New Graphics Drivers For Windows 8.1 OS Released

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One of the hardest parts of upgrading your operating system is finding compatible drivers. Many Windows 8 users faced this problem, when they upgraded to the new OS. Of course, before they launched the new OSMicrosoft made sure that all essential Windows 8 drivers were packed in. High performance drivers for Windows 8 PC gaming, however, took some more time to come through.

More graphics drivers released for Windows 8.1 OS

Similarly, for the latest Windows 8.1 OS, PC gamers have been waiting for more high performance graphics drivers that will optimize the running of many of their favourite high graphics PC game titles. Just like in the case of Windows 8 drivers, it is expected to take Graphic Card manufacturers a few months to release the new Windows 8.1 drivers for latest gaming titles.

But anxious Windows 8.1 PC gamers can make do with the beta versions of Windows 8.1 drivers released by these graphics card manufacturers, to fill the gap. All PC gaming enthusiasts are aware of the performance issues and sluggishness that often affect new gaming titles, when latest graphics drivers are not available.

To reduce the time lag between release of new gaming titles and of graphics drivers needed for running them, most graphic card manufacturers are releasing beta versions of their latest drivers still in the testing phase. If you are trying out any of the new generation PC game titles, you need to install the latest beta version Windows 8.1 drivers from NVidia, AMD, etc. There is no need to wait around for full version drivers.

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NVidia and AMD releasing new beta version drivers

Recently, graphics card manufacturers NVidia and AMD announced the release of beta versions of their latest graphics drivers. These graphics drivers, Nvidia GeForce 331.40 and AMD Catalyst 13.10, are now available for download online.

The NVidia GeForce 331.40 beta driver will improve graphics performance with latest gaming titles like Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, Drying Light, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Crysis, Battlefield 3, F1 2013, Dirty Bomb, etc. AMD Catalyst 13.10 driver will provide more graphics support for Saints Row 4, Splinter Cell Blacklist, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Total War Rome 2, etc.

So, if you are going to try any of the above-mentioned gaming titles, install these beta drivers for your AMD or NVidia GeForce card to derive optimum graphics performance.

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Microsoft Extends Last Date To Install Windows 8.1 Update

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If you are running Windows 8.1 operating system, and have not downloaded and installed the latest patch from Microsoft, you have another month to do so. Microsoft has extended the date to install this patch by another month. Keep in mind that this update is inevitable in order to receive future updates for the operating system. Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft, says, “While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have,” and that “Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we’re committed to helping ensure their safety.” He was writing a blog post.

Now, if you are running a Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system, then you need not worry about this update. This update is intended only for Windows 8.1 customers. Microsoft released the update in April. Now, if you are unsure which operating system is running on your computer, then go to the option PC Settings. Double click and open the option PC and devices and then PC info. Under the section Windows, you will find whether Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system is installed in your computer.

After downloading Windows 8, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to these users free of cost. Now, if the automatic update function was ON in your computer, then the updates would have been installed in your computer automatically. However, if this option was OFF, your computer would probably be running with the older version. In order to find out the version of Windows 8.1, all you need to do is navigate to the Start screen and find out whether the window has a Search button or not. The presence of a Search button indicates that you have the latest version installed or else download the updates from Microsoft.

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In order to download the updates, select the option Settings in the operating system. Then, go to the option Change PC Settings. You will find the option for Update and Recovery. Select it and choose Windows Update. Click the option Check now. If the search for updates shows up any results, choose the option View Details. Look for the update KB 2919355 and install it.

According to Microsoft support, after downloading Windows 8, many of its users have upgraded the operating systems to Windows 8.1 but have failed to install the latest update. Failure of installing this update means that these operating systems will no longer receive bug fixes and security patches from the company.

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How To Update Windows 8 Drivers And Apps?

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          Update Windows 8 Drivers

In order to use your Windows 8 PC with its full features and in full safety, you need to ensure that it has all the latest drivers installed and the apps updated. If you have the genuine version of Windows 8, you are eligible to download and install updates directly from Microsoft’s Windows update website. This article takes you through the steps of downloading latest Windows 8 drivers and app updates from the Windows update website.

Instructions

  • Open your IE web browser. Microsoft mandates the use of a compatible version of Internet Explorer web browser for downloading the latest updates and drivers from its update sites.
  • When the web browser is loaded, enter update.microsoft.com in the address bar and hit the Enter button on your keyboard.
  • If you are a first time visitor of Windows Update Website, you will be prompted to choose your language as well as the country/region. Specify them to proceed.
  • Locate the latest versions of Windows 8 drivers and app updates you need to install. Click the download button and follow the onscreen directions to complete the download.
  • Make sure that you are not in a hurry while downloading Windows 8 updates and drivers. It may take several minutes to hours depending on the website traffic and the speed of your internet connection.

Alternative method

If the above method does not work for you, here is an alternative method. In this method, you will update your Windows 8 Apps and drivers from your computer.

  • Go to Control Panel and select System and Security.
  • In the System and Security screen, locate Windows update and select it.

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  • You will be prompted now to choose between either of the below options, Important Updates and Optional Updates.
  • The Important Updates consists of updates that are necessary for the security of your PC while the Optional Updates, which include latest drivers and app updates, are not necessary to install. However, if you have recently upgraded your OS version or edition, it is important that you install the latest version of drivers and app updates. This will maximise your PC performance.
  • After choosing the appropriate update option, follow the onscreen directions to complete updating your Windows 8 machine.

Either of the above methods would have helped you update your Windows 8 PC. If you have installed a genuine version of Windows 8 on your PC and have a fast internet connection, it is recommended to keep Automatic Windows Update on.

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Microsoft Sells 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses

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Microsoft released their latest flagship operating system Windows 8 on October 26 2012 with a completely revamped design that is now popularly called as Metro user interface. Even though the sales of the operating system could not match that achieved by its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows XP, according to the latest blog posted by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, more than 200 million licenses of the operating system have been sold all around the world.

Reller stated in a statement given to ZDNet, “Windows 8 has surpassed 200 million licenses sold, and we continue to see momentum. Windows is a central part of life for more than 1.5 billion people around the world, and we are looking forward to the future.” However one could say that selling 200 million copies of a product is amazing, the statement loses its prominence when one compares the time Windows 7 the predecessor of the new operating system took to reach the 20 million sale. According to the statistics, while Microsoft was able to sell about 240 million Windows 7 licenses in just 12 months, they were able to sell only 200 million Windows 8 licenses in the last 15 months.

The sales benchmark or 200 million was achieved collectively by taking into account the laptops and desktops that came preinstalled with Windows 8 along with the people who have been downloading Windows 8 for upgrade purposes. However, Microsoft hopes that more people will be downloading Windows 8 in the coming months due to the end of support for Windows XP operating system. In fact, one could say that Microsoft terminated the service and support provided to the Windows XP operating system in an effort to make the users upgrade to the Windows 8 operating system.

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Even though Microsoft was able to sell 200 million copies of Windows 8, the operating system still has a long way to go for achieving the stardom and popularity experienced by its predecessors Windows 7 and Windows XP. The irony is that even after Microsoft released a free upgrade to the Windows 8 operating system to Windows 8.1 that was released in the market by fixing different issues found in the operating system, both the operating systems together could not reach the market share of Windows 7 operating system.

Well, let’s just not give up hope on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, as Microsoft is planning to release some major updates to the operating system, which may help in boosting the sales of the operating systems.

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Tips To Upgrade Your PC To Windows 8.1

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Upgrade To Windows 8

Microsoft released Windows 8.1, a revamped version of Windows 8 on 17th October 2013. A major update to the operating system codenamed Windows 8.1 Update 1 was rolled out on 8th of April, 2014, the same day when Microsoft pulled support for Windows XP. Windows 8.1 has been receiving positive reviews ever since its release. The Redmond based software giant has really worked hard to tweak the Windows 8 problems and release a revamped Windows 8.1 version.

If you are pondering over downloading Windows 8, wait a minute. Windows 8 is no more the latest OS. It has been replaced by Windows 8.1. If you have installed Windows 8 already on your PC, don’t worry. You can download and install Windows 8.1 without paying any additional charges. Nevertheless, you need to have a valid Windows 8 license key to download and install the latest update (Windows 8.1).

Do I need to upgrade my hardware to upgrade to Windows 8.1?

It is a frequent question asked by many. Many think that they should upgrade their hardware to be able to install the latest Windows 8.1. Microsoft has always required that users should upgrade their hardware to migrate to a new operating system from an old one. Surprisingly, Windows 8 didn’t require a hardware upgrade.

According to Microsoft support site, machines that run Windows 7 are compatible with Windows 8. Likewise, PCs that run Windows 8 are capable of running Windows 8.1 too. Nevertheless, if you are planning to install Windows 8.1 on your older machine, check the following hardware requirements.

Windows 8.1 Hardware requirements

Windows 8.1 is a touch-screen friendly operating system. If you wish to use it with its touch-screen friendly features, you ought to make sure that you have a touch enabled monitor or device. Below are the basic hardware requirements to install Windows 8.1 on your PC.

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Processor

To run Windows 8.1 on your PC, you must make sure that your PC is powered by a processor that runs at 1gigahertz (GHz) or faster.

RAM

Random Access Memory (RAM) should be 1GB to install 32-bit OS and 2GB to install 64-bit OS.

Free space requirements in the hard disk

At least 16GB space should be kept in the C: Drive to be able to install the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 on your PC. For 62-bit OS, the free space requirement in C: Drive is 20GB.

Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s latest OS. It has many advanced features. If you face any installation troubles after downloading Windows 8, communicate with an expert in the Microsoft support site.

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