Some Windows 8 Operating System Hacks

Windows 8 OS Tips

Windows 8 Tips

Windows 8 operating system was the first operating system to bring forward a sleuth of radical new changes to the user interface. Unfortunately, due to the same reason, Windows8 received notoriety as well. Microsoft, due to some oversight, completely left out normal keyboard-and-mouse users. Instead, the complete focus was on touch-screen users, which spelled doom for normal users, which is exactly why the OS was rejected.

However, Windows 8 OS is one of the most stable operating systems released until now. The OS is extremely fast and futuristic, keeping in tune with the changing times and the popular mobile interface. It is true that Windows8 had some major flaws with the UI but the Windows 8.1 upgrade was meant for users who were not satisfied with the changes in Windows8 OS.

If you are running Windows 8 OS, you will be able to use it normally with the same speed that you were able to operate previous operating systems if you incorporate the use of shortcuts. These tips and tricks are mostly done using the keyboard, which is ideal for most PC users who are grown used to using Windows Shortcuts.

Some of the keyboard shortcuts are,

  • Windows+J : Switch between snapped modern applications
  • Windows+E : Opens Windows explorer
  • Windows+S : Opens Search
  • Windows+C : Opens Charms menu
  • Windows+X : Opens Windows Tools menu

    Windows 8 OS Shortcuts

    Windows 8 Shortcuts

Although you may face issues getting used to these keyboard shortcuts in the beginning, you will get completely accustomed to them in a while and will be able to incorporate them into your daily work very easily. These shortcuts may seem very few but perform some of the most common actions that you will be repeatedly doing throughout the day.

Most users do not know this feature but most often used folders can be easily pinned to Windows8 Start screen. This way, you be able to access the most often used folders with relative ease. The trick is to limit using the mouse at all and perform all actions using the Keyboard.

To get the most out of Windows8 OS, you need to be able to operate the Split screen operation with ease. This way, you will be able to operate two programs at the same time. When docking two different programs, make use of Windows + arrow keys to make switches. You will be able to place two windows side by side with ease. All these shortcuts work in Windows 8.1 upgrade version as well.

Is It Wise To Migrate To Windows 8 From XP?

Upgrade To Windows 8
      Windows 8

Windows 8, the latest installment in the series of Windows Operating System developed by the Redmond based software giant Microsoft Corporation, is one of the most revolutionary, modern, advanced and metro-ized operating system the company has ever developed. Windows 8 has drastically changed how Windows Operating System was conceived till date. Windows 8 is nothing similar to anything Windows users have become familiar to see and expect from a Windows OS. Windows 8 is arguably the most advanced OS the company wanted to develop for a long time. All this looks good but what really happened with the OS is a totally different thing.

Windows 8 is probably the greatest flop in the history of the OS maker. Some Windows 7 users are even calling the software as the ‘new Windows Vista’. You might be aware what fate Vista had. Windows Vista was ditched by Microsoft as well as the users. It has been unanimously considered as one of the worst OS ever made by Microsoft. Windows 8 is doing really bad in the market considering the OS market share. Windows 7, its predecessor, is still reigning supreme as the topmost and most popular Operating System as per the user share.

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           Install Windows 8

Forget the popularity of Windows 7, Windows 8 has not managed to get past Windows XP, the unsupported OS in the popularity ratings. And, Windows XP has been dead for a few months now. This looks really bad for the world’s leading software maker and Windows 8. What went wrong with Windows 8? Why aren’t many people choosing to upgrade to Windows 8? These are some of the relevant questions to be seriously considered before people choose to migrate to Windows 8 eventually.

It is not that the OS is horribly bad. It is mainly because there were too many changes and too early. Windows 7 to Windows 8 should have been a smooth transition, where some features of Windows 7 were enhanced. Actually, this was not to be as Windows 8 is not quite similar to Windows 7 as the Windows 7 users would have wanted. The user interface is difficult to absorb. Some of the regular Windows features is absent in Windows 8 and there are too many changes.

Agreed, an upgrade to Windows 8 might require much to ponder; Windows XP users will benefit from some of the advanced features in Windows 8. Moreover, Windows 7 mainstream support will end next year. Windows 8 has a few more years of mainstream support remaining.

When Installing Windows 8 On Your Windows 7 System

How To Upgrade To Windows 8

Windows 8 Upgrade Tips

There is no need to worry about how to upgrade to Windows 8, if you currently have Windows 7 running on your system. Microsoft designed the latest Windows OS, keeping in mind the System Requirements of Windows 7 systems. In other words, Windows 7 and Windows 8 have pretty much the same System Requirements.

A few things to keep in mind when installing Windows 8

It is important that you update the Windows 7 OS currently in your system, before you go ahead with the Windows 8 installation. If you go through the instructions provided by Microsoft on how to upgrade to Windows 8, you will see that updating the current OS is necessary when you are upgrading to a new OS. Keep in mind that this is only necessary in the case of an OS upgrade. If you are going for a fresh installation, then this is not necessary.

So, when installing Windows 8 on a Windows 7 system, you need to first download and install all the Windows 7 updates before you proceed with the OS upgrade. This will ensure a smooth transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Now, you can go ahead and run the Windows 8 installer file from the OS DVD.

You might be asked to confirm the Windows 7 version you are using at present. So, check the OS version details before you start the installation process. Also, keep the Windows 8 Product Key ready, as you will be asked to enter it during the OS installation process.

Windows 7 Updates

Support For Windows 8 Installation

After you have entered the Product Key, select the ‘I accept the licence terms’ option and click on the Accept button to proceed with the installation. You will be asked to select the type of OS installation for Windows 8 on your system. Since you are upgrading from Windows 7, select the first option Keep Windows Settings, Personal Files and Apps and click Next to proceed.

Now, the Windows 8 installation wizard will check if the system is ready for the upgrade. You are likely to see a few incompatible applications mentioned here, which you need to uninstall so that the OS installation can continue. Click on the Uninstall button you see next to each of these incompatible applications and click on Refresh to see if there are any other incompatible apps.

After this, the OS installation will start and you just need to follow the on-screen prompts to personalise the installed OS by providing a PC Name, assigning a OS colour scheme and so on.

Windows 8 Has Mostly Left The Scene, Windows 8.1 Remains

How Much To Upgrade To Windows 8

         Windows 8 Updates

Windows 7 has been the most favored Windows platform in the modern workplace, as well as among home users. When it still looked like this OS was going to be enjoying support for some time to come, it was a more attractive option than Windows 8. You heard fewer questions along the lines of “how much to upgrade to Windows 8?”, or “where do I download it from?”. But now that Windows 7 is headed over the cliff, people and organizations are being forced to migrate.

How to get Windows 8

We’ve seen Microsoft use every trick in the book to push Windows 8 into user computers. But as of April, they have stopped letting people go only just as far. The Windows 8.1 update is now a mandatory download after a Windows 8 upgrade. So you’ll have to immediately download and install the whole Windows 8.1 package as well, before you start using your computer. But if Windows 8.1 seems a better bet, you needn’t go to all this trouble getting it.

Microsoft has recently made Windows 8.1 available as a standalone OS installation, for which you can now download the ISO file off their servers online. So, at this point, you can no longer install and start using Windows 8, but you won’t hear anyone say that’s a bad thing. In fact, this even works out well for the company, which has managed to shield itself from most of the fallout from its errant OS.

Windows 8 Upgrade

          Windows 8.1 Update

This way, Microsoft can focus more properly on Windows 10. Longtime Windows users are highly anticipant of the upcoming OS, which it seems will be bringing back many of the favorite features from bygone Windows platforms. Microsoft has put up a technical preview for free download on its website, and user feedback is flowing in by the heaps. Acting on many of these, the tech giant has already made significant changes to the design. Recent announcements put the Windows consumer build at some time in January, and a full release by the middle of this year. If this goes as well as the Redmond giant hopes, Windows 8 won’t remain a significant blemish on its record. Not in users’ minds either.

People have already stopped asking things like “how much to upgrade to Windows 8?”, and in all fairness, it’s just as well. Even Microsoft understands this.

Keeping Both Windows 7 And Windows 8 OS In The Same System

Upgrade To Windows 8

          Windows 8 OS Features

As they make the upgrade to Windows 8, many Windows 7 users are keen on retaining their old OS, in case they have to go back to it. Considering the fact that Windows 8 did not go down well with most Windows users, this is a very smart decision. Plus, it is indeed possible to keep both operating systems in the same computer. For this, just follow the tips mentioned here.

Installing Windows 8 without removing Windows 7

One of the options is to set up dual mode option in your OS. This means that whenever you boot into the Windows system, you will see two options for loading the OS, one option for booting into Windows 7 and another one for booting into Windows 8. So, you can easily switch one Windows version to the next by restarting the system.

If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8 this way, then you have to create a separate partition in your computer for the new OS. Also, you would have to install all the applications you need to use in this OS partition again. To enable the dual boot option, you also have to change the boot settings in the system.

A much simpler option will be to run Windows 8 in a virtual machine program within Windows 7. This takes up lesser amount of resources, though this might require more RAM if you planning to run advanced Windows 8 programs. For running small Windows 8 apps on Windows 8 virtual machine within the Windows 7 OS, you do not have to create a new hard drive partition or make any other changes.

Windows 8 Programs

         Upgrading From Windows 7

The choice essentially comes down to your needs. If you need to run both Windows 7 and Windows 8 as regular operating systems in the same system, then go for the dual boot option. Running Windows 8 on a different hard drive partition in the same system gives you the same performance as the standard OS installation.

However, if you only want to try out Windows 8 or you just have to use a Windows 8 app every now and then, choose the option of running Windows 8 on a virtual machine program inside Windows 7 OS. Such freeware virtual machine applications are available for free online. Oracle’s VirtualBox is a good example.

Contact our tech support personnel, if you need any help with setting up the two operating systems in this manner.

Windows 8 Slowly Inching Ahead Of Windows XP

Windows 8

            Windows 8 User Base

It seems that Windows XP is finally losing its loyal following of Windows users. Over the years, Windows XP has maintained a strong presence in the desktop OS market. It was the most widely used desktop operating system for many years. However, with the release of Windows 7, it was soon relegated to second position.

Windows users abandoning XP after the end of support

It was expected that Windows 8 and the popular smartphone and touch screen devices would finally mark the end of Windows XP. But, Windows OS 8 was a big let down and the XP users initially did not see it as a viable upgrade option. However, Microsoft’s decision to end the support for Windows XP finally pushed these users to look for other options.

With no more regular OS security updates, Windows XP is not a safe OS for online use anymore. With all its UI design flaws, Windows OS 8 is the only option available to the XP users looking to make the upgrade. Windows 7 OS has already reached the half-way mark in its tech support cycle. Also, the next Windows OS version, Windows 10, will not be available any time soon.

This explains the sudden decrease in the Windows XP user base and the gradual increase in Windows 8 sales in the last few months. The recent (November 2014) Desktop OS market share figures from NetApplications put the Windows XP user base at 13.57%. The combined market share figure for Windows OS 8 and Windows 8.1 is surprisingly higher than that of Windows XP.

Latest Windows OS

             Upgrading To Windows 8

Windows OS 8 registers a market share of 6.55% and Windows OS 8.1, 12.1%. That brings the total market share for the new Windows OS close to 19%, pushing Windows XP to the third place. However, this does not mean that Windows OS 8 or Windows 8.1 are slowly becoming popular among the Windows users.

This slow rise in Windows OS 8 sales is likely come to a grinding halt in the next few months, after some more XP users making the move. The remaining users are likely to wait for the release of Windows 10. In other words, Windows OS 8 is more comparable to Windows Vista than Windows 7. There was a time when Windows Vista had a market share of well above 10%, just for the simple reason that it was the latest Windows OS available at that time. Now, Windows OS 8 is going through the same phase.

Things To Know Before Upgrading To Windows 8

How To Upgrade To Windows 8

             Upgrade To Windows 8

There are a few things that you should know before upgrading to the Windows 8 operating system. If you are wondering how to upgrade to Windows 8, you can read ahead. This article discusses some of the important questions that may arise in the minds of the users before upgrading to Windows 8.

Can We Buy The Upgrade On A DVD Or Other Physical Media?

The answer is Yes. You will be able to buy the box version of Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99. If you bought the downloadable upgrade of Windows 8 and you downloaded the installation file, Microsoft will offer you the option to buy a DVD version by paying an extra charge of fifteen dollars. The upgrade installation will also allow you to burn a DVD or create a bootable USB with your media, at no extra charge.

What Are The Versions?

There are four versions of Windows 8 available. As a consumer, you will be able to upgrade to only two of the versions. These are Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8. The Windows RT version will be available only with tablet PCs and the Enterprise edition will be sold only for large corporate computer sales. Also, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise versions are available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions. In addition, Microsoft has not announced the price of vanilla Windows 8 upgrade.

Differences Between Windows 8 And Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro Pack

                   Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft says in one of their blog posts, “For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice,” while it designed Windows 8 Pro “to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies.” This means that the Windows 8 Pro version is packed with features that many of the users may not care about. This is true to some extent. Features like BitLocker disk encryption tool and Client Hyper-V virtualization software are not of much use to the basic consumers.

If you are making use of the basic version of Windows 8 and you need to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you will need to download Windows 8 Pro Pack. This will help you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and also will bring Windows Media Center together with it. Microsoft has not yet announced the pricing details of Windows 8 Pro Pack. Still wondering how to upgrade to Windows 8? You can contact our Microsoft support desk for specific guidelines.

Using The Photos App In Windows 8

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            Windows 8 Photos App

These days, every tablet computer, laptop and smartphone comes with a camera. Everybody likes taking pictures and selfies and posting them on their social networking accounts in Facebook and Twitter. Who does not like to share their fun pictures with family and friends?

Use Windows 8 Photos App for managing your stored photos

So, obviously, you must have at least a hundred or so photographs stored in your system in different folders. What you need here is an app that helps you manage these photographs efficiently, edit them if necessary and makes it easier to share them online. This is exactly what the Photos app is Windows 8 does.

This Photos app in Windows 8 help the users manage their huge collection of photographs by providing many options and settings for tagging and organising them into different collections and folders. Also, this app comes with the necessary photo editing features for making any changes to the photographs, if necessary.

It is very easy to import photographs from your camera, smartphone, external hard drive or even a DVD using this app. Just connect the camera or smartphone to the system and launch the Photos app. Right click to launch the options menu in the app. If you are using a touch screen device, swipe in from the bottom corner of the screen to launch the Options menu.

From this menu, select the option Import and click on the collected device, which is shown on the screen. The app will now go through all the pictures stored in the connected device and display only those, which you have not yet transferred to the system. Click on the option Select All, if you want all of these photos transferred to the systems.

Windows OS

                Contact Windows 8 Support

If not, select only the ones you want to be transferred and click on the option Import. The app will now copy all these selected images to your system and store them in the main app folder. You can then move these photos to different folders for organizing them or storing them in a new folder.

The OneDrive integration features in Windows 8 help storing a backup copy of these photos easily on your Microsoft cloud service account. If you have already linked the OneDrive account to Windows OS, then the photos stored in the synced folders will automatically be copied to the cloud service account.

So, start using this Photos app in Windows 8 for storing and sharing your photographs. Contact our tech support personnel, if you have any queries regarding the app.

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.

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.