Microsoft continues its efforts to move Windows XP users to Windows 8.1, especially because the company needs more users for its new modern platform, so the company today rolled out a comparison chart to explain that its new OS is much better than the 12-year-old product.
There is no doubt that Windows XP is no longer capable to cope with today’s technologies, especially because it was designed to work on old hardware and to offer compatibility with software launched more than 12 years ago, so Windows 8.1 is clearly a much better choice for users.
According to Microsoft’s comparison chart. both Windows XP and Windows 8.1 come with the familiar desktop, work with a mouse and keyboard and offer support for Word, Excel, Outlook, and other familiar programs.
But this is where Windows XP’s capabilities come to an end, with Windows 8.1 excelling in many other areas, as Microsoft tries to emphasize in its new chat.
Basically, Windows 8.1 has everything it needs to work on touch PCs and tablets, download apps from the Windows Store, keep your settings and apps on all your PCs and devices and boast faster startup times.
While it’s a bit weird that Microsoft first said that Windows 8.1 and Windows XP come with a familiar desktop and then explained that only the first has the possibility to work on touch PCs and tablets, Redmond clearly wants to move everyone to the OS version launched in October.
“Get a new touchscreen PC and you can still work with a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows desktop the way you always have. Use virtually any printer. Programs that work on Windows 7 work on Windows 8.1. All the basics, from startup times to security, are better than ever,” Microsoft says.
And although it’s pretty obvious that Windows 8.1 is a much better operating system for today’s technologies, not everyone is willing to abandon Windows XP and 29 percent of the desktop users are still running it.
That’s happening especially because an upgrade to Windows 8.1 also involves hardware improvements, so the overall process is much more expensive than you might be tempted to believe. Microsoft knows this very well, so the company is still struggling to bring more affordable devices to the market, including tablets and PCs that would retail for less than $250 (€180).
In order to convince PC makers to develop more affordable devices, Microsoft is offering major license price cuts for Windows 8.1 which would only be available for partners that device to launch tablets and PC below the $250 price tag.
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Windows XP operating system was launched by Microsoft for use on personal computers and is the second most popular version of Windows. Windows XP was released in October 2001. The ‘XP’ in the Windows is adapted from eXPerience, indicating enhanced user experience. Windows XP was the successor to Windows ME and Windows 2000 and was the first consumer-oriented system developed by Microsoft on the Windows NT Kernel. Windows XP offered customers a redesigned graphical user interface, which was considered more user-friendly.
The Windows XP offered customers a better Start Menu and task bar and added additional features such as translucent blue selection rectangle, drop shadows for icon labels, task-based side bars in Explorer, ability to lock taskbar, ability to group taskbar buttons together, etc. These added a more appealing look to the plain interface that was available in the older versions. The company offered two major editions of the operating system: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition. The Home Edition was for users and was pre-installed in systems, while the professional edition was offered for business users and offered advanced features. The company added a third Windows XP Media Center Edition that allowed users to incorporate new digital media, broadcast television and Media Center Extender capabilities. These were not for commercial sales but were available as OEMs. The system requires 233 MHz clock speed, 64 GB RAM, Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution, 1.5 GB or higher HDD space, CD-ROM drive, keyboard and mouse and sound card, speakers or headphones.
Windows 7 was launched in October 2009 as a way to make the computer more user-friendly, as well as offer some upgrades on the already present Windows Vista system. While, Vista sought to offer many new features, Windows 7 was launched as an upgrade that was designed to work with Vista-compatible applications and hardware. The main change that was offered with Windows 7 was the new Taskbar that was dubbed as ‘Superbar’. The main reason for the launch of Windows 7 was to make a more user-friendly windows system and incorporate the new features of Windows Vista that were appealing to the people, but failed when Vista tanked.
The new features that were introduced on Windows 7 included: extended support for Vista themes, gadgets side bar that allowed users to add calendar, clock and other such gadgets on the desktop, Windows Explorer supports Libraries (which shows all virtual folders and content in a unified view), changes to the Start Menu, shut down button has been altered with more options only available if the arrow is clicked, jump lists on the taskbar when hovered on right-clicked on, search box has been extended to support items in Control Panel. Additional features include Aero Snap and Aero Shake. When Windows is dragged to the top right hand side of the screen it automatically maximized and minimizes when it is pulled away. In Aero Shake, shaking a window on the screen will only keep the shaken window active and the rest of windows will minimize. Additional keyboard shortcuts have been introduced.
Diffen.com lists the shortcuts as:
Windows 7 was launched in six different editions: Home Premium Edition, Professional Edition, Ultimate Edition, Starter Edition, Enterprise Edition and Home Basic Edition. The first three editions were available for retail sale for consumers, while the Starter edition was preinstalled by OEM, the Enterprise edition only by volume licensing, and Home Basic only to certain developing countries' markets. The Windows 7 was a hit with many of the Microsoft customers and was used widely as an operating system. The Windows 7 required a 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0, 16-20 GB (depending on architecture) free disk space and a DVD-ROM drive.
Windows 8 is the latest operating system by Microsoft for its PCs, laptops and tablets. The newest OS hit the markets in October 2012 and had a whole new look. The company has launched the operating system keeping in mind the constant upgrade from keyboard and mouse PCs to touch tablets. Windows 8 was launched with touch compatibility in mind. The system sports a whole new Menu Screen, with a new ‘Live Tile’ format that is found in the Windows phones. These tiles automatically update to show users new e-mails or other information.
Windows 8 also supports new advancing technology such as USB 3.0, 4Kn Advanced Format, near field communications, cloud computing, and the low-power ARM architecture. This is the first OS that allows ARM architecture support, with the previous OS only supporting IA-32 and x86-64 architectures. It also offers built-in antivirus capabilities and advanced security features. Other features that make this OS handier are the Windows Store and app compatibility. The OS supports apps and are allow certain apps to dock on one side of the screen, while other apps can open in to proper programs. The OS also allows users to purchase and download apps from the Windows Store and use them on their laptops, PC as they would on their smartphones.
Windows 8 is offered in four editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT. Windows 8 comes pre-loaded on the new PCs by the company. Windows 8 Pro is aimed at power users and professionals. Windows 8 Enterprise is aimed at business environments and is available through volume licensing, while Windows RT is the only edition comes preloaded on new ARM-based devices for Windows. In order to run Windows 8, the user must have certain system requirements: 1 GHz clock rate, 1-2 GB RAM (depending on the architecture), DirectX 9 graphics device WDDM 1.0 or higher driver, 1024×768 pixels display, keyboard and mouse and 16-20 GB internal storage space.
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Computer users who have been using Windows XP for years without upgrading to Windows Vista or Windows 7 may want to upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft has already announced that Windows XP users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 till January 31st, 2013.
If you have downloaded ISO file from your MSDN or TechNet account and not sure how to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, complete the below mentioned steps to upgrade your existing XP installation to Windows 8. We suggest you check out our Windows 8 editions comparison and decide the suitable edition for you before purchasing your copy of Windows 8.
Please note that Windows XP users, unlike Windows 7 users, won’t be able to keep installed programs and Windows settings during the upgrade. All installed programs and Windows settings will be deleted. Also note that users who are running Windows XP 32-bit won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 8 x64.
We recommend you have at least 20 GB of free disk space on your Windows XP drive. Make sure that your computer meets Windows 8’s minimum system requirements before upgrading to Windows 8. Also make sure your PC’s processor is compatible with Windows 8 to avoid receiving “Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8” error during installation.
Step 1: Switch on your PC and boot into Windows XP.
Step 2: Insert your Windows 8 DVD or connect Windows 8 bootable USB to your PC (your can either use Refus tool or our create bootable USB guide). And if you have the ISO file, you need to either mount the ISO file using our how to mount an ISO file in Windows guide or extract the ISO file to a folder using 7-Zip (free), WinZip or WinRAR software.
Step 3: Open up the DVD drive and double-click on Setup.exe file to launch the setup. And if you are using the bootable USB, open the USB drive and then do a double-click on setup.exe file to run the setup. If you have extracted the ISO file, simply open the folder where you have saved extracted files and run Setup.exe file.
Step 4: On the first screen, you will see two options: Go online to install updates now (recommended), No, thanks option.
Select No, thanks and click Next button to proceed to the next screen. You can install all available updates after installing Windows 8.
Step 5: On this screen, you need to enter the product key. Enter the 25 character product key and then click Next button to proceed to the next screen. The product key should be with the box the DVD came in or on your email receipt.
Step 6: On the next screen, select I accept the license terms and click Accept button to continue.
Step 7: Here, select Keep personal files only and click Next button start installing Windows 8. As mentioned earlier in this post, Windows XP users will be able to keep only Personal Files during the upgrade. All installed programs and Windows settings will be deleted.
Step 8: The Windows 8 setup will scan your system to make sure that your PC meets Windows 8’s minimum system requirements and other issues that may prevent the upgrade process. Once the scan is done, you will see Install button. Click Install button to begin the installation.
Your PC may restart twice or thrice during the installation.
Step 9: Once the installation is done, you will see the Personalize screen where you pick color for the Start screen background, and tiles. You can change select a different color after completing the upgrade process.
Step 10: In a while you will see the Windows 8 Start screen. Good luck!
Can you pleases send me the easiest instruction is how to install Win 8 on XP Toshiba pc 3 years old
Or how can I upgrade from XP to Win 8 without installing Win 7
I just did. It went fairly smoothly. I had read somewhere that it was better (or required) that the user upgrade first to Win 8 from XP, then go through a separate upgrade from Win 8 to Win 8.1. I did a disk image backup first using a free program called Paragon. Then, working from the report from the Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor, I saved and/or downloaded various program and driver files since it appeared that I might need to reinstall drivers after the upgrade. I used another free program called DriverMax to back up the drivers efficiently. However I did NOT try to update the drivers in DriverMax since there seemed to be so many complaints about this part of DriverMax in the comments on CNet.
Another preparation that I did was to download the installation files for the software apps that I would need to install right away, so that they would be right there on the laptop when the Win 8 upgrade was completed. This saved a lot of Web surfing and downloading at that point.
After those preparations I popped the Win 8 upgrade disc into my laptop and began the upgrade. There were four or five restarts performed by the upgrade program, and it finished up in about 45 minutes. After that I added over a hundred updates using Windows Update. That took a few hours, but I could do other things during most of that time.
The result was a clean installation of Windows 8 with at least some generic drivers for all the parts of the laptop that I needed to operate it. To get back the Start button I downloaded a utility called Start8. This worked great on my WIn 8.1 desktop and it works well on the my laptop too. That way I don’t have to mess with the Metro (aka Modern Apps) interface most of the time.
Now to finish up installing the rest of my application programs.
Right now am using windows xp,and the only cd that I have when I purchase my pc is wordperfect office 12.its that the cd I have to upgrade windows xp to windows 7 or 8 with.thank you.
CPU = Processor, RAM = Memory, HDD = Hard Disk Drive, GPU = Graphics Card
* Windows 8/8.1 and 10 won't run if your CPU does not support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF.
Some tips to consider
If Windows 8/8.1 does not appeal to you, upgrading to Windows 7 is still possible. Don't be alarmed by the mainstream support ending in January 2015, the extended support will only end in January 2020. That's 6 years from now.
If you're planning on upgrading to Windows 8 (better make it to 8.1) and you're not going to buy a new PC, you can run the official Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant. which will generate a compatibility report for your current hardware and will give you further options to buy, download, and install the latest OS, 8.1. The compatibility report will show you which apps and devices are compatible with Win 8/8.1 and which aspects you need to review before proceeding further.
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