Is It Wise To Migrate To Windows 8 From XP?

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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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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.

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When Installing Windows 8 On Your Windows 7 System

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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.

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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.

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Windows 8 Has Mostly Left The Scene, Windows 8.1 Remains

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Windows 8 Slowly Inching Ahead Of Windows XP

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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.

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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.

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