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Windows 8 Lifecycle And Update Support

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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.

With Windows 8 Clearly A Failure, Microsoft To Focus On Their Next OS

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Windows 8 Problems

Microsoft’s attempts to reboot Windows 8 with the OS update Windows 8.1 obviously did not make any difference. If you look at the market share figures, you will see that the combined user base for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is only about a half of what the 13-year old XP still enjoys. While the combined Windows 8 and 8.1 user base comes to around 14%, the Windows XP user base still hovers around 23% or 24%.

Microsoft goes back to the Windows 7 OS model in their next OS

And, of course, Windows 7 takes more than 50% of the total Windows OS market share. The popularity of Windows 7 among the desktop and laptop users indicate how much most Windows users prefer the old Start Menu and Task bar UI structure than the new Metro UI introduced in Windows 8. Microsoft was attempting to gain a foothold in the touch-screen OS market with this new radical UI.

But, most smartphone and tablet users preferred Google Android to Windows 8 and the traditional desktop users hated the new Metro UI. Attempts to reboot Windows 8 by introducing the Start button and Task bar in Windows 8.1 did not work either. Now, Microsoft is redesigning the Metro UI by following the desktop model they used in Windows 7.

The Windows 10 UI looks better than the desktop UI in Windows 7 than the Metro UI in Windows 8. This is certainly an improvement as far as desktop users are concerned. According to Microsoft, they have designed the new Windows OS in such a way that the OS UI will adapt to the device, on which it is installed.

Windows Insider

Windows 10 Features

In other words, Windows 10 will have a full Metro UI on a smartphone or a tablet. But, when you install the same OS on a desktop system or laptop, you will get the Windows 7-style Desktop UI. However, there are changes to the Desktop UI. Microsoft is not ready to completely abandon their Metro UI and you will find some aspects of it in the Windows 10 desktop UI.

For example, the All Programs section in the Start Menu is no longer the old menu list of programs and applications you have installed on the system. Instead, you will them displayed as a Metro app screen. However, Microsoft might still make changes to the OS UI.

They are now running a user testing programme for Windows 10 called Windows Insider. They plan to introduce more changes to the Windows 10 UI and features based on the user feedback to avoid a Windows 8 repeat.

Disabling Hybrid Shutdown In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

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           Windows 8 OS

Many of the Windows 8 users are complaining about different shutdown and restart issues in the operating system. Many a times, the Windows 8 computers of the users restart as soon as the login screen is displayed. Sometimes the Windows 8 computer systems hang while rebooting or shut down. Many a times these issues are related to the Hybrid shutdown feature that was introduced in the Windows 8 operating system.

This feature in the Windows 8 operating system decreases the total startup time of the computer by hibernating the kernel session, instead of closing it. This will reduce the overall loading time of the operating system, as resuming from hibernated system session is less work when compared to the initialization of a completely off computer. This new feature in the Windows 8 operating system is leading to issues in some of the computers and if you are also facing shutdown or reboot issues in the Windows 8 operating system, you will be able to fix them by disabling the hybrid shutdown feature to do a complete shutdown of the PC.

The steps to disable hybrid shutdown feature in the Windows 8 operating system are explained below in this article. You can follow these steps religiously.

Instructions

  • If you are on the new Start screen, you can type in Power and the Windows OS will automatically search for the term and will display the results.
  •  If you are on the Desktop, move the cursor to top right corner of the screen. This will open the Charms bar. Now you can click on Search and then type Power in the box.
  • Click on Settings link that is located at the right sidebar of search results and then select Change what the power buttons do link in the results.

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  • Doing this will open the Power Options window. Alternatively, you can open the same window by typing in powercfg.cpl in the Run dialog box. After that, you can press the Enter key and then select Choose what the power buttons do link in the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and you will be able to see Turn on fast startup option that is given in the Shutdown settings.
  • You can now disable the option by un-checking the box near to it and then clicking on the Save Changes button.

These are the steps to turn off the Hybrid shutdown option in Windows 8 and prevent a reboot Windows 8 issue. If you are still facing issues while trying to reboot Windows 8, contact our Microsoft help and support team for apt assistance.

Troubleshooting Windows 8 Reboot Issues

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Problems and issues are quite natural with any platform no matter whether it is Windows or Mac. A majority of problems that are faced by the operating system can be fixed, as developers would have already anticipated them. Some may require few easy steps that can be done even by a novice user. Apparently, Windows 8 is not exempted from any errors and hence some users are likely to undergo issues while rebooting their Windows 8 platform. The issue is not a complex one. However, in order to reboot Windows 8, you can go through few quick steps that will help you to get your task accomplished.

The two major options that can be followed include,

  • Boot from the Windows 8 platform disc.
  • Boot from a Windows recovery drive.

Boot from Windows 8 platform disc

If you have already secured the disc for your Windows 8 platform, you are good to start. If not, it is better to find out the disc for Windows 8 that you have received while purchasing the system. Check whether your USB drive has the set of Windows 8 installation files that can help. You need these files to access the Advanced startup options.

After making variations to the BIOS settings by making it set to a device that you need to start from, you can get your computer restarted. It is essential to have the disc in the disk drive or the USB port with installation files connected.

  • When you find the Windows Setup screen, you can select Next.
  • Below, you will find Repair your computer link and you need to select it.
  • This will initiate Advanced Startup Options.

    Windows 8 Platform

                       How To Reboot Windows 8

Boot from Windows 8 Recovery Drive

A recovery drive is quite essential when it comes to fixing reboot Windows 8 issues. If you have not created one yet, you can get one from your friend and this can help you.

  • Into the spare USB port of your computer, you can insert the USB with recovery files in it.
  • BIOS settings should be set to start from USB device instead of HDD.
  • Select the keyboard layout as US.
  • You will now see the Advanced Startup Options.
  • Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the steps.

Following the above techniques will help you to reboot your Windows 8 OS successfully. You can follow the above simple instructions before contacting any technician for assistance and try to fix it all by yourself.

Windows 8.1 Does Not Seem To Be What It Should Be

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            Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft always either has something new for people as a surprise or as dejection, but it always makes it a point to bring out the best in technology to make people’s life easy. One of the recent dejection that people witnessed was the disappearance of the Start button in Windows 8. Since the interface for Windows 8 was meant for touch screens and mobile phones, the Start button, which stayed with Windows since Windows XP, was taken off with Windows 8.

Due to the repeated requests from users, Microsoft is trying to include the Start menu with the latest Windows 8.1 operating system. Hence, a Windows update of 2.6GB size was available for the Windows 8.1 users. The update took almost an hour to complete the updating process. Several reboot Windows 8 happen while the updating process goes on.

Once the first part of the download is complete, the system would request for a reboot and later install it from the Microsoft Store. Later comes a reboot, before the setup is completed automatically. Windows 8.1 would reboot for several times while the updates are going on.

However, after the first reboot, you would notice some changes in the operating system installed. You would notice some icon changes during boot and few changes in the desktop. It is to the Windows 8 screen that you boot, rather than booting to the desktop. Nevertheless, when you reach the desktop, you would notice the Start menu available.

The whole design has changed and it looks good, but the major shock lies when you click on the Start menu. You would find the Windows 8 Start screen coming in instead of the Start menu. However, the Start menu can be accessed when you right click on the Start menu button on the desktop. This is something that all of us are not used to and would definitely take some time to get used to accessing the Start menu with a right click on the Start button.

Windows 8 Start Screen

       Windows 8 Desktop

There is still no menu for all the programs that are installed in the computer. To get to the installed programs, you still need to go to the Windows 8 start screen and look for the intended program. It is evident that the search is much better and integrated. The Start button and the search were some of the features that were spotted instantaneously.

Finally, the integration of SkyDrive with the operating system is much better. With the Start menu, it would be easier to reboot Windows 8 and work around the OS.

Windows 8 Still Finds It Hard To Attract Users

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Windows 8 Upgrade

So, Windows 8 has finally experienced a boom in the user market share. But is it enough to make Microsoft happy? The answer is a strict NO! It is true that after the demise of Windows XP, many users have finally switched over to the latest versions like Windows 8 and 8.1. But the touch-centric version stands nowhere when compared to the increase in the user share of Windows 7 in the last few months. As per the recent reports, Windows 7 user share has soared and stands at a phenomenal 50% as compared to the 14% achieved by Windows 8.

If you count the number of advanced and sophisticated features in Windows 8, none of its predecessors would come close to it. But then, what has led to its unanimous rejection is the lack of user-friendly and ‘simple’ features in the OS. The exclusion of the Start menu proved to be the nemesis of Windows 8 because many users were finding it difficult to even reboot Windows 8 systems. It can be said that in the process of making the latest OS an out of the box one, the software giant failed to give importance to the useful features.

According to the Windows tech support team, even though Windows 8 comprises of features such as the Charms bar, live tiles and a modern UI interface, many users who had installed the OS initially found it too perplexing. This was also one of the reasons why Microsoft had to launch another version soon. Windows 8.1 was nothing but a tweaked version of Windows 8 with some additional features. Most importantly, the Start button was re-included in the operating system along with a number of useful applications to help the users who had faced issues to reboot Windows 8 computers. However, by the time it was launched, most users were totally dissatisfied with the touch-centric versions. As a result, they preferred to stay back with aged versions like Windows XP and Windows 7.

Modern UI Interface

Windows 8 Issues

Now, the latest news is that Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 9 by next year. It would be interesting to see what all features this operating system would comprise of. The operating system has been codenamed as Threshold, which is an interesting move by the software tycoon. It is obvious that Microsoft would leave no stone unturned to make the next version a highly successful and popular one as Windows 7.

Tips For Creating A Windows 8 Shut Down Tile

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Windows 8 Reboot

Windows 8 is the latest operating system released by the tech giant Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft introduced Windows 8 with many new features, making it one of the most visually appealing operating systems of all time. Windows 8 has brought a new Windows Start screen and a metro user interface, where all the applications can be arranged in the form of tiles. Tapping the tile corresponding to an application will open up the specific application, making your navigation a lot easier. Creating a tile in Windows 8 is easy. All you have to do is to follow the below given set of instructions given by the Microsoft support team.

Instructions

  • The whole process of creating Windows 8 shutdown tiles starts in the desktop mode, which can be made available by pressing the Windows and D keys using your keyboard. You can also open the desktop mode by clicking the tile seen for Desktop.
  • Next, you need to right click on any open empty area on the desktop, and select the option labeled New Shortcut from the drop down list available.
  • Since you are going to create the tile for Shutdown, you need to enter shutdown /p in the location field and click the button called Next.
  • If you want to display any other name in the location field, type that specific name and click the button called Finish.
  • Choose the option called Pin to Start by right clicking the new shortcut.

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    Rebooting Windows 8

After that, just reboot Windows 8 computer and next time, when you return  to the desktop, you will be able to locate the Shutdown tile in the desktop and this will help you to shutdown Windows 8 computer easily by just clicking the tile. In addition, you can make use of the same above-mentioned steps if you want to create a Reboot tile for Windows 8 so that you can reboot Windows 8 faster. However, instead of typing shutdown /p in the third step, you need to enter shutdown /r /t 0.

Adhering to the above said instructions will help you to create a shutdown tile in Windows 8 desktop and thereby shutting down your Windows 8 computer from your desktop itself can be done in a jiffy. For more information regarding this, contact our Windows support desk.

Using The System Restore Function In Windows 8 OS

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About Windows 8 Options

Microsoft has included the System Restore option in all their operating systems since Windows ME. You will find the same feature present in the latest Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating systems. The System Restore option is a very useful OS recovery tool that will help to restore your OS back to an old time stamp. This often fixes the OS problems, as its reverses the system files back to its previous error-free state.

About the System Restore option in Windows 8

The System Restore option in Windows 8 works exactly like the System Restore option in the previous Windows OS versions. The OS will automatically create system restore points whenever you make any major changes in the system like installing a new software application. You can also do the same thing manually and create System Restore points for restoring the OS later on in the event of an error.

The System Restore function will only restore system files. It will not affect the data you have stored in your system. For example, if you accidentally deleted some file stored in the hard drive, reboot Windows 8 to an old System Restore point will not bring it back. In other words, System Restore is not the same as the System Backup feature.

For creating System Restore point in Windows 8, you have to go the Charms Bar. Simply swipe or move the cursor to the right edge of the screen. This will display the Charms bar. Go to the Search option present in the Charms bar and type in the keyword System Restore or Restore Point. From the search results, select the option Create a Restore Point.

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On the System Properties wizard that appears, click on the Create button to create a new Restore Point in Windows 8. Now, you will be asked to name the new restore point, which will have the current date and time. Type in this name and press the Create button to save this new System Restore point. Press Close or Ok to exist from the wizard.

In order to restore your Windows 8 system, go to the same search result from the Charms Bar. This time, instead of the Create button, click on the System Restore button you see there on the System Properties wizard. From the list of system restore points, select the one you created and press Next.

In the next window, you will be asked to confirm the System Restore point by clicking Finish. This will reboot Windows 8 to the selected restore point. For more information, visit the Windows 8 website online.

Windows 8.1 Update Slowly Reviving The Windows 8 Sales

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          About The Windows 8.1 OS

The latest Windows 8.1 update is Microsoft’s attempt to reboot Windows 8 sales. Some of the sales figures show a marginal improvement in the Windows 8 OS after the release of the new update. But, would Microsoft be able to overtake Apple and Google with their new touch screen OS?

Where Microsoft faltered?

Microsoft’s foray into the touch screen operating system has not made much of an impact so far. Recent attempts to reboot Windows 8 sales by releasing the Windows 8.1 OS and a new series of Microsoft Surface tablets, might be too late to make a significant difference.

One of the big mistakes Microsoft made was that they left plenty of time for both Apple and Google to dominate the touch screen OS market. Moreover, when they finally released a rival operating system to Apple’s iOS and Google Android, it turned out to be a half-desktop, half-touchscreen, practically unsuited for either purpose.

Microsoft’s decision to ditch the Windows Start Menu is indeed a good one, in the case of tablet and smartphone operating systems. But, they replaced it with a Charms bar, which did not have much functionality. The Start Screen introduced in Windows 8 was not a good substitute for the Start Menu either. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has brought back the Start button. But, this would not make much of a difference in the case of the Windows RT OS. Let’s face it. It is difficult to use a menu or access a taskbar that is located at the bottom most corner of your touch screen device.

Microsoft Surface Tablets

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Microsoft needs to bring back the Start Menu in its original form, but only for the Windows 8 laptop or desktop operating systems. This is where they bungled it. They tried to make an operating system that would have two UI modes – desktop and Metro – and tried to satisfy both desktop and tablet users.

The resulting OS was not at all user-friendly. Microsoft is now busy figuring out how to tweak their new generation operating systems to meet user needs, instead of getting users to adapt to their transitory UI designs – like they initially did. Apple and Google now have a comfortable lead over Microsoft in the tablet market. If Microsoft wants to maintain a good market share here, then need to make some more changes to their new operating system.

Steps To Shut Down Or Restart A Windows 8 Computer

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Upgrade to Windows 8

Microsoft released Windows 8 operating system with many drastic changes in its graphical user interface, introducing the modern “Metro” style to the desktop platform. This revolutionary change in Windows 8, however, led to the downfall of the platform, as many traditional users found the tiled-based interface confusing. Furthermore, users felt that Windows 8 is more favorable with touch-screen devices, and thus, tagged the latest platform as unfriendly. Nevertheless, as Microsoft ended the official tech support for Windows XP recently, many users have started migrating to Windows 8.

Most of the users, who did not try the preview of the platform earlier, but have recently moved on to Windows 8, find it confusing to shut down or restart their system. Nevertheless, Microsoft claims that there is more than one way to reboot Windows 8.

The most common option to shut down or restart Windows 8 system is via the Charms menu. You can access the hidden menu by swiping horizontally to the right side across the screen, or by moving the mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen. You can also access the Charms menu by using the Windows + C shortcut key combination. Select Settings option from the resulting menu. You can also access the Settings panel directly by pressing Windows + I key combination. Look for the Power button in the panel, and click or tap on it to find the Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart options.

If you feel that the above method is confusing, you can create a shortcut tile to shutdown

Migrating to Windows 8

Windows 8 features

or reboot Windows 8, and pin it on the Start screen. Interestingly, to create a shortcut tile to shut down or restart your Windows 8 computer, you will have to switch to the Desktop mode first. Use the Windows + D shortcut to roll to the Desktop mode, and right click on an empty spot. Select New, followed by Shortcut, and enter shutdown /p in the location field to create a shut down shortcut. Click Next, name the link as shut down, and click Finish. Right click on the new shortcut, and select Pin to Start. When you come back to the new tiled interface, you will see a new shortcut tile added in the Start screen.

Microsoft experts say that users can also configure the settings and create their own shortcut key combinations in Windows 8 to shut down or restart the computer. Windows 8 offers many features than what conventional users feel about it. Contact our tech support team to explore more about the interesting features of Windows 8.