Windows 8 Lifecycle And Update Support

Reboot Windows 8

Windows 8 Operating System

It is true that Update 1 is necessary for the Windows 8.1 operating system to continue getting the future updates. This gives rise to another important question about the Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 operating system is still supported by Microsoft and the question is when Microsoft will end the support for the Windows 8 operating system. This is very much confusing for the users of the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

We all know that the Update 1 is mandatory for the Windows 8.1 users. This means that if the Update 1 is not installed, the computer will not be receiving any security or non-security updates and the computer will be prone to attacks from hackers and viruses. Microsoft has logic built into the Windows Update and it will check if the Update 1 is installed. If Windows Update finds that the Update 1 for Windows 8 is not installed, new updates will not be available for your computer.

As per the records, a big number of users have not chosen to install Windows 8.1 operating system over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is an important and great update but many of the users found it very difficult to install the update due to the way Microsoft delivers the update in Windows Store. Some of the users tried more than once to install the update, but in vain and some of them have not even tried to install the update at all. Luckily, the Windows 8.1 update is mandatory for those users who are using the first Windows 8 release.

Windows 8.1 Operating System

Windows 8.1 Update

This means that Microsoft was trying to state that the Windows 8.1 Update is nothing but a service pack. We should note that it is the first time that Microsoft has suggested that the Windows Update 1 is actually a service pack. The major complaints of the new users of the Windows 8 operating system were about the missing Start button and the difficulty to access power options in the operating system. If you need to reboot Windows 8, you will have to go through a series of steps before accomplishing the task. This was one of the main complaints about the Windows 8 operating system.

If you wish to know more on the steps to reboot Windows 8, or on the new features of the operating system, you can contact the Windows help and support team.

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Windows 8 Finally Witnesses An Increase In The User Share

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Windows 8 was launched by Microsoft in 2012 with a plan to outsmart all existing versions of the operating system. The operating system version was in fact touted to be the next big thing to watch out for in the tech field. However, the OS version was ultimately touted as Microsoft’s biggest failure in recent times.

Microsoft had studded Windows 8 with an array of amazing and sophisticated features that were unheard of in any of its prior versions. The options such as Charms bar, live tiles replacing icons, Metro UI interface, were all introduced to provide an out of the box computing experience to the Microsoft users worldwide. Still, the operating system fell flat in charming the users.

One of the main reasons that led to the ultimate failure of Windows 8 was the fact that the operating system didn’t have any basic features, mainly the Start Menu. Due to the lack of this option, several users even called up Microsoft support to know how to restart Windows 8 systems. Yes! Several users found the Windows 8 features too perplexing and started to uninstall the OS and most of them switched back to the old versions like Windows 7 and XP. As a result, Windows 8 sales dropped significantly and the software giant was forced to introduce a tweaked in version of the OS soon, naming it as Windows 8.1.

Windows 8 Features

           Windows 8 Features

Windows 8.1 comprised of a feature known as the Start button and was aimed at pleasing those users who had dumped their system before they didn’t even know how to restart Windows 8 computers. Along with the Start button option, Windows 8.1 also comprised of several useful applications to provide comfort to the users. However, this OS version hardly managed to impress the users as most of them were now satisfied with using Windows XP and 7.

It was clear that the end of support for Windows XP was a strategic move by the Redmond based software giant to propel the sales of the Windows 8 operating system. Even though initially it didn’t have an impact on the low sales of Windows 8 PCs, in the last few months, considerable amount of growth has been witnessed in the number of Windows 8 users.

With Windows 10 all set to get launched this year, it would be interesting to see what all new strategies Microsoft adopts to make all its users switch over to the touch-centric OS versions.

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Switching Between Desktop And Fullscreen Modes In Windows 8

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The modern User Interface of Windows 8 is the major reason for many to uninstall Windows 8 and degrade their PC to an older Windows operating system. But, you don’t have to uninstall Windows 8 due to this minor reason. With Windows 8, you can choose between traditional desktop and modern user interfaces. Knowing how to switch between these two different modes is important to exit full screen mode as well.


  • If you have enabled traditional desktop mode in your Windows 8 PC, you will have a Windows 8 Start button there. Navigate to the Start button to trigger Windows 8 Start Screen open. The Windows 8 Start Screen contains tiles for all programs and applications you have in the PC. The Start Screen contains a tile called Desktop as well. Upon selecting this tile, the desktop screen will appear. However, because the desktop tile is located at the bottom left end of the Start Screen, most people don’t easily notice it. You can notice the Desktop tile easily because it is featured with the thumbnail of the desktop wallpaper you have set.
  • If you don’t notice the Desktop tile, go to the Start Screen and type Desktop in the search box. This will trigger up a list containing a list of options. What comes at the top of list should be the option to enter Desktop.

Fullscreen mode in Google Chrome

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Google Chrome, the popular web browser, also has the option to display in Fullscreen mode. In a touchscreen environment of Windows 8, you may often get to the fullscreen mode of Chrome, which is annoying for some users.  The following steps should help you switch between fullscreen mode and regular screen mode in Chrome window.


The easiest way to switch between Fullscreen mode and regular screen mode in Chrome is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. However, because the browser can go to fullscreen mode often due to the touchpad settings, you can disable this option from the Control Panel. Go to the Control Panel and customize the touchpad settings the way you wish.

Windows 8 is a modern operating system with lots of interesting features. Knowing how to use this operating system the way you wish is important because it can help you ensure the best use of it. For any inquires regarding Windows 8, get in touch with our Windows 8 help desk.

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Making Windows 8 Restart Automatically After Installing Updates

Restart Windows 8

          Windows 8 Operating System

You might know that the Windows 8 operating system asks the users to restart the computer after installing any important Windows Updates. The operating system will display a notification message that asks the user to restart the computer. The content of the notification will be that the user will need to restart the computer in three days or else the PC will restart automatically after 3 days. A restart is necessary to install the updates. After the end of the 3 day grace period, Windows 8 operating system will show a fifteen minutes countdown and after the expiry of the countdown time, the computer will be automatically restarted.

This is quite normal but there is an issue. Windows 8 will not initiate the 15 minutes countdown if the computer is locked using the built-in lock feature of the operating system. The PC will wait for the user to unlock it and after unlocking, the countdown will start and the PC will restart automatically after 15 minutes. This is not a big problem but in a business environment, it can prove to be a pain. The issue can prove to be troublesome for the system administrators who spend time managing different PCs in the firm.

To get rid of this problem, Microsoft has now released a new update for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 OS. The update has introduced a new registry feature that forces the Windows operating system to shutdown automatically, even if the PC is locked. To start this feature, you will need to edit the registry files of Windows 8. The steps to automatically restart Windows 8 after installing important updates are explained below in this article.

Windows 8 OS

               Updates In Windows 8


  • Click on Start button, go to Run and type regedit to open Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows\ WindowsUpdate\ AU. If you are unable to locate Windows update or AU key, you will need to make it manually.
  • Locate DWORD AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime in the right side. Double click and make its value 1.
  • You can now close the Registry Editor window and then restart your computer.

These are the simple steps to automatically restart Windows 8 after installing important updates. If you wish to have further assistance in finishing these steps, you can contact Windows help and support number. The technician will help you to finish these steps successfully, without encountering any Windows errors.

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Windows 8 And Windows 8.1 Slowly Increasing Market Share

Windows 8 Problems

              Windows 8 Market Share

On account of the many Windows 8 problems, the latest operating system from Microsoft has so far registered only poor sales in the market compared to its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows XP. However, ever since the end of Windows XP support, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are gaining more users, albeit slowly. The recent Desktop OS market share figures confirm this trend.

XP users slowly making the transition to Windows 8

If you look at the Windows XP market share, it becomes clear from where these new Windows 8 users are coming. Microsoft’s decision not to extend the tech support service for XP seems to have improved the Windows 8 sales. However, critics are quick to point out that even Windows Vista registered such small increase in the market share a few months after its release.

In fact, if you compare the current market share figures of Windows 8 with the corresponding market share figures for Windows Vista after its release, you will realise that Windows 8 has so far failed to outperform even Windows Vista. For example, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 now have a combined market share of around 15%. If you look at the Windows Vista market for the corresponding period, you will find that Vista also had about the same market share at that time.

However, Windows Vista now has only a negligible market share of less than 3% with many of the unsatisfied Vista users making the transition to Windows 7 as soon as it was released. Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 will have the same fate with most users abandoning it as soon as Windows 10 becomes available in the market.

Windows 8 Sales

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But, at present, the combined market share of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has officially overtaken Windows XP. This is should not be seen as a rise in popularity for Windows 8. The Windows 8 problems regarding the OS UI and many other issues remain unresolved. However, for those users, who prefer Windows OS to the other OS alternatives available in the market, Windows 8 has become the only upgrade option.

Windows XP is already an outdated and unsupported OS and Windows 7′s mainstream support is set to expire soon. So, even with all its design flaws, some users are purchasing new PCs and laptops running on Windows 8.

But, the rest of them are waiting for the release of Windows 10. In other words, the small increase in the Windows 8 sales is not that significant or relevant.

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