Windows 8 Loses Market Share And Microsoft Loses Face

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Windows 8 Finally Failed

It seems that Windows 10 will be released sooner than we all expected as Windows 8 continues to slide in terms of market share of the operating system. According to the recent polls by Net Applications, a leading statistics firm, Windows 8 is not able to boost its sale even after repeated updates and employment of various different marketing strategies by Microsoft. If you are planning on downloading Windows 8, sit back and go through this article first!

No agency is able to predict the erratic performance of either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system. Back in June, Windows 8.x registered the first downward trend, which at the time was brushed off as a trend that will not stay for long. Apparently, bad turned to worse as the latest set of figures cuts a sorry face for Microsoft. In short, both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 show drops in sales in July as well!

Back in June, When Windows 8.1 gained 0.26 percent and Windows 8 dropped 0.366 percent, the aggregated loss of the Windows operating systems was a loss of 0.1 percent, a rare event. In July, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 operating system registered a drop of 0.05 and 0.01 percent share in the market, which also marks the first time Windows 8.1 operating system lost market share since its release. If you compare both versions, Windows 8.x went from 12.54 percent in June to 12.48 percent in July, a fall of 0.06 percent.

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Windows 8 Unable To Resurrect

Although some might choose to brush this away as a minimal loss in market share and not significant enough to warrant attention, it is clear that Microsoft’s divisive operating system has officially lost in the rat race. All the predictions about imminent failure of Windows 8.x operating system have finally proven to be true.

If you are planning on downloading Windows 8, you must consider halting for some time and check to see the next operating system. A better option would be to install Windows 7 instead! Outrageous as it seems, the three-year-old operating system rose on popularity after the demise of Windows XP. From 50.55 percent in June, to 51.22 percent in July, for a difference of 0.67 percent, Windows 7 operating system actually climbed up the ladder and caught the title of the leading operating system after end of support date for Windows XP.

Of course, future cannot be predicted and the Windows 8.1 Update 3 is yet to come. Maybe the new update would tip the odds back in favor of Windows 8.x. Only time will tell!

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Firefox For Windows 8 Touch Beta Edition Arrives

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Windows 8′s tiled Modern/Metro user fans are in for a surprise as Mozilla has finally announced it has released the new touch friendly web browser in beta edition. This means, there are more web browsing options for users who are not the avid fans of Internet Explorer and prefer Firefox to others. Users who want reasons for downloading Windows 8 need not ask anymore!

Released via the official blog, Mozilla announced that Firefox for Windows 8 Touch is now available for Beta release. Unlike earlier, this version is not one of the standard Firefox web browsers that you have come to know. This app is designed for Windows 8′s tiled UI, which is best suited for touch screens. Thus, if you are a Windows 8 OS user, head over to the Mozilla website and try out the all new web browser.

The latest version of Firefox, designed for Windows 8 Touch Beta, supports various touch gestures like swiping and pinch to zoom as well as full-screen and snap views. Moreover, you can make use of the Windows 8 Share charm to share content from inside the Firefox app. There are several other Apps in the Windows App store which can increase your productivity and serve numerous other uses.

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            Firefox For Windows 8

However, do not get your hopes high. Beta version Firefox is bound to have bugs and other quirks. Just recently released, it has already been confirmed that Firefox for Windows 8 suffers from freezing issues. Consider dealing with them and reporting them, as and when required, to be your contribution to the Mozilla open source free society. Mozilla has warned users not to minimize the App when in full-screen mode. This is bound to freeze the App. Do make sure you report any bugs you come across because Mozilla utilizes crowd sourcing on a large scale in order to improve their Application. They will consider your reports and will strive to work out a solution that will rectify the underlying issue.

Since the Beta version is already available, the full-fledged release of Firefox can be expected in a short while. If you are downloading Windows 8, you should install and try out different Apps along with it. This enhances usability by making full use of the computer. If you come across any issues while installing the new web browser, you may contact our tech support staff in order to receive further advice.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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  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

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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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  • 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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