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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Using Older Programs In Windows 8

Windows 8 Versions

         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

          Windows XP Mode

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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      About Windows 8 Features

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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Boot Straight To Desktop In Windows 8.1

Windows 8 Versions

              Windows 8 Booting

There’s not enough that can happen to make us forget what a failure Windows 8 was. Through it all, Microsoft sustained immense criticism from users, most of them longtime loyalists. But they’ve rectified some of issues in a way in this second major debacle, the first being Windows Vista.

Windows 8.1 is an update for Windows 8, and more popular between the Windows 8 versions. It brings back some of the features that Windows 8 blatantly lacked, and the company has even been voicing remarks along these lines. Without actually comparing the latest update to any other OS, the software maker lists a few ways, in which it is a competent iteration in the Windows line.

The three main feature additions they’re flaunting are these:

  • The desktop is back in Windows, and a Win 8.1 user can boot directly to it when the machine starts up.
  • There’s the added option to pin apps to the Start Screen or the taskbar, easing multitasking using the Snap mode.
  • The apps in the Win 8.1 update are easier to move among, as opposed to those in the original Windows 8.

The booting feature, and more importantly the desktop mode, certainly gratifies many users, who dropped out of using Windows 8. The only thing a user need do is enable a setting, which channels the booting to the desktop screen. This is a good place to start, and along these same lines, the next scheduled OS – Threshold – will reportedly reinstate the Start menu in place of the Start Screen.

The last two features listed above, essentially mean that you can easily open and close an app, and switch between apps just as easily. This plays well with your device’s battery.

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                  Windows 8 Start Menu

Here’s what you do to set up direct booting to desktop.

  • Right click on the taskbar, and from the menu that shows up, select Properties. Go to the Navigation tab here, and find the When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Startoption. Check the box beside it, and the next time you switch on, you’ll be taken directly to the desktop. No more looking around at the Start Screen for you; as some say, use Windows the way it was meant to be used.

This was on the features in the windows 8.1 update, and how to activate the boot-to-desktop feature. Call out tech support for assistance with resolving any PC issues. For more stories on the Windows 8 versions, check out the latest posts here.

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