Deadline Nears For Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Windows 8 Upgrade

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Users are left with less than a week to install the latest Windows 8.1 upgrade. Sources privy to Microsoft report that users who fail to do the Windows 8 upgrade within the stipulated deadline will lose chance to avail any future upgrades from Microsoft.

Update free for Windows 8 users

Users with the valid product key for the Windows 8 are given out Windows 8.1 update for free. However, the delay to install the update before the deadline ends will result in users being deprived of any future upgrade options.

Microsoft says no further extension of the upgrade

In its recent press release, Microsoft made it clear that it would not release any future upgrade offer for Windows 8 users. Earlier, Microsoft had said that May 13 was the last date for Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 8.1. However, the last date was further delayed due to the demands from hundreds of users who failed to make the upgrade. Sources close to Microsoft report that Microsoft is not going to roll out any future upgrade offers. As of now, June 13 will be the last date when Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Microsoft further said that users who fail to upgrade to Windows 8.1 will be denied future Windows updates and patch fixes through the automatic Windows update service. In short, if you are a Windows 8 user and want to receive any future updates or patch fixes from Microsoft, the simplest solution is to upgrade your OS to the latest Windows 8.1 update.

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Failure to install Windows 8.1 update spells severe security issues

It has been reported that Windows 8 users who fail to install the latest Windows 8.1 update will not only suffer from the present Windows 8 problems but a slew of new security risks in future. Microsoft is making all efforts to erase Windows 8 by prompting all users to upgrade to the latest version. In fact, the tech giant does not seem to appreciate folks continuing to use it. Moreover, there have been a few instances of hacking in Windows 8. By doing a Windows 8 upgrade through the installation of Windows 8.1 updates, users are given a chance to evade all these misfortunes.

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 update has fixed many Windows 8 issues. If you are annoyed by persistent Windows 8 problems, upgrade your OS to Windows 8.1 as early as possible.

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Upgrading Your Computer To Windows 8

Windows 8 Upgrade

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If you are planning to do a Windows 8 upgrade, congratulations, you are about to experience an entirely new kind of operating system. Windows 8 interface is entirely different and has been developed based on the touch screen concept. Run Windows Upgrade Assistant program to check if your computer is compatible to run on a Windows 8 environment. This will perform a few checks, at the end of the check it will suggest you a number of hardware devices and software that might not be compatible with Windows 8.

Next, you will be able to order your pack of Windows 8 in the installation wizard itself. If you are ready to buy it, click on the Checkout button and then make a purchase with a credit card. When the purchase is complete, in the next screen you will able to see the Windows product key, which is necessary at the time of installation. Anyways, you will also get a copy of the Windows 8 Product Key in an email and hence you need not worry if you have missed noting it down at the time of purchase.

The upgrade assistant is now ready to download the copy of Windows 8 in your computer. Almost 2 GB data of installer files will be downloaded at this time; hence, you will have to wait for some time until the download is complete. You can take a break until the download completes, as it is not necessary to stay by the computer during the process.

Windows Product Key

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Once the files are downloaded, you can move to installing the same. Nevertheless, you have an alternative; you can choose to install the operating system with the option to Install by creating media. In this, you will be able to save the installer files in the form of a single ISO file and burn this into a bootable media like a DVD or a flash drive. It is better to choose this option as you will have a copy of the installer files.

Once the burning is over, you need to double click on the executable file, which you find on the desktop. This will run the setup once again. You can choose to do a clean install. If you do not wish to lose data, select the option Windows settings, personal files and apps and move ahead. Now you need to choose Install Now, which is the last step in Windows 8 upgrade. When prompted you need to type in the Windows product key.

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Windows 8.1 Pricing Schemes And Features

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There is a rumor that Windows 8.1 operating system is no improvement over the Windows 8 operating system. The answer is Yes and No depending on how you see it. If you undergo Windows 8 upgrade to Windows 8.1 hoping Microsoft will take a U-turn and get done with the new age Metro style interface, you are bound to be disappointed.

The infamous Metro style Start screen, which has tiles in place of menus, is still present in Windows 8.1 operating system. However, Windows 8.1 operating system is a significant improvement over Windows 8, which favors only touch screen users. The user interface of Windows 8.1 is less complex and at least tries to appease users who have been fed up with the Windows 8 operating system.

The best part, there is no compromise in stability and the operating system is available for free upgrade if you are using Windows 8 operating system. With Windows 8.x mainstream support ending next year, Microsoft is sending updates after updates in order to make changes to the user interface to the likes of its users. Windows 8.1 update 2 was released last month and brings many changes to improving the functionality of the operating system.

If you are running Windows XP or Windows 7 operating system, you will have to shell out somewhere around $119.99 for the Windows 8.1 Home version and $199.99 for the Windows 8.1 Pro version. However, prices are bound to vary as the IT giant itself has suggested.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Upgrade

If you are running Windows 8 operating system, you will be able to download Windows 8.1 operating system from the website. They are also available as DVD packages at retail stores with higher premiums.

From user recommendations, it is certain that Windows 8.1 operating system is worth the Windows 8 upgrade. However, if you can afford to wait for some time, you can try out the Windows 10 operating system. Although Microsoft remains tight-lipped about the features, certain “reveals” have spiked the users’ interest in this operating system. In case you are wondering, yes, Windows 10 will have a Start menu.

When comparing different operating systems in terms of popularity or strictly in terms of numbers alone, Windows 8.x operating system has failed to entice users. Maybe the next operating system might change the outlook of Windows users who have been disappointed by the attempts from the part of Microsoft. Only time will tell what is in store for the future.

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Upgrading Your Windows 7 PC To Windows 8

Windows 8 Upgrade

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Many of the Windows 7 users are planning for a Windows 8 upgrade. The new operating system from Microsoft offers numerous features, which we have not seen in any of the previous Windows operating systems. These include the introduction of tile interface, apps for the operating system, dual interface etc. So, how can you upgrade to Windows 8? You may either make use of a USB stick or use the Windows 8 disc for the upgrade purpose.

Before we begin the installation process, keep in mind that there are two methods of Windows 8 installation. You may choose either to clean install the operating system or do an upgrade installation. In case of an upgrade installation, the program will automatically check the internet and download the required files for the upgrade installation. However, you should enter the product key, which you would receive during the purchase for the installation to continue. Once you enter the product key, the installation begins.

During the installation, the first stage is to read the license agreement and then agree to it. As the next step, you need to select the type of installation that you wish to carry out. In the first method of installation in the program, all the existing settings, apps and files are moved to Windows 8 with the new installation. In the second type of installation, only the files are moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8. The third type of installation is the clean installation where a fresh copy of the operating system is installed, erasing all the data in the hard disk.

Windows 8 Installation

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When you continue the installation, the installer checks the various applications and drivers installed in the program and checks if there are any incompatible ones. If there are any such applications, the program might ask for a restart to remove it. The advantage of Windows 8 installation is that you can resume it from where you left if you were interrupted in between.

Keep in mind that the first method of Windows 8 upgrade where you move the settings from Windows 7 takes longer time than the other methods. Some of the installations took just 27 minutes when carried out from a Windows 8 disc. Now, in case of a clean installation, it took less than 11 minutes to complete, which is just amazing. Many experts say that upgrade installation is the best option because it will save you a lot of time that you might have spent copying files from your old Windows 7 operating system. So, if you are looking to upgrade your machine, go for Windows 8 today.

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Personal Computer Market Rebounds In Second Quarter


Windows 8 Features

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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