The Pricing Of Windows 10

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Microsoft’s next big step this year is to put a tag on Windows 10, which we can all imagine, isn’t going to be an easy task. But with the company event scheduled for next week, the decision might already have been made. Spokespersons have said that the occasion might see big players in the company expounding on and essentially showing off the Microsoft new operating system. Besides that, they’ll also be speaking about where they plan for Windows to be headed. You can count on hearing a lot of “cloud-first, mobile first”.

COO Kevin Turner announced in December that business model plans would be unveiled near the start of the year. There’s one part of this that people would want to hear – about how the company will keep making the same kind of money after handing over licenses to tablet and smartphone makers, something it’s never done on such a decisive level. Turner said they’d come up on some “creative ways” to monetize in the upcoming scenario, but we’ll only know more in detail once the event is over.

Windows 10 Operating System

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As far as the upgrade pricing is concerned, users may have to wait longer than the reaming week. This is an important question for the PC industry this year, because it will in large part decide the fate of PC sales globally. We need to see if the tech giant can set a large price and still have a significant share of computer users come in to buy. The way they fared with Windows 8 isn’t easily forgotten, and the last thing the company needs is to unite users against the Microsoft new operating system.

Let’s review how the software mogul has been charging for its wares over the past year. First, they gave away Windows licenses to OEMs, and for free. This was supposed to go into the making of devices with screens under 9 inches. And then they released Windows 8.1 with Bing, specifically for PCs. This was another product that cost close to nothing, and is the OS powering some of the most affordable notebooks released in the market. One of these is the HP’s Stream, which has been giving stiff competition to the similarly capable Chrome OS laptops.

The Windows 10 operating system might be something new, which doesn’t even fit into the line of Windows products we’ve seen so far. But if Microsoft sets too high a price, they’ll probably get reactions they weren’t hoping for.

Windows 8 And Windows 8.1 Market Share Start To Decline

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If you paid any attention to the desktop OS market share figures in the last few months, you might have noticed that the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems gained a few points at Windows XP’s expense. This has to do with the simple fact that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the latest Windows OS versions available to the XP users looking to make the upgrade. However, the recent figures show that even this small increase in the market share is now reversing.

Windows 7 gains market share

In fact, there was a point when the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 even overtook the market share enjoyed by XP. This clearly indicated that the XP users are finally abandoning their favourite OS and moving on to the new Windows OS versions available. However, this trend appears to be a temporary one. According to the latest desktop OS market share figures, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1’s shares are declining and Windows 7 seems to be gaining even more market share.

Already above the 50% mark, Windows 7’s market share is now retaining around 55%. The market share for Windows 7 was only 47.3% back in February 2014. Now, it has risen to 56.2%. Clearly, big chunks of these users come from Windows XP, which went from 29.5% to 18.2% during the same period. These statistics are from the officially released NetApplications market survey data.

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Microsoft is very keen on getting these Windows XP users to upgrade to the latest Windows OS versions like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Perhaps, this is why they discontinued the supply of some of the Windows 7 versions to their OEM partner in October 2014. It was becoming clear to Microsoft that most XP users would upgrade to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

So, they discontinued the supply of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and the Ultimate editions to their OEM platforms. It is no longer possible to buy new systems that come with pre-installed Windows 7 versions with any of the OS editions mentioned above. However, the Windows 7 Professional edition is still available. But, this version is more expensive than the standard versions mentioned above. The supply of retail disc versions of all Windows 7 editions was discontinued long time ago.

Also, the Windows 7 Mainstream support is set to expire on Jan 13, a deadline just around the corner. Perhaps, when released, the Windows 10 OS will finally change this trend.

Windows 8 Tablets Preferred For Office Deployment

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Windows 8 hasn’t scored big on the mobile OS front, at least not as well as Microsoft had hoped. But it seems to be catching on as an appealing option among SMBs, many of which are now having a problem with finding something that jells well with their extant setup. This is in no way eased by the fact that such tablets offer up appreciable mobility to the people working on them.

Not just any tablets can fill the need, because companies are generally reluctant to give up the time and resources taken to train employees in their use. And for once, Windows 8 tablets happen to be the most common preference, among Managed Service Providers. The Windows 8 requirements are largely in keeping with what these parties can accept.

Brooklyn-based Marathon Consulting is just one of the many companies which think that the easy management options are a hard thing to walk away from. In their case, the firm finds these tablets to be upbeat, especially in areas of support provision to clients. Most of that has to do with regular updates for antivirus management, as well as backups to ensure data safety.

The new Windows 8 tablets are Intel-based, and much better at handling multiple tasks than earlier releases. A lot of the stuff you’d normally do on PCs can be done here too, while maintaining a convenient plug-and-play setup. The Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet is decidedly the most popular for enterprise deployments of this sort. Many of the problems you’d associate with using a tablet in the stead of a PC, are non-existent here. Where widespread adoption of tablets in the office is concerned, this is essentially another hurdle crossed.

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And to make up for the taxing Windows 8 requirements we’ve had to deal with in the past, the new tablets bring in a comprehensive set of productivity tools. This is a step over what the BYOD wave brought in, and sets better manageability in front of providers as well as clients. The latter have many Intel-based Windows tablets to choose from, including the smaller devices which come with Windows with Bing installed. Alternately, there’s the Windows 8.1 Pro if you’re looking for something with more robust security features.

Windows 8 office tablets are finally rising up in the market, but this might only be until Windows 10 is out. The upcoming OS is rumored to support a wide variety of devices, which means it will definitely bring in competition when it arrives.

Changing Background In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

It is true that the Windows 8 operating system is not much popular among the users. The case of Windows 8.1 is not much different. The users can avoid the Metro user interface of the OS but many of the users find using the OS very difficult. Even changing the background of the Start screen in the Windows 8 operating system is a complicated task. The Windows 8.1 update was released to resolve the complaints of the users about the confusing interface and the missing Start button in the Windows 8 operating system. The latest Windows OS that is to be released is Windows 10 and it is hoped that Microsoft will come up with more features and rectifications to attract more customers to Windows 10.  Changing Background In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1  •If you need to change the background in Windows 8, you will need to go to the Start Screen. If you are in the classic desktop user interface, you can just press the Windows key. You will be taken straight to the Start screen. •	You will then need to type in Change Start into the search box. You will need to select Change the background and colors on Start. This will be the first in the list of search results. •	Click on the Personalize menu that will be shown in the Metro user interface. There will be numerous images here that you can set as the background of Start screen. After selecting your image, you can customize the image by changing the Accent color and Background color settings. These are the easiest steps to change the background image in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. As you can see, changing the background image involves many steps and can be confusing if you do not follow the steps correctly. Many of the users also complain that even shutting down the Windows 8 computer is a complicated task. We can hope that Microsoft will come up with a solution to all these issues in the latest Windows OS.  There are some leaked screenshots and images of the Windows 10 operating system doing the rounds over the Internet and as per the latest reports, it is slowly gaining the attention of users and may be the most popular OS ever released. If you wish to know more on the Windows 10 OS and its installation guidelines, you can contact our help and support team.

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It is true that the Windows 8 operating system is not much popular among the users. The case of Windows 8.1 is not much different. The users can avoid the Metro user interface of the OS but many of the users find using the OS very difficult. Even changing the background of the Start screen in the Windows 8 operating system is a complicated task. The Windows 8.1 update was released to resolve the complaints of the users about the confusing interface and the missing Start button in the Windows 8 operating system. The latest Windows OS that is to be released is Windows 10 and it is hoped that Microsoft will come up with more features and rectifications to attract more customers to Windows 10.

Changing Background In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  • If you need to change the background in Windows 8, you will need to go to the Start Screen. If you are in the classic desktop user interface, you can just press the Windows key. You will be taken straight to the Start screen.
  • You will then need to type in Change Start into the search box. You will need to select Change the background and colors on Start. This will be the first in the list of search results.
  • Click on the Personalize menu that will be shown in the Metro user interface. There will be numerous images here that you can set as the background of Start screen. After selecting your image, you can customize the image by changing the Accent color and Background color settings.

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These are the easiest steps to change the background image in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. As you can see, changing the background image involves many steps and can be confusing if you do not follow the steps correctly. Many of the users also complain that even shutting down the Windows 8 computer is a complicated task. We can hope that Microsoft will come up with a solution to all these issues in the latest Windows OS.

There are some leaked screenshots and images of the Windows 10 operating system doing the rounds over the Internet and as per the latest reports, it is slowly gaining the attention of users and may be the most popular OS ever released. If you wish to know more on the Windows 10 OS and its installation guidelines, you can contact our help and support team.

Windows 8 User Share Finally Increases

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As per the recent market reports, the number of users who have upgraded to Windows 8 have improved considerably in the last couple of months. The user share of the touch-centric versions i.e. Windows 8 and 8.1 is around 16.8 %. The fact that these versions have been able to satisfy the users who relied on Windows XP is definitely a new Windows 8 milestone.

Even after the end of support for Windows XP from Microsoft, a large number of users had preferred sticking on to the old operating system. Those who had actually relented, favored Windows 7 instead of the touch-centric versions. However, now that the software giant has announced the end of mainstream support even for Windows 7, it has become a must for users to move to the latest OS versions and that’s what is exactly happening as well.

According to the Windows market reports, the latest OS version has reached a new Windows 8 milestone i.e. beating Windows Vista in the user share. Windows 8 runs on almost 18.4 percent of computers that run on Windows OS and this definitely is pleasing news for the software giant. After Windows 8 was launched, the company had to bear the brunt of criticism from almost every part of the world for creating an OS version that looked more complicated than advanced. One of the main reasons for the unanimous failure of Windows 8 was that the operating system didn’t comprise of basic options like the Start Menu, the fact that didn’t go well with most of the users.

Windows 8 User Share

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Since Microsoft has already ended providing support for Windows XP, and Windows 7 to soon join the line, it has become more or less a necessity for users to get acclimatized to the touch-centric versions. The fact that Windows runs on almost ninety percent of the total personal computers in the world accentuates it more. Also, the software giant is all set to release Windows 10 by next year. Slated for a mid-2015 launch, the operating system looks all set to dominate the tech world with its impressive features and options. Hence, to ensure the massive success of Windows 10, Microsoft would want all its users to adopt Windows 8 and 8.1 and get used to the features.

The recent increase in the Windows 8 user share is definitely an achievement for Microsoft, as the company had been coming up with several strategies in the last two years to propel the dismal sales of the operating system.

Windows 10 OS To Get Launched In Lumia Smartphones

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As per the recent reports, Microsoft has announced the plans to launch Windows 10 for the Lumia Smartphones. This is definitely a planned business strategy by Microsoft to increase the popularity of Lumia handsets, which haven’t received the same acceptance from users compared to their iOS and Android counterparts. With the launching of the Microsoft new operating system in Lumia phones, it is almost certain that several users will get tempted to buy the Smartphones.

The Lumia handsets currently run on Windows Phone 8 and with the latest Windows 10 update, it is certain that the Smartphones will attract more users in the market. One of the main reasons why Lumia handsets could not be a universal success was because the operating system did not have useful features that could charm the users as a whole. Several users even called up the Microsoft tech support team to know how to perform the functions in the Smartphones. Moreover, the devices could also not be updated from Windows Phone 7 devices to the latest operating system. The Windows Phone 7 devices could not be updated to Windows Phone 8 because of a kernel change among the latest operating systems.

Microsoft has already announced the launch of Windows 10 for PCs by mid 2015. The Microsoft new operating system is said to comprise of several advanced and useful features that are definitely going to be a massive hit among the customers worldwide. The company has thus promised to launch the Smartphone version of the OS at around the same time. This will definitely bring a smile to the existing Lumia users who had found it difficult to update to the latest version.

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With the launch of such a user-friendly operating system in 2015, it can be expected that Microsoft will attract more users to buy Lumia Smartphones. As per the current market reports, Android, iOS and Windows run in most of the Smartphones. When Windows 10 will get launched for the Smartphones, it is likely that the number of users who had initially rejected the idea of buying Lumia phones would rethink about the option and would finally purchase them.

Undoubtedly, Microsoft is trying real hard to expand its business and the launch of Windows 10 can be considered only as the first step towards this goal. Moreover, by the time the operating system gets officially launched, the company would definitely come up with several new ventures to entice the customers.

Fixing Windows Anytime Upgrade In Windows 7

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In Windows 7 and Vista, there’s a native option which lets you directly upgrade to a higher OS. It’s called Windows Anytime Upgrade. For users of Vista, there’s a setup file, but in Windows 7, there’s a different setup. The newer OS uses the Windows servicing infrastructure to take care of the operations, which means you don’t have to deal with issues relating to drivers, data, or migration.

You can use the WAU to move from Vista to Windows 7, and this is a good idea on many levels. For this, first go to the Control Panel and open the Windows AnyTime Upgrade module. Here, enter the new key and then re-activate Windows.

If you have Windows 7 and want to move to a higher version, then the files you need will be in the following path: Windows\Winsxs & Windows\servicing\packages folders. If for some reason this doesn’t work, then the following message might come up: The upgrade was not successful. Please try the upgrade again.

Troubleshooting steps

  • Restart the computer and then finish the pending operations, if there are any.
  • Check the log files. Maybe you’ll see the reason why the update failed.
  • See if running the Chkdsk process solves the issue for you.
  • Launch Memory Diagnostics and see if the issues have something to with the system hardware. Go to the Start menu and search for Memory and hit Enter. This will bring up the Open Memory Diagnostics Tool. Once the window is up, hit Restart Now and Check Problems. This will reboot the computer and then the diagnostics will start. Note down any of the reported errors.

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  • Run the CheckSUR command to see if there’s an issue with the components store.
  • Your key might be invalid, in which case you’ll have to delete the ProductKey valuefrom this registry key: HKCU \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.
  • Another possible reason is that the Windows Update has already downloaded the Windows 7 SP1 (KB976932) file, but hasn’t installed it. To fix this, read through and follow the steps on the relevant Microsoft support page.

These are some of the things you can do to fix any problem you may face while running the WAU process. If you’re able to, then the next step is downloading and installing a newer operating system. Hopefully one that’s better than the last.

Interesting New Features Of Windows 10

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After Windows 8 OS was declared as a colossal failure based on the usage statistics and user satisfaction ranking, Microsoft is hard bound to come up with a successful operating system next time. If you look at the history of Windows operating systems, Microsoft has always been able to woo back its user base by releasing a better OS after the failure of the present OS. In order to find out the same, one does not need to look any further than Windows Vista. After its failure, Microsoft released the Windows 7 OS, which is still the most popular OS running on majority of systems across the world.

The latest Windows OS, Windows 10, has not disappointed yet. The technical preview version for the OS has already been released and is currently available for public download. In order to experience the all new OS, you merely need to sign up with your Microsoft credentials and download the OS. It is best to install the operating system in a virtual environment or a disk partition. This way, you will be able to experience the operating system and use it without compromising on your existing OS.

Upon installation, the first feature you will notice is that the Windows Start menu is back on full swing. However, upon clicking the menu icon, you will notice some changes. The all-new Start menu has the Metro-style tiles while still maintaining the old-fashioned menus. Moreover, in entirety, you will experience a greater deal of customization in Windows 10 OS.

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Other features of the OS that are not so obvious but still useful nonetheless is the intelligent installation wizard of Windows 10 OS. During installation, the installer setup will automatically check the system requirements and then install accordingly. The latest Windows OS has the same installation setup regardless of whether you are installing it on a desktop, a notebook or a mobile phone. Even the Windows App Store will remain the same and all Apps will be supported regardless of the type of device you own.

Although some experts believe that Microsoft has gone a step backwards and the latest operating system is a hybrid of the previous two OS, most users who have used it have loved the new user interface. If you are downloading the Technical Preview version, be prepared to come across bugs and make sure you report them. The testing phase is not yet complete and Microsoft is still in the process of debugging the OS.

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.
  • 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) of storage space on the hard disk you’re installing onto.

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  • 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.

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.