Windows 8 was developed and released by Microsoft, which is available in desktops, laptops and tablets PCs and more. Windows 8 is an operating system belonging to Windows NT family. Microsoft Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012. And on October 17, 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and all Windows 8 users can free download Windows 8.1. In April, 2014, Microsoft announced the release of Windows 8.1 Update at the BUILD conference. In a broad way, Windows 8 operating system includes Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 8 is available in 3 editions, namely Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. Below is basic information of each edition of Windows 8 OS:
1. Windows 8
Windows 8 is the lowest version, which was sold at retail in most countries all over the world. Windows 8 was sold as pre-loaded software, which was available in various kinds of tablet PCs, ultrabook, laptop, etc. You can install Windows built-in desktop software on Windows 8, or you can also download the desktop you like from Windows App Store including Windows store, File Explorer and task manager, etc. Windows 8 is compatible home PCs including desktops and laptops.
2. Windows 8 Pro
Compared with Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro added additional features including BitLoker, virtualization, PC management, Hyper-V and the ability to join a domain and so on. Among 3 different editions of Windows 8, only Windows 8 Pro has the ability to install Windows Media Center (need to pay). Windows 8 Pro is available for technophile and enterprises.
3. Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise has all features of the Windows 8 Pro, which is available in different enterprises. In addition to all features of Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise has additional features including PC management, security enhancements, virtualization, etc. The special features of Windows 8 Enterprise include:
>> Windows To Go: Users can create live USB version of Windows, which means that users are able to run Windows 8 via USB. Windows To Go allows its users to provide an imaged version of Windows reflecting the corporate desktop. Windows 10 OS also has the features of Windows To Go.
>> DirectAccss: DirectAccess means accessing directly. It is a new function for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. With this feature, enterprise users are able to make it out past firewalls to access any resource without VPN connection.
>> BranchCache: It allows users to cache files, websites and other contents through Central Server so as to avoid download the files again and again.
>> AppLocker: It provides access control for applications by using rules and properties of files.
Windows 8 has many innovative and new features, which provides its users with great user experience. Facts proved that Windows 8 runs more quickly and smoothly than Windows 7 when using the same hardware on a computer. Here are some new features of Windows 8:
1. Interface and Desktop
Windows 8 had significant changes to its user interface, which disabled Aero Glass theme of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Modern UI-style interface began to use in Windows 8. The Modern UI-style interface is called "Start screen", which is known as "live tiles" showing a customizable array of tiles linking to different applications on your computer and displaying information. This start screen was first introduced in Microsoft Windows Phone. You can switch from start screen to desktop on Windows 8 by clicking the "Desktop" icon or pressing Windows + D keys.
Charm is the vertical toolbar on Windows 8, which is the graphical user interface providing access to application or operating system. You can move the cursor to the bottom-right corner or top-right corner and then move up to show Charm toolbar. Charm toolbar on Windows 8 has the ability to search, share, set, show hardware and show "Start screen".
3 Windows Store apps
Windows 8 introduced new Metro-style apps in order to meet the demand of tablet PCs. Users can purchase different applications such as PDF reader, Xbox apps, etc on Windows Store Apps. The new IE, namely Internet Explorer 10 was also redesigned
4. System optimization
Windows 8 system optimization enables computer boot more quickly and occupy less internal memory. Windows 8 was designed with a new "Hybrid Boot" mode which makes the computer hibernates instead of the shutdown to speed up the subsequent boot of your computer.
5. File Explorer
File Explorer was called Windows Explorer in previous Windows version before Windows 8. On Windows 8 operating system, it has renamed the Windows Explorer as File Explorer. Windows 8 File Explorer has improvements in the ability of moving files.
Microsoft has stopped providing technology support for Windows 8 on January 12, 2016. You have to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 in order to get support from Microsoft. In addition, the providing for mainstream support of Windows 8.1 will end on January 9, 2018. And all support for Windows 8.1 will be stopped on January 10, 2023.
Windows + X – launch Start menu
Windows + C – open Charms toolbar
Windows + D – show Desktop
Windows + I – open Settings charm
Windows + H – open Share charm
Windows + K – open Connect charm
Windows + W – open Settings Search app
Windows + F – open Metro File Search
Windows + Q – open Search pane
Windows + L – lock computer
Windows + R – open Run
Windows + M – minimize all Windows on the desktop
Windows + Space – switch input language and keyboard layout
Malfunctions on Windows 8 usually refer to some errors that occur on your computer, which make the computer stop running normally. You probably run into different situations when Windows 8 has various kinds of malfunctions. For example:
1. Windows 8 system crash
It is a situation, in which Windows 8 usually stops responding and shows some error message. One of the most common situations that many PC users consider it as system crash is Windows shows blue screen of death. There are some other related problems about Windows 8 system crash include black screen of death, program stops responding, computer shuts down suddenly without showing any warning message, cannot boot computer and more. When you meet such kind of problem on Windows 8, you may try to reinstall system to fix the problem completely.
2. Cannot upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10
Are you unable to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10? In this situation, the first thing you should do is to check if the C drive has enough free space. If C partition has not enough free space, you may fail to upgrade the operating system from Windows 8 to Windows 10.
3. Internal / external disk does not show up on Windows 8
Internal hard disk partition or external disk does not show up on Windows 8? If it is an internal disk partition does not show in Windows 8, you can open Disk Management to see if it is showing there. Usually, the deleted partition does not show in "My Computer" but it will show as unallocated volume under "Disk Management". In addition, whether it is internal or external hard drive, it may fail to be recognized by any Windows operating system when it is damaged.
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