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Step by Step Guide for Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft has finally launched its much talked about, touch-friendly operating system – Windows 8. And as the whole world goes ga-ga over the latest offering from Microsoft, we bring to you some important points that will help you upgrade your PC to the new Windows 8 operating system:

  1. System compatibility: The first thing that you need to do before upgrading to Windows 8 is to find out if your system is compatible with Windows 8 operating system. If your PC supports Windows 7, it will also support Windows 8. Some of the basic system requirements for Windows 8 include:
    • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
    • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) RAM
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver
  2. Special requirements: If you are using Intel’s Atom Cedar Trail processor, you should probably put your attempts of upgrading to Windows 8 on hold, as some reports suggest that your system computer might not be able to run Windows 8. Since Windows 8 support multi-touch, you obviously need a tablet or a touch screen monitor. To access apps from Windows App store, you need at least 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution. Apps snapping require additional 1366×768 pixels of resolution.
  3. Apps and devices: Although most apps and devices that work on Windows 7 should work on Windows 8 as well, it is best to check the compatibility of your apps and devices by visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility Center or by running Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
  4. Correct upgrade path: Users who have purchased a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can upgrade their systems to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. However, PCs bought before June 2, can be upgraded for $39.99. Windows 7 users can bring along their settings, files, and applications while upgrading to Windows 8. But Windows Vista users can only preserve their settings and personal files while upgrading to the new OS. In case of Windows XP, users can only bring along their files to Windows 8.

By following these points, you can easily make a glitch-free transition to Windows 8 operating system.

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Kiaro! color inkjet label printer for labeled printing

A renowned brand of Astro-Med, Inc., QuickLabel Systems has announced the release of its fastest label printer, called Kiaro! color inkjet label printer. Made for businesses that require to print their own labels, Kiaro! color inkjet label printer comes equipped with Custom QuickLabel Omni labeling software, a USB 2.0 cable, a printer driver for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems. In addition to this, the recently released printer also features a starter set of CMY Kiaro! ink cartridges.

“We believe that the new Kiaro! is the most advanced, flexible and user-friendly in-house full color label printer under $10,000 on the market,” said Eric E. Pizzuti, Vice President and General Manager. “With its 1200 dpi print quality, 8 ips fast label print speed, roll-to-roll label printing, on-demand print mode, and easy-to-integrate compact size, the Kiaro! is the right choice for printing color product labels in medium-to-high quantities.”

Currently, Kiaro! color inkjet label printer is available with a limited warranty of one year.

Kodak® MAGNUS 800 Platesetter with new features

Kodak MAGNUS 800 Platesetter, renowned to offer outstanding stability and productivity to meet the high-end requirements of offset printers, has lately been released with an array of advanced features.

Now Kodak MAGNUS 800 Platesetter comes equipped with improved remote support capabilities with remote off/on increasing operation flexibility. Its novel power save mode combined with support for Windows 7, and gigabit Ethernet connectivity make the printer more efficient as well as user friendly. The novel elegant design now makes the device look more stunning yet elegant.

Kodak MAGNUS 800 Platesetter is primarily designed to fulfill medium as well as large commercial, high-quality printing needs.

“With the new features introduced, the MAGNUS 800 Platesetter becomes an even more potent tool for plate production. When paired with the new Kodak SONORA XP Process Free Plates, customers have a reliable, high-quality, environmentally responsible solution to drive business growth in their operations.”

Microsoft® to offer Windows® 8 Pro upgrade deal

Microsoft Corporation is going to allow buyers of Windows 7 PCs to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for US $14.99 from 2 June. This promotional deal seems to be a step to prevent the slump in sales of PC before the launch of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

When the offer will start?

The offer is believed to make its debut at the same time when Microsoft will launch Windows 8 Release Preview, which the software giant has pegged to the first week of June. The most likely date is 5 June, assuming Microsoft follows the same schedule it used in 2009 to deliver Windows 7 release candidate.

The blog post of Paul Thurott indicates that this time around, Microsoft is only offering two mainstream versions of the product to consumers – Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

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5 Essential Windows 7 Tips

It has been one of the most popular operating System that will has brought Microsoft back in to the market of faster computer. Windows 7 after the failure of Windows Vista as emerged as a true leader in the Operating System. Though it is always advisable, to know your operating system so that you can computer better with your computer. Today we will share some handy tips that will help you to understand your computer better. Below are some of the tips.

Step 1: First step that comes in to my brain is safety of the computer. Yes Windows 7 has some feature like BitLocker that actually helps you to protect your drive from unauthorized access. It helps you to set password on the drive and then you can save all your important files in the drive. That means even some one is able to access the computer with user password he may not be able to access the drive which is protected.

Step 2: Please check the junk files on the computer with the help of the inbuilt utilities like disk clean up and defragmentation you can upgrade the speed of the computer as these junk files store lot of memory on the hard disk if not cleaned from time to time. So I would recommend you to clean the temporary folders from time to time to make sure your computer work with good speed.

Step 3: Uninstall the unwanted application from the computer as it is consumes the resources and they are of no good for you. In order to remove the unwanted application open control panel and then look for uninstall a Program or Program and Features. Once you get the list of all the application please remove all the programs and then you should be free of unwanted application and programs.

Step 4: Keep your computer updated with help of the Windows Updates. Every week Microsoft does releases updates for the it’s operating system and it is strongly recommended to download all these updates so that you are able keep the malware at bay. Not only Windows updates but we also recommend you to download the updates for the antivirus as well.

Step 5: And in case you happen to fall in problem which is more complicate than you can solve and are about to approach a professional help please use the utility called PSR (Problem Step Recorder). This tool can be used by clicking Start and then All Program and then type PSR and hit enter then click on the record this will save all the activity that you do and show the exact problem that you facing to the technician you may refer in future or you can analysis it yourself.

Find Your Computer’s Boot Time in Windows 7

Delayed boot time and slow system performance has been a very common problem in Windows PC. People using system with one year warranty can tell you this simple fact with their own experience that the PC boot up time and system performance has dripped down with time.

Such performance issues and slow boot up makes the PC experience very irritating at times. It also affects the performance of the system and output if you are using some high end application and software like video and image editing software.

Users can follow the below mentioned very simple steps to improve the computer boot time in Windows 7 which will further also help to increase the system performance.

Optimize and manage take information from Event Viewer:

Step1:

Click on Start Menu and Type ‘Event Viewer’ in the Search box. Now press Enter from the keyboard and it will load a new Window with lot option at the left hand pane.

Step2:

On the left pane in the Event Viewer window, try to look for the folder Applications and Services Logs/Microsoft/Windows/Diagnostics-Performance.

Step3:

Un-collapse these entries and select the ‘Operational’ option from the list. You can also see the complete diagnostic report of how your computer operates.

Step4:

Select the option which says ‘Filter Current Log’ from the right pane.  When the next window appears changes the “<All event logs>” into “100” and click on Apply tab to make the changes. This will limit the visibility of the available logs to 100 instead of showing all the available logs and will make easier to manage.

Step5:

Now, in the center window you will find all the logs related to boot process of your computer and you can select any single log to view the complete information about that particular boot process.

Perform Clean boot

Step1:

Click on Start and type ‘MSCONFIG’ on the search box and press enter from keyboard. It will open a new window of System Configuration utility.

Step2:

From the System Configuration Utility, go to the Startup tab. This is the place where you will find all the application which automatically loads every time your system boots.

Step3:

Uncheck the options from the list which you think is not necessary and do not want to be loaded automatically. For example Yahoo Messenger, GTalk, these are the least required application which can be loaded manually whenever required but if it loads automatically on every boot then it takes its own time to load the related services and it also take a bit of system resources while it is running in the background.

Step4:

Select the Services Tab, and check the box ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ and then uncheck all the services which are not required to load at the startup.

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