Microsoft announced how much Windows 8.1 will cost consumers who opt to upgrade from previous Windows’ versions in the future. The upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 is free for users who already purchased or upgraded to to the Pro Preview while waiting for the final release. Windows 8.1 retail pricing is on par with what Windows 8 cost consumers in the beginning, albeit with no discount if you purchased a Windows 8 PC before its official release. For those looking to buy Windows 8.1, it’ll essentially be the same price as Windows 8 with no price breaks or sales
Microsoft’s pre-beta Build release of Windows 8 has influenced users to start using Windows 7 in detriment of the older XP version. As expected, Windows 7 usage has increased almost 2% in only just one month. At the same time, the usage of Windows XP has decreased in almost the same increment, leading to believe that most XP users have jumped to Windows 7 in preparation for the new OS. Windows 7 to Overtake XP As Most Popular OS According to statistics shared by Net Applications, an Internet metrics company, usage of Windows 7 has accelerated in the past month,
Windows 7 has a number of options to customize your PC to your liking. You can take this personalization even further with other applications. The folder background changer is a portable freeware which lets put any image as background for any folder you want. It not limited to background image and has other options like changing text colors for the files and using shadows for the Icons inside the folder. We have previously written about such applications. Some let you change the Logon screen image for Windows 7 computer and others let you customize the Send to option in the Right-Click menu.
If you install a lot of programs on your PC you might have noticed that several programs often add a new option to the right-click context menu. Over the time the right-click menu can fill up the entire screen – which is not only difficult to manage but quite confusing. It also considerably slows down the menu opening time. One such option is the “Groove Folder synchronization” module added by Microsoft Office 2007. Not many of us need this module, so lets look at how to remove it, in a few simple steps. The first method is to completely remove
Computer games are popular since computers are pretty good for playing games. In the last few years, with the improvement of the quality of computer processors and memory, we have seen the rise of games that have high system requirements. Our computers might meet the system requirements, but sometimes, we experience game lags, which might lead to a bad gameplay. You might just miss out on achieving a task, because the computer froze up for 2 seconds. Computer savvy users can work on limiting the memory usage by turning off software and windows services that aren’t required which might help
While we write about security and privacy related software at TechNorms quite regularly, Luxand Blink! is by far the coolest of them all. Luxand Blink! allows a PC equipped with a webcam to scan your face when you log into your Windows. Just look into your webcam and you’ll be logged into your account in the blink of an eye, without the need to type in the password. Blink! employs advanced face recognition technologies to provide automatic, quick and reliable login for one, or multiple, computer users. If it matches a previously saved template, it will allow you to login by facial
In just over a year since its release to manufacturer (RTM), Windows 7 has overtaken Windows Vista for the first time in total market share worldwide according to web analytics firm, StatCounter. Good news? I think so, after all Windows 7 is the best OS from Microsoft so far. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that, in August, Windows 7 took 19.4% total market share, compared to Vista’s 17.7% worldwide. XP continues to dominate the global market with 55.4%. Microsoft already revealed that it sold in excess of 175 million copies of Windows 7. The company is projected