Windows 8 Surpasses The 10% Milestone

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        Windows 8

Windows 8 is the latest operating system from the Microsoft family. The operating system was first introduced to the market in late 2012 and the most important feature of the operating system is that it was released with a new user interface, the Metro user interface. The new interface changed the complete layout of the desktop by changing all the icons into tiles. Even though the operating system was not so success in the first few months of its release, it gained some sales as Microsoft decided to stop the support provided for the Windows XP operating system.

The operating system achieved a new Windows 8 milestone recently when it achieved the 10% market share. This is a major achievement for the operating system, considering its initial fallout of sales. However, the main reason for the amazing comeback of the operating system is due to the release of the new updated version of the operating system, Windows 8.1. According to the latest survey results from the firm Net Applications, Windows 8 along with Windows 8.1 holds about 10.2% of the total market share in the PC operating systems field.

However, if you take into account the sales of the previous operating systems from the Microsoft family, it is still lagging behind in sales. The survey facts from Net applications show that the Windows 8 milestone achievements are way too behind the milestone achievements of its predecessor, Window 7 operating system. The sales increase in the last few months was due to the introduction of the Windows 8.1 operating system and even then, it is still very much behind both its predecessors, Windows XP and 7.

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      Windows 8 milestone

The next few months will be very much important in terms of the sales of the operating system, as it will be the marking gauge for the performance and the sales of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Well most of market analysts have the view that Microsoft will be able to get better sales with the updated Windows 8.1 operating system as it has included some of the features that were not found in the Windows 8 operating system like the Start menu button and the new desktop screen.

However, Microsoft is not very sure about this, as the CFO of the company Amy Hood was quoted stating, “We expect the business PC market to be stable; however, the consumer PC market is subject to more volatility.” Well let us not give our hopes yet as there is much more time for the operating system to prove its worth.

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How To Fix A Corrupted PST File

Outlook Problems

Features Of Outlook

Most of you might have used the email client program from Microsoft called Outlook. It is the most popular email application and has been serving both professionals and home users for many years. The most important file associated with an Outlook program is the PST file. Almost all the important data associated with the email program are stored in this file. Therefore, a corruption of the PST file can lead to many Outlook problems.

A PST file can be corrupted when its size goes beyond the set limits. It is advisable to keep the size of the PST file restricted to 2GB. However, if you have multiple email accounts configured in the program, the number of emails received by the program might be numerous and the size may exceed the limits. When the PST file size becomes large, it can lead to PST file corruption, which in turn can give rise to many Outlook problems. In this post, we will find out how to carry out an Outlook repair and thus fix the troubles with the email program.

Steps Involved

Before you begin the Outlook repair process, make a note of the location of the PST file. Let us find out how to locate the PST file.

  • Launch Microsoft Outlook.
  • When the Outlook program comes up, choose Tools from the menu bar.
  • In the Tools menu that comes down, choose the option Account Settings.
  • The above steps open the window for Account Settings and in this window, click the tab Data Files.
  • Select the option Open Folder…, which you will find under the tabs menu.
  • The above step takes you directly to the location of the PST file. It could be most probably under the folder for the user account. Note this location.
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Outlook Email Configuration

Once you locate the PST file, run the Outlook repair file. The location of the Outlook repair tool can vary depending on the version of Outlook. However, the most common location is C:\ Program Files\ Microsoft Office\ Office 12, (14), or (15). In this folder, you would find a file with the name scanpst.exe. Double click to launch this file. Browse to the path of the PST file, which was noted down earlier. Choose the PST file and select the option Start to begin the scan. Choose Repair to fix the Outlook problems found in the scan.

With the above steps, you can fix most of the Outlook problems associated with the PST file corruption. For additional assistance, you may contact our technical support team.

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Windows 8.1 Requirements Leave Users Strung

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Windows 8.1 Hardware Requirements Different From Windows 8

The new Windows 8.1 has been able to rectify some of the faults in the Windows 8 OS. Unfortunately, not all users get to enjoy the new features. Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade from the Windows Store for those who already have Windows 8, but it will not work on some of the older PCs due to a few extra additions in the hardware requirements. Affected users may also not be capable of getting proper support from the support center as Microsoft had announced the final date for Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 8.1, which is by 2015. Those whose computers don’t meet the Windows 8 requirements for Windows 8.1 will be unable to get critical system updates.

People have already gone public with their annoyance, with one PCWorld reader saying, “I’m rather frustrated, because I see no need for Microsoft to have produced a point release OS update–or rather, a service pack–with significantly different system requirements that would leave my PC ‘marooned’ on Windows 8.”

These changes arise from Windows 8.1 need for CMPXCHG16b support in the 64-bit version, which allows for atomic memory changes. While this is supported by most of the modern processors older hardware lack these. Incidentally the same requirement was not present for Windows 8 which means the hardware requirement got changed within a single update. Upgrading to a Windows 8.1 with non-compatible hardware produces an error message reading CPU does not support CompareExchange 128.

Microsoft confirmed that certain older AMD processors will be incapable of running the Windows 8.1 operating system on them these include the Athlon 64 X2 and Opteron 185 both of which lack compatibility for CMPXCH16b.

Not supporting old generation processors makes sense in the end, however changing the Windows 8 requirements in just a single service pack may be pushing things too far.

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Windows 8.1 Needs Cmpxchg16b Supported Processors

The Windows 8.1 operating system however ushers in a newly improved operating system designed specially using customer feedback. The Start button has been returned and many other settings have been changed to make it bit more user friendly than its predecessor. Windows 8.1 also improves upon applications and other configurations which are sure to help rebuild the declining interest in Windows.

Windows 8 fared rather poorly in the market similar to what Windows Vista experienced at its release. Even still Microsoft has made sure that a large number of drawbacks in Windows 8 have been removed, and Windows 8.1 might have a better chance in the market.

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How To Perform Ask Toolbar Removal

Ask toolbar removal

Removal using uninstaller

If you are a computer user who is burdened with toolbars like the Ask toolbar, a successful un-installation is the optimum solution. To carry out this un-installation seamlessly, users have to follow the below mentioned guidelines for Ask toolbar removal.

Removal using an uninstall tool

  • Perform the task of downloading Mighty Uninstaller.
  • After performing the successful download, double click the .exe icon.
  • Access the uninstaller tool and using the mouse cursor, highlight the Ask toolbar.
  • Choose the button by the name Uninstall. On screen, instructions will appear and you need to follow them correctly for the successful removal.

Removing from Windows XP OS

  • Choose Start button and the Start menu will pop up on screen. From the menu, choose Control Panel.
  • When the Control Panel window is visible, choose the option labeled Add or Remove Programs.
  • From the list, search and locate Ask toolbar and select it.
  • Choose Remove button and adhere to the instructions that appear for the Ask toolbar un-installation.
  • Perform a reboot of the system.

Removing from Windows Vista

  • Choose the Start button and the Start menu will appear on screen. Access the Control Panel option.
  • When the Control Panel appears, below Programs, Uninstall A Program option will be present and you have to choose it.
  • Choose Ask toolbar and choose the button by the name Uninstall.
  •  Adhere to the instructions that appear for the Ask toolbar removal.
  • Perform a reboot of the system.

Removing from Windows 7

  • Choose the Start button and the Start menu will be visible. Choose Control Panel.
  • Below Programs in the Control Panel window, you will be able to see the Uninstall A Program option. Click on it and choose Ask Toolbar. Select the Uninstall button.
  • Instructions will appear for the successful removal of the Ask toolbar and you have to follow them accordingly.
  • Perform a reboot of the system.

    Uninstall tool

    Easy removal process

Removal using built in uninstaller

  • Click on the Start button and from the Start menu, choose All Programs.
  • From the list, search and locate Ask toolbar. From the directory, choose the Uninstall option.
  • A confirmation message will appear. Choose the Yes option and the removal of Ask toolbar will take place.

By following the above mentioned Ask toolbar removal guidelines, the removal process can be performed with ease.

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Windows 8 Boot Camp Support Available In Os X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion Update

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       Windows Boot Camp feature

Apple is the IT company known for its Apple PC’s, iPads and iPhone, etc. To its OS X operating system, the company has released a new update that makes their desktop and notebook computers more powerful. All the users of Mac PCs, who are using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later, can download this update from the Mac app store. This latest update will provide many features including the support for Windows 8 Boot Camp.

This update had several beta versions released over the past few years and this full update brings many new features. However, the most important thing about this update is the fix to the issues that exist in the current OS. This update will be able to solve almost all the issues that you are facing giving you an enhanced user experience overall.  Moreover, this will tempt other users to move to this updated OS.

The ability to scan iTunes gift cards using a Mac’s inbuilt camera is the most interesting feature found in this latest update by Apple. This will be a great help for those users, who are fed up of entering the long codes every time when they want to use a gift card. Other interesting feature found in the latest update is Windows 8 OS Boot Camp. The latest Windows OS that Microsoft released last year is Windows 8.  This feature helps the users to use Windows 8 on your Mac PC.  Now, Microsoft’s latest Windows OS is supported by Boot camp in Mac. However, you won’t be able to use the touch features, so there is no use swiping the screen yet.

Windows 8 OS Boot Camp

       Windows Boot camp feature in Mac

Moreover, the 3TB drive support is also added in the new update. Previously, users had to make use of workarounds to integrate drives of large size. The previous upper limit for the Boot camp was 2.2 TB. According to the release note from Apple, the issues like Logic Pro becoming unresponsive and crashing of certain file URLs are also fixed in this new update.  The audio stutter problem in 2012 iMacs is also fixed, according to the release notes.

The updates that are released by the Apple are generally more focused on fixing the bugs rather than including new features and functions. This update from Apple is no different and the only difference this time is the inclusion of Windows Boot Camp.

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