Test Patch To Address Windows 8.1 Upgrade Issues Is Out

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         Windows 8 Problems

This week, we have some good news from Microsoft. The tech giant has come up with an effective solution to address the upgrade woe that users came across when they attempted to upgrade their Windows 8 OS to Windows 8.1. The solution, which is known to be the Windows 8.1 upgrade test patch fix, has many good reviews since its release a few days ago. According to sources privy to Microsoft, the test patch fix is capable of resolving all issues that users face from downloading Windows 8 to upgrading to the latest Windows 8.1 update. Nevertheless, Microsoft said that the patch was still in its nascent stage. The software developers at the Redmond are working on the final version of the patch.

Test patch version is released in select regions

Meanwhile, it was reported that the test patch version would be released only in select regions. The Redmond giant will release only the final version of the patch to other parts of the world. Sources said that Microsoft wanted to test the test patch and make sure that it complies with the standards before the final version of it is released to the public all across the world.

Windows 8.1 upgrade issue

According to the Microsoft tech team, the test patch update is designed to address the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error that pops up when a user attempts to upgrade his Windows 8 OS to Windows 8.1. It is reported that the developers at the Redmond have released a test patch fix for Windows 8 RT as well.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade

             Windows 8 Help

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 update almost a year ago. It came as an update to Windows 8. Windows 8 users are allowed to download and install the latest Windows 8.1 update for free. But, folks with older Windows versions, say Windows 7 or Vista are supposed to be downloading Windows 8 first before being able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.

Microsoft encourages users of older Windows versions to go for fresh Windows 8.1 installation

It has been noted that users who performed a fresh Windows 8.1 installation didn’t face any issues. The upgrade issue affects only users who try to upgrade their OS from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Microsoft encourages users with older Windows versions to perform fresh Windows 8.1 installation instead of the upgrade to circumvent upgrade issues.

Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8.1 has mostly positive reviews. If you are still on Windows 8, make sure that you upgrade it to the latest Windows 8.1 update before Microsoft lifts the upgrade offers.

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Steps To Download Windows 8 ISO(X86/X64) Version From Microsoft Website

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        Windows 8 Upgrade

According to recent reports, Microsoft is offering its Windows 7 users the option to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at a discounted price. Thus, downloading Windows 8 Pro for Windows 7 users who have purchased their system post June 2012 has become much easier and it is certain that more users will go for it soon. The best part about upgrading to Windows 8 is that you don’t require the installation anymore and instead can easily reset the PC using the factory settings.

By providing such an offer, Microsoft is definitely alluring customers who are still stuck with Windows 7. It can also be said that this is a novel business strategy to increase the number of Windows 8 users when compared to the rest of the versions. Looking at the current market reports, one can say that Microsoft was forced to bring out such offers to revive the diminishing sales of Windows 8 OS. The company has also made it much easier for the users to download Windows 8 ISO(x86/x64) file from its official website for users worldwide.

If you still do not know the steps involved in downloading Windows 8 ISO from Microsoft’s website, you can use the following instructions provided by the Windows support team.

  • At first, you need to navigate to the official Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade page and search for the Install Windows 8 button. Once you find it, click on the button to start the Windows 8 setup utility.
  • Here, you’ll be asked for a license key. Make sure that you enter your original Windows 8 license and wait for the installer to download the installation files. Once the files are ready to be processed, you can find the Setup utility asking you how you want to install Windows 8. Here, click on Install by creating media.

    Factory Settings

                 Windows 8 Install

  • Next, you need to select ISO file as the media type, and continue the process. Now, select the location where you want to save the ISO file. You can let the setup generate the installation media for your computer.
  • Now, you’ll be able to have your Windows 8 installation ISO file ready to be burnt to a bootable DVD disc from the official website of Microsoft.

By following these steps, you can successfully download Windows 8 ISO(x86/x64) version from Microsoft’s website. To get more information on the same, you may get in touch with our technical support team.

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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.

Government Procurement Center

Windows XP Continues To Roll

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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CES 2012 Sony Xperia S Review

Omnitech support presents you  the highlights of CES 2012. Check out the review on Sony Xperia S smartphone here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyOTIsSm4Nc&list=UUCGlotlflJS7r3-I481inlw

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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.

Tablet Operating Systems

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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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