Windows 8 Gets More Users After End Of XP Support

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Windows 8 operating system has finally managed to come out of the shadows of its predecessor, Windows XP. Launched in 2012, the OS was touted to be the most advanced among the other operating systems with an array of unique and novel features. Some of these features such as the Charms bar and inclusion of live tiles were truly out of the box and were reminiscent of the latest technology Microsoft had adopted.

However, many users started to criticize this operating system stating the fact that Windows 8 provided a cumbersome and tiring computing experience to the users. These naysayers were of the opinion that they were unable to even perform the basic functions in their Windows 8 computers owing to the exclusion of the traditional Start button. Hence, although Windows 8 milestone surpassed what Vista had achieved upon its arrival, the sales began to dip eventually. Due to such a unanimous rejection of the OS, the company was forced to introduce Windows 8.1 operating system, which was nothing but a tweaked in version of Windows 8 itself. Still, there were many users who were interested in relying on the aged versions like Windows XP and Windows 7.

It was then that Microsoft decided to put an end to the mainstream support for Windows XP in order to allure the users to migrate to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. On April 8, 2014, the software giant terminated the services for Windows XP. Hence, many users started to upgrade to the successive versions of Windows. Most of the XP users preferred upgrading to Windows 7 because the operating system was most user-friendly and advanced. Windows 8 and 8.1 sales also witnessed a considerable growth and thus, one could say that Microsoft’s strategy to revamp the sales actually worked.

Live Tiles

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With this trend, it is clear that Windows 8 milestone will reach more users in the future than what Windows XP had managed to get. Now, the company has also decided to end the support for Windows 7, which now has almost 50% of the total user share. This is all a part of the marketing strategy to make more users get acquainted with the touch-centric features before Windows 9 hits the market.

Evidently, Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 9 to have the same fate as of its predecessors in terms of sales as well as acceptance. Hence, it will be interesting to see what all new tactics the company would employ in the near future.

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Is Your Computer's Hardware Configuration Suitable For Windows 8?

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Windows XP users no longer receive support for their operating systems and it has become inevitable for these users to upgrade the operating system to one that still receives support. One of the best choices that these users could make to upgrade is to Windows 8. There are many advantages of upgrading to Windows 8. The operating system is all set to receive updates until 2023 and therefore, users would not have to worry about upgrading their operating systems for the next few years. The operating system comes with a dual interface and is much faster than its predecessors.

Now, if you are a Windows XP user, you may have to carry out a hardware upgrade before installing Windows 8 on your computers. In this post, we will find out the essential Windows 8 requirements.

Processor speed

As Windows 8 carries out quicker processing of applications, you cannot compromise on processor speed. The minimum speed of the processor should be 1 GHz. It should be capable of carrying out 32-bit or 64-bit processing.

Random Access Memory

RAM decides how efficient you could run applications on your computer. With higher RAM, you can run multiple programs simultaneously without lag. In order to run Windows 8, the minimum RAM should be 1 GB for the 32-bit version or 2 GB for the 64-bit version.

Hard disk

The hard disk of your computer should have a free space of at least 16 GB in order to install the 32-bit version of Windows 8. 64-bit version of Windows 8 requires 4 GB of additional space, which is 20 GB.

Random Access Memory

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Graphics card

Unlike the earlier operating systems from Microsoft, Windows 8 comes with a dual interface. The various graphical animations and working of the apps in the operating system would be perfect only with a good graphics driver. Windows 8 requires a graphics driver that supports DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0.

Most of the Windows XP computers may not fulfill these Windows 8 requirements. This is because Windows XP was a much lighter operating system and required only less configuration. It is advisable that you calculate the cost of upgrading the hardware components first; if you find that this cost almost equals buying a new computer, go for a computer that has Windows 8 preinstalled in it. Users can also upgrade their Windows 8 operating systems to Windows 8.1 with the free upgrade option provided by Microsoft.

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A Brief Look At The Development Of Windows 8

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We have the latest Windows operating system Windows 8.1 on our laptops and desktops but mostly we never care to know about the various milestones in the making of this OS. Evaluating each Windows 8 milestone in detail is not that easy. However, I am happy to give you a brief account of the various milestones in the making of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

We should understand that Microsoft started working on Windows 8 immediately after the launch of Windows 7, back in 2009. We got the final version of Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. The latest major update to the OS was rolled out in April, 2014. Microsoft reveals that it had multiple phases before releasing Windows 8 in 2012.

Each Windows 8 milestone had a special purpose and the move to the next milestone was done only after the purpose of the previous milestone was achieved. A brief account of the major milestones is described below.

M1 (Milestone One)

Microsoft releases the prototype of Windows 8 to select internet testers in the month of October, 2010.

M2

The first beta version (B1) of Windows 8 is released to select testers. This is the first time that Microsoft is not rolling out the beta version to the public.

M3 (July 2011)

Microsoft is almost done with developing the second beta version of the operating system. However, the tech giant does not roll this out to the public for unknown reasons.

Prototype Of Windows 8

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Milestone 4

In fact, Milestone 4 is the final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) release. It took place in August 2012, two months prior to the OS was made generally available.  Microsoft released the final version of Windows 8 to the public in October 2012. Three different phases took place between M3 and M4, which are not included in the milestones. These phases are the developer preview release in September 2011, Consumer Preview release (final beta) in February 2012 and Enterprise Preview that took place in June 2012.

Despite all these efforts, Microsoft was severely criticized for depriving Windows 8 of traditional as well as modern features. The tech giant released a major update to the OS in August 2013. The update titled Windows 8.1 addressed many problems that Windows 8 suffered. In April 2014, the Redmond giant released the latest update to the OS. It is reported that Microsoft is currently working on the next major upgrade to Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows threshold.

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When Can You Expect Windows 9 To Hit The Market?

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When Microsoft released Update 2 for its Windows 8.1 operating system, everyone expected it to make major changes to the operating system. However, apart from a few security updates and bug fixes, there were no major inclusions, which made a radical change in the operating system. According to experts, this is a clear indication that the latest Windows OS can be out at any point of time. The new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 9, is expected to hit the stores by late 2014 or early 2015.

When Frank Shaw, the chief of Microsoft Communications was asked about the period on how often to expect the release of an operating system, he said that the company is not interested or ready for such talks. However, he said, “you have certainly seen across a variety of our products a cadence that looks like that; Windows Phone is a good for example of that, our services are a good example of that”.

Earlier, Windows business chief Tami Reller had said that Windows 8 would have multiple selling seasons. Each selling season means the release of a new update or new version of the operating system. We saw the release of update 1 for Windows 8 earlier this year and now, update 2. Now, since update 2 does not include any major changes, we can conclude that this selling season is over and can expect Windows 9 soon.

Windows 8.1

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One of the famous Microsoft bloggers, Paul Thurrot said earlier this year that he expects the release of Windows 9 by April 2015. If this becomes true, we would see the release of an operating system within three years of the release of Windows 8. One of the reasons for the release of a new operating system is the bad performance of Windows 8. The operating system, which was released in 2012, drew grave criticisms from all corners such that Microsoft had to make a few changes to the operating system and release Windows 8.1 in 2013.

FaiKee, one of the best Microsoft leaker had released two documents in May that possibly give an idea about the release dates of Windows 9. The documents were released to the public by ‘My Digital Life forums’ and included a text that says ‘Windows 9 Windows Preview Release @ 2015 02-03.’ As per this statement, the latest Windows OS could be released in February or May 2014.

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Steps To Upgrade Your Old Operating System To Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft released Windows 8, there were many expectations for Windows fans. However, it could not fulfill these expectations due to its various drawbacks. However, Microsoft new operating system Windows 8.1 was released to overcome all these drawbacks. In this post, we will find out how to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from various operating systems.

From Windows 8

All Windows 8 users are allowed to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 8.1 free. As both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 require the same minimum hardware configuration, Windows 8 users do not have to upgrade their hardware components. Before you make the upgrade, create a backup of the personal data. In addition, update all the drivers in the operating system. Keep in mind that Windows 8.1 update is of more than 3 GB in size. Therefore, ensure that your hard disk has enough space in it.

Check whether you have signed in to the Microsoft account. If you have not, select the Charms menu and then Settings. Choose Your Account and then Log in to the Microsoft account. Choose the option Update to Windows 8.1 for free found at the Windows Store to initiate the download. Follow the simple instructions to install the update.

From Windows 7

If you are a Windows 7 customer, you may purchase any of the Windows 8.1 versions, which are the standard version and the professional version. However, before you download or purchase the operating system, run the tool called Upgrade Assistant. It will help you to check the configuration of your computer and find out it if it has the necessary configurations to make the upgrade. The necessary requirements for the new operating system are 1 GHz processor, 16 GB hard disk space, 1 GB RAM, graphics card etc.

Upgrade Assistant

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If your computer is ready for the upgrade, you may download Windows 8.1 or purchase a hard copy of the operating system from a local store. Windows 8.1 will cost you 119.99 dollars while Windows 8.1 Pro will cost 199.99 dollars. An advantage of upgrading from Windows 7 is that you can take most of your settings in Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.

From Windows XP or Windows Vista

Windows XP and Windows Vista users require a hard copy of the operating system to make an upgrade. They cannot take the personal settings to the Microsoft new operating system.

We hope that the above points have helped you to upgrade your old operating system to Windows 8.1. For further assistance, you may contact our technical support team for assistance.

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