Downgrading To Windows 7 An Apt Solution To Escape Windows 8 Problems?

Windows 8 Problems

Windows 8 Support

Despite many of its touted features, Windows 8 wasn’t a tempting operating system for Windows 7 users. In contrast to their expectations, Windows 8 proved to be a flawed operating system, thanks to the numerousness of Windows 8 problems.  Surveys held among some Windows 8 users (who upgraded to the OS from Windows 7) show that they are now looking for simple methods to downgrade their OS to Windows 7.

How to downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8?

Spotty hardware support, confusing user interface, absence of Start button, etc are some of the common reasons that Windows 8 users quote to downgrade to Windows 7. Surprisingly, Microsoft is not preventing its customers from going back to Windows 7. In fact, the software giant has introduced a cost-free downgrade path for certain editions of Windows 8.

Downgrade from Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro, the business edition of Windows 8, has the best path for downgrading to Windows 7. Users of this operating system can downgrade to Windows 7 Professional without much hassles. However, Microsoft mandates that the users should possess the Windows 7 CD as well as product key for the downgrade. The downgrade does not cause any changes to data stored in the hard drives or the installed applications.

For uninterrupted downgrade, users are supposed to install the older operating system (Windows 7) on their PC and then ring up Microsoft help desk for the activation of the OS. Contacting Microsoft help desk is necessary to ensure that the product key is not used by other users. In case the product key is used, the help desk would be able to regenerate an alternative product key to help you activate your OS.

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 8 Features

Are Windows 8 consumer editions eligible for free downgrade?

Microsoft hasn’t granted cost free downgrade rights for the consumer edition of Windows 8. If your PC came with Windows 8 pre-installed, which happens to be a consumer edition, you need to buy a Windows 7 CD from a retail outlet. Therefore, if you have any plan to use Windows 7 on a new laptop or desktop you are going to buy, think twice before choosing the OS for the new device. If you are more inclined to using Windows 7, it is better to buy a PC that has Windows 7 preinstalled than a Windows 8 preinstalled one.

Most editions of Windows 8 are upgradable to the latest Windows 8.1 update, which is free from Windows 8 problems. So, if you can’t downgrade to Windows 7, why not upgrade to Windows 8.1?

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Re-Downloading Windows 8 ISO

Downloading Windows 8

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You might have had a DVD with a copy of the operating system when you bought it. This might depend on the way you got a copy of Windows 8 running on the computer, whether you upgraded to the latest version from a lower version or you installed a fresh copy of the operating system.

Irrespective of the method you adopted in downloading Windows 8, it is mandatory to have a copy of Windows 8 saved in a DVD. If you have not done the same, you might run into trouble when there are issues with the operating system. You will not be able to recover from any damages made to the computer. However, it is recommended to have a system repair disk, as you will be able to recover the operating system in case of any issues with ease.

In the worst case, the only solution will be installing a fresh copy of the OS. You will have to install a fresh copy anyway if you are planning to build a PC all by yourself and plan to move all the information and data available to the new one.

In case you do not have the DVD, then it is not that easy to get Windows 8 installed fresh in the computer. This is because Microsoft has a policy where Windows 8 is not available for download unless you are subscribed to MSDN¸ TechNet or any other similar service. The only possible way is to make a new purchase or find some other way to get ISO images of Windows 8.

Here Are Some Tips On Downloading Windows 8 From Microsoft

Iso Images

  Windows 8 Re-Install

This method is the semi-official way to get the ISO images of Windows 8 to install in other computers. You have to make sure that the computer runs a version of operating system that allows upgrade to Windows 8 with ease. However, you need not worry on this, as there is help for people who are technically less sound. Microsoft can help you find out if the computer is compatible for an upgrade to Windows 8. Run a check before you install the operating system.

Now, visit the online website for Microsoft and click on the button to install Windows 8. This will download the file to your PC. By changing the country code in the URL, you can change the language. Execute the program on the computer and click on Yes or continue in the UAC prompt. The last step would be to enter the Windows 8 product key and follow the on screen prompts.

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Fixing Microsoft Accounts Issues On Windows 8

Windows 8 Errors

Windows 8 has not been as popular as the other versions that came before it. However, it does bring in some features that other iterations have lacked, one of which is the option to sign in it using a Microsoft account. There is of course the traditional option to use a local account also, but the alternative lets you synchronize between PCs that run Windows 8 easily.

This feature makes use of cloud storage technique to save and supply your settings and data whenever you need. Besides being so useful when using a computer, this also helps when you are trying to avail the benefits of sync on a third party device, which runs Windows 8. You will be able to access and retrieve the same settings as on your PC. You just need a Microsoft account for this, which also helps to get apps from Windows Store.

However, many users have reported Windows 8 problems around the sync feature. Some of them still have problems with the activation of their OS, which is a requirement for accessing the sync functionality. Microsoft has issued a fix for this, a Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter file, which scans for known Windows 8 problems and repairs the ones it finds. There is an Advanced button in the tool as well, which allows you to turn off the automatic repair setting. This way you are able to see what the program finds, and decide on the fix in each case.

Here are some Windows 8 problems the program checks for.

  • Corruption in the account settings
  • Sync service unavailability
  • Hitches with Microsoft account Policy
  • Requirement of a Microsoft Account
  • Proxy or certificate issues, leading to connection problems
  • Verifying roaming GPO is enabled
  • System registration problems
  • Roaming User Profiles, or guest account sign-in
  • Internet connection issues
  • Proxy settings
  • Passing your daily sync quota
  • Settings not getting synced

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    Windows 8 Issues

  • Activating check system

Selecting the advanced option lets you see what the program finds, and prompts you to make repair choices. This way you will be aware of all errors that were discovered in your system.

Windows 8 has been followed by the release of the Windows 8.2 update, which addresses and resolves many of the issues users faced with the OS. It even features a Start button (but not a Start menu) owing to popular demand for that Windows component.

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Downloading Windows 8 Apps Manually Without Using Windows Store

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           About Windows 8 Apps

When you buy Windows 8, you will also receive a set of software applications and programs with the OS. These applications will be usually preinstalled in the operating system. According to the Microsoft tech support website, you will get around twenty or more such free apps preinstalled in the OS.

Downloading Windows 8 apps online

These Windows 8 apps will receive new updates and upgrades, which you can install from Windows Store. At the Windows Store website, you will also find many other free apps for the Windows 8 system. You just have to login to your Microsoft account and start downloading Windows 8 apps from the Windows Store. In fact, there is no other option to add new apps in Windows 8.

However, you can find download files for the latest Windows Core apps – the Windows apps that came preinstalled – at the Windows Update Catalog website. First, go to the Microsoft Knowledge Base website online and find the KB number for the latest versions of these Windows Core apps. Note down these numbers somewhere, and go to the Windows Update Catalog website.

Remember that you have to use the Microsoft Internet Explorer for accessing this website. When you do this, you will see a message in your Internet Explorer browser, which will ask you to download and install a Microsoft Update Catalog browser plug-in. Click on the link on your screen, and install the plug-in to your browser.

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                Visit Windows App Store

When done, use the Search option to find the updates for Windows Core apps, by typing the relevant KB number for each. Searching for individual KB numbers, will display the installation file for that particular app. Select the installation file relevant for your OS version – 32-bit or 64-bit – and add the file to your update cart. Similarly, add the update installation file for all other Windows Core apps to the cart.

Once you are finished, click on the Download button you see in the cart, and select a location for saving these files. These files will be in a compressed format, from which, you can extract the files using programs like WinZip. Once extracted, you can then transfer these files to the Windows 8 device and double click on the file to install them.

You have now successfully installed the latest version of the Windows 8 apps in your system without visiting the Windows Store. For more information, visit our Windows tech support page online.

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Downloading Windows 8 Developer Preview

Downloading Windows 8

             Windows 8 OS

Microsoft had released a developer preview of the Windows 8 operating system to the public. If you have not yet downloaded and used the Windows 8 operating system, you can read ahead to know more on downloading Windows 8 Developer Preview and using it. You can try the Developer Preview to know if you want to install Windows 8 operating system on your computer or not. The developer preview includes both 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Windows 8 operating system plus the development tools. It also includes a suite of sample and SDK applications as well as SDK.

Microsoft Corporation notes that the apps that are offered with the developer preview are samples and that they are not necessarily the apps that they plan to ship with the original version of the Windows 8 operating system. Upgrades from the Windows 7 operating system are not supported. The users will have to do a clean install of the OS that further indicates that this is a release that is not meant for production. It is also not a beta release of the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has updated the release with “various quality updates and drivers over the coming weeks/months just to exercise our overall update and telemetry mechanisms.”

Development Tools

            Windows 8 Developer Preview

User can download the ISO images at the Windows dev website. Users who are interested in downloading Windows 8 Developer Preview need to log in with their Windows Live ID to download the images to their PCs. It is much likely that some of the features of the operating system have been disabled by Microsoft. This was the case in the past and it will be much interesting to see if users can work around these restrictions again to uncover the features that have not been revealed yet by Microsoft.

Another interesting point is that the developers will be able to code Metro Style apps not only in HTML and JSS, but also in C/C++ or C#/XAML. If you have not tried the Windows 8 operating system yet, it is time to try your hands on the developer preview of Windows 8 operating system. If you wish to know more on downloading the latest Windows Developer Preview, you can contact the Microsoft help and support center. The technician will help you to download and install Windows 8 Developer Preview without encountering any errors or losing your valuable files.

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