Powering Down And Restarting Windows 8 OS

Restart Windows 8

Powering Down Windows 8 OS

One of the major reasons why most Windows 8 users are extremely frustrated with the operating system was the lack of familiarity when performing even the basic tasks. Windows 8 users find trouble shutting down or restarting their PC because Microsoft has neatly tucked away the option in a different place.

The reason why the Restart Windows 8 and Shutdown Windows 8 options are hidden is that Microsoft designed the OS in a way that is similar to tablet users. This means Microsoft encourages its users to enter a low-power state or hibernate, instead of completely powering down their computer. Hence, you can change the setting to switch to low power mode when you close the lid. However, this design is flawed because desktop users were not able to power down the OS the usual way. You will have to open up the Charms bar in order to switch off your computer.

The entire UI (user interface) of Windows 8 OS has been altered to lean in favor of touch screen users. When doing so, Microsoft kept its keyboard and mouse users in the dark by creating an interface that is ridiculously difficult to perform using a mouse. Although Microsoft made some attempts at correcting it in Windows 8.1, the entire UI is still a mess and inoperable for most users that are accustomed to working in Windows desktop computers.

Shutdown Windows 8

Windows Shutdown Options

One of the methods of shutting down Windows 8 is to bring your mouse to the upper-right-corner in order to bring up the Charms menu. If you are using a tablet, you can merely swipe from the right to bring the Charms menu. A definite shortcut to bringing the Charms bar is by pressing the Windows key + C button. The shut down option is nested inside the Settings button of the Charms bar.

For faster access to the Charms settings, you can press down Windows key + 1 on your keyboard and select the Shut down option. Another workaround to performing the action fast is by creating shortcuts for Shutdown and Restart and then pin them to the desktop. By doing so, you will be able to shut-down the computer at the press of a button located in the desktop. Fortunately, the Shutdown Windows 8 and the Restart Windows 8 option are located in the same place, avoiding the need to go hunting for the option elsewhere!

Where Did Windows Explorer In Windows 8 Go

Windows 8 OS

                 Windows 8 File Explorer

Most users immediately notice that the Windows 8 Start screen is entirely different from its predecessor. However, there are several other changes in the new operating system, which add to the confusion users have when they first use Windows 8 OS. Once you get used to the new features and figure out how to use them, you will not feel the urge to uninstall Windows 8 and will realize that the new operating system works equally well like any other Windows operating system. Windows 8 has been hailed as one of the most stable operating system released until now.

Although not as shocking as the Live tile Start screen, even the Windows Explorer has been changed. In fact, it’s not even called Windows Explorer anymore! It has been rechristened as File Explorer and features a Ribbon toolbar in place of the legacy drop-down menu all previous versions of Windows featured. In order to keep the File explorer familiar, the standard Tree pane that gives a visual indicator where the file lies has remained unchanged.

In the all new File explorer, the Up button, which was removed in Windows Vista, has made a return. Even after user complaints, the problem still persisted in Windows 7. However, in Windows 8, developers brought back the old feature and placed it between the Back and Forward buttons. Upon clicking the Up folder, the File Explorer will display the parent folder.

In the Ribbon display, one menu remains highlighted while all the options that are available will be displayed right beneath it. When clicking the menu, the ribbon options will change instead of any drop-down menu. The ribbon set-up enables a neat display of over 200 different commands without any clutter. You will not have to switch frantically through different menus and sub-menus. Every option available in the menu will be displayed at the touch of a button. The core tabs in Windows 8 OS are File, Home, Share and View.

Windows File Explorer Tips

                    Windows File Explorer

Look through all the options available inside the different menus. While certain options were available in previous Windows versions and can be instantly recognized, Microsoft has added few new features in the new file explorer. Once you are familiar with the new features in File explorer, you will note that the new design allows you to perform most commonly used actions at the touch of a button. Even the lesser known and arcane actions are easily accessible at fewer mouse button clicks.

Hence, unless you want to uninstall Windows 8, a functional operating system that is very much efficient and revert back to old operating systems, you can learn to perform actions in the File Explorer of the latest Windows OS.

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.

Windows 8 Finally Witnesses An Increase In The User Share

Restart Windows 8

           Windows 8 Upgrade

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.

Switching Between Desktop And Fullscreen Modes In Windows 8

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                 Install Windows 8

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.

Steps

  • 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

Windows 8 Help Desk

              Windows 8 Upgrade

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.

Steps

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.

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

Instructions

  • 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.

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

                     Upgrading To Windows 8

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.

How To Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Using Your Own Installation Disc?

Uninstall Windows 8

                 Windows 8 Upgrade

Are you determined to uninstall Windows 8 because you want to upgrade to Windows 8.1? Wait a minute. In order to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you don’t have to execute a Window 8 uninstall. Instead, you can download the Windows 8.1 update from Windows Store and install it, which will automatically upgrade your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade options

Microsoft provides multiple options for Windows 8.1 upgrade. The easiest option is downloading the Windows 8.1 upgrade files from Windows Store and installing them. If you are on a limited data pack, you can purchase a Windows 8.1 upgrade disc from the nearest Microsoft retail showroom.

Windows 8.1 ISO file

If you have multiple PCs that you wish to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you can download Windows 8.1 upgrade files and create an ISO file of the same and copy that to a USB stick or burn to a CD or DVD. You can use this DVD/USB stick as a Windows 8.1 installation disc. Sources privy to Microsoft reveal that the software giant allows older PC users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 directly without having to the upgrade to Windows 8 first. However, this works only if the upgrade is executed through self-made Windows 8.1 USB drive or DVD.

The best part is that after creating the installation disc, you don’t have to visit the Windows Store at all, meaning, you can make your Windows 8.1 upgrade totally offline. However, you need to purchase the license key in order to activate the OS after the upgrade. Else, the OS will get deactivated after 30 days.

How to create your own Windows 8.1 installation disc or USB flash drive?

Follow the below steps to create a Windows 8.1 installation DVD or USB flash drive on your own.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Options

              Windows 8 Support Desk

  • If you are going to create an installation disc, insert a blank DVD into the CD/DVD drive of your PC. Download a media creation tool and install it.
  • Execute the tool. The tool will prompt you to specify the file type. Select the Windows 8.1 version and language to proceed.
  • Select DVD as the destination for burning the file. Select Next to begin the downloading and burning of the Windows 8.1 ISO file to the chosen destination. Wait till the process ends.

I am sure you have been able to create your own Windows 8.1 installation disc and upgrade your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 without having to uninstall Windows 8. Contact our Windows 8 support desk for any further assistance.

Removing Windows 8 Applications With IObit Uninstaller

Uninstall Windows 8

        Uninstall Apps In Windows 8

Windows 8 is an operating system which is radically different from the others in the Windows line. Now we have that out of the way, let’s talk about a thing it has in common with them – problems from installation leftovers. You might have tried to uninstall Windows 8 apps and had issues there; some apps just don’t leave. This was a problem in earlier Windows versions too. You had either saved files or registry entries, which did not get deleted with the rest of the program.

Now, before uninstallers came along, you had to manually remove whatever program residue there was in the computer. As for these utilities, most of them are paid software, and with limited functionality in the trial versions. But there are a few freeware options too, like IObit Uninstaller. The latest version they’ve put out is IObit Uninstaller 4, which can completely uninstall windows 8 apps from your system.

Features of IObit Uninstaller 4

  • The Batch Uninstall option, which lets you take care of multiple uninstallations in a single go. This means you don’t have to individually start and ride out each removal process.
  • The Powerful Scan tool, for taking care of leftover files and registry keys after a Windows 8 program has been removed using the native uninstaller. It will be as if you never installed it in the first place.

    Windows 8 Program

                 Remove Windows 8 Apps

  • A System Restore option to make sure that all changes made in the course of removal can be rolled back, in case you ever decide you want things the old way.
  • A Quick Uninstall button, which when present, lets you bypass the uninstaller and let it run in the background. This saves time and effort from having to click all the various prompts you’d have to deal with otherwise.
  • Automatic uninstall detection, so once you have this application installed, you could uninstall a program form even the Control Panel, and still have the Powerful Scan search and find remaining files and keys. You can delete these as one, or separately.

This application has a simple interface, and is really good for removing browser toolbars, which have to be the most annoying addon anyone ever thought up. You might think IObit Uninstaller is too much trouble to run separately, in which case you can substitute it with the native Windows applet, and still make sure that the uninstalls are done right.

Fixing Wi-Fi Problem In Windows 8

Windows 8 Problems

         Windows 8 Troubleshooting

One thing you should know about Windows 8.1, is that the OS will serve up plenty of problems when connecting to Wi-Fi networks. This doesn’t have anything to do with how good or bad the platform is. Because every OS gets to a point where Wi-Fi networks start slipping through its grasp. Every wireless device shows this problem sooner or later, and this is irrespective of which OS you have installed. For the Windows 8 OS, there are established fixes to the most common Wi-Fi issues.

Now I had these similar Windows 8 problems, and IE stopped responding in the way you’d expect a web browser to. That’s to say, it stopped loading new web pages after I typed them out in the link bar and hit Enter. There was nothing wrong with my internet connection at the time, and I also had a strong signal coming in over the network I was on. Turns out the issue has little to do with the Wi-Fi itself. Apparently, there was an app in the background, which downloads stuff and takes up more than its fair share of the available bandwidth.

Windows 8 OS

              Windows 8 OS Issues

You can’t simply hit a button to fix this issue. Instead you’ll need to check the other apps, and see if they’re dragging down the remaining bandwidth. Windows Update is a common culprit, which stays active and downloads huge files, if you failed to disable it at the start. You should also check if any torrent download apps are causing the problem to appear. Maybe you threw a big download job into the queue and it just now got sufficient seeds to resume in earnest.

If it’s the Windows Update process that’s ruining your broadband speed, just let it finish. Otherwise you might be wasting parts of a non-resumable download. But if you’re sure you’d rather let all that go, then go to the Settings Charm or the Control Panel, and stop the update process. There’s nothing more direct than shutting down an app you think is siphoning off bandwidth.

Low Wi-Fi speed is one of the Windows 8 problems, which many users get, but this rarely has anything to do with the Wi-Fi setup. You may avail assistance along these lines by calling our tech support. We offer the best Windows technical support and assistance you can avail, and at the most reasonable rates. Call us and get your issue resolved.