to carry out this upgrade.

Steps involved

  • Before you initiate Windows 8 upgrade, it is important that you check various things in your computer. For instance, make sure that the computer has proper internet connection. You should have a blank DVD and DVD burning software on your PC.
  • If you wish to save the files in the existing operating system, take a backup. You may use an external hard disk, USB drive or use any of the cloud services like Dropbox for saving the files.
  • Run the program, Windows 8 upgrade assistant on the PC. This tool, after analyzing the configuration of your PC, will recommend which version of Windows 8 is ideal.
  • Once you select the version of the operating system, make payment. This will generate a product key for the operating system. It is advisable to note it down.
  • When the order is processed, the download will begin. You will have to determine how you wish to install the operating system. Choose the option Install later by creating media> ISO file. When the download finishes, burn the file to a DVD.

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               Windows 8 Installation

  • Insert the Windows 8 image disc and this will initiate installation of the updates. You may personalize the operating system by choosing the desired color, settings and name.

With the above steps, you can install Windows 8 operating system on your computer. Microsoft has upgraded Windows 8 with Windows 8.1. Therefore, users who will be looking for a Windows 8 transfer will actually be carrying out a Windows 8.1 upgrade. Windows 8.1 comes with a few changes to Windows 8 after Windows 8 received many complaints against its functioning and features.

If you have any queries regarding the steps mentioned above, you may contact Windows support center or get in touch with our technical support team for assistance.

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Big Organizations Planning To Skip Windows 8.1 To Get Windows 10

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             Upgrade To Windows 8

It is about two years since Microsoft released Windows 8 and one year since its successor Windows 8.1. However, the total market share that both of these operating systems have managed to secure is less than what the unsupported Windows XP holds at the moment – 16.87 percent against 17.35 percent. Microsoft has even announced the end of mainstream support for Windows 7, the most popular Windows operating system at the moment. However, it seems that most of the organizations that run Windows XP in their systems are waiting for the release of Windows 10.

Low demand for Windows 8.1 in the market

It is reported that the demand for Windows 8.1 in the market is very less even though Microsoft integrated many new features and modifications to it in contrast to the less feature-rich and flawed Windows 8. For many, the absence of the Start button in Windows 8/8.1 is the cause of despair. Due to this seemingly harmless omission, Microsoft had to bear many blames. Even the much talked Windows 8 transfer feature seems to have gone unnoticed due to the flaws or the discussions about the flaw.

Termination of Support Services will not help Windows 8.1

Flawed Windows 8

            Windows 8 Upgrade Assistance

It is reported that Microsoft was hoping for a surge in Windows 8 demand in the wake of the termination of mainstream support for Windows 7 and extended support for XP. In Microsoft’s words, XP does not represent Microsoft anymore. It is an unsupported operating system. Microsoft is no more responsible for any technical issues with XP. Meanwhile, Windows 7 is still supported and will continue to be supported for another five years although the mainstream support for the operating system is slated to be lifted on 1st January 2015. However, ending support for both of these flagship operating systems is less likely to make any difference in the demand for Windows 8.1.

First few builds of Windows 10 go viral, big organizations waiting for final release

Interestingly, the first few builds of the upcoming Windows 10 OS seem to have made every Windows users wait for it. It is reported that organizations are no more thinking about a Windows 8.1 transition or features like Windows 8 transfer. Instead, they are waiting for the release of Windows 10 that is slated to hit the market by the middle of next year. Microsoft made Windows 10 builds available for select users for testing purposes.

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Windows 8.1 ECS LIVA Mini PC, The Next Big Thing

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               Windows installed mini PC

Moore’s law was initially met with a lot of skepticism when it was first introduced. However, decades down the line, the observation still holds true. In terms of sheer processing power, the average smart-phone is more powerful than the computers used in the rockets that landed on the moon. Apart from the phenomenal increase in processing power, the size and the costs of computers have decreased exponentially over the year.

However, smaller size has its constraints as well. The usability of a device often depends on the screen size and the choice of input. Although modern smart-phones and tablets are more powerful than desktop computers used not too long ago, the usability of the features is still limited because of the small screen size and the non-availability of keyboard or mouse. In order to bridge this gap and provide a usable computer that is affordable, powerful and small, yet usable at the same time, mini PCs came into being.

These devices may be small, but can be connected to a normal Television to connect it to a PC. Once you have added a wireless keyboard and mouse, you will have the usability of a full-fledged operating system. Till now, mini-PCs were not marketed by major corporations nor did they feature Windows operating system. All that is set to change once ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) releases its LIVA Mini PC for public sale. The mini PC measures merely 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.2 inches in size. However, it boasts a Intel Bay Trial Processor with Windows 8.1 operating system; so, no need for Windows 8 transfer!

Windows 8.1 operating system

            Mini PC with Windows

This mini PC is among the first to be pre-supplied with Windows 8.1 operating system and features an impressive Intel Celeron N2807 processor as well as 2 Gigabytes of RAM. Other notable features of the Mini PC include 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4 low-energy connectivity. While most other devices only contain a single USB drive, LIVA has both micro USB as well as USB 3.0 compatible USB ports.  Windows 8 transfer makes it one of the most functional mini PCs to be released till date.

However, ECS is yet to release the pricing information of LIVA. Most interested users want to know if the device will be available under the price range of around $200.  If confirmed, this device is sure to illicit a lot of response from gadget enthusiasts as well as raise the roof for Mini PC makers to come.

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Microsoft Trying Hard To Propel The Windows 8 Sales

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                 Windows 8 Features

Is Windows 8 that bad an OS? Well, most users who had done Windows 8 transfer in the initial stages and then reverted back to XP and 7 would say YES to this. The fact is that the touch-centric OS version failed miserably in attracting the users and thus was dubbed as Microsoft’s biggest failure in the decade.

In 2012, when the software giant launched Windows 8, the operating system was claimed to have the most unique and sophisticated features, which were unheard of in the previous versions. Well, it can be said that Microsoft was forced to launch an OS that was compatible with the touch-screen devices that had begun to dominate the market.

However, when the company released its own touch-centric OS version, it failed to attract the users. Microsoft had included some interesting features like the Charms bar, live tiles and Metro UI interface in the Windows 8 operating system to allure the users. But in the process of making the OS the most advanced one, the company excluded some of the basic features, much to the dismay of a large number of Windows users.

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                 Windows 8 OS

Many users opted for the Windows 8 transfer when the operating system hit the market in August, 2012. However, most of these called up the Windows support team because according to them the options in Windows 8 were too complicated. The fact that it comprised of two desktop interfaces even made users ponder over the options to turn off and reboot their systems. Also, the Start Menu, which had been an integral part of Windows XP and Windows 7, wasn’t there in this OS. All these factors contributed to the dismal performance of Windows 8 in the market.

Shortly after the launch of Windows 8, the software giant was forced to release Windows 8.1, which was nothing but a tweaked in version of the same touch-sensitive OS. The main attraction in Windows 8.1 was that it comprised of a Start button, which was to retrieve all those users who had dumped Windows 8 due to the unavailability of the Start Menu. However, even this OS version failed to charm the users as most of them were now satisfied with Windows 7 and XP.

Now, the company has already ended the support for Windows XP. With the same for Windows 7 in the pipeline, one can say that Microsoft is looking to revamp the Windows 8 sales, before Windows 10 hits the market.

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