Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’

Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

If this rumor turns out to be true, then it really speaks volumes about the unpopularity of Windows 8.

A rumor has been floating around on the Internet for some time now that suggested that Microsoft will make available its upcoming client operating system Windows 9 for free to some or even all Windows users. Microsoft, as is the case with all rumors about company products, has not confirmed or denied the rumor which meant that it has not been verified up until now.

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How to Disable Automatic Maintenance Tasks in Windows 8

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Here’s how to prevent Windows 8 hogging processing power for maintenance tasks, when you need that processing power for other purposes …

If you are running the Windows 8 operating system, and it doesn’t really matter if you’re still on Windows 8 or have upgraded to Windows 8.1, then you may have noticed that the system starts to run maintenance jobs all of a sudden. While some of those tasks are defined to execute only when the system is idle and not in use, you may still notice that the tasks are run regardless of that.

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Remove Default Applications on Windows 8 Systems

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Here’s a handy trick for those of us who like to pick our own default applications and have little use for the default apps that come with Windows 8.

The Windows 8 operating system ships with a set of default applications that are installed out of the box. Apps like Bing Finance, Camera, Photos, or Communication can be used right away as they are placed on the start screen interface by default. Microsoft added more default apps when it released Windows 8.1, introduces apps such as Reading List, Sound Recorder, Health & Fitness or Alarm to the set of apps already available before.

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Free Windows 8 Upgrades? Microsoft gets it Wrong Again

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The more Microsoft tries to fix Windows 8, the more it feels like Vista all over again.

The rumor mill on the Internet has been buzzing lately again. Sites like The Verge or ZDNet report that Microsoft is considering giving away a special version of Windows 8 for free or at a low cost to increase the operating system’s user base. According to those reports, the version would come with Bing integrated more tightly into the operating system, likely to make some of that money back from search.

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Microsoft will Inform XP Users about End of Support with a Popup

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

About one third of Windows-based PCs are still running XP … it will be interesting to see how many of those users upgrade to Windows 8, now that support for XP has ended.

If you are interested in technology you know that Windows XP support will end in April. To be precise, the extended support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 ends on April 8th, 2014. If you are not interested in tech, you may not have heard about it at all. When I worked in tech support for a large German financial company, one of the things that was quite difficult to find out was which operating system a customer was using.

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OldNewExplorer Turns Windows 8’s Windows Explorer into Windows 7’s

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I never cease to be amazed by the never ending parade of products that are designed to turn Windows 8 back into
Windows 7 …

One of the few changes that Microsoft made to the desktop part of the Windows 8 operating system was a redesigned Windows Explorer interface.

Microsoft renamed the default file browser to File Explorer, but that was not the only change that shipped with Windows 8. The new interface uses a ribbon design by default in the header similar to the design that Microsoft’s Office suite uses.

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Grab Your Windows 7 Licenses While You Can – End of Sales Begins October 31, 2014

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

If you plan on sticking with Windows 7 and avoiding Windows 8, then you should probably check this out …

If you are a Windows user who does not like Windows 8 for one reason or the other but decided to buy a new PC, it is likely that you picked Windows 7 as your operating system of choice for it. But, if you have not picked up a license of Windows 7 yet, then you may want to consider doing so this year as Microsoft has updated its end of sales information page. When a product reaches end of sales, it is “no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)”.

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Rumor: Windows 9 to be Released in April 2015

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Here’s a rumor that you’ve probably already heard … let’s just hope they get it right this time.

If you compare how Windows 8 has been doing until now to how Windows 7 did in its first two years of existence, you will come to the conclusion that it did not do as well. Some say it failed as much as Windows Vista did, and while there are certainly similarities between the two operating systems, it is an unfair comparison. While Vista and 8 shipped after hugely successful Windows versions, XP and 7 to be precise, the why they failed is different.

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Windows XP Users Will Still Get Some Security-Related Updates After April 8, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

It’s always surprising to see how many folks still use Windows XP. The last I read, about 30% of PC users still rely on XP … about three times as many users as Windows 8 has attracted!

While still a rumor, it is likely that Microsoft will release Windows 9 in April 2015 or at least around that month. The core reason for that is to move away from Windows 8 as many associate failure with it. I would not go as far, but it appears as if Microsoft bet big on touch and mobile, a unified platform, and Windows RT, but largely ignored the company’s core user base on the desktop.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins For January 2014 overview

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Here’s 2014’s first batch of Microsoft Security updates … and a possible explanation as to why your PC rebooted itself last night.

Welcome to the overview of Microsoft’s January 2014 patch Tuesday. Microsoft has released a total of four bulletins on the first patch day of the year 2014, all of which have received the maximum severity rating of important. A severity rating of important is the second-highest possible rating after critical. It means that at least one Microsoft product has received the severity rating, while others may have received the same rating, a lower rating, or none at all if they are not affected by the vulnerability.

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