Why Windows 8 Was A Big Flop

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Windows 8 operating system came as a successor to Windows 7. Microsoft was hoping to repeat the success story of Windows 7 operating system with Windows 8. However, the operating system met the fate of Windows Vista, which was also an operating system that was released with much hype.

So, what factors contributed to the poor performance of the operating system in the market? One of the factors was the absence of a Start button. The Start button played an important role in the previous versions of Windows operating systems. However, Microsoft did not include a start button in this latest Windows OS. This made majority of the Windows 8 users unhappy.

Another factor that contributed to the poor performance of the operating system was the difficulty in accessing and locating various options in the program. In Windows 8, some of the options are hidden from the users. For example, in Windows 7, you could find the search field in the Start menu. However, if you want to search for an item in Windows 8, you need to first locate the Charms bar, which is hidden on the right end of the screen. The charms bar comes down when you take the window to the right end of the screen. However, as many people are unaware of this feature, only a few are able to make use of it and the many others find it accidentally.

In addition to the above-mentioned factors, there is another drawback of Windows 8 operating system. This latest Windows OS is not capable of booting into the traditional desktop window. That is, the operating system takes you only to the new Start screen when you turn on your computer. This can irritate many users who do not like the tile interface of the operating system and those who wish to login to the traditional desktop window.

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After receiving criticism from all corners, Microsoft decided to launch a much-updated operating system and the result was Windows 8.1. This operating system came with a Start button, the ability to boot to any interface and many other features loaded in it. The new operating system was also made available free of cost to the existing Windows 8 customers. This has led to a large number of Windows 8 users upgrading their operating systems to Windows 8.1.

Now, if you are one those Windows 8 users who wish to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you may contact our technical support executives for assistance.

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Windows 8 OS And The Necessary System Requirements

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       Features Of Windows 8

You can install and run any operating system on your computer if the hardware configuration of your computer satisfies the minimum requirements of the operating system. After the release of Windows 8, many people were in search of the system requirements necessary to make an upgrade to this operating system. In this post, we will take you through the essential components required in your computer for running Windows 8.

Processor Speed

Since the processor can be called as the heart of the computer, it is important that you do not compromise on the quality of the same. According to Windows 8 support, your computer’s processor speed should not be less than 1GHz, and it should support SSE2, NX and PAE, for running Windows 8 smoothly.

RAM   

RAM or Random Access Memory plays a vital role in determining the speed of the operating system and the computer as a whole. In order to run the operating system smoothly, Microsoft recommends RAM of at least 2GB, for installing and running the 64-bit version of the program. Now, if you intend to run the 32-bit version, you may choose 1GB of RAM for the computer.

Graphics card

Most of the motherboards in the market come with an on-board graphics card. However, it is advisable that you add a Graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9 and the one equipped with WDDM driver. This will not only help you run the operating system smoothly, but also help you play high-end graphics games in the operating system.

Hard Disk

TV Tuner Card

       Windows 8 Installation

There is at least 250GB of storage space in most of the modern day hard disks. Therefore, hard disk space may not be a constraint for installing Windows 8. However, you should free up at least 20GB of this space for installing the 64-bit version of the operating system.

Additional Requirements

Since we have mentioned the vital requirements for running the operating system, let us go through some of the additional requirements. If you intend to visit the Windows store, then your screen resolution should be at least 1024 x 768. Keep in mind that there is no in built software for DVD playback in the operating system. Therefore, you would have to download and install any software for playing DVDs. For recording TV programs, your computer should be equipped with a TV Tuner card.

These are some of the important requirements to run Windows 8 on your computer. For additional help on this operating system, you may contact Windows 8 support center or our technical support team.

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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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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

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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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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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