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Top 5 Reasons to Ditch Windows XP

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Windows XP

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Is it time to upgrade Windows XP

Windows XP is more than a decade old, which means that if you haven’t already upgraded then you should upgrade soon. Perhaps you’re unsure of the reasons for upgrading, which is normal but it would be wise to consider these reasons. Many upgraded Windows programs are able to offer more for the user, plus have more user-friendly interfaces and apps that can make life a lot more easier than it currently is on the Windows XP that you are currently running.  Here’s my top 5 reasons to ditch Windows XP and Upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

1. The Features are Well Worth it!

When it comes to all of the options that you have for the apps that are available on XP compared to 7 and 8, you will be surprised to know that there are many ways to get more out of the usability of the platform. You are able to drag windows to maximize the screen, drag them back to minimize. You’re able to scan your files easily, since it does it for you every hour and then keep them stored for later on. Kind of like your own virtual time machine. Think you lost something? Think again. Yet another great feature is the fact that it will automatically scan and update your files when it comes to being up to date with the software and features that you are using. You do not have to remember anything, it remembers for you.

2. Compatibility

Normally when you get a computer, it is up to date and ready to go. Anything that you want to plug-in and get working will do just that. However, if you bring home a new keyboard, webcam or computer cam, you may find that if it is newer – it is not compatible with your Windows XP platform. This can be something that puts you down. You wanted to play that new game, you wanted to get a webcam chat going or whatever else you have going on but you can’t. Upgrade to save yourself the headache of wondering how you are going to get all that new stuff to work!

3. Security

Microsoft is no longer sending out free security patch updates for Windows XP.  Plus, there are a lot of security holes that have been fixed in later versions of Windows.  Security is top-notch and ready to go when it comes to making sure that you are safe. You have frequent scans and you can even upgrade to the highest level of security and have it be compatible – like we mentioned above. You also have to think that XP has had some time for people to learn all the little flaws and openings in the system. This is what is going to let those attackers into the computer system and steal the information that they are after. There are fewer holes in the system when it comes to having an upgraded platform to use, plus there was less time for cyber criminals to figure it all out.

4. Ease of Use

The upgraded platforms are much easier to use. Everything is where you need it to be and you have many cool ways to get to things without having to search through your files and programs to find them. They have a wonderful way to organize things and on Windows 8, there is a start screen that allows you to choose the specific app or program that you want. Don’t want to be there anymore? No worries, you can hit the Windows button and go right back to that screen to choose something else later on.

5. Smoother, Faster and Sleeker

As with any new system, you do not have to worry about the old, weighted down one. Everything has been upgraded which means it is able to run much smoother than the previous version. If you are still on Windows XP, then you have probably noticed that new platforms – a few – have already passed it so you are still in the slow age where things are not being updated and your computer is running as slow as a snail.

Just looking at all of these reasons makes you wonder why you have not upgraded as of yet? Now is the time to dump Windows XP. You do not even need to get a new computer, just have a new operating system installed on it and you can be ready to rock and roll once again. It may take some getting used to but once you know it, you are going to be very happy with the upgrade.

How To Change Language in Windows 8

Change Language in Windows 8

Want to use a different language for your Windows 8 PC?  When you have Windows 8, you need to know how to use the many different features that it comes with. Multiple language support is a very useful feature included in Windows 8.  Maybe you have a multi-lingual family or are traveling abroad and need to switch languages.  A common reason to enable this feature is when you need to share your computer with someone who speaks another language. By following these step by step instructions, you’re able to learn more about enabling multiple languages and then be able to use them throughout the entire computer. You’re able to remove languages as well.

Enable Windows 8 Language Options

With Windows 8, you can enable additional languages by just changing some settings.  It only takes a few minutes to do and is simple enough for most users.  Here is how to switch to a different language in Windows 8.

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Change Windows 8 Language

 

Adding a Language

  • First, open the Control Panel by typing it in on the metro start screen
  • Once in the language window, select Add Language under the heading Clock, Language, Region
  • Look for the language you want to use in the list, click the Add a language option — found at the top-left corner of the language list.
  • Choose the language that you would like to change the computer to. There are numerous languages to choose from.
  • Now you are able to use that language. You are able to preview the keyboard by going to the Options on the setting menu.

 

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Removing a Language

When it comes to removing a language from the computer – you can later add it back, this is done just as simply.

  • Go to the settings by right clicking the anywhere on computer screen.
  • GENERAL settings and on the control panel get back into the languages section and click on this.
  • Once you are there, you just have to click on Remove.
  • The language can be removed. It is just like when you add or remove a program from the computer and you will no longer be able to type in that language until you add it back to the computer.

Multiple languages are able to be used on the computer in this way. This allows anyone that is not able to read or type in English, which is the default language, to use the program and be able to read and type in their native language. Windows 8 provides an easier way to do both when it comes to adding and removing programs. Previously, on other platforms, the user would have to install a language pack in order to use the specific language that they would want to add.

Fix Windows 8 Problems at Home

fix problems in windows 8 and windows 8.1Windows 8 modern technology  has a new interface that can still throw a few problems at you. Thankfully, we have some tips you can try for fixing at Windows 8 at home. Though the new technology used is more mature, it can still have a few bugs. Below are some of the problems commonly faced in Windows 8 and 8.1 and how to go about fixing them:

How to Find the Start Menu

Obviously you cannot use the Windows 8 program, if you cannot locate the Start Menu. This seems to be a common complaint in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, though it does not help in finding the Start Menu, there is an “App view” which will do the job. Also, by going into the third-party solutions in the Windows 8 Start Menu, by installing one of the said menus you can then set Windows 8.1, which will boost directly to the desktop.

How to Fix Crashes and Reloads in Explorer.exe

You may encounter frequent crashes and reloads in Explorer.exe. This can happen after installing the new Windows 8 version. It is a problem that can occur frequently, making it difficult to use the program. This problem is probably being caused by a bug settled in the operating system and hardware driver or installed software. To sort out this problem, select Settings, then Change PC Settings, and then click on Update and Recovery. Open “Recovery” and click on Get Started under Refresh. This will re-install the Windows program without affecting your files. However, just to be on the safe side, you should back up your data before going into “Refresh”.

How to Fix Processor’s performance

If you find that your system is becoming slow, this could be due to a process known as ‘svchost.exe’ embedded in the Windows process system. Do not take this problem lightly as it can lead to your system crashing. The problem causes the system to consume processor cycles that it does not require hence the sluggish progress. Svchost.exe is common to all Windows services and the ‘malware’ in the system uses it as a virus disguise. To get protection from this problem, you can buy original  antivirus for your computer from a trusted website and scan the system.

Windows has a service known as uPNP (universal plug-and-play) service. This service is designed to scan the home network for compatible devices, but over-use can exhaust its resources. If this occurs, you should do a Windows search for Network and Sharing Center – then proceed to Advanced Sharing Settings and turn off the Network Discovery option.

Programs such as anti-virus apps, backup apps and networking utilities often clash with the svchost.exe embedded in the system and problems crop up. To rectify this any software that was installed before this came up, the same should be removed. It should be kept in mind that consumption of some CPU resources and periodic spikes by the svchost.exe is normal. It is only if the process is eating up a large slice of processor power that a solution needs to be put in place. Always remember to ‘backup’ – this protects the file copies that have not undergone any change.

How to Fix Problems with Multiple Copies of Files

Some Windows 8 backup facilities do not operate as designed. Instead of just backing up new files while retaining the old files, when the feature is used, it also backs up files that have not been changed. This additional unnecessary backup of unchanged files tends to fill the drive capacity and cause a problem. To avoid this happening, the default backup service should be disabled and a third-party backup program should be used instead. You could check up on options such as EaseUsToDo and CrashPlan details of which can be downloaded from separate articles.

How to Make Windows 8 Go to Sleep

Sometimes when closing Windows down, the computer refuses to oblige. This happens when certain devices in the PC start triggering a wake command. These devices can be seen by opening the Command Line (by doing a search for “cmd”). When this is done, type in the command powercfgdevicequery wake-armed. After this, you should open the Device Manager which will track down each component. Next double-click to open the component’s properties and then use the Power Management tab. In the Power Management tab, there is a check box against which “allow this device to wake this computer” is printed. Uncheck this box. In this manner, go through all the devices and one by one, your PC will automatically shut down helping you to pinpoint the offending device.

How to Fix Windows Update Problem

In spite of taking the above steps, if your PC still remains open you may have a Windows Update problem. You should then do a Windows search and open the Action Center. After clicking on the Maintenance Section, a menu will open and you can click on “change maintenance settings” text.  Side by side, you need to uncheck the box showing “allow maintenance to wake up my computer”. You can also re-schedule maintenance and run it at a time to suit your convenience.

How to Fix the Appearance of a blank explorer.exe window

Sometimes, you will see a blank Explorer.exe window appearing on the boot. When the PC boots again, some users have complained of a mysterious window appearing that looks like a blank Explorer with no context and an OK button. This should not happen. The root of this problem is an erroneous load value in your registry. If you start a Windows search for “regedit” and open the Registry Editor, you should progress to the Windows registry fold. In this section you will find an entry called Load which could have data associated with it. You should get rid of that entry and this will result in the disappearance of the blank box.

These are the solutions to some of the most common problems faced by Windows 8 users. While you may do it yourself, if the problem persists, you can take help from a professional to get your PC fixed. If you need help regarding any other problems you are facing with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, feel free to leave it in the comments below.