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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.

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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

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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

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  • 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

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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.


  • 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


  • 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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Using Older Programs In Windows 8

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         Older Apps In Windows 8

There’s more than a slight chance that you’re being pushed into an upgrade to one of the Windows 8 versions. The current computing climate almost makes sure of that. One thing about Windows 8 is that it does not support many of the programs designed for older versions of Windows. But there are ways to circumvent that, if you find yourself stuck with Microsoft’s latest letdown.

The reason for older software not working on Windows 8 is that the intended operating systems, such as XP, are so different from Windows 8. XP however has more in common with Windows 7. Most programs can be installed in either Windows 8 or 7, but would show an error message upon execution.

To work these software on the newer Windows platforms, you could:

  • Use the compatibility mode.
  • Run a virtual environment.

Running it in compatibility mode

The compatibility mode is simple enough to get a hang of easily; it mainly convinces programs that you’re trying to run that it’s on an older OS. The following is how you use the compatibility mode in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

  • Assuming that you’ve installed it already, right click it and hit the Properties button to see the program properties.
  • From here, you’ll need to enable running it in the compatibility mode. Go to the Compatibility tab and tick the Compatibility mode box. You’ll be prompted to pick the compatibility mode that you want to run. To keep it simple, just select the OS that you used to run it on, like Vista or Windows 7.
  • Hit OK and exit the window.
  • Try running the program and if it doesn’t, then select Windows XP mode as the compatibility mode instead.

    Legacy Programs

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Using a virtual machine

This is the other option for running legacy programs in Windows 8 and Windows 7. Some software let you install a virtual machine, which emulates a newer, or in this case, older operating system in a separate environment.

VirtualBox is one such software, designed to virtualize an environment for 32-bit programs. It offers use in server, desktop and embedded settings, and is currently the only professional-quality option that is also open source.

These are the two main ways to run your older, legacy Windows applications in one of the Windows 8 versions, and sometimes even Windows 7. Check out other posts for related tips and guidelines.

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Why Upgrade To Windows 8

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So many complaints have been raised about the new interface in Windows 8 that many people have forgotten it looks exactly like the Windows Phone design, and somewhat like their favorite Android OS too. The minimalist user interface in mobile platform is indeed very popular, and Microsoft was simply following the same strategy, when they decided to ditch the old desktop UI in favor of a more touch-screen friendly design.

Windows 8 is the best Microsoft OS

As with any other new OS, it will take some time to get used to the new user interface and figuring out where all the options and functions are. With the previous Windows operating systems, we did not face this inconvenience, because as far the user interface was concerned, they were pretty much all the same. The changes brought in were mostly in the technical or functional aspects of the operating system. But, in the Windows 8 versions, Microsoft has started from scratch coming up with a completely new UI.

Indeed, you have to admit that the small taskbar and the crammed Start Menu are not suitable to use on a touch screen device. So, they were replaced with big icons that you can easily swipe or tap on a touch screen device.This was the whole point of introducing the Metro UI, which was to take Windows platform to the touch screen era. Though Microsoft’s attempt at creating a touch-screen OS did not go well, this can be easily fixed with some minor changes in the user interface in the future Windows 8 versions or updates. Windows 8.1 is a step in that direction.


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Not only that, Windows 8 is much superior to previous Windows editions is many respects. To start with, experts regard Windows 8 as the most secure operating system available today. Microsoft has successfully developed their Windows Defender program, which comes preinstalled in Windows 8. In addition, hybrid shutdown, faster boot, multi-functioning, and advanced graphics support are some other striking features in the new platform.

Microsoft has been promoting and encouraging the development of apps for their new OS, and so, thousands of Windows 8 apps are now available on the Windows Store. All these make Windows 8 much superior to other Windows platforms; take back the inconvenience of getting around the OS design. So, if you have not done it already, try out Windows 8 today.

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