How To Stop Apps Going Into Fullscreen In Windows 8

Windows 8

           Windows 8 Settings

If we were to discuss how much people dislike the Windows 8 OS, we’d be at it even after Windows 10 made it out. The main thing making it so unpopular is that the UI is hard to grow used to, especially for someone who had been using Windows for a long time before that. There’s the issue of getting stuck in the full screen mode, which serves to remind you that Start menu is no longer around. One thing affecting this is whether you’re using the Modern UI, or the conventional desktop.

Hit the Start button to bring up the Start screen. We know you hate it but just do it all the same. This screen has a link to the desktop, somewhere at the bottom left. Alongside the obvious label, this button will also have the wallpaper you’ve currently set. If you’re too lazy for that, then type in Desktop while at the Start screen, and choose the first of the results which come up.

Now, the full screen mode is an option in some of the programs as well. Google Chrome is a good example, where the full screen mode switches on apparently randomly sometimes. While this may seem the case, the reason for it happening is that the users have their apps set to do this when they slide downwards from the top of the screen.

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            Windows 8 Features

You might get this issue while simply moving the cursor, and if you’re getting tired of the app changing sizes every time, you can disable the mouse setting gestures from the Control Panel. If you’re not up for that, you’ll just have to watch the swiping a bit more carefully. My advice would be to stay away from the top edge altogether. If you’re using the traditional desktop screen and that’s when Chrome goes to the Full screen mode, you won’t be able to locate any of the controls until you hit the F11 key, or hover the cursor near the top of the screen.

This is just another of the things which make it hard going, for a Windows 8 user. It’s not like the OS makes it easy for you to like it – sometimes, it seems Microsoft was intentionally trying to get the product panned. If anyone was making an effort to give it a second chance, they probably gave it up after Windows 10 was announced.

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Upgrade From Windows XP To Windows 8, Is It Necessary?

How To Upgrade To Windows 8

              Upgrading To Windows 8

We all know Windows XP has been ditched by Microsoft, the software maker from the list of officially supported products from the company. Windows XP has been removed from all kinds of support features such as security updates, feature updates, or technical assistance – either paid or for free. The software giant has had it in the to-do-list for a long time but due to many reasons, Microsoft allowed the OS to stay supported until April 8, 2014. With the end of Windows XP support, users have no choice left but to move on to newer operating systems.

Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in the world at present and it enjoys over fifty percent of the OS share in the market. Windows 7 came into existence when Windows Vista was heavily criticized. With Windows 7, Microsoft cleared most of the inherent feature problems concerning Windows Vista. Windows 7 was like Windows Vista rectified.

Windows 7 became an instant hit and most Windows Vista users readily migrated to the new OS. Even many Windows XP users migrated to Windows 7. Windows 8, the latest Windows OS, has created confusion in many users as to what to do. Windows 8, the successor to the popular Windows 7, is going through a crisis when it comes to Operating System user share. Windows 8 seems to have many issues and not many users are interested in moving to the new OS. More than how to upgrade to Windows 8, why to upgrade to the new OS is the important question for many users.

Advanced Windows OS

                 Move To Windows 8

Windows 8 has been heavily criticized for the modern User Interface. The new UI is confusing and difficult to absorb. Moreover, most modern UI elements and features are not easily navigable if you are not sure how to do it. The help and support module leaves a lot to be desired. This means, the users are on their own in checking out the features and accessing the applications.

However, Windows 8 is one of the most advanced Windows OS, even more advanced than Windows 7. Moreover, Windows 8 is fast, efficient and has many new features available. So, it is not a bad option to move on to Windows 8 from your old Windows XP PC. Windows 7 mainstream support will end next year, which means the free support will no longer be available. Windows 8 has a lot to offer.

If you need to know how to upgrade to Windows 8, you can go to the official Microsoft website and go through the instructions.

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XP Users Show No Interest In Migrating To Windows 8.1 Despite Microsoft's Request

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             Windows 8 Support

It is exactly 8 months since Microsoft officially announced the lifting of Windows XP support, hoping that the news would make most XP users to upgrade to Windows 8. However, even after these 8 months, XP continues to hold the second place in the Windows market share. A recent report published by NetMarketShare indicates that XP holds around 17.89 percent of the total Windows market share. What appears surprising is that the combined market share of both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 updates are less than what XP has secured – 16.58.

Many third party support firms emerge offering XP support

In the wake of Microsoft’s ending of Windows XP support, a large number of third party security firms have come up offering various types of support and security fixes for Windows XP. A couple of months ago, a software developer company released an unofficial service pack for Windows XP.

Security issues with XP

After Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, the operating system has become quite vulnerable. In the first few months, Microsoft released a couple of patches and security fixes for XP although it was not entirely to address security issues with XP. In May, Microsoft released a security fix for XP. According to Microsoft, the security fix was to eliminate a bug in Internet Explorer.

Windows XP without Microsoft support

Windows 8.1 Update

       Windows 8 Upgrade Assistance

Working on a Windows XP PC post Microsoft support period sounds very awkward. According to the experts, Windows XP is the most vulnerable operating system because it was released almost 13 years ago before the technology was not developed as it is today to address the security issues. The number of threats has increased heavily during the past 13 years. XP was a vulnerable operating system even when Microsoft support for the operating system was active. Obviously, XP will become a haven of cyber criminals, viruses, Trojans and bugs in the post Windows support period.

Microsoft continues to encourage XP users to upgrade to Windows 8

In spite of the poor popularity of Windows 8, Microsoft continues to persuade XP users to migrate to the latest Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 upgrade. However, it appears that Microsoft’s persuasions have yielded very little fruit.

Rumour has it that most of the Windows XP users are waiting for the release of Windows 10 as it brings back many traditional Windows features that Windows 8 missed out. The initial feedbacks that Windows 10 tech preview builds received have been great.

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Window 8.1 Overtakes Windows 8

Upgrade To Windows 8

                     Windows 8 OS

Currently, it is Windows 8.1 that is overtaking its predecessor Windows 8. This is the scenario based on operating system traffic as seen by Net Applications. When you look into the numbers, Windows 8.1′s share was just 5.88 percent in the month of April while it inched up in the month of May to 6.35. This was enough for Windows 8.1 to grab the third place. Windows 8 was earlier in the third place, which was lost due to 6.3 percent market share down from the 6.36 percent the previous month. This increase might have been due to the fact that many people, who did upgrade to Windows 8 moved to Windows 8.1.

Anyways, this seems to be a surprise that Windows 8.1 has overtaken Windows 8. The operating system was launched last October as a free update to all, who have Windows 8. Windows 8.1 rolled out with several functionalities that were missing in the previous version. One of the most notable features is the Start button, which came back in Windows 8.1, apart from which it had an update for direct boot to desktop option, and a method to sync the background for both Start screen and the desktop.

There were more features added in the latest update, which came out in the month of April. There were plenty of updates in order to support traditional mouse and keyboard users. Microsoft might be planning to pacify the customers with the return of Start Menu. However, it looks like this would not appear anytime soon.

Upgrade To The Latest OS

                  Windows 8.1 OS

From the stats in the month of April, it is evident that Windows 7 is grabbing more than half of the market. According to Net Applications Windows 7 holds more than 50.06, increased from a 49.3 percent the previous year. On the contrary Windows XP is losing its share in the OS market, which slipped from 26.3 percent to 25.3 percent during the period.

According to Microsoft, the rising market share of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 looks promising at the cost of the unsupported operating system Windows XP. Since the end of support for Windows XP, users have been motivated and pushed to upgrade to Windows 8 or any other latest versions of Windows operating system. They have been offering people with various options such as discounts on the purchase of the latest OS and many more only to get people start using more modern and better OS. People are informed about the consequences of using outdated operating system but even then, people refuse to upgrade to the latest OS.

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Look Before You Leap Into Windows 8

Windows 8 Help

             Windows 8 OS Features

Many Windows OS users looking to upgrade their systems, just purchase the latest Windows PC or laptop available without looking into the changes that Microsoft has implemented this time around. Most customers prefer Windows OS to the other operating systems available in the market. But, when it comes to performance and user-friendliness, the latest Windows operating system might not always be the best. A good example is Windows Vista.

Think twice before upgrading to Windows 8

Windows 8 is certainly a huge improvement on Windows 8 as far as the OS performance and features are concerned. However, there are a lot of differences in the OS UI, which many Windows 7 and XP users are finding difficult to get used to. Go through any of the Windows 8 help forums online and you will get a huge list of differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is desperately attempting to make a mark on the touch screen operating systems market, currently dominated by Apple iOS and Google Android. This means that you will see a lot of UI features and OS settings that make the OS very easy to use on a touch screen device. This indeed makes sense.

Windows 8 Users

               Upgrading To Windows 8

But, what does not make sense is Microsoft’s decision to sell the same OS to the Desktop users with no particular modification is the OS UI or settings. To make things easier, they have introduced a desktop mode in the OS, which is no substitute for an OS designed specifically for desktop systems. That is exactly the problem with Windows 8 – it is not an OS designed for desktop users.

However, some Windows 8 users are not complaining about these changes, especially after the release of Windows 8.1, which fixed many of the flaws in the OS. These are avid smartphone and tablet users, who find it convenient to have the same OS UI on their smartphone as well as the desktop PC. However, majority of the desktop users do not share this opinion, as it is evident from the poor Windows 8 sales.

So, you need to do a trial run of Windows 8 OS before you make the upgrade. You can download the trial version OS from the official Windows 8 help and support website. And, only after you are convinced about the OS UI and features, should you make the upgrade. Waiting for Windows 10 is not really an option at the moment, since it is slated for a late 2015 release.

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