Microsoft followed Patch Tuesdays religiously for years. After the release of Windows 8, even the updates have become shaky and irregular and filled with confusion. However, users who elected automatic updates will not be subjected to this level of confusion. When comparing Windows 7 vs Windows 8, one can note that Windows 8 users have been subjected to a lot of confusion in an extremely short duration.
Back in April 2014, Microsoft released a statement making it extremely clear that Windows 8.1 users who did not install the KB2919355 update will not receive any future security updates. As can be predicted, this caused a huge uproar in the Windows 8 user community. Because of the persistent complaints, Windows extended the deadline to June, but have refused to budge from the said date again.
The end result of all these developments is obvious, extreme confusion! Windows 8.x’s entire versioning attempt has been termed as the worst and certainly the most confusing attempt in the history of Microsoft. However, Windows 8.x users need to be privy about only the following thing; you must be running original release Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Update 1 to receive further updates.
True to their word, Microsoft did not allow users who ignored the April update to install the Windows 8.1 June update. Even attempts at manual installation fail. To get access to future updates, one must install the Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Despite all the reigning confusion, Microsoft decided to repeat its tactics and this time with Windows 7! This time, systems running Internet Explorer 11 were victimized. According to a recent statement released in the official Microsoft document, systems running Internet Explorer 11 should have update 2919355 (for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2) or update 2929437 (for Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) installed to receive further updates. This simple statement that can be easily left out means exactly what is written. If you do not install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (specifically update 2929437), you will not receive any future updates! However, users running a specific version of Internet Explorer only will face this issue.
This scenario specifically affects users who chose to manually install updates as they come. Systems running in workplaces that have WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager to provide centralized patching have time until August to rectify this issue. If you are still confused whether to choose Windows 7 vs Windows 8, you can contact our technical team for more information on the same.Read more »
Ever since the release of Windows operating systems, they have been the market leaders and this scenario has not changed yet. The latest study by Net Applications confirms this. More than 90 percent of desktop computers run on one of the operating systems from Microsoft. Windows operating systems have shown continued growth, with Windows 7 leading the way. Some of the operating systems from Microsoft are Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Among these operating systems, Windows 7 is the most used one with its number surpassing the fifty-percentage mark.
The second place is secured by Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. Even though it still runs on 25.27 percentage of computers around the world, the study shows that there has been a decrease of 2.42 percent from last year. This decrease was expected, as Microsoft ended support for Windows XP operating system this year. Even though many users had told that they would stick on to Windows XP despite the end of support, the new studies by Net Applications show that Windows XP users are slowly upgrading their operating systems to newer ones.
The latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8.x, showed an increase of 1.32 percent and reached 12.62 percent. Keep in mind that this is the combined percentage of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users. Most of the newly shipped computers have Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled in them. This is one of the reasons for the rise in Windows 8.x numbers. Microsoft hoped that a good percentage of Windows XP customers would upgrade their systems to Windows 8. However, according to Windows 7 help center, majority of the users were interested in upgrading to Windows 7, as it has already proven its efficiency and strength.
Windows 8.x is considered much faster when compared to its predecessor Windows 7. Windows 8.x also has features like dual interface, touch screen support and many other functions. However, these features have not been able to impress majority of Windows XP customers to make an upgrade. Some of the drawbacks of Windows 8.x operating system gained more popularity than its features. These drawbacks included the absence of Start button and Start menu. In addition, the operating system was capable of booting only to the newly introduced Start screen, which annoyed many users.
According to Windows 7 help center, we might see this rise in Windows 7 numbers in the coming months too, as the operating system will receive support from Microsoft until 2020.Read more »
It seems Christmas is early this time as Microsoft started rolling out the March Xbox One updates ahead of schedule! The early release is a part of Microsoft’s attempt to avoid high server load issues which will be expected before the launch of Titanfall on March 11. This will give Xbox One users ample time to update their gaming consoles and prepare themselves before the Game releases. Many hardcore gamers contacted the Windows Live Chat service to ascertain if the news was true.
Larry Hryb, the Director of Programming of Xbox Live, who is also known by the Xbox Live gamertag Major Nelson, issues a statement in his official blog which reads, “The March system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today, addressing some of the biggest feedback you’ve shared with us”. He continued to add saying, “This update means next week you’ll be able to enjoy Titanfall on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own”.
However, Microsoft has pulled back on its promise and has not released the live streaming feature through Twitch, as it had previously promised. This feature should be downloaded in the form of the Twitch app instead of the whole dashboard update.
The latest Xbox One update will bring in a lot of new features that were missing in the previous version. From various bug fixes and shell improvements that aim at a better game playback, to improved multiplayer capability and party chat, Xbox One users are in for a surprise. The new and improved friends list, profile and social feature allow a multiplayer experience that is unmatched with the rest. Apart from improved gaming performance, the new updates in Live TV and improved audio support finally shows the true capabilities of this gaming console.
Some other features worth highlighting are the ability to output 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound over HDMI and optical connections. Having this feature lets you scale up your small gaming console into a complete gaming station. Almost every feature of Xbox One has been improved since this update features support for Xbox One Media Remote and support for stereo headset accessories. Due to the frame judder issues that affected a lot of Xbox One gaming consoles in Europe, the frame rate can be changed to the 50 Hz frequency mode.
If you have any trouble trying to update your gaming console, you can seek assistance by contacting our Windows Live Chat team.Read more »
Windows XP no longer receives any Microsoft security updates or tech support services. The old Window XP support web links will lead you to a web page on how to upgrade to Windows 8, detailing the system requirements and other details for making the transition to the new OS. But, according to reports published in online tech forums, some XP users have found a disingenuous way of updating their OS.
XP users using Registry Hack to update their OS
As it happens, Microsoft still provides tech support for some of the embedded versions of XP. The Windows XP Embedded POSReady 2009 still receives Microsoft support, and will continue to do so until April 2019. The online Windows Update server releases regular security updates for all Microsoft-supported operating systems and software applications.
What these XP users are doing is to trick this online Windows Update server into identifying their XP OS as a copy of the Windows XP Embedded POSReady 2009 version. This is done by using Windows Registry Hack application, which will alter the OS registry files so as to fool the online Windows Update server.
According to these reports, once the Windows Update server reads these altered registry files, it will release the latest security updates meant for that XP Embedded version OS to your system. XP users can then manually download and install them in their system.
Obviously, news about this trick of using Registry Hack in XP has spread online and Microsoft has gotten to know about it. They have issued to a warning to all XP users pointing out that these updates are not designed for desktop OS versions but for Embedded operating systems, and installing these in an XP systems might lead to OS problems. They have also warned the XP users against altering OS registry data.
But, most of these XP users are not likely to pay heed to Microsoft’s warning. As far as they are concerned, upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8 means buying a new PC, which obviously they cannot afford to do at the moment. But, clearly, altering the OS Registry will damage the OS in the long run.
A better option is to ditch the 13-year-old OS and buy a cheap Windows 8 tablet with a detachable keyboard. For more information, go to the ‘how to upgrade to Windows 8’ web page on Microsoft’s website online.Read more »
The recent report from NetMarketShare is a relief for Microsoft. The report suggests that Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system, is gaining market share. The previous operating system Windows 8 was a failure much against the anticipations of the tech giant. Clearly, the strange features and user interface of Windows 8 has caused the failure. But, latest update codenamed Windows 8.1 is seen compensating for the past failures. However, Microsoft expects Windows 8.1 to be the best operating system in its history. But, for this, Windows 8.1 has to go a long way. As of now, Windows 7 takes up the biggest market share, about 50 percent.
Market share of Windows operating systems
If we put the market share of Windows operating systems in order, Windows 7 takes the first place with 50.32 percent. Then comes Windows XP, occupying 25.27 percent of the market share. It is not pleasing for Microsoft to find that Windows XP, even after the lifting of support, continues to occupy one fourth of the total Windows market share. Perhaps, people’s reluctance to spare time on how to upgrade to Windows 8 has caused the low market share of Windows 8 and the persisting market share of Windows XP. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 together make up around 12.56 percent of the market share. In May, the market share of Windows 8.1 was 6.35 percent. The market share Windows 8 has managed to claim after about two years of its release is just 6.21 percent.
Windows 8.1 Vs Windows 7
If you compare the growth of Windows 7 against Windows 8.1, it becomes very clear that Windows 8.1 by no means reaches near Windows 7. Windows 7, from the day of its launch, continues to gain market share. According to some reports, Windows 7 might replace all Windows XP operating systems sooner, gaining market share and dominance over all other Windows operating systems. The release of two consecutive operating systems (Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) has not caused any dent in the demand and popularity of Windows 7.
Windows 8 Upgrade statistics
Reports suggest that there are very few users who choose to upgrade their Windows 7 operating system to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Obviously, this might be the reason why there are fewer users asking how to upgrade to Windows 8. Despite Microsoft’s efforts to encourage users to upgrade their operating systems to the latest versions, people seem to have their own choices and tastes.Read more »