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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Microsoft Removes Patches Due To BSOD Issues

Windows 8 Problems

          Windows 8 Help

It has become evident that Windows 8.1 is not better than Windows 8 when it comes to problems. When the tech giant released Windows 8.1 almost a year ago, folks thought that it would cause less errors or problems because Microsoft had been touting that the latest update was integrated with highly sophisticated program definitions which made it immune to most problems. But, everybody was proven wrong when it became evident that Windows 8.1 too suffered issues and errors. Even the so called updates to troubleshoot the issues in Windows 8.1 were flawed. Clearly, the days of Windows 8 problems are over but now new Windows 8.1 problems are emerging and users are alerted about the gravity of the errors.

Windows 8.1 update causes blue screen of death- Report

The recent issues reported with Windows 8.1 were not due to any external factors. They were caused by the updates released by Microsoft through the Windows Automatic update. Reports suggest that a recent patch, aimed at addressing issues with Windows 8.1 operating system, is causing unexpected errors and problems. Some of the users who downloaded and installed the patch have even gone to the extent of experiencing blue screens of death (BSOD) errors. What has Microsoft got to say about the issue?

The issue was brought to the attention of the Redmond by some Microsoft fans when reports about it went viral in social media sites. As per the latest information, we understand that the patches have been removed from Windows Update page. But, what has amused many is the mere fact that Microsoft hasn’t provided any explanation for the issue yet.

Blue Screens Of Death

               Address Windows 8 Problems

Error affects four patches

It was discovered that about four of the patches released by Microsoft in the Windows Update site were flawed. Out of these four patches, three were aimed at addressing some of the frequently reported Windows 8 problems. One was aimed at addressing the compatibility of the operating system with certain applications and fonts. It was lately reported that the patches not only failed to address the issues but also led to causing system instability. Moreover, the issue affected the entire fonts installed in the Windows directory.

Microsoft announced that it is working out a solution to address the issue and assured users that they would be informed in advance once the solution is made available. Moreover, users are advised to uninstall the patches if they have installed any of the flawed patches.

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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

Downloading Windows 8

        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

Windows 8 Problems

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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