Make Windows 7 look like a Mac OS X

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Easy Upgrade To Windows 8 From Your Old Windows OS

How To Upgrade To Windows 8

                About Windows 8 Features

You do not have to worry too much on how to upgrade to Windows 8, since Microsoft has introduced a slew of applications like Upgrade Assistant, PCMover Express, etc. to make the process easier. You can make use of any such application to reduce the chances of any OS installation errors. In addition, it is now possible to directly download the Windows 8 installation file from Windows server and purchase the product key online as well.

How to upgrade to Windows 8

First, make sure that your system is actually ready for Windows 8. You can click on the ‘how to upgrade to Windows 8‘ link that you see at Microsoft Windows web page to check that. This will take you to a new web page, where all the details about upgrading to the new operating system are mentioned. Click on the System Requirements link you see there and check them with your current system configuration.

You can also use the Upgrade Assistant application to do this for you. The link for downloading this app is also provided on the support page. Upgrade Assistant tool will scan the system and check the compatibility of its hardware and software components with the OS. If they are compatible, this will be mentioned on your screen. You need to follow the instructions provided by this application and make the necessary changes in the system configuration before installing Windows 8.

Here too, Upgrade Assistant app will help you with the task. You can click on the link provided in the app to start the download of Windows 8 installation files and for purchasing the new license key. You have to provide your credit card or online banking information for making the payment and you will receive the Product key after successful completion of the payment.

Windows 8 DVD

                Install Windows Upgrade Assistant

Now, you will be asked to choose the mode of installation from the three options – Install now, Install by creating media, and Install later from the Desktop. The best option is to create a Windows 8 DVD or external storage media first, before you start the installation process. So, choose the second option in this step and click Next.

The Windows 8 installation will take only a few minutes and you will be prompted to select the OS customization settings including the colour and theme for your new system. You can select the option Express Settings, if you do not want to take too much on customizing different OS settings. Once the installation is complete, you will see the new Windows 8 Metro UI on your screen.

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Will Microsoft Repeat History With The Xbox One

Vista Problems

           Vista Problems Info

We all know what happened with Microsoft Windows Vista earlier. It was probably the worst project the world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corporation ever undertook. No wonder, this operating system was such an easy target for the company’s biggest rival, Apple’s attack ads highlighting Vista problems. Of course, the customers were far from happy.

According to a report from Steve Ballmer, he had revealed that compatibility in Vista was not as high as many customers would have liked. This, he conceded a year before Windows 7 was released. Ballmer further added that most Windows users care a little bit more about compatibility than security. He believed that customers would come around eventually, but actually, they did not.

But more than Apple’s attack ads mocking Microsoft Windows Vista; the death of the operating system was more self-inflicted. It was the countless Vista problems with compatibility, that led its demise for sure. And now, reports say that the recently launched Xbox One gaming console is showing similar incompatibility issues.

Agreed, Xbox One is pounded with many advanced features. It has all the capabilities of being the very best when it comes to gaming consoles, but it has experiencing some compatibility issues lately.

Despite all the exciting and wonderful features, the one thing that could keep it from being the most popular gaming console is compatibility. Switching to the new Advanced Micro Devices chip architecture, makes the old game discs useless on the new gaming console. Actually, even Wii U and PlayStation 4 are powered by AMD, which support all old gaming titles.

More Self-Inflicted

           Repeat Vista Problems

The biggest causalities are video game retailers that depend mainly on resale business. Due to incompatibility, Xbox One owners would not buy old games, thereby affecting the margins in resale business hugely. But, the lack of backward compatibility will certainly sting Microsoft.

History may repeat itself, if things are not resolved now. Even this time, Microsoft is saying that people will come around and time would heal the dissent. Customers do not usually like going through the hassle of upgrading to a system that costs extra to make it functional. They would prefer using the old system, which was working fine instead.

It seems as if we are being too critical about Xbox One. To be fair, Xbox One is way better than Windows Vista. However, the thing here is, it is difficult to expect gamers to come around readily. Xbox One is doing fine at present, but could have been better with no compatibility glitches.

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Steps To Remove Registry Entries And Reinstall A Program In Windows Vista

Vista Problems

            Features Of Windows Vista

One of the Windows Vista problems encountered by many users is the inability to reinstall a corrupted program properly. One of the reasons for the occurrence of this error is the bad registry entries that have been stored from the program’s previous installation. In this post, we will find out how to remove such registry entries before you reinstall the program.

Steps Involved

Before you begin removing the registry entries, uninstall the program from the computer. For this, go to the Uninstall a program section found under Programs. Once the program is removed from the computer, close the windows opened, go to the desktop screen, and then follow the steps below.

  • Select the Start button by clicking the Windows logo in the desktop.
  • In the Search field, type regedit. This will show up the option Registry Editor. Click it.
  • When the Registry Editor comes up, select the option Edit and then select Find. You may also use the keys Ctrl and F to open the Find window. Check the option for Keys, Values and Data.
  • Enter the name of the program that you are having troubles reinstalling in the space for Find What.
  • Select the button Find Next to find registry entries corresponding to the program.
  • You may find minor files associated with the program initially. Avoid such entries and keep searching the registry until the major files associated with the program appear.
  • Once you find the major entry for the program that has many settings files, right click it and select the option Export. You will be asked to choose a location to save the exported file. Choose desktop as the location. This will help you to find the file easily.

    Settings Files

                    Windows Vista Installation

  • Right click the key in the Registry Editor window and choose the option Delete.
  • Repeat the above steps. Find all the important registry entries related to the program and select the option Export. Then delete them from the registry editor.
  • Restart your computer when all the major entries associated with the program are removed.
  • Install the program again.
  • Restart your computer.
  • Launch the program. The program should be working fine without errors.

With the above steps, you can fix most of the Windows Vista problems that come up while reinstalling a program. For further assistance, you may contact our technical support team.

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Using The Safely Remove Option For SD Cards In Vista

Vista Problems

          Vista Data Storage

SD cards are commonly used as a data storage option nowadays. You can use the same for expanding memory on many portable devices, and there are even computers as old as that running on Vista, which have SD card slots in them. Whatever Vista problems you can think of, this one thing earns the credit.

Data transfer is much simpler using an SD card, than with a flash drive, which sticks out partially from the port. However, like a flash drive, an SD card needs to be removed safely when done, to ensure that the functioning or contained data is not damaged. Here’s how to do that.

Using Safely Remove

  • While it is inserted, find the card in Windows Explorer. Go to the Start menu and select Computer for the purpose.
  • Right click on the icon and select Properties. You will see the window with the tabbed categories; choose Hardware tab, and search the list for your SD card. Select it and then click on the new Properties button. Now you will see a new window.
  • Make required changes to these properties. Go to the General tab on this window, and click on the Change settings button. You may get a security warning here. Bypass this by clicking Continue.
  • Go to the Policies tab, where you will find two options: Optimize for quick removal and Optimize for performance. Click the bubble next to the first, to prepare the SD card for removal.

    Data Storage Option

               Vista Problems

  • Also, exit any programs that might be using the card at the time. There are software programs like Unlocker, which let you merely release the locking handles on a process or file without terminating the handler or program. Use that if necessary. See the activity light on the card; if it is off then there is nothing currently accessing it. Otherwise, exit programs until this goes off.
  • Get the card out, and once it is out of the reader or slot, it is ready to be inserted into another device and transfer the data saved in it.

There are many benefits of using an SD card over a flash drive. However, some Vista problems can arise if you forego the safely remove procedure in favor of speed. In some cases, you would later find the data on the card corrupted or even erased; so do not take undue risks with your storage medium. Contact our tech support for the steps to learn how to safely remove an SD card in other Windows versions.

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