Preparing for a Windows 8 upgrade? Microsoft suggests its users to install the Upgrade Assistant before purchasing a copy of Windows 8. The upgrade assistant detects conflicts that may arise between various services and devices connected to your system. The program also gives you a complete summary of devices and applications that may not work on your system. Do you have any doubts regarding your current system, on whether it can support the high configurations of Windows 8? The Upgrade Assistant will also determine if your system is compatible to run Windows 8. If it is compatible, and no conflicts arise with any of the devices connected, then the assistant will provide you with methods to upgrade to Windows 8.
Windows XP still forms the major chunk of the Windows OS used globally and users are still battling with the choice, weighing the advantages and disadvantages. People fear the changes in the new version, quoting complexities and problems during the upgrade as a reason not to upgrade. Most users also believe that losing all your personal files is not worth the upgrade. However, this is completely untrue, and every old Windows OS users have the ability to import most of their personal files when upgrading to Windows 8. Also, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant provides an easy and fast way to upgrade your system.
To download the Upgrade Assistant, click on the “Can my PC run Windows 8?” button from the download section of Microsoft’s website. The free tool scans your computer and all connected hardware, devices and apps to detect conflicts with the new OS. When running the tool, keep in mind to switch on and connect all the devices that you will be using with Windows 8.
The belief that Windows 8 requires the latest processors and graphics cards are also completely false and even systems purchased several years ago can work effortlessly with Windows 8. Some of the minimum system requirements are given below
Based on the report of the assistant, you will be prompted to choose a Windows 8 upgrade version. Depending on the features you require, you can select from Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT. The Windows 8 Platform provides you with the best Microsoft have to offer and existing users have the ability to upgrade easily with the Upgrade Assistant provided on the Microsoft website.
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Bloatware is the set of unnecessary software applications that comes with most of our brand new computers. The sellers and device manufacturers pre-install this mostly useless pile of software along with the operating system. The companies mainly use bloatware as a marketing strategy. They try to convince the customers that the presence of such software is a value addition. However, the customers usually realize that most of these apps are useless within a few days of purchase.
The unwanted software is usually too big and causes the system to slow down. Most of them frequently prompt the user to go for upgrades. These upgrades usually take up both the physical memory and virtual memory, and sometimes even the hard disk space of your computer. Some additional applications, which claim to be updates for the Bloatwareself-install and eventually affect the overall performance of your system.
Windows 8 is one operating system that is expected to have comparatively less bloatware. Nevertheless, the presence of some unwanted applications will still be there. Consumers are eagerly looking for new and improved methods to eliminate these unwanted softwares in their computers.
You can try to remove individual programs by accessing the Add/Remove feature from the control panel. But this process may not be able to fix the issue completely. Traces of affiliated software may remain in your system and occupy the memory space. You can also opt for a Windows 8 upgrade, which can partially solve the issue.
There are free tools available for almost all existing bloatware issues. However, the free service has not been effectively extended to Windows 8 yet. Bloatware can be eliminated with the help of bloatware removal software available in the market. However it is always advisable to go with a professional when it comes to effective and complete bloatware removal.
Microsoft offers one such service called the Microsoft Signature Upgrade. This service is especially suitable for people who are uncomfortable doing computer maintenance on their own. The service package is available for purchase in all the retail outlets spread across the country. The Microsoft Signature Upgrade gets rid of the bloatware that cannot be eliminated with the Windows 8 upgrade.
With all the professional help available out there, bloatware issues should no more be a cause of concern to you. Use effective bloatware removal software and earn that long awaited peace of mind!
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The wait is over and the feature rich operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 is in town. More and more people are going for the Windows 8 upgrade from their older versions. So, let us check out the unique features of Windows 8, which makes it special.
Unique Start Screen
Windows 8 comes with a unique Start screen, which makes it stand apart from its predecessors and other operating systems. The Start screen has icons and programs arranged in the form of tiles. The programs on your Start screen are constantly updated.
Support for Touch Screen Monitors
With Windows 8, now you can use your fingers to navigate through your applications and programs if you have a touch screen monitor. This is one of the unique features of Windows 8.
Download Applications from Windows Store
Now download your favorite app from the hundreds of applications available in the Windows Store. You can access Windows Store from the Start screen.
Take your settings with you
Yes! Now you can log into Microsoft account on any Windows 8 PC from anywhere and you will be welcomed by your personalized settings like your background, display etc.
Windows 8 is the fastest operating system developed by Microsoft to date and with the lightning speed of Windows 8, you can now toggle between applications much faster and with a lot of ease.
Windows 8 comes with Windows Firewall, Windows Defender to keep your computer safe from all threats. You also receive constant security updates from Microsoft through the Windows update.
The system requirements to upgrade to Windows 8 are listed below.
If you are not sure of your system configuration, you can download the Upgrade Assistant application from Microsoft Website, which will check your computer’s configuration and give you a detailed report on the upgrade.
Once your computer meets the minimum requirements for the Windows 8 upgrade, you can either download Windows 8 from the Microsoft website or buy the original disk from your local computer dealer for the upgrade.
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Windows 8 released only a few months ago seems to be the latest buzz and everybody wants to upgrade to Windows 8. The new OS is definitely very different from all the other operating systems that Microsoft has so far released. With Windows 8, Microsoft has built something completely new. The good old Start menu has been replaced by the Start screen; an enhanced graphical interface and platform are only some of the many new features offered by this OS.
Windows XP, Vista and 7 users can now purchase the latest operating system Windows 8 online from Microsoft’s official website. However, before you upgrade to Windows 8, first run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. This will scan your system to check if your PC has the capacity to run Windows 8. After performing the scan, it will generate a compatibility report following which you can go ahead, buy the new OS, download it and proceed with the up gradation.
The promotional run was a pretty good time for performing an upgrade. If you think your system can handle the bold new Windows 8 with its Metro style interface that replaced the Start menu, then go for it. The new OS is available for just $39.99 at around 131 countries from the official Microsoft website. To upgrade your system to Windows 7 from earlier Windows versions, Microsoft generally charges around $120 and so the cost for upgrading to Windows 8 feels a lot like Apple, as they tend to charge around $30 for major OS updates. Of course, there are various other operating systems such as Ubuntu, Fedora and the like who offer free upgrade options.
You can also choose to buy the new Windows 8 upgrade disk from a brick and mortars store. Nevertheless, here, Microsoft offers the upgrade package for $69.99. Downloading your update would definitely be a better option if you have a reasonably fast internet connection as you get to save around 30 dollars here. If you prefer the Windows 8 Pro, then the Windows Media Center will be available to you as a free add- on. On the other hand, the non-pro version of Windows 8 will have to pay to receive this add-on.
That was some information on upgrading to Windows 8 and its expenses. All in all, the Windows 8 is a bold and innovative new operating system that is definitely worth your money.
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Microsoft recently took the world by storm, with the introduction of its latest OS, the Windows 8. It features some of the best codes from all the previous operating systems. The new Metro UI, which was featured earlier in the Windows Phone 8 is now available for the desktop and other mobile devices like laptops and Microsofts very own tablet. According to Microsoft, Windows 8 was built with all platforms in mind, mainly because they wanted the users to get the same feel on every platform. Also this helps developers in creating applications that run on all platforms too, which reduces the additional burden on developers.
But before people make the leap from the present version of Windows to Windows 8, make sure that you meet all the minimum system requirements as published in Microsoft’s website. But in case you have a fairly recent version of Windows, then chances are your system already meets all the minimum requirements. If that’s not the case, its recommended that users run Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant before installing it. The Upgrade Assistant analyzes your computer and any external hardware that you have connected, for conflicts. These conflicts can be from a hardware device like a very old printer, or from softwares like iTunes which needs to be updated separately.
The Upgrade Assistant will scan your computer and provide you with a list of all the programs and harwares. The list will have a section where all the items that are compatible with Windows 8 will be listed, and another section listing items which might not work properly with Windows 8. Additionally the Upgrade Assistant will provide you with a list of features that you enjoy on your present computer, but which have been deleted from Windows 8.
Once the Upgrade Assistant has determined that your system is combatible to run Windows 8, it then prompts the user to select all their personal files and settings the user would like to copy to Windows 8. This list and the information that the Assistant has about your systems, will then determine which version of Windows is most suitable. The upgrade Assistant finally will also suggest ways for the user to purchase and download the OS, along with an optional backup DVD for a small additional fee.
So before you decide to purchase a copy of Windows 8, its always recommended to run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. Furthermore, the Upgrade Asistant is a handy tool that can help the user choose the optimum version of Windows 8, which would work like a dream.
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