Will Windows 8 take us where 7 or no operating system has gone before?
Windows update October patch Tuesday cumulative rollup update -----> October 11th, 2016, Revised November 8th 2016, DEcember 13th and 15th 2016 By: J W Stuart
How to create an Image Backup of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to an External USB Drive -----> by J W Stuart March 16th, 2016
Upgrading to Windows 10; then create a disk and partition image backup, not to be confused with a “System Backup” of your current version of Windows before you do. The built in Windows 10 Roll Back / Restore previous version of Windows don’t always work leaving you with a nonfunctional or incomplete restoration of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 A disk and partition backup includes and will restore all the partitions on your drive and not just the Windows partition.
Windows 10 will soon be set to automatically download to your computer October 31st, 2015
Windows 10 will soon be set to automatically download to computers currently installed with Windows 7 or 8.1 without the computer users consent ----->
Upgrading to Windows 10 - Backup your current version of Windows before you do September 28th, 2015
For your protection be sure to back up your current version of Windows before you upgrade. Here is a low cost means of creating a backup. ----->
October 31st, 2014 Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 8.0 and Windows 7 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
How to move Windows 8.1 from a Hard Disk Drive to a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013 or 2014-----> July 27th, 2014
A step by step guide on how to replace your existing Windows 8.1 hard drive with a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013. If you have Acronis 2014 the steps are basically the same.
How to move Windows 8 from a Hard Disk Drive to a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013 or 2014-----> July 27th, 2014
A step by step guide on how to replace your existing Windows 8 hard drive with a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013. If you have Acronis 2014 the steps are basically the same.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
July 10th, 2014
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.
Windows 8, 8.1: Never really did warm the hearts of traditional Desktop / Laptop users. Market share about 12.5% as of July of 2014 and as breaking news has it Windows 9 may be available as early as October of 2014.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released-----> April 10th, 2014 The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is still available to consumers who use Windows Update and not WSUS which is for corporate customers.
April 8th, 2014 - Revised 2:40PM US EDT
Update 1 is now available (KB2919355) when you run Windows Update, also the usual security updates and Office updates are listed.
The list of what updates are installed and in what order is now included in this article.
As previously mentioned. on April 2nd 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. The general public Windows 8.1 users will get the Update (KB2919355) on April 8th via Windows Update and not the Microsoft Store as was the case in the past. Also at its Build 2014 conference, Microsoft has revealed that a future update to Windows 8.1 will resurrect the Start menu.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - The latest Pre-Release information-----> March 27th, 2014
How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free----->
Released: October 17th, 2013
Revised: October 29th, 2013 and November 5th (Windows Update issue resolution), November 9th (Mouse lag or stutter, see step #9 below) and March 27th, 2014 (Why can't I find the update in the Store?).
Windows 8.2 - Codename Threshold
December 26th, 2013
There are a lot of rumors and speculation on what changes will be made in Windows 8.2 ----->
Fixed: Mouse pointer stutters or freezes when you play certain games in Windows 8.1
November 9th, 2013
When you play certain desktop games in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, the mouse pointer may freeze or stutter. Here is the patch to fix the mouse's tail ----->
Windows 8.1 digital download will be released October 17, full retail launch October 18
Windows 8.1 40 Dollar Upgrade offer July 10th, 2013
Microsoft may offer a $40.00 upgrade for Windows 8.1, at this time this is pure speculation but not out of the realm of possibility ----->
Windows 8.1 Preview - How to install
Revised July 8th, 2013
What you need to know before and after installing the preview----->
Windows 8.1 - New Features
June 23rd, 2013
Only a few days away from the availability of the Windows 8.1 preview so here a short list of changes----->
Windows 8.1 Preview - Why you should not install the preview on a PC you depend on for everyday use
June 6th, 2013
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure:
As with any beta or preview there could be bugs. In addition when the final release becomes available those who have downloaded the preview will get the same Windows Update plus Windows Store notification. While their data and accounts will be preserved if and when they choose to install the free, final 8.1 release, all their apps must be reinstalled. As stated by Microsoft's Senior Product Marketing Manager; Michael Niehaus.
Microsoft goes public with Windows 8.1 upgrade policies http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-goes-public-with-windows-8-1-upgrade-policies-7000016419/ "Once the final versions of Windows 8.1 are available, after their release to manufacturing, those who have downloaded the preview will get the same Windows Update plus Windows Store notification. While their data and accounts will be preserved if and when they choose to install the free, final 8.1 release, all their apps must be reinstalled, Niehaus said."
Continuing the Windows 8 vision with Windows 8.1May 30th, 2013"Before we launched Windows 7, we envisioned what the next version of Windows would need to deliver. We made a bet that the PC landscape and industry would undergo a significant transformation driven by an increase in mobility."
The sales results and soon to be released 8.1 preview (June 26th) will tell if the "Bet" pays off.
Microsoft's first Windows 8 update to be named “Windows 8.1”. Updated April 2nd, 2013 ----->
How to create a God Mode folder in Windows 8
March 27th, 2013
God Mode in Windows 7 also works in Windows 8, It took longer than I thought for someone to discover this. I dislike the name God Mode so I suggest using a name like “Super Control Panel” when you create the folder. This new folder reveals dozens of previously hidden or hard to find features. ----->
Windows 8 - How to Refresh your PC
March 1st, 2013
If you are unable to load Windows or if your PC isn't performing as well as it once did, and you don't know why, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings. ----->
Windows 8 - Windows Defender
February 27th, 2013
Windows Defender is the successor to Windows 7’s Security Essentials.
To launch Defender press the Windows + X key and select ‘Search’. More about Defender ----->
Microsoft's first Windows 8 update codenamed “Windows Blue” halfway to completion-----> Updated: February 25th, 2013
How to activate Windows 8 by phone
February 18th, 2013
Step by step information to help you activate Windows 8 by phone ----->
How to put the Start button back in Windows 8 February 8th, 2013
There are a number of utilities, some free and some not, that attempt to make the Windows 8 Desktop mode look and function more like Windows 7 by adding a “Start” button back in the Task Bar. ----->
How to Dual Boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 January 18th, 2013 (Revised March 7th, 2013)
Your newly purchased computer or the one you just built has Windows 8 installed. You now want to install Windows 7 as a second operating system thus creating a Dual Boot computer and giving you the best of both worlds. ----->
How to create a bootable Windows 8 installation DVD using the ESD folder
November 4th, 2012
Step by Step series of instructions and screen shots on how to burn a bootable Windows 8 installation DVD. If you have a folder named C:\ESD on your disc drive you can use it to create a bootable Windows 8 installation or repair DVD ----->
Windows 8 Preview Builds Expiring Soon January 7th, 2013
The little know secret is that unlike previous versions of Windows (Vista or Windows 7) to upgrade to Windows 8 you do not need a prior OS (XP, Vista or Windows 7) to qualify for the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
"* Offer valid from October 26, 2012 until January 31, 2013 and is for individuals and small businesses needing to upgrade up to five devices. If you are a business customer looking to upgrade more than five devices to Windows 8 Pro, contact your Microsoft partner for more information. To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview. Pricing varies by region and reseller, and depends on a variety of factors including exchange rate, local taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions, and other pricing considerations. The actual price you pay may be more than the advertised price. Transaction may require an international credit card. Get full details on our special offer."
So with time running out you need to reinstall either of the 2 preview versions, activate the preview and then download, install and activate the final release currently available for purchase. Note: For the ESD your product key will be included in your email confirmation. Print a copy of your confirmation and keep it in a safe place.
After you have installed Windows 8 create an Image Backup for safe keeping. I would also print a copy of the ESD page as a reference in case you ever need to re-install and activate Windows 8.
Windows 8 $40 Upgrade Offer - How to download and create a bootable installation DVD
October 31th, 2012
Step by Step series of screen shots on what you need to do in order to insure you obtain the windows 8 ISO file----->
How to upgrade to Windows 8 and protect your investment
October 24th, 2012
The steps you need to take to protect your current Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 investment ----->
Windows 8 - Selective Startup October 23rd, 2012 Windows 8 always reverts to "Selective startup" no matter which OS is set as the "Default" OS ----->
How to restore Windows 7 after installing the Windows 8 Developer, Consumer or Release Preview. Revised October 3rd, 2012 (Added "Release Preview" build comments)
You have two choices: 1) Text only version, use thislink to print a hard copy of the instructions. 2) Text with supporting screenshots link provides the additional visual aid needed to make the recovery process as easy as possible.
Windows 8 - File Explorer
September 11th, 2012
Windows Explorer is gone, replaced by File Explorer. You will either love it or hate it as its Ribbon based with some new features and a few that once were easy to find now a bit harder or less capable.
Windows 8 evaluation for developers The Windows 8 Enterprise 90-day evaluation is available to developers to build and test Windows 8 apps on the final version of Windows 8. After installing Windows 8, go to the Windows Dev Center developer downloads page to install Visual Studio 2012 and related tools to build Windows 8 apps.
Windows 8 - First looks
August 15th, 2012
Gone is the ability to perform a keyless install. I managed to download the .ISO file, burn a bootable DVD and start the install, but I forgot to get the product key. The MSDN/Technet site is so overloaded you can't do anything at the moment, so I'm unable to continue. More to come soon (I hope). It took a couple of hours due to the demand on the TechNet/MSDN website but finally was able to retreive a key. First looks on the real Windows 8 ------->
Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone August 1st, 2012
Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 July 2nd, 2012 - From the Windows Blog:
Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion. This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013. Click the link below to read the full details. http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx
Windows 8 - Release Preview available in June and more user comments
"Microsoft has made things simpler for Windows 8. With Windows 7, customers had to wade through the features and capabilities of seven different versions to choose the Windows 7 to meet their needs. With Windows 8, Microsoft has essentially narrowed the options down to consumer and business. There’s Windows 8 for consumers, and Windows 8 Pro for business use. Period."
Things may not be as good as it seems for Windows 8 now that all the hoopla has worn off and reality is beginning to sink in.
Windows 8 – Dual Boot Windows 8 Beta, Consumer Preview, Release Preview and RTM with Windows 7
Updated - June 10th, 2012
How to protect your existinginstallation of Windows 7 and evaluate Windows 8 over the coming months ----->
How to restore Windows 7 after installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Revised May 7th, 2012 (Added "Consumer Preview" build comments) This recovery procedure is only valid if you “Upgraded” from Windows 7 to Windows 8, it has not been verified to work if you performed a “Custom/Clean” install of Windows 8. You have two choices: 1) Text only version (available Oct. 1st), use thislink to print a hard copy of the instructions. (Oct' 10th - Basic screen shots of Preview Build installation now available). 2) Text with supporting screenshots link (Added Dec. 2nd), provides the additional visual aid needed to make the recovery process as easy as possible.
How to uninstall Windows 8 from a Dual Boot Computer ----->
March 6th, 2012
The 2 methods covered here are easy and effective means of deleting Windows 8 from your computer.
Windows 8 – Dual Boot Windows 8 Beta, Consumer Preview, Release Candidate and RTM with Windows 7
Updated - March 1st, 2012
How to protect your existing installation of Windows 7 and evaluate Windows 8 over the coming months ----->
February 27th: Visual Studio 11, Released with Windows 8 Consumer Preview: "The launch of Windows 8 Beta, scheduled for February 29 will be simultaneous with the disclosure of the preview version of Microsoft’s Visual Studio 11." Read the full article here:
Whats it take to run the Consumer Preview Microsoft has said that any Windows 7 computer will be able to run Windows 8. The bare bones system requirements: 1GHz processor. 1GB of RAM for 32-bit machines, 2GB of RAM for 64-bit machines, DirectX 9 graphics, and a minimum screen resolution of 1024 by 768.
"Gartner analyst Michael Silver predicts that "migration fatigue," a condition common among organizations that have recently spent substantial time and money adopting Windows 7, will prevent most from making the leap to Windows 8. He's not alone, either, with IDC researchers predicting that Windows 8 will be "largely irrelevant" on traditional PCs in general."
Based on what I experinced using the Windows 8 Preview Build late last year I would agree with Gartner. Read the full story here:
February 24th, 2012
Microsoft is revamping its personal cloud storage to elevate SkyDrive beyond just a file-sharing Web site into a "device cloud" for Windows customers, the company announced this week.
A SkyDrive storage app optimized for Windows 8's Metro-style user interface will debut with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Read the full article here: ---->
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Frebruary 9th, 2012 Word has it that the beta version will be named "Windows 8 Consumer Preview" and will be available on February 29th. From the screen shots that I've seen, it looks like Windows 8 may ask you for your product key at the very beginning of the installation process much like the Office 2010 product installation. This may spell the end to the 30 day grace period Windows 7 products allow before you are required to activate.
Windows 8 Beta December 5th, 2011
Word has that the beta version will be available around February or March of 2012. This opens the door for a Release Candidate (RC) in June and a possible Gold or RTM build by late Summer, with public availability by October of 2012.
September 29th, Revised Oct. 10th and Dec. 2nd (Screen Shots now available) How to restore Windows 7 after installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview. This recovery procedure is only valid if you “Upgraded” from Windows 7 to Windows 8, it has not been verified to work if you performed a “Custom/Clean” install of Windows 8. You have two choices: 1) Text only version (available Oct. 1st), use thislink to print a hard copy of the instructions. (Oct' 10th - Basic screen shots of Preview Build installation now available). 2) Text with supporting screenshots link (Added Dec. 2nd), provides the additional visual aid needed to make the recovery process as easy as possible.
September 14th, 2011 Windows 8 - First looks, Updated with more tips Sept 17th 2011 Read More --->
This is not a typical review, yes you will screen screen shots, but more importantly a look at how Windows 8 compairs to Windows 7 and XP from the average users point of view. How easy will it be to adapt to using 8, will everything be easy to find or is will it be an easter egg hunt. Not everyone will have touch screens so does upgrading from an earlier version of Windows make sense. This will be an on going article, a little peak or comments over the comming days and weeks. Could call it a Blog but its not since this is a web based article, so call it a Wlog. The "Read More" will go active as soon as I can do the initail install.
Download a preview build of Windows 8 tonight: later today a developer preview of the new OS will become available. More specifically, at 8pm PST you will be able to download either a 32-bit or 64-bit ISO from the Microsoft Dev Center website. Which you choose to get depends on whether you are a developer or not: only the 32-bit version will come with development tools. Read the full Story here: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/download-a-preview-build-of-windows-8-tonight-20110913/
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Requirements Windows Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.
Install on: Windows Developer Preview with developer tools Windows Developer Preview (32-bit or 64-bit) Windows 7 and Windows Vista Clean install only You can keep accounts, files, and settings
Windows XP Clean install only You can only keep accounts and files
A clean install is supported on all builds. You will only receive the full set of installation options when setup is launched in Windows.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Windows 8 - What We Know So Far 08/24/11 http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/286738/windows-8-what-we-know-so-far "All indicators point to Windows 8 being a huge change from its predecessors. While Windows 7 was a tightening, speeding up, and interface-improving of Windows Vista, Windows 8 promises to radically change the operating system—even beyond anything the leaks and rumors hinted at."
Wednesday July 13th, 2011 - More news Microsoft shows off early peek at Windows Server 8Windows Server 8, the server complement of Windows 8 client, is on the same development track and path as Windows 8 client. If we Microsoft watchers are right, both Windows 8 client and server should be out in 2012, possibly in the first half of the year. Read the fully story here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-shows-off-early-peek-at-windows-server-8/10002
Tuesday 12 July 2011: Ballmer implores XP users to “switch now”As reported by Charles Arthur guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 12 July 2011 17.11 BST
Microsoft has sold 400m Windows 7 licenses, its chief executive Steve Ballmer told its Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles - but warned that between half and two-thirds of PCs worldwide are still running the ten-year-old Windows XP, for which support will expire in less than a thousand days.
Ballmer also alluded to the forthcoming Windows 8, expected in late 2012, which he said would be "a true reimagining of Windows PCs and the dawning of Windows slates." Microsoft demonstrated an early version of Windows 8 last month which it said would work on both desktop PCs and slates.
My thoughts:Trouble is XP still has the lions share of the market and just yesterday I spoke to the local Electric company’s Meter Reader who is attending college and he prefers Windows XP and it’s user interface when compared to Vista and Windows 7.
Code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.
January 5th, 2011 Next Version of Windows to Run on System-on-a-Chip Architectures by Brandon LeBlanc
We announced that the next version of Windows will support System on a Chip (SoC) architectures including ARM-based systems from partners NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. On the x86 architecture, Intel and AMD continue their work on low-power SoC designs that fully support Windows, including support for x86 applications.