No Windows 8 On Government PC Systems In China

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Windows 8 Banned In China

According to the latest reports pouring in from various news agencies, China has gone forward to ban the latest Windows 8 operating system on Chinese government computers. This is a huge setback for Microsoft that has been using all its efforts for pushing the sales of Windows 8.

According to China’s Central Government Procurement Center, all systems used by central state agencies, whether they are desktops, laptops or tablets, should run any operating system other than Windows 8.This news was first reported by the official Xinhua news agency. The post on the Chinese official website roughly translates to, “All computer products are not allowed to install Windows 8 operating system”.

As of now, the reason for banning Windows 8 operating system is unknown. It’s not confirmed whether the underlying reason is Windows 8 problems which include preference to touch screen users. However, Xinhua news agency hinted that the country wants to avoid losing support for the operating systems it runs. This is in reference to Windows XP operating system that recently lost its official Microsoft support. Windows XP was running on majority of official Chinese government PC systems and continues to run long past the end of support deadline. Overall, it has been estimated that Windows XP runs on 70 percent of the systems in China, a huge number when comparing market shares of operating systems in other countries.

Microsoft noted that the rate of migration to other operating systems in China remains the lowest. Even though the ban only applies to Government office PC systems, the personal computer market remains unaffected. Yet, a surprisingly high number of users refuse to upgrade to Windows 8 or any other Windows version. Many believe Windows 8 problems like counter-intuitive user interface and lack of Start menu are the root cause of the issue.

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Expectedly, Microsoft was aghast by this sudden announcement. Microsoft spokesperson told the PCMag through an email saying, “We were surprised to learn about the reference to Windows 8. Microsoft has been working proactively with the Central Government Procurement Center and other government agencies through the evaluation process to ensure that our products and services meet all government procurement requirements.”

Although it’s unclear what the future plans are, wild rumors are afloat which suggest that China would push for a home-cooked OS most lightly based on Linux shell. For the time being, China will have to adjust with third party security patches to mitigate security attacks.

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About The 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablets From Acer

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        About Windows 8.1 Tablets

When Windows 8 was released in 2012, Microsoft restricted the OS to devices with a minimum of 10-inch screen size. However, as lots of Windows 8 problems started to affect the sales of the new operating system, Microsoft removed such restrictions and soon Windows 8 powered 8-inch tablets were launched in the market.

The first such 8-inch tablet featuring Windows 8 was from Acer named as Acer Iconia W3. Soon, other major tech players like Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo also released a few versions of 8-inch Windows 8 tablets.

About the new Acer Iconia W4 tablet series

With Microsoft fixing at least some of the Windows 8 problems with Windows 8.1 update, Acer soon released a whole-new series of 8-inch tablets powered by the new OS. Microsoft has two variants for tablet operating systems – Windows 8 or 8.1 RT, and Windows 8 or 8.1 desktop OS compatible with tablet devices. Apart from that, there are the 32-bit and 64-bit versions available for all these operating systems.

Reports say that Window 8.1 is superior to Windows 8.1 RT OS. But, it requires more systems resources and is also more expensive. Acer Iconia W3 and W4 tablets featured the high performance Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 OS rather than going with their RT versions. Also, in the new W4 series, Acer has made a lot of improvements to the tablet, especially concerning its battery life.

The Iconia W3 series had a battery life of about 8 hours. With the Iconia W4 series though, Acer has now increased this battery life close to 24 hours. This all-day battery life certainly pushes Iconia W4 to the top in the league of 8-inch tablets available in the market.

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Acer has also improved thing on the price front too. The price for Iconia W3 devices was about $400, but you can get the new Iconia W4 for just around $300. This $100 difference in the launch price for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 tablets actually reflects upon the lack of demand for Windows-powered tablets in the market. There is a good chance that Acer might be forced to knock this price further down, as Windows 8.1 was also not much appreciated by users.

Iconia W4 comes with a decent configuration – a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 processor with 2 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD hard drive. Contact our tech support team to learn more on the hardware configuration of the device.

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Download Windows 8.1 With The Registry Tweak

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Here is another tweak from the techies that you can try out in your latest Windows 8 computer. After downloading Windows 8 in your computer, here is a pet project that you can try if you are interested in fidgeting with the computer. Do not try this if you are sure to mess up things, because to do this you need to have solid knowledge on computers. Since the tweak has something to do with the registry of the computer, you need to be very sure of doing this. If you have decided on this first, take a back up of the registry, which might be helpful if in case things go wrong.

You just need to change the value of a key in the registry, which will let you download the Windows 8.1 update one almost instantly. This would permit you to download the update that people have been waiting for a very long time. All this happens without even visiting a third party website, making it easy and very safe to try the tweak. It seems like many have walked down this lane without any major bumps. Their installation and downloading went very smooth and they still have the computer up and running very efficiently.

What the tweak does is that it mimics your system to be ironing out the kinks. When the server detects this, it would send all the relevant bits and information to the computer. Even though this seems nice, it is not that easy to execute. It is very easy to go wrong with the tweak. To do this you have to open the registry editor window. Press the Windows and the C keys together to open the charms bar. In the search bar, type Regedit, and hit Enter.

Registry Editor

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The registry editor opens up with all the keys used in the computer. You can navigate along the key with the help of the arrow keys. Hence, move down to the location- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\, and create a brand new key with the name SHWindowsPoolS14. After this, reboot the computer and then check for the updates. You would find a new update that says Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2919442) – (S14 Prerequisite v01.0008), which is exactly the first update of the series that changes your computer into Windows 8.1.1.

This is how you tweak the computer after downloading Windows 8. Contact our tech support desk for any further assistance.

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How To Download Songs, Programs And Other Files In Windows 8

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Windows 8 is the most recent operating system coming from Microsoft and it offers some interesting features to the users. Moreover, it is embedded with Internet Explorer 11, which helps you in downloading Windows 8 songs, videos and other file types from various websites. Downloading of the files will be very easy if the website provides a button called Download Now. By clicking the Download Now button seen in the link, you will be able to download files very quickly. Sometimes, this button will not be provided. In this case, you need to follow the tips given below.

If you are downloading an item from a website, sometimes you will not be able to see the button labeled Download Now. However, you do not need to panic as it can be brought by using the below given instructions.


  1. Locate the file that needs to be downloaded by navigating to desired website. Next, you need to right click on the name of the file that you want to download. Now from the list of options available, you need to select the option labeled Save Target As.
  • For e.g. if you need to download a video song from a website, you need to right click the link corresponding to the download. Now, a drop down menu will open up in your screen in which you need to select Save Target As.
  • Sometimes, you will be given choices like whether you want to Run It from Its Current Location or whether you want to Save the File. In this case, you need to choose the option that says Save the File.
  1. Now the download will start and the time required for download will depend upon the speed of your internet connection. Click the button called Save, if it is necessary.

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    Windows 8 Features

  • Windows 8 operating system has a new provision of saving the downloading file in the same folder where you have saved the previously downloaded file. This will prevent further complications while searching for the files. You can also save the files that are downloading in to a different folder. For this, all you need to do is to just navigate to the folder where you need to store the downloaded file and click the button called Save.

These tips given above will be of great help while downloading Windows 8 songs and files. For more information regarding this, contact our Windows 8 support number.

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