Personal Computer Market Rebounds In Second Quarter

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With the end of support of Windows XP in place, many were left with an old computer that would not run any of the newer operating systems. This led many to get a new computer and thus the PC market rebounded from continuous sales drop for few quarters in the second quarter of this year. The main reason for the hike in the PC market can be related to as the Windows 8 upgrade options available in the market now for Windows XP users. Even though this quarter marked about 1.7 percent decline in sales when compared with the last year’s quarter, it is a positive sign when you consider the decline in previous few quarters.

Popular survey sites were able to compute that about 74.4 million PCs were shipped in the second quarter of this year. This is a huge development as a popular firm, IDC had predicted about 7.1 percent decline in sales for the second quarter. Most of the Windows XP customers found it is better to buy a new PC than to purchase a new operating system, as they will still be left with an old computer if they do so. Customers are now going for laptops and desktops that have pre-installed Windows operating systems in them so that they will be able to enjoy both a new operating system and a PC at the same time.

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Windows 7 computers acquired most of the sales and as it were mostly preferred by Windows XP users since the operating systems share the same user interface. It is also heard that Windows XP users have been getting Windows 8 upgrade PCs that have a downgrade feature. The users also preferred the Chromebooks released by Google. Chrome books are laptops developed and marketed by Google that have a Linux based operating system- the Chrome operating system.

The main reason for choosing Chromebooks is that they are powerful, light and have a longer battery life when compared with Windows devices. Almost all of the PC manufacturers had a gain in sale in this quarter. However, Acer is the only one that has suffered a loss in this quarter. The main reason for the fall in the sales of Acer was mainly due to the management changes that took place in the last few months.

In short, one could say that the end of support for Windows XP triggered increase of sales in the PC market.

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Keeping All Apps And Files While Upgrading From Windows 7 To Windows 8

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The Windows 8 upgrade process is simple enough. Following the steps that are discussed below will allow you to keep your previous files and applications during the upgrade process.

  • Run through the installation steps. After installation, you will have access to all your programs, files, and settings.
  • If you make use of the online Windows.com purchase and install, you will see an additional dialog box before download and installation. It is a compatibility assistant program and should let the user know what will and will not work on the new installation.

Upgrade Assistant

This program is mainly for a For You Information deal. Anything that is incompatible will not be upgraded to the new installation of Windows 8 OS.

Getting Stuff From Windows.old Folder

The Windows.old folder is collection of programs, files and things that Windows deems important from the old installation that is not compatible with the Windows 8 OS. To recover these files from the Windows.old folder, the user can do two things.

  • Use the recovery tool from Windows website.
  • Recover the files manually.

The steps to recover the files manually are explained below.

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap on Search. If you are using a mouse, you can point to the upper-right corner of the screen, bring the pointer down, and then select Search. Enter Computer in the search box, click or tap on Apps and then select Computer.
  • Double click or double tap the drive where Windows is installed. Typically, it should be the C: drive.
  • Open the Windows.old folder, then the Users folder and then click on your Username.
  • Open the folders that have the files you wish to retrieve. For instance, to retrieve the files in Documents library, you can double click on Documents.
  • Copy and then paste the files that you need from each folder to a folder in the Windows 8 Release Preview.

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These are the simple steps to do the Windows 8 upgrade from Windows 7 operating system by keeping your old files and programs. You should understand that those programs that are not compatible with the Windows 8 operating system cannot be moved even after following the above steps. If you have any doubts, or would like to get any further assistance in upgrading to the Windows 8 operating system, you can contact the Windows support team.

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Microsoft Reveals Some Details About Windows 9

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The world is waiting to hear from Microsoft about its brainchild Windows 9. In a recent post, Microsoft revealed a few details about Windows 9 and unsurprisingly, the revelations have amused most. If what media around the world is reporting is true, Windows 9 will be more of a cloud computing operating system. The newly elected CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella believes that cloud computing will be the heart of future computers. So, he does not want to take chances by not integrating cloud computing options with Windows 9.  He believes that Windows 9 has greater scope in the future than the present because it is an operating system that has envisioned future computing.

Nadella believes desktops, laptops and smartphones will be replaced by tablets

The head of the tech giant also believes that the computing devices such as laptops, desktops and smartphones, which are popular now, will be replaced by tablets sooner than later. The reason for this change, according to him, is that tablets would allow a person to do both the tasks that can be done in a smartphone and PC. Moreover, cloud computing could work better with tablets.

Windows 9- the grand project of Microsoft

Microsoft has admitted that Windows 9 will be its biggest project hitherto. Although Windows 8 was a major project and the tech giant was much hopeful about its success, it didn’t work out due to one or the other reasons. Currently, it appears that Microsoft has learnt lessons from the past, from the low adoption of Windows 8 upgrade.

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It is believed that the basic principles of both Windows 8 and Windows 9 are the same.  But, the tech giant has adopted an ergonomic and logical approach towards Windows 9 than Windows 8. Like Windows 8, Windows 9 will be a touch screen friendly operating system. Nonetheless, it won’t ditch traditional Windows users.

Microsoft makes a steady transition to the cloud computing

Looking at some of the past major releases of Microsoft, it becomes quite clear that the tech giant is making a slow but steady transition to cloud computing. First, it was Windows Azure and then came Office 365. Both projects have received more positive reviews than any negative remarks.

Microsoft said that Windows 9 would integrate more convenient and straightforward options for upgrade than Windows 8 upgrade. It is said that the OS will integrate a single option called Upgrade to Windows 9. With this option, the upgrade becomes smoother, and faster.

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Windows 9 As Free Upgrade For Windows 8.1 Users

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Microsoft is reportedly planning to offer Windows users a reason to try out Windows 9. It is assumed that they are putting it up as a free upgrade, when it finally hits the market on 30 September.

This comes straight from the famous leaker, WZOR, who claims Windows 8.1 users will be afforded the chance to upgrade to Windows 9 for free. Meanwhile those, still holding on to a retail or OEM version of the original Windows 8, can get a discounted price on it.

Microsoft has also been facing a hard time with getting users to ditch the aged Windows XP platform, especially for a Windows 8 upgrade. Apparently, they are planning also to incentivize the transition from XP to Windows Threshold. Support for Windows XP was cut earlier this year, but many users are still refusing to let go. Three successive operating systems later, the software maker is understandably reluctant to have so many users sticking on.

The tech giant has proven that it is worth giving away free copies of Windows 9 just to have people start using it, at least to them. WZOR, who has proven time and again to be a reliable a source, assures that this latest leak is accurate. Also, this is not exactly a break from the pattern for Microsoft, who similarly offered Windows 8.1 as a free Windows 8 upgrade.

The Windows 8.1 Update 2 released in August, leaves out the Start button, which apparently will be a part of the highly anticipated Windows 9. Part of the report also maintains on what is coming out next is a test version of Windows 9 Pro OEM, and a technical preview for the same has already been released.

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The main appeal Threshold has for Windows users, is that it brings back futures such as the Start menu from a long hiatus. This particular feature is integral to the Windows computing experience, as the unpopularity of Windows 8 shows. The current operating system eschews traditional features in favor of the mobile interface, whose likes have been popular for quite some time now. Threshold, meanwhile, is a chance for amends, including reinstating direct desktop booting, and a Start menu.

There is a developer preview event scheduled for 30 September, and popular opinion places this as the most likely time and place for Microsoft to launch their new OS. There is a chance that detailed features will be revealed then, as well as the pricing.

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Will Start Menu Come To Windows 8 In September

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Those users of the Windows 8 operating system who were clawing for a return of the Start menu and the removal of Start screen may be in for a treat this September. That is when the latest reports peg the first public release of Windows Threshold, or what most of the people are referring to as Windows 9. Sources who spoke with All About Microsoft, which is a much reputable outlet for the Microsoft leaks and details, have revealed that Microsoft is planning to release a technical preview of what that may call Windows 9 as early as the end of September or the first few weeks of October. This is obviously good news for those users who have done the Windows 8 upgrade.

This technical preview of the Windows 9 OS would not be the final version of the OS upgrade. But users who are comfortable with trying the pre-release software will be able to download the update to their Windows computers. Citing other sources who spoke with it, the outlet is pegging a final release of Windows Threshold for next year. Until now, Microsoft has not actually confirmed that there is a Windows 9 or Windows Threshold upgrade in development. The few times they have shared any information about the Windows upgrades, they stuck to just indicating that those things are features that they are working on for the future release.

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The reports and leaks about the software updater have made it clear that Windows Threshold is coming and that it will be a seriously huge release. If we can believe the rumors, Windows 9 will be just as much of a change as Windows 8 was. Earlier this year, Microsoft had confirmed that they are developing a miniaturized version of the Start screen for integration where the Start menu was once located in the Windows 7 OS. This Start menu will be including Live Tiles and many features of the Start Screen but will not completely take over the display. This was one of the biggest complaints of the users about the Windows 8 operating system Start Screen.

The tech world is hoping the Windows 9 release to be an earth shaker. It is believed that this release will be a great relief to the dissatisfied Windows 8 upgrade customers. If you wish to know more on the Threshold update, you can contact the Microsoft tech support team.

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