Creating Bootable Disk For Windows 8

Downloading Windows 8

              Windows 8 Tips

It is always better to keep a Windows 8 OS bootable disk ready in case you need to boot to the safe mode using disk. However, if given a choice, it will be better to create a bootable USB disk since running Windows 8 Live from USB is a lot more faster.  Creating a bootable disk is unlike downloading Windows 8 because it only runs a Bootloader application so that you can login to your account safely without any issues. This does not install anything and is completely removed the next time you run your computer WITHOUT the bootable disk.

Creating a bootable USB disk of Windows 8 OS will not take much time and can be easily managed by anyone who has experience in handling computers.  Here’s how you do it:

  • Download and install Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
  • Download Windows 8 Developer Preview from the Windows Dev Center. There will be two file versions, depending on which processor you have. If you have a 32 bit architecture, download and run the 32 bit .iso file. As a rule, if your computer has been purchased in the near future, it must be running a 64 bit architecture and the 64 bit file can be downloaded and used without issues.
  • Insert a USB flash drive that has at least 8 GB or greater in a USB port of your computer.
  • Launch the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool that you installed in Step 1.
  • Click on Browse and choose the ISO file that you have downloaded in Step 2.

    Windows 8 OS

                   Windows 8 Instructions

  • Click on USB device when prompted to select a media type. You will be told to insert the said USB flash drive in the next step.
  • Using the Windows8.iso, the software will automatically create a bootable disk. However, this process is bound to take some time.
  • Once the bootloader is created, the software will inform you and you can remove the USB disk.

In order to boot using the USB disk, you need to restart your PC with the USB disk plugged in. You will need to enter the BIOS utility of your computer and then boot from the USB. You will be able to follow the instructions and boot from the USB yourself once you have entered the SAFE mode.  You will be downloading Windows 8 without any hassles if you follow the on-screen instructions.

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Confused About Choosing The Right Windows 8 Version?

Windows 8 Versions

             Windows 7 Versions

When you look back, it is hard to make a decision among the different versions of Windows operating systems that were available for each edition. Windows 7 had almost seven versions to choose from, in which case it is easier when it comes to Windows 8 versions. Yes, with Windows 8, it is easier to choose a version since it has only two versions. They have narrowed it down to Windows 8 for the consumers and Windows 8 Pro for business purposes.

Apart from them, there are versions such as Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 RT, which are meant for special cases. It is actually not possible to buy Windows 8 RT, since it comes along with a Windows 8 PC pre-installed. Such computers will not be able to join the network or domain from Microsoft. They will also not be able to run Windows software that run on other Windows 8 versions. It looks like Windows RT is about to close since it is not used as extensively as the other versions.

When you choose to use Windows 8 Pro, it is like taking a wild card. It includes many features, which are advantageous for an IT organization. Hence, they are mostly adopted in IT organizations, which would support them in managing PCs and deploying services, virtualization, mobility scenario, advanced security and more. This is how the Enterprise version was explained in one of the Microsoft’s blogs.

Advanced Security

                 Windows 8 Apps

There is not much difference between the Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro versions. The experience and the features are all the same, which is equal in both cases. However, the only difference is that Windows 8 Enterprise requires some of the businesses to change to Software Assurance licensing. This is to make the best of the Windows 8 Enterprise operating system.

Given a choice, it is always better to choose Windows 8 Pro, since both the consumers and the executives can use them as well. Earlier, before the inception of Windows 8, people really wished Microsoft sold only Windows 7 Ultimate and cut off all the other versions since the ultimate version had all that was there in the other editions.

However, with Windows 8, Microsoft has made the task of choosing an edition among the Windows 8 versions easy. With Windows 8 Pro, some of the features that you will enjoy are BitLocker-to-Go encryption, Encrypted File System (EFS) and BitLocker, which help in safeguarding all information and offer advanced security for the computer.

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Windows 8.1 Security Patch Last Date Extended

Windows 8.1 (1)

Windows 8.1 update

Microsoft had earlier announced it would stop sending Windows 8.1 updates for users, who had not installed the April’s Windows 8.1 Update, dubbed Update 1. It seems Microsoft has provided a small breather for the users, who were not informed of the same, since it has extended the deadline for one more month (This might have expired by now). Downloading Windows 8 is easy but keeping check of all the various updates released from time to time has become an increasingly arduous task.

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post about the same, “While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety.”

In case you are wondering, users running Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista will continue to get security patches since the update requirement is limited to Windows 8.1 users alone. In order for them to download all the updates available in the future, they will have to download the heavy update that Microsoft sent back in April. In case you are unsure about which version of Windows you are running, you can double-check by going to PC Settings and then, clicking on PC and devices. Inside this option, you will see a PC info section, which will detail both hardware and software settings of your computer. Look under the Windows section to determine, which version you are running.

Windows 8.1

Windows update deadline

If you have never bothered to switch off the Auto Update feature, then you are in the safe-zone because your Windows 8 OS would have automatically downloaded and installed the update by now. Only those users, who disabled Automatic Updates will need to update their Windows 8.1 version. You can check the update version to determine, which OS you are running. However, an easier method would be to just open up the Start screen and check if the Search button is situated in the top-right corner. This button location is only there in the new and updated version of Windows 8.1

If you are thinking of downloading Windows 8, it is better to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and run all the necessary updates. Windows 8.1 OS is a significant improvement over Windows 8 in terms of User Interface. Once updated, you will receive all the future updates to the OS. Users running the update have reported no issues and the new features increases the functionality of the operating system as well.

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Creating A Bootable Windows 8 Recovery Tool

Windows 8 Drivers

         Windows 8 Features

Every Windows 8 computer would come up with Windows 8 drivers and all related recovery tools automatically. It is seen that some of the devices loaded with Windows 8 do not have the recovery tool, which is available for the users in a disk. These recovery disks would be of great help at the event of a system meltdown. Systems that have optical drivers, which are something uncommon these days, computer dealers miss things like Windows recovery/restore disks.

It is fortunate that this is not a major issue for Windows 8 users. The operating system has included two features, one is the Refresh and the other is the Reset. For starters, both these features would be of great help when there are issues with the Windows 8 computer that need a Windows 8 recovery tool to get the same resolved. In other words, issues that require a recovery media can be resolved with the Refresh and Reset feature.

Refresh would ensure that all the programs, data and settings are retained while it reinstalls the operating system, all on the same computer. This is one of the effective methods to troubleshoot an issue, which may have been bothering your work. On the other hand, Reset would perform a complete factory reset, wiping out all applications, information and settings, resulting in a computer that is factory fresh. You need to note that neither of these methods require a media device.

This is fine when you have issues but still are able to boot the computer. Now the question is what next when the device refuses to boot? This is when you need an external media to recover the computer. It is rather very easy to create a recovery media for Windows 8. Just follow these instructions.

Windows 8 Recovery Tool

              Windows 8 Support

  • Type Recovery on the Start screen of Windows 8.
  • From the results pane, click on Settings, followed by a click on Create A Recovery Drive. If the Copy The Recovery Partition From The PC To The Recovery Drive option is not grayed out, click on the same. Click on Next.
  • This Windows 8 recovery tool will tell you the required capacity for backup. It creates a bootable flash drive by default, in case you do not insert a flash drive, there is another option, Create A System-Repair Disc With A CD Or DVD, click on this instead. Follow the prompts to complete the process.

Label the disk appropriately with the other disks such as ‘Windows 8 drivers’, so that you can find it easily when needed.

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Two Easy Methods For Updating Windows 8 Drivers

Windows 8 Drivers

Update Windows 8 Drivers

In order to use your Windows 8 PC efficiently and without frequent problems, it is necessary to have the Windows 8 drivers updated. Usually, the Windows Update service would check for driver updates. If you have kept Automatic Windows Update enabled, your drivers would be updated automatically. But, you can’t be certain that all your drivers are updated via the Automatic Windows Update because there are certain drivers that do not get updated through Windows Update. You need to manually update these drivers.

How to know if my Win 8 drivers are updated?

If you aren’t certain whether all your Win 8 drivers are updated, you can check it and confirm. Work out the below steps to check the update status of your Win 8 drivers.

Steps

  • Turn on your PC. When it is loaded, navigate to the Charms Bar.
  • Choose Settings from the Charms Bar and tap the option that says Change PC Settings.
  • In the Change PC Settings option, choose the menu that says Windows Update Settings. Now, click the button that says Check for Updates now. This will command Windows Update to check for available updates, including updates for drivers. Remember, Windows Update is configured to carry out the updates during the next scheduled maintenance. However, you can do a force update as and when you wish and ensure that your PC is protected in advance.

If the above method of manual Windows Update didn’t solve your issue with updating your Windows 8 drivers, there is yet another method. While using this method, you are supposed to update the driver for a specific hardware manually. Find the steps for the same below.

Manual Windows Update

Windows 8 Driver Update

Steps

  • Go back to your Windows 8 home screen and choose the search option.
  • Enter Device Manager in the blank field of the search box and click OK.
  • When the result is displayed in the search menu, click the tab labelled Settings.
  • Locate Device Manager in the Settings and launch it.
  • Locate the hardware whose driver needs to be updated.
  • Right-click the hardware and choose Update Driver Software option from the dropdown menu. Windows will check for the driver updates and install the available updates.

The above steps must have helped you update Win 8 drivers successfully. If neither of the steps brought any desired result, you can get in touch with our Windows 8 help desk and request for a viable solution.

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