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Microsoft has finally come up with an official tool – Windows Installation Media Creating Tool, which will let you create a Windows 8.1 installation media. If you need to install Windows 8.1 from scratch, no longer do you need to install Windows 8 first, and then update through the Windows store.

This new tool allows you to download and save Windows 8.1 ISO file to your computer and then create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation CD/USB drive. Here’s how:

  1. Head over to Microsoft’s installation tool webpage, and then click the Create media button to download Windows Installation Media Creation Tool (about 1.26 Mb).
  2. Once the file finishes downloading, double-click it to launch the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool. Connect your USB flash drive (at least 4 GB of space should be available) or insert a blank DVD.
  3. This program allows you to select your desired language, Windows 8.1 edition and system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit). As far as editions are concerned, you can get Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, the N versions of both operating systems, or a single language Windows 8.1 version.

    media-creation-tool

  4. After clicking the Next button, you’ll be presented with two options to save the installation file: create a Windows 8.1 installation USB drive or save the setup ISO image for later user. If you don’t have a USB drive at hand, you should select the 2nd option to save the installation ISO image on your PC which can then be burned to a DVD.

    save-windows-installation

  5. Click Next to download or create the install media. This will take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection and Windows 8.1 edition that you’re downloading.

    download-installation-file

    Once this is done, you can use the USB flash drive to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 right away, or burn the ISO image to CD/USB with the freeware ISO2Disc.

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There is only one administrator account on your Windows 8 laptop but you forgot the password? How can I change the password without administrator rights? With PCUnlocker Live CD you can regain your computer’s administrator privileges, even if you don’t have the password. To get started, you need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive on an alternate PC. Afterwards, you can then use it to boot off your locked computer and change Windows administrator password easily. Here are step-by-step instructions.

Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  1. Click here to download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Insert a blank CD or USB flash drive into your computer. Download and install the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Start the ISO2Disc program. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Part 2: Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to the computer that you’re trying to gain admin access. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to CDROM if you just created a bootable CD or DVD, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if a bootable USB flash drive was created.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer will restart and then boot from PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. If you still can’t get your computer to boot from the CD/USB drive, please refer to this boot up troubleshooting guide.

Part 3: Change Windows 8 Administrator Password

  1. Shortly after the computer boots up from the CD/USB drive, you’ll see the PCUnlocker screen.Reset Windows Password
  2. The program will show a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select the administrator account and click the Reset Password button to remove your forgotten password.
  3. Click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into Windows 8 administrator account without a password.

PCUnlocker can also be used to change administrator password on Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000. I hope this guide helps you out if you ever forget your administrator password and need to regain administrator privileges.

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Aug
17
Posted on 17-08-2013
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

Microsoft had previously announced that the Windows 8.1 RTM update will be released to OEMs by the end of August. Now finally Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8.1 will be released to public on October 18th.

The update will be available for free to Windows 8 users through the Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 has been available in a preview edition since late June. Users who’ve installed the preview already have a good idea what’s in store for the final version.

The new version of Windows offers a Start button, though not a Start menu. The button provides a visual cue to help you return to the Start screen. There’s also a Boot to Desktop option for folks who want to bypass the Start screen entirely.

People who use the Start screen will find easier ways to customize and personalize it. Specific features, such as the All Apps screen and the Search tool, have also been enhanced. Several of the built-in apps have been improved as well.

Microsoft has also continued to enhance Windows 8.1 since June, so even users of the preview edition will find a few surprises.

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Jul
12
Posted on 12-07-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

At Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and CFO Tami Reller shared some exciting news regarding the next milestones in Windows 8 to thousands of partners from around the world.

Tami confirmed that Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August, just only a month from now, and it will reach general availability by the end of October, meaning that Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy or upgrade from all major retail stores. She also mentioned that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

The gap between RTM and general public availability is to let the developers to start working on their apps and making money out of it. However, as of now, with the Windows 8 Release Preview, all apps are still free of charge for all of us to try and enjoy.

As revealed earlier, the existing Windows users, including those XP and Windows 8 Release Preview users, are eligible for the upgrade promotion for only $39.99, as long as you remember to take advantage of it before January 31, 2013.

The upgrading path from previous Windows to Windows 8 is also much simpler than before with only 4 editions to choose from.

The official release of Windows 8 in October is also quite remarkable in another way that Microsoft has successfully made their develop milestone complete on time over the course of past 3 years, since exactly 3 years ago Windows 7 was officially released to the public in October 2009.

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Jun
07
Posted on 07-06-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

Microsoft announced today the release of the Windows 8 Release Preview, the prerelease of the highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system. Since the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours, Windows 8 has become the most tested Microsoft operating system of all time, and with the Release Preview, it enters its final phase of development before it releases to manufacturing.

Windows 8 Release Preview delivers the already popular apps like Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music Xbox apps that integrate with your Zune pass. Compared to the Consumer Preview, this latest version brings notable improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that will replace the Windows Live suite. In addition, Microsoft has worked closely with its partners to deliver apps from around the world through the Windows Store.

Beginning June 2, 2012, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Upgrade Offer in 131 markets, including the U.S. and Canada. Consumers who buy eligible Windows 7-based PCs through Jan. 31, 2013, can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99 (U.S.) during the time of the promotion. More information about the Windows Upgrade Offer will be available June 1.

Windows 8 Release Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.

Download link

The direct download link for English version of ISO images:

Windows 8 Release Preview 64-bit (English) – 3.3GB

Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit (English) – 2.5GB

Product Key: TK8TP-9JN6P-7X7WW-RFFTV-B7QPF

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May
03
Posted on 03-05-2012
Filed Under (Others, Windows 8 News) by admin

Microsoft claims Windows 8 is the first version of Windows to require less resources that its predecessor.  The preliminary system requirements look promising.

System Requirements

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster (Intel or ARM).
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit).
  • Hard drive space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher.
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps in the Metro interface, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

Most interesting is you must have a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 to run apps from the Windows Store. Those of you holding out at 800 x 600, it is time to buy a new monitor.

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Apr
26
Posted on 26-04-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

The general response to the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview hasn’t been entirely positive. That does not mean that all is lost, though. With the first Windows 8 products widely expected to debut in the later part of 2012, Microsoft still has some time on its hands to make amends. If Microsoft does intend to make some important changes, they will most probably be part of the Windows 8 Release Candidate. But when exactly will the software giant deliver the Release Candidate?

The answer, according to WinUnleaked.tk, is late May or early June. The site claims that the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will include some “light” UI changes as far as the Charms bar, Internet Explorer 10 (desktop version), and the language input menu are concerned. It further claims that the Customer Experience Improvement Program will be disabled by default.

This latest Windows 8 rumor follows close on the heels of a Bloomberg report that hinted at an October launch for Windows 8. When asked to comment on these rumors by CNET, Microsoft refused, saying it had nothing to share.

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Apr
24

With Windows 8′s cross-computer password syncing, Microsoft is looking to bypass what hacker Kevin Mitnick has called the weakest link of computer security: the user. After signing in using a Live ID — a new feature on Windows 8 — you’ll be able to store any passwords you create, then sync them across all other trusted Windows 8 machines. Since the Live ID is the only password you’ll need to know, other passwords can be set to long, complex, and unique values that would be difficult to remember otherwise.

If you think this sounds familiar, you’re right — Microsoft is taking on services like 1Password and LastPass, which use a master password to sync login information across devices. While we could see them extending the password system to a new version of Windows Phone, users with a computer, phone or tablet outside the Microsoft family will probably need to stick to one of the cross-platform solutions.

Microsoft is also taking security a step further for business users by helping simplify the dedicated hardware requirement for public/private key encryption, a more secure version of credentials exchange. Windows 8 will make it easier for private keys to be stored on the Trusted Platform Module that already exists in many PCs, rather than on separate smart cards like the one shown above. For some corporate types, that could mean one less card to carry around — and it could lower the inconvenience level enough to encourage broader adoption.

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Apr
22
Posted on 22-04-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

Microsoft made a blog post announcing the editions on next version of Windows, namely Windows 8. Compare to Windows 7 Editions, Windows 8 offers fewer editions with a no-compromise experience.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for both 32bit and 64bit version of Windows.

Second, there are only 2 editions for x86 processors, again both 32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

The 3rd edition, namely Windows RT, is the newest member of the Windows family, previous known as Windows on ARM, or WOA. It will only be available pre-installed on PCs and Tablets powered by ARM processors. What’s interesting is that it will include a touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It’s the only edition that has Microsoft Office applications preloaded.

In a nutshell,

  • Windows 8 Pro has everything, except the touch-optimized next version of Office, and device encryption capability.
  • In addition to Office and device encryption, Windows 8 doesn’t have BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Domain Join, Encrypting File System (EFS), Group Policy and Remote Desktop (host).

Windows RT doesn’t have Windows Media Player and Storage Spaces , in adding to the list above under Windows 8,

In terms of upgrade path,

  • Windows 8 can be upgraded from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium but cannot be upgraded directly from Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate.
  • Windows 8 Pro can be upgraded from any Windows 7 editions.
  • Windows RT cannot be upgraded directly from any version of Windows 7.

Microsoft suggested that for most of the consumers, Windows 8 will probably be the right choice. You can click here to see the detailed comparison chart for more information.

Windows RT seems to be the answer to the tablet market but to be honest, with a native Office app, which is still on the desktop environment, I don’t see a sign of any tablet powered by this version of Windows 8 can make a dent on the hot tablet or Post-PC market.

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Microsoft, as promised, released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during their special event outside Mobile World Congress 2012. Yes, they had this little tent like structure set up just to announce the Consumer Preview and all the new features they’ve added to it.

So, what’s new in the build? Some of the more noteworthy improvements include OS-wide spell check (this is huge; it’s a feature that has been requested by a lot of people for years), the replacement of the Start button with what is called a “Start preview thumbnail” – which displays a preview of the start screen on top of an interface that allows you to cycle through all of your open apps – and the introduction of “Flyout” notifications.

This Consumer Preview release is the first official Windows 8 build drop from Microsoft since the Developer Preview, which was released during the BUILD conference last September. This was downloaded quite rapidly, surpassing the 500,000 downloads mark within 24 hours of release, and the 3 million mark by December, so it will be interesting to see how much traction the Consumer Preview will gain.

You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft’s official website. It’s available in the form of ISO or a Setup file that downloads the ISO and then extracts it and so on. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, so download what suits your computer best. This is going to be a huge improvement over the previous versions of Windows, so if you were giving up on it, then you should give this a try.

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Here’s the link to the official Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview download page, just in case you are looking for the same version in other languages. Try it and let us know what you think of the new and improved Windows.

System Requirements

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
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