Windows 10 Requirements The Same As Those Of Windows 8

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That Windows 10 is coming out next year, is yesterday’s news. This new OS is supposed to be Microsoft’s deliverer from the ditch they dug themselves with the Windows 8 fiasco. The only thing out yet is the Technical preview, although multiple builds have surfaced, with each fixing several bugs and errors. The consumer preview is slated for January.

One of the many attractive things about Windows 10 is that the hardware specs it calls for probably won’t be as substantial as the Windows 8 requirements. At least, that’s what we though until the tweet from Frank Shaw at Microsoft; saying the requirements would be the same actually.

This tweet also has a rant aimed at Wall Street Journal for telling people to stay away from new Windows 8 machines, and instead wait around for Windows 10. Presumably, in keeping with Microsoft’s interests, Shaw aired the notion that this might be a stupid thing to do. And almost as an afterthought, he mentioned the Windows 8 requirements being the same as what you’d need to run Windows 10 on a PC; meaning that you could try both OSs on the same machine.

Here’s a quick look at the current Windows 8.1 specs.

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor, which should support PAE, NX, and SSE2.
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) of Ram for optimal speed.

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  • 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) of storage space on the hard disk you’re installing onto.
  • At least a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver, which isn’t too much.

All in all, the required specs aren’t too high at all, but then this wasn’t all that hard to fathom. Low-end hardware requirements seem to be trending now, if news of the upcoming HP Stream laptop is anything to go by. And naturally, it’s easier to sell a new OS if it doesn’t need a better machine to run on. The best thing is to get Windows 10 as close as possible to Windows 7 in specs although there do happen to be a few minor changes. One addition to the requirements is the need for PAE, NX, and SSE2 support, which something under Windows 8 wouldn’t have needed.

Keep your ears peeled for more on Windows 10. Although they’ve said no more builds till next year, you can sure get a lot from the publicized user feedback, and educated responses form the company.

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Windows 8.1 Is The Second Most Used OS On PCs

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There’s been a lot going on with Microsoft these past few days. For one thing, the Windows 8.1 OS has managed something that many didn’t see happening anytime soon. It has finally accomplished what was supposed to be the Windows 8 milestone initially, and become the second most used OS on desktops. That means it beat XP to get where it is right now.

Achievement of the Windows 8 milestone aside, this OS isn’t anywhere near the popular Windows 7. The latter OS has a user share of almost 56% and this is probably going up until support stops in January. XP comes third with 11.79 percent, while Mac OS X manages an 8.98 percent. The Windows 8 OS comes next, with a 5.5 percent user share. Windows 8 and 8.1 make up the mobile OS front for Microsoft, and take up 17.42 percent of the global shares.

XP, which was the second most popular OS until they scrapped support for it in April, is fast losing users to the other versions. After the event, this platform has received no security updates or patch fixes, meaning that it’s vulnerable to a veritable assortment of malicious attacks. The main winner out of this situation was Windows 7, which raked up most of the users leaving XP for more secure and yet familiar territory.

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Windows 10, the impending OS from Microsoft, is the one they’re pulling their hopes on. Even users disgruntled by Windows 8′s unfamiliarity are trying to form a better outlook towards what might be the best OS Microsoft ever came up with. The technical preview version they’ve let out is growing more popular by the day, which is doubly why they need to be careful about user satisfaction this time around.

The new version is set to bring back many of the older features along with a set of new ones, which means this could possibly rival Windows 7 in popularity. The latter is one of Microsoft’s biggest problems at this juncture, because it keeps users from buying anything new that they come up with. Windows 10 might change that a bit. There’s even rumor going around that it will be free for Windows 8.1 users, which means Microsoft is nothing if not eager to cut losses. But XP and windows 7 were as far from losses as the company has ever gone. This goes to show how serious they are about moving on.

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Windows 10 Set To Correct Windows 8 Problems

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The world’s leading software maker, the Redmond based company Microsoft corporation, has surprised Windows users and Windows fans by revealing the new Windows 10. Windows 10 is the latest OS in the Windows family of Operating Systems. We all know, Windows 9 was to be the rumored OS. The company has made a tactical and psychological move by skipping a version number by unveiling the Windows 10 preview. A sneak peek on the latest Windows OS would show that there are a lot of modifications that users would love.

Microsoft had made a major misstep by introducing Windows 8, which was supposed to be the next big thing in the OS world. Not only did the software failed big time, it has also been compared to the nightmarish Windows Vista. Microsoft Windows 8 has earned the ignominious status as one of the worst Windows OS ever developed by the software giant.

Actually, the main problem with Windows 8 was the difficult-to-absorb User Interface. The software maker had huge expectations concerning the new Modern UI. The user interface is nothing like anything you have seen in Windows before. Actually, Microsoft made a blunder by introducing the new UI so early. Windows 7 users abhor the new user interface saying that is too complex to navigate. There are many features, but it is difficult to access those features because most of the users do not know how. Moreover, the in-built help and support mode is not of much help. Actually, you find it more confusing.

It is not just the UI, which has caused the OS to receive so much criticism. Microsoft even meddled with some of the traditional features and elements. There is no Start button or Start Menu. Windows users will agree that the Start menu is one of the most recognizable things in Windows. So, when the company omitted these basic things, people are bound to be annoyed.

Windows 8 Problems

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There is a Desktop mode, which is like built-in Windows 7 in Windows 8. But, the Desktop Mode can only be accessed by going through the confusing Windows 8 UI features. It cannot be directly accessed.

Windows 10 seems to have addressed the majority of the Windows 8 problems. The desktop is back, so is the Start menu. You will find the remnants of Windows 8 in the application tiles, which appear on the right of the Start Menu.

The latest Windows OS looks far more acceptable and cooler for Windows users. The shipping version will only be available next year. It sure looks exciting; let’s wait and see!

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Final Build Of Windows 10 To Be Released In 2015

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As far as the updates for mobile operating systems are concerned, you cannot pick the best one that easily, especially between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Even though Microsoft has its own ecosystem, it is entirely different for tablets and Smartphones. Windows RT is used for tablets whereas Windows Phone OS is used in Windows Smartphones.

As there are various operating systems available for different devices, it is always confusing the way in which Microsoft operating systems work. Other than Windows Phone OS and Windows RT operating system, some of the other operating systems are Windows 8 for desktop computers and laptops. However, it looks like Microsoft is looking to combine both the operating systems of tablets and Smartphones into one single operating system.

The Redmond-based tech behemoth is all set for the release of Microsoft new operating system, the Windows 10 Operating System. This will be a combination of both the operating systems used in Windows phones and tablets. As far as the release date is concerned, it is expected to come out in the year 2015. It is also expected that an early bird release might be rolled out before that.

Now talking about the name for the new operating system, Windows 10 Operating System will not have any other name. Microsoft may plan to call the operating system simply as Windows. When you look into the latest commercials released by Microsoft for Lumia 930, it is evident that the operating system would be called Windows since the Redmond giant has been referring to the operating system the same way. Moreover, they did not mention the phone to be Windows Phone in the commercials.

Windows 10 Operating System

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Apart from the commercials released by Microsoft, the latest HTC’s Windows run phone is also not referred to Windows Phone. Instead, the Smartphone is called by its name HTC One M8 for Windows. The usual practice of operating systems from Microsoft was to add a number with every new build, like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 98, or Windows 95. Nevertheless, with the Microsoft new operating system, looks like numbers do not matter anymore.

Hence, from now on, Microsoft is planning to roll out updates for the forthcoming operating system, rather than releasing major operating system platforms as such. It looks as if Microsoft is taking keen interest on knowing about the feedbacks of Windows users. If you are looking to upgrade, it would be worth to wait until the latest Windows 10 OS is out.

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Windows Kernel Number Will Also Change In The New OS

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It was a surprise when Microsoft new operating system was officially titled Windows 10 instead of Windows 9. But, the changes in the OS kernel number that will accompany the OS name was an even bigger surprise. Traditionally, Microsoft follows the same old OS kernel numbering system, no matter what the OS is called in the market.

Windows 10 will have the OS Kernel number 10

For example, Windows 7 has the OS kernel number 6.1. Microsoft has been following this Windows NT Kernel system correctly so far. The OS version number mentioned in the product name used to have no connection with OS kernel number. Windows 8 OS has the kernel number 6.2 and the kernel number for Windows 8.1 is, predictably, 6.3.

Recently, Microsoft announced that they are changing the Windows NT kernel numbering system as well in Microsoft new operating system. Windows 10 OS will have the same Kernel number as the OS product name, 10. However, the Windows 10 Preview features the old kernel numbering system 6.4. Obviously, Windows 10 Final version will have a different Windows OS kernel than the trial version.

This has led to a lot of speculation and Microsoft has only issued a few statements regarding this matter. For instance, it is assumed that Microsoft is planning to move away from the Windows NT kernel they have been using so far. This new OS Kernel core is said to be called OneCore and the changes in the Kernel numbering system merely reflects these changes. But, Microsoft has so far not confirmed this.

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But, the fact that the kernel number is set to change in Windows 10 is indeed true, since this information was mentioned in one of their official blog posts. In that article, Microsoft drew the attention of software developers to the Windows NT kernel number change set to happen in Windows 10. It was stated that the UA string value for Windows NT kernel will change to 10 from 6.4 in the next Windows OS version and the software developers were urged to write the codings for their software applications by making the necessary changes.

Microsoft made a similar leap in Kernel number with Windows Vista. Windows XP’s kernel version number was 5.2. But, in Vista, this jumped to 6.0. But, with Windows 10, Microsoft is making an even bigger leap. Perhaps, this indicates a complete change in the OS kernel system followed so far.

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