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[Survey]Demand for Surface Tablet is More than Nexus 7 in US

Surface RT tablet was released just about two months ago and it has been a mixed bag in terms of sales,with earlier distribution strategy of limited stores and holiday stores,making the software giant to change their distribution strategy and expand their distribution through non Microsoft channels.

As reported earlier by Microsoft-News,Recent Survey from Park Associates indicate that the Demand for Surface is down from Q3 2012(45%) to Q4 2012(21%)people interested in buying the Surface RT,mostly due to the announced specifications and pricing of the Surface RT devices later.However the Surface RT is still the 3rd Most popular Tablet with 21 % of the users intending to buy the Surface RT,just behind the Kindle Fire which has 24% interest and the topmost iPad 2 with 44% consumers interest.

Despite of the price difference Surface RT still beats the Nexus 7(cheaper android tablet) by almost double the margin,with only 12% of the US consumers intending to buy the Nexus 7 tablet.

with Surface Pro launch right around the corner,Microsoft might need  to rethink on the Surface RT pricing which definitely has the potential to gain more marketshare in the Tablet business which is currently dominated by the Apple iPad.
Source[CNN]

How To Dual Boot Windows 8 Release Preview

Microsoft has just released the release preview of Windows 8 yesterday. Today here we are covering how to dual boot Windows 8 release preview.When it comes to installing Windows 8 Release Preview on your PC you have two options:

1) Upgrade your existing version of Windows to Windows 8 Release Preview
2) Install Windows 8 Release Preview alongside your existing version of Windows

This article will focus on the second option and is written with the assumption that you already have Windows 7 or Vista installed.

There are 3 stages:

1) Download Windows 8 Release Preview
2) Partition Hard Disk
3) Install Windows 8 Release Preview

 

Stage 1 – Download Windows 8 Release Preview

You are going to need to download the ISO image file of the Windows 8 Release Preview.

This can be downloaded here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/iso

There are two different images, 32 bit and 64 bit. To find out which version you need go to: “Start” -> Right Hand Click “Computer” -> “Properties”

Under the “System type” information you will see either 32 bit or 64 bit.

From the download page you will also need to make a note of the product key (you will need this later).

 

Stage 2 – Partition Hard Disk

Before proceeding with this stage, it is highly recommended that you backup your data.

You need to open “Create and format hard disk partitions” (search for it in the start menu).

Once opened, you will see your existing hard drive partitions. You will see you have the system reserved partition (this may be hidden) and the main partition where your existing version of Windows is installed. The first part of partitioning your hard drive is to shrink your existing Windows partition. Before you proceed you will need to work out which partition Windows is already installed on. In most cases this will be the drive labelled “C” and it is easy to determine by looking at the size. Right hand click on the partition and click ‘Shrink Volume’. After “querying the shrink space” you can enter the amount of space you wish to shrink. The minimum amount of space Windows 8 Preview requires is 16GB. I would recommend you use at least 32GB. You will need to enter the value in megabytes so multiply the number of gigabytes by 1024.

Once entered click shrink. This can often take a long while and it is important not to quit the program or shut down your computer during this process. The new unallocated space will be seen when this is completed.

To create the new partition from this unallocated space, right hand click on it and select ‘New Simple Volume’. Click ‘next’ three times. On the format partition screen enter the name of the new volume. (Call it something easy to remember e.g. “Windows 8”). Click next again and then finish.
You can check this has worked by looking for the new drive in “My Computer”.

To install the preview you will need either a DVD or USB Stick capable of holding the image (at least 4GB).

Once the ISO file has downloaded you need to download and install the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
Once installed open the program and browse to select the downloaded image. Click ‘next’ and then select whether you are using a DVD or USB device. (If you are using a USB device it will be formatted and all existing data on it will be lost.) Next, select the drive and once the image has been copied across you are ready to move onto stage 3.

 

Stage 3 – Installing Windows 8 Release Preview

You need to restart your computer and boot from the DVD or USB stick. The method of doing this varies between computers/manufacturers. If you are not sure how to change the boot priority, look at the options available as soon as the computer starts up. Alternatively visit your manufacturer’s website for instructions. Once the setup has loaded, fill out the first screen with your country and keyboard settings. Click ‘next’ and then ‘Install Now’. On the next screen enter your product key (this was on the download page).

Click ‘next’ and then tick the box to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click “Custom Install – Advanced” and from the next window select the partition that you made earlier. DOUBLE CHECK YOU HAVE THE CORRECT PARTITION SELECTED. Then click ‘next’. The computer will install Windows 8 Release Preview and restart several times (this could take some time). You are then presented with a list of operating systems. Select “Windows 8 Release Preview” and proceed through with the first time setup. Enter your user accounts and personalization settings. Once this is complete you have successfully installed the Windows 8 Release Preview.

Every time you now start your computer you will be given an option to select which operating system you wish to load.

[How To]Make Windows 8 Consumer Preview Portable

This tutorial will guide you to Make Windows 8 Consumer Preview Portable

You will need:

  1. USB Stick or External Hard drive
    Must be greater than 16GB

    Preferably USB 3.0
  2. Lots of Time

I have also created a video where you as how to port Windows 8 consumer preview on external drive. You can view the video or continue reading the article-

THIS IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVANCED USERS ONLY

  1. Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO file from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso – Make a note of the product key
  2. Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5753
  3. Download and install Virtual Clone Drive from http://www.slysoft.com/en/download.html(This step is only required if you can’t already mount ISO files).

When the WAIK has finished downloading, mount it (using the Virtual Clone Drive) and then open the installer which will appear as a CD drive. Once the setup loads click ‘Windows AIK’ from the sidebar and follow through the installer.

Once the installation is complete navigate to (If it was installed to the default location):

 C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools

 If you have a 64 bit computer open the “amd 64” folder. Alternatively, if it is 32 bit open the “x86” folder. Copy the “imagex.exe” file and paste it in the root of the C drive (C:\). If a warning message appears click ‘Continue’.

Next, mount the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO. Then open command prompt by typing “cmd” in the start menu. Right hand click on it and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

Plug in the external hard drive or USB stick. WARNING: All existing data is going to be erased from the device.

Next, enter the following commands:

diskpart
list disk

All the disks currently connected to your computer will then be displayed.
Replace * with disk number you are going to be installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on.

select disk *
clean
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs quick
active
assign
exit

Replace @ with the virtual CD drive letter (the mounted ISO).
Replace # with the drive letter of the external hard drive or USB stick.

C:\imagex.exe /apply @:\sources\install.wim 1 #:\
bcdboot.exe #:\windows /s #:

To finish the installation you will now need to restart your computer. Make sure that it boots from the USB stick or external hard drive. (If you don’t know how to do this check with your PC manufacturer or look in the bios settings). The computer will then restart several times (make sure it boots from the USB stick each time).

Next, enter the product key and confirm you agree to the terms and conditions. Then fill out the personalization settings to complete the installation.

You now have a portable copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Remember not to remove the USB stick or external hard drive whilst the computer is running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Comment below to let me know how you have got on

How to uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview

If you have installed Windows 8 consumer preview, didn’t like the interface or some of your drivers aren’t working and would like to uninstall it, then this article is for you. We would explaining in details as how to uninstall Windows 8 consumer preview. Removing Windows 8 Consumer Preview depends on how you installed it.

Case 1: Upgraded from Windows 7

Case 2: Installed on separate partition

If you are comfortable with video, the view this video else follow the steps given below-

Case 1

There is no easy way to downgrade Windows 8 back to a previous version of Windows. You therefore only have a couple of options. If you have a full system backup taken previously then you could restore that. Otherwise, most manufactures provide an option to restore your computer to factory settings (this will remove all your files and programs).  A factory reset is usually achieved with a set of discs or a recovery partition.  You will need to follow your computer manufacturer’s instructions for your specific computer.

Case 2

If you have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a separate partition (as detailed in this article) then it is relatively easy to remove it in the following two stages.

Follow the steps below in your old version of Windows e.g. Windows 7  (the version of Windows you want to keep).

Stage 1: Remove Windows 8 Consumer Preview from boot loader

 You will need a free piece of software called EasyBCD available here.

Once installed, open the software (you will need to be an administrator). Click ‘Edit Boot Menu’ from the sidebar. Then select the ‘Windows 8 Consumer Preview’ and click ‘Delete’. Next tick the checkbox for your previous version of Windows to load that by default. Now click ‘Save Settings’.

Next, from the sidebar, click ‘BCD Backup/Repair’ and select ‘Re-create/repair boot files’ and then click ‘Perform Action’.

You should now have removed Windows 8 Consumer Preview from the boot loader. It is best to check this has worked by restarting your computer before you continue. If your computer makes no mention of Windows 8 Consumer Preview when starting up then you can move onto stage 2. If your computer still boots with Windows 8 Consumer Preview as an option DO NOT move onto stage 2.

Stage 2: Remove Windows 8 Consumer Preview Partition

Open ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’ (search for it in the start menu).  Then select and right hand click on the Windows 8 Partition. (Make sure you definitely have the correct partition selected, double check by looking at the side). Click ‘Delete Volume’ and then click ‘Yes’ to continue. Then right hand click on the free space and click ‘Delete Partition’ and then ‘Yes’ to confirm the delete. You should now see the space labelled ‘unallocated’. Select the Windows drive (usually C) and right hand click ‘Extend Volume’. Click ‘Next’, and assuming you want to take up all the unallocated space click ‘Next’ again and finally click ‘Finish’ to complete the operation. You have now completely removed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Why did you remove the Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Comment below

How to dual boot Windows 8 consumer preview with Windows 7

When it comes to installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your PC you have two options:

1)      Upgrade your existing version of Windows to Windows 8 Consumer Preview

2)      Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview alongside your existing version of Windows

This article will focus on the second option and is written with the assumption that you already have Windows 7 or Vista installed. Our friend John has also created a video detailing the dual boot-

You can also follow the steps written below-

There are 3 stages:

1)      Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

2)      Partition Hard Disk

3)      Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Stage 1 – Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

 You are going to need to download the ISO image file of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

This can be downloaded here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/iso

There are two different images, 32 bit and 64 bit. To find out which version you need go to: “Start” -> Right Hand Click “Computer” -> “Properties”

Under the “System type” information you will see either 32 bit or 64 bit.

From the download page you will also need to make a note of the product key (you will need this later).

Stage 2 – Partition Hard Disk

 Before proceeding with this stage, it is highly recommended that you backup your data.

You need to open “Create and format hard disk partitions” (search for it in the start menu).

Once opened, you will see your existing hard drive partitions. You will see you have the system reserved partition (this may be hidden) and the main partition where your existing version of Windows is installed. The first part of partitioning your hard drive is to shrink your existing Windows partition. Before you proceed you will need to work out which partition Windows is already installed on. In most cases this will be the drive labelled “C” and it is easy to determine by looking at the size.  Right hand click on the partition and click ‘Shrink Volume’.  After “querying the shrink space” you can enter the amount of space you wish to shrink. The minimum amount of space Windows 8 Consumer Preview requires is 16GB. I would recommend you use at least 32GB. You will need to enter the value in megabytes so multiple the number of gigabytes by 1024.

Once entered click shrink. This can often take a long while and it is important not to quit the program or shut down your computer during this process. The new unallocated space will be seen when this is completed.

To create the new partition from this unallocated space, right hand click on it and select ‘New Simple Volume’. Click ‘next’ three times. On the format partition screen enter the name of the new volume. (Call it something easy to remember e.g. “Windows 8”). Click next again and then finish.

You can check this has worked by looking for the new drive in “My Computer”.

To install the preview you will need either a DVD or USB Stick capable of holding the image (at least 4GB).

Once the ISO file has downloaded you need to download and install the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

Once installed open the program and browse to select the downloaded image. Click ‘next’ and then select whether you are using a DVD or USB device. (If you are using a USB device it will be formatted and all existing data on it will be lost.) Next, select the drive and once the image has been copied across you are ready to move onto stage 3.

Stage 3 – Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview

 You need to restart your computer and boot from the DVD or USB stick. The method of doing this varies between computers/manufacturers. If you are not sure how to change the boot priority, look at the options available as soon as the computer starts up. Alternatively visit your manufacturer’s website for instructions. Once the setup has loaded, fill out the first screen with your country and keyboard settings. Click ‘next’ and then ‘Install Now’. On the next screen enter your product key (this was on the download page).

Click ‘next’ and then tick the box to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions. Then click “Custom Install – Advanced” and from the next window select the partition that you made earlier. DOUBLE CHECK YOU HAVE THE CORRECT PARTITION SELECTED. Then click ‘next’. The computer will install Windows 8 Consumer Preview and restart several times (this could take some time). You are then presented with a list of operating systems. Select “Windows 8 Consumer Preview” and proceed through with the first time setup. Enter your user accounts and personalization settings. Once this is complete you have successfully installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Every time you now start your computer you will be given an option to select which operating system you wish to load.

Congratulations on completing this tutorial and welcome to the world of Windows 8!

How to close metro apps in Windows 8 consumer preview

We have been getting mails from our various readers and also on our Facebook page asking as how to close the opened up metro apps in Windows 8 consumer preview. There are couple of ways you can close Metro apps. Here we would explain both the methods. The first method is-

Take your cursor to the top left corner of your screen, you would see the most recent app which you have opened, if you want to close that app then just right click on it and click on close, if you want to close some other app then just move your cursor down and you would see other apps. Now just right click on the app and click on close.

Another way to close metro app is to take your cursor to the top left corner, select the app and then just drag the app to the bottom left and your app would be closed (As simple as that and would be useful for touch based PC’s )

How to Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Virtual Box

With the release of much awaited Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft finally showed it off at MWC in Barcelona yesterday, and there certainly is huge difference between the Developers Preview and the Consumers Preview. Microsoft had said that they’ve changed over 100,000 lines of code in the consumers preview and it certainly seems so. Well now that its finally out, I’m sure many of you can’t wait to get it installed and running on your computer.

You can follow these steps to successfully install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

1. First and foremost thing you need to do is to download a copy of the Consumer Preview – You’ll find the download links below:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit (x86) (English)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit (x64) (English)

2. We will be looking at how to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a virtual box. It would be wise to install Windows 8 on a virtual box since, Windows 8 is still in its beta stage.You can download Virtualbox from here. You’ll see the following once you’ve installed it and started it up

3. The next step is to click on New up in the top left corner. Here you’ll enter in the name of your OS (Windows 8 Consumer Preview) and in the drop down menu below, do not select “Other Windows OS” – instead Windows 8 should be an option now, if not you probably need to update Virtual box. (If all else fails choose Windows 7)

4. Once you’ve completed this step, Virtual Box will ask you how much RAM you want to dedicate to Windows 8. The minimum requirements say you need 1GB, if possible go  for 1.5GB but if you’ve plenty of RAM on your system don’t be afraid to give it more. The more the better.

5. You’ll then be asked to set up a new virtual hard drive. This is where Windows 8 will be installed. You’ll need to allocate at least 20GB for this to work, so set at least that for it.The next thing you’ll be asked is what kind of virtual hard drive you want. It doesn’t really make a difference which one you choose, but go for the VHD.

 

 

6. After you’ve done this you’ll be asked if you want the drive to be dynamic or a fixed size drive. A dynamic drive will only expand up to the max size you set it as you need it. A fixed drive on the other hand will be the max size you assigned to it  i.e. 20GB as we set earlier.You’ll be asked to allocate the drive size after this.

7. Now once you’ve successfully completed the wizard, you’ll see that a new Windows 8 Consumer Preview machine has been added to virtual box. If you click on this and then select Start we can begin installing it.

8. Virtual box will ask you to select an ISO image to install Windows 8.You’ll select the one which we downloaded before.

9. Once you’ve located the ISO image then it’s a pretty straight forward process for installing Windows 8. Just remember to select a custom installation and not upgrade if you’re asked. Then you’ll choose the virtual hard drive that you created to install Windows 8 on.

10. And that’s really all there is too it! Once it’s all done you’ll have a working copy of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview running in a virtual box for you to play with!

 

Get Windows 8 build 7989 boot screen in Windows 7

We have seen a new boot screen in latest leaked Windows 8 build 7989. The folks at Deviantart has now created a similar boot screen for Windows 7. The boot screen has three variants- Variant1 without ugly fish, Variant1 with ugly fish and Variant 2 without ugly fish.

Here is how you can install the boot screen in Windows 7-

  • Download latest Boot Updater
  • Unpack files from archive
  • Open this program > Click File > Load boot skin…
  • Navigate to .bs7 file
  • Select one what You like
  • Click Apply

windows_8_bootscreen

You can download the Windows 7 Boot Screen from here.

Get Windows 8 Metro style UI in Windows 7 using Mosaic

We have earlier posted that you can get Windows 8 metro UI in windows 7 using Omnimo 4 , recently another utility has been released on net named Mosaic which allows you to get Windows 8 style tiles on Windows 7 desktop.

Mosaic (previously known as Metro Home 2) is an application that brings Metro UI to your desktop. It is a set of live widgets that shows some content from the web or from your PC.Mosaic supports WPF and HTML widgets. Currently HTML widgets has some restrictions: they are visible only in fullscreen mode, there are some problems with input.Currently some widgets are just link to something (e.g. video or desktop or control panel) but in future they could get more functions.

Windows_8_mosaic

Currently Mosaic is in alpha stages and is very unstable, here are the some tips for using it-

  • To open Mosaic menu move mouse cursor to the right border of screen and click. This could not work if your taskbar placed on the right or left or you have more than one monitor.
  • To add widgets open Mosaic menu click on the Widgets… icon and choose widget
  • To remove widget click on widget icon in Widgets menu again
  • By default widgets are shown over your windows and can be covered by them. There is fullscreen mode in the Mosaic options which makes Mosaic to cover whole screen
  • If your widgets covered by windows just click on the right border of screen and they will quickly bring to front
  • Some widgets has options which can be accessed through context menu
  • If widgets animation annoys you, you can disable it in Mosaic options
  • "Me" widget shows your avatar from Windows. You can change it by dr

Download Here

How to install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine

We have seen couple of Windows 8 leaks by now and most of you may like to test it.Installing and reinstalling may be a tedious task so today we would like to write a tutorial as how to install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine which would ease your work.

First of all the minimum system configuration of Windows 8 is similar to Windows 7 so you should atleast have the following configurations-

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Here are the steps to install Windows 8 on VMWare Virtual machine-

  • First of all you need to have Windows 8 build which you have to install on virtual machine.
  • Download VMware player from here or from here. After downloading VMWare player just install it.VMWare can be installed on Windows XP,Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  • Select Create a New Virtual Machine option from the list

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  • Now choose Installer disk image file (iso) and browse for the Windows 8 image file

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  • In the next menu select Microsoft Windows as operating system and Windows 7 x64 if you are installing Windows 8 x64 or select Windows 7 if installing 32 bit version.

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  • In the next menu leave the Windows Product key empty and just enter the name and password (optional).

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  • Set the name of the Virtual machine and browse the location where you want to install it ( select where you have average 40 GB free when installing Windows 8 x64)

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  • In the next menu enter the maximum disk-size, prefer to keep it minimum as 40 GB

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  • In the next menu click on Customize Hardware and modify the memory if installing Windows 8 x64. Keep the memory minimum as 2 GB. You could also change the number of cores depending on your processor.

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  • Finally click on Finish button and your Windows 8 installation on Virtual machine would start

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