System Requirements And Recommendations For Windows 8

Windows 8

               Windows 8 Drivers

Windows 8 is one of the latest operating systems released in the year 2012 by Microsoft. This is a successor to Windows 7, which brought in a major change to the OS interface altogether. A major change in the user interface was made so that the OS could work better with touch screen devices. This new look has a name called the Metro GUI. The processing speed has been increased when compared with previous OSs. If you are looking forward to installing Windows-8 on your computer, here are some of the system requirements and recommendations.

Hardware Requirements To Load Windows-8

  • 1 GB RAM with 32-bit and 2 GB RAM with 64-bit
  • 16 GB hard disk space for 32-bit system or 20 GB hard disk space for 64-bit system
  • DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 graphics drivers or higher

Additional Hardware Requirements

  • Most of the PCs do not have UEFI BIOS, which is required for a secure boot. Nevertheless, all the latest machines come loaded with this. If UEFI BIOS is not available, you might as well get one for the PC to enable secure boot.
  • If the PC has Trusted Platform Module (TPM), BitLocker can work seamlessly. Even when the system has this feature, it might be necessary to enable it via the settings in BIOS. At the time of installation, a flash drive is required that meets the performance criteria.
  • A 64-bit system along with second level addresses translation (SLAT), including 2 GB additional RAM is required for Hyper-V. SLAT can be enabled through the BIOS settings.

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                         Windows 8 Apps

  • Programming interfaces related to multimedia like DirectX 10 is required in the PC to enjoy the entire features of a game or any other software. You might require including graphics card for finest performance.
  • Instead of an upgrade, if you plan to do a clean install, then you should check with the manufacturer’s website to ensure that you install all the necessary drivers required. In most cases, laptops get a better battery life when they have a power-optimized driver, which is specific to each PC.

You can check if the PC that you use is compatible with Windows-8. Most of the PCs that run Windows 7 are compatible with Windows-8. Nevertheless, apart from this, if you are planning to switch to Windows 8, it might be better if you could get a new machine preloaded with the operating system.

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Accessing The Windows 8 Charms Menu

Windows 8

Using Windows 8

Microsoft released their latest flagship operating system Windows 8 to the market with much hype and expectations. However, due to some flaws in the design of the operating system, the operating system could not produce much sales in the market. The users who have installed the operating system found it pretty hard to work with, as the operating system had a new and retro styled user interface named as Metro. Metro user interface made use of tiles instead of the traditional icons and even though it provided a new look to the operating system, traditional computer users despised the operating system due to this unfamiliar design.

The main problem that traditional users found was that the operating system was hard to use with a mouse. The company cannot be blamed as they developed the operating system optimized for touch-based systems and not regular non-touch displays. Here we discuss how you can access the Charms menu in the operating system. The charms menu allows the users to make changes to the operating system settings. The Charms menu can slide out from the right hand side of the screen and the main contents of the menu are Search, Share, Start menu, Devices and Settings.

Open Charms Menu

Windows 8 Shortcuts

If you are having a touch screen computer, then it is pretty easy to open Charms menu, you just have to slide from the right most side of the screen. However, if you are using a non-touch laptop or desktop, you can launch Charms bar by clicking on the right most edge and then dragging to the left side. In a non-touch desktop or laptop, you can launch the charms bar by pressing the CTRL and C buttons simultaneously. You can also open the Charms bar by pressing and holding the Windows key found in the keyboard along with the C key.

Even though the operating system provides better ease of use while using with a tablet or a touch screen display, you can equally use the operating system on non-touch displays too. There is no need to sell your laptop if you are having trouble working with the newly installed Windows 8 operating system, as you will get used to it in a short time.

Microsoft provides a list of shortcuts in the Windows 8 help and support website that make it easy for you to work with the operating system. Get to know the various shortcuts available and you will be able to work like a Pro in no time!

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Using Windows XP Hack Could Lead The OS To More Troubles

Upgrade To Windows 8

Features Of Windows 8

Microsoft ended the support for Windows XP operating system last April and since then, many people were in search for tips on how to upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows 7. However, many other Windows XP customers have made a few changes in the registry entries of the operating system, which in turn allows them to install security updates in the operating system. Becoming aware of this new hack, Microsoft has now issued warning to all such users to refrain from this hack as it could put their operating system in more trouble.

A statement from Microsoft reads, “We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers. The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers”. It further adds, “Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP. The best way for Windows XP customers to protect their systems is to upgrade to a more modern operating system, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.”

With the new hack, Windows XP users will be able to download and install the updates that are intended for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Embedded Industry. However, note that neither Windows Server 2003 nor Windows Embedded are similar to Windows XP and therefore, installing the security updates for a different OS on XP could lead to contradictory results.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8 Installation

Windows XP was released 13 years ago and since then it has been a major player in the market. Even four months after the end of support date, it is estimated that this operating system runs on more than 18 percent of computers in the world. This shows the massive customer base of the operating system and its popularity.

Windows XP works fine on machines with low hardware configurations. In addition, the operating system had a simple interface and was faster than its predecessors. This created a large number of fans for the operating system and large number of customers did not upgrade to even Windows 7, which is considered as the best ever operating system from Microsoft.

If you intend to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 7, you may run the Windows Upgrade Assistant tool, which will help you to find out whether your computer is ready for the upgrade or not.

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Steps To Recover The Windows Password For Your Windows 8 System

Windows 8

                Windows 8 Issues

If you’re using a computer that runs on the latest version of the Windows operating system, it is certain that you will have access to a number of advanced features. But then, sometimes you may also face issues in your system when you forget the Windows password. Interestingly, during such cases, most of the users think about reinstalling the operating system, which is in fact an unnecessary step. You can totally reset your Windows Security password and restore your Windows 8 password with the help of simple instructions.

Creating Windows Security password Restoration Disk

  • At first, you need to obtain and preserve the totally reset Windows Security password self-extracting Zip data file to another computer, which is accessible. Now, you need to extract the ISO picture file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso from it.
  • Once extracted, try inserting an empty CD or DVD into the CD-ROM drive of the PC. Now, you need to obtain and install the free CD/DVD recording software: ISO2Disc and then launch the system.
  • In the next step, you need to choose the Browse key to select your ISO picture data file, and then click on the Begin Burn key to write the ISO picture onto your CD/DVD.

Modifying the BIOS Settings

  • According to the Windows 8 support team, now you would require modifying the BIOS settings. For this, you can first start your closed computer and then check the boot-screen for installation key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
  • Here, you can use the pointer keys to select the BOOT tab, and then alter the Begin System Priority. Make sure you set 1st Begin System to CDROM.

    CD-ROM Drive

                       Windows 8 Password

  • Once you’re done, press the F10 key to save your changes.

Recovering the Windows Password

  • Now, you need to place the Windows password recovery drive into the closed system and wait for the computer to load it.
  • Once it is loaded, you’ll reach the main window of totally reset Windows Security password system. At any point of time, you can also contact the Windows support team to get more information on recovering the Windows password.
  • Now, you need to decide on a Windows consideration from the list, then click on the totally reset key. This would enable you to reset the password as empty.

Once you have completed these steps, you can remove the recovery password drive and reboot your Windows 8 system. Still, if you’re not able to login to your computer, you may get in touch with our technical support team.

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