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Windows XP Six Times More Susceptible to Hacking Than Windows 8

Are you yet not ready to bid adieu to Windows XP operating system even after Microsoft has stopped support for this version within coming six months? If not, then you need to plunge at the idea of migrating to Windows 8 or 7 in order to keep PCs safe from hackers. That’s right! Windows XP has been discovered to be an easier target of hackers as this version of operating system has sported higher rate of vulnerability toward malware infection than its later versions.

Mike Reavey, the general manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing, has revealed in a keynote presentation at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam. He gathered statistics and data from real-world computers running Windows OS and concluded “Windows XP is six times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate. “There are over one billion Windows machines online and we can use them to track malware.”

According to the data, Windows XP and Windows Vista-based computers are found to be have infected by about 16% malware attacks. With such rate of malware attacks registered on Windows XP and Vista, these two versions are turned out to be about 19% more vulnerable to malware threats than Windows 7 and 12% more vulnerable than Windows 8. Of 1000 Windows-based computers been scanned, about 9.1 Windows XP SP3-based computers were known to be prone to malware infection, whereas an average 5.5 Windows Vista computers in 1000 had encountered malware, about 4.9 Windows 7-based computers and only 1.6 Windows 8 machines had malware infection out of 1000. Hence, Windows XP has been discovered six times more unsafe than Windows 8 in terms of malware infection.

So, have you planned of a robust security measure to protect and prevent your Windows XP-based computer? If you have not yet, take a first step today and download TechGenie Free Antivirus software today.

Windows 8: Create a Shortcut for Shutdown and Restart

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8 comes equipped with a range of advanced features and options. It enables you to get all the latest live updates at a glance and access anything just with a click or a tap. However, with so many intriguing features, Windows 8 also boasts some shortcomings. One of them is the missing Start menu. Yes, Windows 8 comes without the Start menu.  And all those who have been an ardent user of Windows operating system may have a really tough time to navigate through the system, especially when it comes to Shutdown or Restart your system. Fortunately, there is a solution to every problem. And this problem can also be rectified merely by creating a shortcut.

Create Shortcut for Shutdown on Windows 8

As the newest Windows 8 doesn’t sport the Start menu, at time it gets extremely complicated and time consuming to find the commonly used shortcuts like shutdown and restart. The below given step-by-step process will help you create shortcut for Shutdown and Restart in Windows 8.

Step 1:
In order to create a shortcut, first switch your Windows to desktop view. For this, you can either press the Windows logo + D on the keyboard. Or else, just right click anywhere on your desktop.

Step 2: From the small list of options, select ‘New’ and then go to ‘Shortcut’ from the context menu. You will get a ‘Create Shortcut’ window. Under ‘Type the location of item:’ type ‘shutdown –s-t 00’.

Step 3: Click on ‘Next’. You will get a ‘Create Shortcut’ window. Under ‘Type a name for this shortcut’, type ‘Shutdown’.

Step 4: After that, choose an icon to the shortcut key for identifying easily. For this, right-click on the shortcut you just made. Then in the context menu click on ‘Properties’ and select ‘Shortcut’. Go to ‘Change Icon’ and choose a desired picture.

Step 5: To display the shortcut as Windows tile, create a shortcut on the desktop. For this, go to the shortcut you made and right-click on it. Then select ‘Pin to Start’. Immediately, you will be able to see the shortcut as a tile on your Windows screen.

Create Shortcut for Restart on Windows 8

Step to create shortcut for Restart button on Windows 8 operating system are same as mentioned above steps to create Shutdown button. You can also watch this video for instructions to create Restart button.

Wasn’t that really simple! You see, sometimes, choosing shortcuts can really make our lives simpler.

How to enable Touch Mode in Office 2013

The new Office 2013 suite offers delightful new dimensions to your Windows 8 touch-optimized experience by offering newer styles of interactions that are touch-based. A number of new touch-based gestures have been included by Microsoft in its latest Office productivity suite to improve user’s overall experience and help them quickly perform tasks when working on a touch screen device.

Touch Mode, a new feature in Office 2013, toggles a new display mode that’s optimized for fingertips. It is simple and efficient to use and allows you to access all the features of Office 2013 from all touch-screen devices. When you toggle the Touch Mode in Office 2013, the onscreen controls quickly space out from each other, thus offering you better accessibility via touch. This feature offers you a great user experience whether you are working on a tablet or on a desktop, thus making the most common tasks fast, fluid, and intuitive.

However, by default, Office 2013 does not open with a touch-optimized interface and you need to manually activate the Touch Mode to get the best out of your Office 2013 productivity suite. For this,

  1. Open any one of the Office 2013 program, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.
  2. Locate the ‘Customize Quick Access Toolbar.’ You can find it in the customizable set of icons that are placed in the upper left corner of the application window in the form of a down arrow.
  3. Right click the toolbar to expand the drop-down menu.
  4. From the drop-down options, select the ‘Touch’ mode to add the Touch Mode to the Quick Access Toolbar.

From now on, to enable Touch Mode in Office 2013, all you need to do is to tap the Touch Mode icon and you will immediately notice that the interface has spread out and has become more spacious, thus offering you enhanced accessibility and better accuracy when using your fingers to select options or menu items.

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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Microsoft® launches Windows® 8 Release Preview

Software giant Microsoft Corporation has launched the Windows 8 Release Preview one day before its scheduled date of 01 June. The Release Preview is the third and final in Microsoft’s trio of Windows 8 pre-releases. This is the last major update of Windows 8 before the client code is released to manufacturers.

Features of Windows 8 Release Preview

According to Microsoft, the Windows 8 Release Preview, which is available for download in 14 languages, delivers a fast and fluid experience, along with a new user interface that responds equally well to touch as it does to keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8 Release Preview offers new apps from Microsoft and its partners. The major apps include Bing Travel, News and Sports apps, as well as Gaming and Music XBOX apps that integrate with Microsoft Zune pass. The Windows 8 Release Preview also features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps that were released with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

How different is Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows OS

It is not just the Metro Interface and the Microsoft store that have garnered considerable interest, but other aspects of Windows 8 too may be important to users who are considering upgrading. Here is a brief detail of back-end improvements to Windows 8:

Smaller memory footprint: Windows 8 uses memory more efficiently and requires less memory to run. This is important for systems like Ultrabooks, which often come with 4GB of non-upgradable RAM.
More-efficient performance: Windows 8 and its underlying sub-systems consume less of the CPU’s resources than previous Windows OS do.
Reduced disk-space requirement: As solid-state drives become increasingly common, disk space for user files will be at a premium.
Built-in SkyDrive integration: Cloud storage is now an integral part of the operating system.

What Next?

The next stop after Windows 8 Release Preview will be Release to Manufacturing (RTM), and after that, the retail release. If we consider the scheduling of Windows 7 as a benchmark, it is expected that the RTM sign-off may occur around August and retail availability around October.

News source: Microsoft

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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