How To Play DVDs And CDs In Windows 8

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You buy a new movie DVD, and you’ve been waiting a long time to watch it. You get all set to do that on your Windows 8-powered PC or laptop. You insert the disk in the DVD drive. And then you see Windows Media Player is simply unable to play the DVD you have inserted.

This can be really annoying. If you are familiar with Windows 7′s Media Player, the fact that the same application in Windows 8 cannot play DVDs would come as a shock. Microsoft has an explanation for this silly issue.

Apparently they’ve decided DVDs are nearly obsolete, and that this old school technology will not be needed in the future. Which is why they’ve disable the DVD playing feature in WMP. To support this, they also cite that superthin or ultrathin tablets and laptops available these days don’t even have DVD drives. The software giant says most people nowadays watch their favorite movies online, and their DVDs on TV.

Another reason why Microsoft stopped supporting DVDs is because they do not wish to pay licensing fees to those companies who own patents to Dolby Digital audio, and to the MPEG-2 decoder support needed for playing DVDs.

Nearly Obsolete

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Though Windows Media Player no longer supports playing DVDs, there are alternate applications that’ll let you do this in Windows 8. This Windows 8 help article details some of the ways you can play DVD’s.

  • You can buy Windows 8 Pro Pack or Windows 8 Media Center Pack. If you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks, these products would allow you to enjoy watching DVDs on your Windows 8 computer.
  • If you do not want to spend extra money, there are third-party DVD players providing trial versions, using which you can play your DVD.
  • The best and probably the most popular solution is downloading the free VLC media player. You can enjoy watching your DVD movie on your laptop using this freeware program. It works fine and is hugely popular already. It supports a wide variety of video file formats.

We hope that this Windows 8 help article helped you. Enjoy your favorite DVD movies on your Windows 8 system, and remember not to let Microsoft give you any lemons.

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How To Partition A Windows 8 Hard Drive

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Help For Windows 8

Windows 8 is the latest operating system introduced by the tech giant Microsoft. For every operating system, it is necessary to partition the hard drive. Partitioning a hard drive for Windows 8 is quite different and the below given tips will help you to successfully partition a hard drive in Windows 8.

Size Requirements

The size requirements for Windows 8 operating system are same as that of Windows 7. If your computer is able to run Windows 7, then running Windows 8 is not a problem at all. It is necessary to have at least 16 GB of hard disk space for running 32-bit versions whereas for running the 64-bit version of Windows 8, it is necessary to have a hard disk space of 20 GB or more. Depending upon the version of OS that you are using, your partition will have to be at least any one of these sizes.

Recommendations regarding size

If your hard disk has enough space to install the apps and programs that you like, then you will be able to enjoy all the features of Windows 8 and get a more enhanced experience. According to the Windows 8 help team, it is better to provide at least 20 to 30 GB for the Windows 8 partition. PC World terms this extra vacant space as ‘breathing room’. It is necessary to provide at least 30 to 40 GB of hard disk space if you are dual booting with another version of operating system.

Solid State Drive

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Windows 8 Tips

The hard drives of Windows 8 are customized on a solid-state drive and are of traditional styles, which contain spinning disks. If you possess a solid state drive, then it is better to put Windows 8 partition on that drive. A SSD can contribute a lot regarding the operating system speed and this drive type is usually recommended by ARS Technica. They said, “tablet-esque feel and search-heavy usage model will be much better served by solid-state storage.”

Other needed requirements

Other requirements are also important just like the hard drive space. Before partitioning your drive for Windows 8, make sure that all other requirements are met so that you machine can handle any problems that arise. It is necessary to have a processor of 1 GHz or more and it must be compatible with SSE2, PAE and NX. Moreover, you need to have a RAM memory of 1 GB for 24-bit OS and for 64-bit, you need to have a RAM memory of 2 GB. While formatting, try to format the Windows 8 partition in the NTFS format.

These are the tips given by the Windows 8 help team to partition the hard drive for Windows 8. For more, contact the Microsoft support number.

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Microsoft To Re-Include Start Menu In Windows 8.1 Update

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         Windows 8 Updates

Recently, Microsoft announced that the Start Menu is all set to return to Windows 8 by August this year. The software-giant stated that the option of Start Menu will be included in the second update to Windows 8.1. This has come as a relief to many users who had been for long complaining about the unavailability of this feature in the OS.

The sudden announcement of the re-inclusion of Start Menu from Microsoft isn’t exactly surprising. The company clearly knows that the exclusion of this feature was one of the major reasons that led to the downfall of Windows 8. Although the OS comprised of several sophisticated features, many users found it difficult to perform the basic functions in their system. As a result, the operating system bore the brunt of criticism from many users that reflected clearly its diminishing sales. Now, by re-including the Start Menu option in the second update of Windows 8.1, it is clear that Microsoft wants the version to get universally accepted. As stated by Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, who serves as the head of Windows and Xbox software, the Windows 8.1 Start Menu will look more like a hybrid of the old Windows 7 Start menu along with some of the Live Tiles on one side.

He also stated that along with the addition of the Start Menu, the second update of Windows 8.1 will also have the option to run the Metro apps in the desktop environment. With the availability of both these features, it is certain that Windows 8.1 update will get more users in the future. As per the sources say, Windows 9, also codenamed Threshold, is scheduled for launch next year and will present a true windowing type of functionality to the users.

Metro Apps

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Evidently, Microsoft wants its users to get acclimatized with the latest Windows 8 functions before they migrate to Windows 9. Well, one can expect both these features even in Windows 9, but as per the current plan, Microsoft wants to deliver these changes at the earliest. In fact it can be said that the second update for Windows 8.1 is being developed in a way to speed up the future Windows releases.

With such updates, it is clear that Microsoft wants to leave no stone unturned in regaining its customers as well as the supreme position in the tech field. It would be interesting to see what all updates the company launches in the coming months.

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China Bans Use Of Windows 8 And Windows 8.1 On Government Computers

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About The Windows 8 Features

China has officially banned the Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems from government systems, citing security reasons. The older versions of the Windows operating systems are not included in this list. According to the reports available online, the Chinese government considers the integration of the latest Microsoft OS with the cloud service solutions a security risk, especially in government offices.

Does this have something to do with Microsoft discontinuing XP support?

According to the BBC News website, the Chinese government’s move might have something to do with Microsoft’s decision to stop the tech support for the XP operating system despite the Chinese government asking them to extend it. More than 50% percent of Chinese PCs still run on Windows XP, and the figure might be even higher, if you take the government office PCs alone.

Plus, the Chinese government realises that Microsoft will not change its tech support policy, and will pull the plug on Windows 7, 8, etc in coming years to force Windows OS users to upgrade to the latest operating systems. Running the government office computers on operating systems that no longer receive tech support is not a risk the Chinese government is willing to take.

In other words, in order to avoid a Windows XP-like situation in the future, the Chinese government has decided to stop upgrading to the latest Windows 8 operating systems citing security concerns about using foreign operating systems. The rationale behind banning only the latest Microsoft operating system is clear. The Chinese government needs to find viable alternative operating systems for their office PCs.

Linux-Based Operating Systems

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The Chinese tech companies obviously have the technical prowess to develop their own operating systems if they consider using foreign operating systems a security risk. But, developing such an operating system and then making the transition to this new OS will take some time. Until then, they can use the Windows 7 OS, which still has a few more years of tech support left. According to the BBC report, this ban will lead to development and use of Linux-based operating systems in China.

But some tech experts have pointed out that though China represents one of the biggest markets for software products population-wise, it was not generating that much revenue for Microsoft anyway, because of the rampant software piracy there. Plus, since private users are not banned from using ‘foreign’ operating systems, Microsoft’s revenues will not be affected, at least in that market.

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Developing Useful Apps For Windows 8

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           Features Of Windows 8

Windows 8 was released in October, 2012, and the operating system is known for its metro interface. The metro interface includes various apps, which work just like the apps we have seen in our smart phones. Now, any developer can design an app and upload the same in the Windows Store. However, according to Windows 8 help center, there are certain things, which you should consider while creating an app. In this post, we will take you through five important criteria for developing an app for the operating system.

How people will use the app

Before you design an app, you should envisage how the app is going to be useful for the people or how they are going to use it. For example, you could find many diary apps in the Windows Store. These apps are intended to note down the commitments of the users. However, majority of the users make use of this app as an alarm system. The app is used to store the birthdays of your loved ones, alarm to pick up the laundry etc. Now, while designing such apps, it is necessary that you include push notifications, since they are an essential requirement of these apps.

Functions of the app

According to Windows 8 help center, the functionality of the app is very important. There is no point in designing an app, which has a beautiful interface and poor functions. Keep in mind that once your app is built with the adequate functions, you can add style to it as and when you wish.

User Experience

Once you have decided on the functions of the app, you can now focus on the user experience. Keep in mind that user experience plays a vital role in attracting users to the app.

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Be creative

When you design the app, make sure it reflects your creativity. Think out of the box while designing the app. Keep in mind that no matter how good it looks, people would hesitate to download an app, which has a poor user interface or which functions just as other normal apps.

Testing

Testing phase is important before the release of the app. In this phase, you can find out the various issues with the app. Release the app once you finish fixing the issues.

If you follow the above guidelines, you can create a simple and attractive app for the users. Keep in mind that all apps are updated regularly. Therefore, keep provisions in your app for all future updates and upgrades.

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