Entry Level Surface 3 Tablets To Be Released With Full Windows 8.1

 
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It was thought that Microsoft would market its Surface 3 tablets with Windows 10 operating system. But a recent report published by sources privy to Windows support number helpline indicates that the Redmond is getting ready with an entry level Surface 3 tablet preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. The new tablet will be released as a successor to Surface 2 RT and will be sold at a very affordable price tag.

The report has created mixed reaction among the users. Some are happy at the early release of the entry level Surface 3 tablet, while others think that Microsoft could have waited for some more time to equip it with the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Entry level Surface 3 tablet will feature Windows 8.1 in its full. Another highlight of this tablet is the powerful processor. The report says that the tablet is powered by the latest Intel mobile processor.

Is Microsoft to discontinue Windows RT?

Meanwhile, some reports indicate that Microsoft is going to discontinue Windows RT. Although the software giant has not yet reacted to the reports, sources close to Microsoft believe that there is no point in promoting Windows RT at this point. Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 10 is very comprehensive and rules out the requirement for Windows RT in the first place. Meanwhile, some other reports indicate that the software giant is planning to introduce something new to effectively replace Windows RT.

Microsoft replacing AMR processor with Intel Atom

Microsoft used to power its entry level products with AMR processor. Interestingly, this time, it has taken a different path. The entry level Surface 3 tablet is powered by Intel Atom. The decision to pick Intel Atom was taken after the company made up its mind to introduce the device with the full Windows 8.1 version, which requires a powerful processor.

The key features of Microsoft’s entry level Surface 3 tablet are listed down below.

Windows 8.1 Operating System
  • Windows 8.1 full version
  • Powered by Intel Atom processor
  • Fan-less
  • Upgradable to Windows 10
  • Cheaper than Apple’s 12″ MacBook ($799 while MacBook is priced $1,299) but competent in terms of features

Since the reports about Windows 8.1 preinstalled entry level Surface 3 tablet was released, thousands of users are contacting Microsoft through the Windows support number facility for more details. Microsoft hopes that the entry level Surface 3 tablet will go viral.

Windows 7 Upgrade – Some Basic Points To Review

 
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The mainstream support for Windows 7 operating system has already been dropped. However, Windows 7 still continues to lure users from all around the world. Reports indicate that the users who are ditching Windows XP are migrating to Windows 7 instead of the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

The reason is simple. Windows 7 is more user friendly and is compatible with most of the modern programs/applications. If you are a Windows XP or Vista user, and planning for a PC upgrade, then Windows 7 is the right operating system for you to choose.

When you plan for the upgrade, it is quite normal that you come across a slew of doubts like ‘is my computer compatible with Windows 7′, ‘will it run on my current hardware’, ‘do I need a graphics card’, etc. A PC should meet a certain level minimum system requirements to run Windows 7 operating system smoothly in it. The following are the basic system requirements for Windows 7.

Windows 7 system requirements

Note that the Windows 7 operating system requirements vary depending on the OS version (32-bit or 64-bit) you are planning to install.

  • RAM: To install 64-bit version of Windows 7 in your PC, you would need 2 GB of RAM; 1 GB is enough for 32-bit version
  • Free disc space in the HDD: 20 GB for 64-bit; 16 GB for 32-bit version
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 equipped with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.0 or higher

Some useful tips to improve Windows 7 performance

Improve Windows 7 Performance

According to Windows 7 support forums that answer FAQs like is my computer compatible with Windows 7, will it run on old hardware powered PCs, and so; any PC would work faster with Windows 7 operating system should it be equipped with faster processor, enough free space in the hard drive and more RAM. The aforementioned requirements are the basic. The higher the hardware capacity, the better the performance will be.

As compared to Microsoft’s previous operating systems like Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows 7 is more secure and causes least number of problems. Upgrade your PC to Windows 7 at the earliest.

Steps For Deleting Windows Update Download Files

 
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Windows Updates are provided over the air to make sure that Windows operating systems run devoid of known bugs and security issues. These updates ensure that your operating system remains stable and secure. However, there are times when these updates can hinder the working of other software in your computer. They can also consume much hard disc space over time and make the system partition cluttered. In such cases, you can choose to get rid of the downloaded files without having to set the Windows update not working.

Instructions

  • Open up the Start menu and click on the Run icon if you are using Windows XP. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, click on search. Type msc and hit the Enter key. The Services window opens up now.
  • Locate the Windows Update service in the list. Next, click on the Stop link in the Services windows to disable the Windows Update service.
  • Enter C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore into the Run or Search Depending on your OS version, click on the Run button if you are using Windows XP and on the Search button if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. Now, press the Enter key on the keyboard. The contents of the DataStore directory will be displayed in a new window now.
  • To select all files and folders in the DataStore directory, press the Ctrl and A keys simultaneously on the keyboard.
  • Press the Delete button in the keyboard, or click on File and then select Delete from the resulting options. Doing this would empty the DataStore directory.
  • To move up one directory to the SoftwareDistribution folder, click on the Up Arrow folder icon you see on top. Now, you need to double click on the Download directory name to open it in a new window. As before, press on the Ctrl and A keys simultaneously to select all files and folders in it.

    Windows Update Files

  • Either press the Delete key on the keyboard, or click on File and then Delete from the main toolbar. The contents of the Download directory would be deleted now.
  • All the temporary Windows Update files would be deleted by now.

If you find Windows update not working after deleting the downloaded files, check if you have turned the feature on from the Control Panel window. You may choose to enable Automatic Updates or Update Windows Manually every time.

The Devices Tab In Windows 10’s Settings

 
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The Windows 10 Settings menu is one of the things you will want to check out, if you are done conjecturing about how the hybrid Start Menu will work out for you. One of the components I personally am dying to get a feel of is the Cortana app.

There is the Devices menu inside as well, which brings together in one place all the settings for the mouse, touchpad and keyboard connect to the machine. You have five sections under this: Bluetooth, Connected devices, Mouse & Touchpad, Typing, and AutoPlay.

The Bluetooth section

This one actually turned out very useful from when we checked out the preview a couple of weeks back. There is an easy search function for Bluetooth devices in the area, and a Pair button. There is also something called Related Settings, and under this, you have a link to Advanced Bluetooth Settings. This link takes you to the more advanced menu, which is the same as skipping the Settings menu and moving to the Control Panel. When you get there, you see options for adding and removing COM ports, and check out the properties of the devices already installed on the computer. For help with some of this you will conceivably need to call the Windows support number.

Windows 10 Settings

Connected Devices – not so much more than the name

This lets you view the currently connected devices. This includes the keyboard, mice, speakers, microphones, monitors, and printers. There is an “Add a device” option but few devices would need this to be used. A device can also be removed by selecting it and then hitting “Remove device“. For anything else, like to check out the devices, see their properties, and mess around with the drivers, you would have to go to the control panel. Right clicking does not work very far.

Mouse & touchpad

This lets you adjust the settings for the mouse and the touchpad, including setting the primary mouse button. For more advanced stuff, such as the pointer speed or the double click, you would have to head to the Control Panel.

AutoPlay is pretty much the same, in that the setting can be turned on or off, or adjusted for the different devices that you plug in. You can probably find out more about this on the Windows support number, but a better alternative, if you have sufficient hardware going, is to download and try it out.

Checking Whether Your Computer Is Compatible With Windows 7

 
Is My Computer Compatible With Windows 7

Is my computer compatible with Windows 7? You may find yourself pondering over this question once you decide to upgrade the OS. Windows 7 is the most popular OS to ever come out of the Microsoft stable. It is still the most used OS all over the world, even after the release of newer OS versions like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Here is a quick guide that would help you decide whether to go for Windows 7.

System Requirements

Check whether your computer has the minimum system requirements as detailed by Microsoft to run Windows 7 operating system. To run Windows 7 effortlessly, you need to have a minimum of 1GHz processor. On the RAM front, you need at least 1Gb if you are installing the 32-bit OS, and 2Gb if you need to install the 64-bit version. Your video card should be compatible with DirectX9 or higher versions. The minimum hard drive space required for installation is 16Gb and 20Gb for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems respectively. You would also need a DVD drive to initiate the installation process.

Programs Required

Consider the programs that you have already installed in the computer. You may need to run the same programs once you upgrade to Windows 7. Though almost all of the programs can be run in Windows 7, some have been found to be incompatible. In case you are not sure about the compatibility of a certain program, visit their official website to know whether it will run in Windows 7. In addition, you may also need to do a fresh installation for some programs, ensure that you have the setup files before proceeding.

Use Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Go to the Microsoft website. Download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor program. Install the program and wait for it to analyze the computer. The program checks the available software and hardware resources of the computer and presents a report. You will be able to know whether you will be able to upgrade or you would need to run the Windows 7 installation from scratch.

Choose a suitable version

Windows 7 Operating System

You would know whether you will be able to run Windows 7 or not in the computer by now. Next, choose between the 32 bit and 64 bit versions. In addition, check the version that would suit your needs the best. The choices are Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate.

These tips should give you a fair idea regarding the question ‘is my computer compatible with Windows 7′. If your computer is found to be incompatible, prefer buying a new Windows 7 computer.

An Unofficial Service Pack 4 For Windows XP

 
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Though Microsoft is trying its best to put an end to Windows users using Windows XP, it looks like there is some good news for Windows XP users. One Greek developer recently announced the release of an unofficial Service Pack 4 for the thirteen year old operating system. It is said that with the help of this Service Pack, Windows users will be able to re-enable and roll up all the updates that went missing. You would not find anything about this unofficial release through Windows support number.

It has been a few years since the operating system lost its mainstream support. Moreover, we have come a few months post the official EOS or end of support for Windows XP. Windows users continue to work on Windows XP, even after the support for Windows XP was completely shut down a few months back. In case they find issues with any of its functionalities, people are looking for a workaround for the same. Right from the end of support, Microsoft has been trying to explain about the possible threats and vulnerabilities to the operating system. It looks like people have turned a deaf ear to Microsoft as they continue to use Windows XP.

A Greek developer in one of the security companies have come up with an unofficial Service Pack 4 for Windows XP for all the users, who are still using the old operating system. This developer has thereby extended the life of Windows XP operating system for some more time. Known by the name ‘Harkaz’, this developer has been working on this latest operating system update since September last year. The best thing is that irrespective of the Service Pack you have, you will be able to install it.

Windows XP Users

This Service Pack is available on the discussion board forums online as a beta version. The Service Pack 4 consists of .NET framework, along with a number of fixes that were requested by the users and many more are put into one package and released as a single Service Pack 4.

This unofficial Service Pack does not come only with things that the computer needs, but it also has some disclaimers and warnings included. However, this would be a relief to the small percent of users, who are still running Windows XP in the computer. This will help them work on the same computer for a few more years, though not with the Windows support number service.

Get To Know More About Windows 10

 
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Windows 10 release might be the most critical event for the software giant Microsoft Corporation this year. This is a one of its kind chance for the software firm to compensate for the previous Windows 8, which was one of the most catastrophic events to have ever happened, when it comes to Microsoft. Windows users worldwide along with the media and many more are anxiously waiting for its release. They are all eager to know if Windows 10 would be any good.

About the latest Technical Preview

In order to allow testers and users to taste what Windows 10 would be like, Microsoft introduced the Windows Insider Programme along with the Preview download of Windows 10. You can get help from Windows support number in order to download the latest OS preview. Windows users can download it on their computers, by signing up with the Windows Insider Programme, testers and users have an option to leave feedback and suggestions.

The software corporation has a reason to smile as there are about 450,000 active users and more than 1.5 million signed up for Windows Insider Program. The best part is that with the feedback and comments from users, Microsoft was able to fix as much as 1300 bugs in the latest operating system that is in the development stage.

It allows the user to set a default folder for the File Explorer that contain the recently opened files in the Home menu. You can expect more changes when Windows 10 will finally be ready for release. Here is a list of the best features included in Windows 10

Desktop

The magnifying glass icon, which was included in Windows 8 would be replaced with a Search box. This will make customizing the taskbar all the more easy.

Cortana

It appears that Windows 10 will have the functionality of Cortana that will enable the user to directly speak to the personal assistant app over a connected mic.

Windows 10 Release

Settings

With the completely new design, it will be very easy to change settings in the computer. You can say that the setting is a fashionable replica of Control Panel.

Background And Themes

Microsoft has also worked on the themes and backgrounds to make Windows 10 look all the more elegant.

Windows 10 Dual Monitors Setup

With the panoramic view in Windows 10, the dual monitor set up will be introduced as well.

With the help of the Windows support number and Windows help, you can find out about more functions to be included in the system.

Microsoft Windows 10 OS Set For The Second Half Of 2015

 
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After the end of Windows support for XP, the next significant event will be the release of Windows 10. The software giant, Microsoft Operating Systems Group chief Terry Myerson revealed the initial Windows 10. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner described those plans a bit more.

Turner mentioned various aspects of which the focus was Windows 10, along with the software company’s evolving business model. This was covered in his appearance at Credit Suisse technology conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Turner shared that Microsoft is still on track to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring of 2015. The developer preview will be released early summer.

“And then by late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS. That’s the current plan of record.” Said Turner

Actually, this timeline is similar to what Myerson shared a few months back. As per Myerson’s Windows 10 timeline there is something known as September reveal early this year, a developer reveal event after that and then a launch wave.

The software giant is going to show off the January Technology Preview of Windows 10, as well as a first preview of the Windows 10 mobile SKU that is going to work on Windows Phones, ARM tablets and Intel tablets, as per some of the sources. When it comes to the mobile version of Windows 10, it is not expected to include a desktop mode as part of the Operating System, while the current desktop version of Windows 10 will work as soon as when it ships.

Windows 10 Developer Preview

The software company’s officials mentioned that the Build 2015, Microsoft’s main Windows developer event, will happen last week of April.

Windows 10 developer preview coming in early summer is something confusing. Since Microsoft’s new strategy for providing test builds delivering regular updates to Windows 10 for those, who are interested testers. This might be the reason and what Turner has meant by a developer preview.

Myerson has made it sound like late summer or early fall that was to be the official delivery ship target. Those who are wondering about when Microsoft will debut the Metro-Style touch version of Office; they may arrive around the same time as Windows 10 because that makes sense.

There has been end of Windows support for Windows XP, and mainstream support for Windows 7, these users are looking for a better option than Windows 8. Windows 10 looks like the perfect switch.

Windows Powered Device Support For Google Cloud Platform

 
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Google has recently announced that the expansion of Windows support for Google Cloud Platform is underway. Google has recently released three enhancements to the Google Compute Engine in order to execute Windows-powered workloads. With the introduction of these enhancements, users will be able to easily leverage the performance of Google data centers and scale accordingly.

The first enhancement released by Google is the availability of Microsoft License Mobility for Google Cloud Platform Support. This feature allows users to execute supported Microsoft Windows Server Applications on the Google Cloud Platform using the existing application licenses. This way, you will not have to purchase new licenses for programs you have to run in the cloud.

This benefit is only available for Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) customers that have supported server applications running on active Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) contracts. Hence, this feature allows users to easily migrate to Google Cloud Platform and benefit from the different services provided in the cloud.

Google Cloud App Hosting Product Manager Martin Buhr wrote on the Google Cloud Platform support blog stating that, “Not only does license mobility make the transition easier for existing customers; it provides customers who prefer to purchase perpetual licenses the ability to continue doing so while still taking advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud.”

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The other highlights of the new set of features Google introduced include Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition. The Network operating system is now available for use in Beta mode inside the Google Compute Engine. Buhr added, “We know our customers run some of their key workloads on Windows and want rapid deployment, high performance and the ability to stretch their datacenters to the cloud.”

The newly released Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition images are extremely similar to the standard Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and can be easily used by most users without any hassles. However, do note that Windows images are paid resources and require additional fees.

The last addition made to Google Compute Engine includes the availability of a popular Chrome RDP app from Fusion Labs that is optimized for Google Cloud Platforms. This feature is available for free for Windows users who operate Google Compute Engine. Using this feature, users will be able to create remote desktop sessions to their Windows instances using Google Chrome.

Thus, users will be able to access their Windows instances on any computer using the Google Chrome web browser. To know more about the same, contact the Windows support desk.

Google To Host Windows Apps On Its Cloud Platform

 
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The lion’s portion of the enterprise workloads run on Mac and Linux servers. Microsoft’s Windows server is not very behind in this either. Of late, Google has expressed its ambition to make its presence felt in hosting enterprise workloads outright. It is said that Google Cloud Platform is perfect and large enough to host large sized enterprise workloads. However, what has surprised many is that the Google is tying up with its major rival Microsoft to fulfil its ambition to become a major player in providing flawless cloud platform for enterprises.

Google collaborates with Microsoft

According to a recent report, Google is already a member in the Microsoft License Mobility Program. Currently, the search engine giant is allowing a number of enterprises to run their Windows apps on its cloud platform. Enterprises report that they are extremely excited by the way the Google service works for them. A number of Windows apps such as Exchange server mail, SQL Server database and SharePoint documents are being run by Enterprise users on their Google Cloud platform.

What is more exciting is that Google is not charging any extra fee for the service. Reports show that a remarkable number of users who used to run their applications on Windows Server 2008 R2 are migrating to Google’s corresponding service.

Google support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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It has to be noted that Google is not entirely committed to canvassing all users from using Windows Servers. Interestingly, it is offering support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Release and Windows Server 2012. The search engine giant hasn’t yet disclosed its plans for supporting the latest Windows Server versions. However, a recent post published in a Google Cloud Platform post indicates that the support services will soon be introduced.

Meanwhile, the tech world is surprised by Microsoft’s decision to hire the Google Cloud Platform for its Windows shop instead of its own Azure platform. When asked about this, Google’s product management director Greg DeMichillie said, “Almost every enterprise intentionally wants to be multi-cloud, some of them got locked into on-prem licenses fees from vendors that were much bigger than they expected. Most companies will qualify two or three different cloud vendors.”

These unexpected developments have confused many. The Windows tech support team has been observing all these and often sheds light on the same. Get in touch with the Windows tech support team at any time should you need any clarification on the server version that would suit you best.