All About Windows 8 Boot Loader

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Features Of Windows 8

The Windows 8 operating system was released before two years and since then, many of the Windows users have upgraded to it. The operating system came with dual interface with one of the interfaces supporting apps. For the first time, we saw apps in a desktop operating system. Even though the operating system had many number of changes from its predecessors, it was unable to make an impact on the customers.

Many customers who upgraded to Windows 8 were unhappy with the operating system and were in search of methods to uninstall it. Customers found that the operating system is difficult to work with, as they could not even find the shut down menu on the desktop screen. Keep in mind that the operating system does not have a Start button or Start menu.

Now, before you uninstall Windows 8 from your computer, it is advisable to have a general idea about the boot loader of the operating system. If you do not know what a boot loader is, it is the architecture used to boot the operating system. It involves three components, which are Windows resume loader, Windows operating system loader, and Windows boot manager.  If you have not done a clean installation of Windows 8 and installed it for dual boot, then the process creates a boot menu in the Boot configuration data. Therefore, when the computer is turned on, the boot configuration data is read first and the information in it is loaded to the display. This allows you to make the selection of operating system, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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When you make the selection of operating system, the boot manager takes the information and passes it to the corresponding operating system. Now, the boot loader architecture comes with a tool called Boot Configuration Data Store Editor. This tool allows the user to make changes to the Boot Configuration Data database.

If you wish to uninstall Windows 8 from the boot loader, one of the tools that you can rely on is the System Configuration Tool. According to experts, the System Configuration Tool is much easier to work with than the Boot configuration Data Store Editor for the removal purposes.

We hope that this article has helped you to gain an idea about Boot loader in Windows 8. For further assistance on boot loader or Windows 8 removal, you may contact our technical support team.

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Performing A Complete Shutdown In Windows 8

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Windows 8 Features

With the inception of Windows 8, some of the usual features have changed and the way the OS works, as well. There has been a list of changes. For instance, the new Metro GUI introduced in the latest operating system is a huge leap, when it comes to user interface changes. Another instance is the absence of the start menu. People thought this was one of the Windows 8 problems. However, the button along was brought back in Windows 8.1. Next change was in the way Windows 8 shuts down.

When you shut down a Windows 8 computer, you are actually doing a hybrid shutdown by default. The boot speed in Windows 8 has changed considerably. The boot speed has improved due to the way it shuts down. Usually when the computer is on, it boots up everything on the computer like apps, OS kernel, etc, which is also called a cold boot. However, in Windows 8, the shutdown performs a partial hibernation. In this, the kernel and the device drivers are saved to the disk as a hibernation file. So every time you turn on the Windows 8 computer, it boots up from the hibernation file, which makes the boot time faster.

Since the hibernation file sizes are reduced in Windows 8, the boot time has increased remarkably. The feature is called Fast Startup, which is set as a default feature in Windows 8. Go to the Power Options in the Control Panel or just press a combination of keys – Windows key + X. Scroll down the options to find one with a check box that says Turn on fast startup. In certain cases, you will not find this option, which is because hibernation is not enabled in the computer. In order to enable system hibernation in the Windows 8 computer; you will have to open the Command Prompt in the elevated mode and type in the following commands.

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  • Type in powercfg -h on to activate hibernation and then hit Enter.
  • Type in powercfg -h off to deactivate the same, and hit Enter.

Go to the Power options to do one of the following,

  • Disable fast startup from Power options.
  • Restart instead of a shutdown.
  • Or, just type shutdown /s /f /t 0 command at the command prompt to do a normal full shutdown.

Henceforth, you will be able to perform a complete shutdown instead of hibernation. Even if some might consider the complicated steps required as one of the Windows 8 problems, the speed in which it shuts down compensates for the same.

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Creating A Restart Shortcut In Windows 8

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In the latest Windows 8 operating system, it can take a few clicks to reach the Restart option. This article discusses the steps to make a desktop shortcut to restart Windows 8 operating system. You can follow the steps carefully so as to not get any Windows errors in the process.

Instructions

  • From the Windows 8 Start screen, click on the Desktop tile to reach the desktop environment.
  • Right click anywhere on the desktop background image. Doing this will open a menu.
  • From the menu that appears, select New to open a sub-menu. From this sub-menu, you can select Shortcut. This will open a window that will ask you to type in a location.
  • Into the box that appears, type in the following, shutdown /r /t 0 and then click on the Next button.
  • Into the next screen, enter a name for the shortcut and then click on the Finish button.
  • To change the shortcut’s icon, right click on the shortcut. This will bring up a menu.
  • From this menu, you can select Properties.
  • In the window that is displayed, click on the Change Icon button.
  • If you are asked to confirm, click on the OK button and a window full of icons will appear.

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           Restarting Windows 8

  • From the icons, you can choose the one of your choice. You may have to scroll through a few rows to find the one that is suitable for the restart icon.
  • Click on the icon to select it and then click on the OK button to close this window.
  • In the Properties window, look for Run.
  • Click on the drop down menu located next to Run and from the menu, select Minimized.
  • After doing these steps, you can click on the Apply button and then on the OK button.
  • If you prefer to have the shortcut on the taskbar, rather than on desktop, you can right click on it to bring up the menu again.
  • From the options, select Pin to Taskbar.
  • A copy of the shortcut will appear at the bottom of the screen in the taskbar.
  • Right click on the shortcut and from the menu, select Pin to Start.

These are the steps to make a shortcut to restart Windows 8 operating system.

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Procedure To Uninstall Or Remove Windows 8 From Dual-Boot Setup

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Most users nowadays use dual-boot or multi-boot systems for various reasons. In this article, we will see how to uninstall Windows 8 or remove it from a dual boot setup. For that, the first thing you are required to do is boot into your Windows 7 instance. This way, we can use the command line to work with the BCD settings. But, you would be surprise d to know that there is a much easy way to do it, with the help of a tool known as EasyBCD.  Once you have finished downloading it, you can install and use it.

Now, from here on, we need to remove Windows 8 from the Boot Configuration Database. On the left hand side, you will see a button with the name ‘Edit Boot Menu’. You need to click on it to get started.

Then, on the right hand side, you will see a list of all the boot loaders that your system has been configured to use.  You need to choose the entry, which says ‘Windows Developer Preview’. When you have highlighted it, you need to click on the delete button.

You will see that Windows 7 is the only entry left in the database. You are required to set it as the default option. For that purpose, you need to select the check box beneath the ‘Default’ column.

Since you wish to have Windows 7 as your only operating system, you need to select the radio button named ‘Skip the boot menu’ beneath the ‘Timeout Options’.

Thereafter, you need to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button. For verifying the changes you have made, you need to restart it. You will see that the system boots straight to Windows 7.

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Now, the next steps involve reclaiming the space that your new partition has taken. This can be easily done with the help of the Disk Management tool. For that purpose, you need to press Windows key and the ‘R’ key together. This will launch a run box. You need to type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ into the run box to launch Disk Management.

When the tool launches, you now need to remove the volume, on which Windows 8 resides. For that, you need to right click on the drive and then click on the option labeled ‘Delete Volume’.

Thereafter, you need to click on the partition with the blue header, and then select ‘Extend Volume’ option. In the wizard that has been launched, go on clicking ‘Next’ and finally ‘finish’.

These steps should help you uninstall Windows 8 or remove it from Your Dual-Boot Setup.

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Running Windows On Macs Now Got A Whole Lot Easier

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Technophiles would agree that being locked into one software platform is a pointless restriction. Contrary to popular belief, it is not due to compatibility issues that cross platform OS is unavailable; it is the restriction set by rival companies due to inconceivable reasons.

Fortunately, if you are geeky enough to know how to operate them, certain tools exists, using which you can set yourself free from these self-imposed bonds. Although there are many such software out there in the market, finding the one that works without glitches and are easy to operate is not easy. Your Windows 8 problems will not migrate to the other platform as well.

Such software should obviously be extremely stable to allow two operating systems to operate at the same time. This way, you will be able to do what you wish from any operating system without fearing any errors or sudden system failure. Only the best tools are capable of bringing out the true features of the operating system it is running and will support the entire OS features that Windows provides. For instance, Parallels Desktop 10 pays attention to the granular details, bringing out Windows-based notification and Start screen on to your Mac system.

Inside the virtual desktop, you will be able to operate apps like Office or Outlook with ease, and these apps can now be opened from the Launchpad. It has not completely left out Apple as well, taking cues from Apple as well, primarily its flat icons, which will be seen for the Windows applications. The interface is not even the best part of the virtual machine. In comparison to other similar software, Parallels Desktop 10 is a lot more consumer-friendly and provides easier ways to install virtual machines whether you want to install Windows, Linux, Ubuntu or others.

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           Cross platform support for Windows

During configuration time, you will be asked what the primary function of the virtual machine would be. The four listed options are productivity, games only, design or software development. Depending on your choice, Parallels will automatically configure to fit the required needs. Thus, you can hope to run high processor intensive games using this feature without the fear of experiencing sluggish performance while editing video or while playing a First-person-shooter game.

Only a very few free software will enable you such level of freedom. Parallels Desktop 10 is available for $80 for normal users, $50 for previous version owners and special discounted price of $40 for students. This is an extremely inexpensive software that helps you avoid the need of purchasing an extremely expensive additional system. Contact our Windows 8 problems helpline, if you have any doubts or questions.

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