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TRANSITIONING BETWEEN
"WINDOWS XP", "WINDOWS 7",
"WINDOWS 8", AND
“WINDOWS 8.1”
1
Web location for this
presentation:
http://aztcs.org
Click on
“Meeting Notes”
2
SUMMARY
As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft
has discontinued support for
"Windows XP" so here is a
comparison between
"Windows 7", "Windows 8",
and "Windows 8.1" to help you
select between them.
3
TOPICS
o Beyond "Windows XP"
o Hardware Requirements
o "Start Button" Issues
o Running Old Software
Applications That Only
Run In "Windows XP"
4
TOPICS (continued)
o "Windows Media Center"
o "Extended Support" End Dates
o "Windows 8" and "Windows 8.1"
Have "File History"
o The "Pro" and "Enterprise"
Editions of "Windows 8" And
"Windows 8.1" Have "Hyper-V"
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TOPICS (continued)
o "Windows 8" And "Windows
8.1" Have "Storage Spaces"
o Hardware Driver
Improvements In "Windows 8"
And "Windows 8.1"
o "Spot Verifier" Service For
Hard Drives in "Windows 8"
and "Windows 8.1" 6
TOPICS (continued)
o Appendix 1:
Windows Product Time Line
o Appendix 2:
Confusion Between "Update
To 8.1" and "Update for 8.1"
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BEYOND
"WINDOWS XP"-THE BIG CHANGES
FOR THE
COMPUTER USER
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP"
• Microsoft made five big
changes to the configuration
of "Windows.." when they
moved from "..XP" to "..Vista".
They kept these five changes
for "Windows 7", "Windows 8",
and "Windows 8.1":
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• "Printers and Faxes" in
the "Control Panel"
Became "Devices and
Printers":
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• "Scanners and Cameras"
Has Been Merged Into
"Devices and Printers":
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• The "Documents and
Settings" Folder Became
the "Users" folder:
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• "Add or Remove
Programs" in the "Control
Panel" Became "Programs
and Features":
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• "Add Hardware" in the
"Control Panel" No Longer
Exists:
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BEYOND "WINDOWS XP" (continued)
• These changes are explained
in more detail at
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes
/winhardsig/win8.1/beyondWin
XP.pdf
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HARDWARE
REQUIREMENTS
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
WINDOWS 7
WINDOWS 8
REQUIRES AT LEAST A
1+ GIGAHERTZ PROCESSOR
WITH AT LEAST 1 GB OF
RAM
+ REQUIRES PROCESSOR
WITH PAE, NX, and SSE2
+ REQUIRES PROCESSOR
WITH PAE, NX, SSE2, and, if
WINDOWS 8.1
you have a 64-bit processor:
CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW,
and LAHF/SAHF
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Computers with Intel "Pentium
4" processors have had
exceptionally durable life
spans. They were sold from
2000 to 2008 and many of
them are still alive and well.
Most of them were sold with
"Windows XP" installed.
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR
OLD "PENTIUM 4" COMPUTERS
REQUIRES A
WINDOWS 7
"PENTIUM 4" (OR
HIGHER) PROCESSOR
RUNS ON 30 PERCENT
WINDOWS 8
OF "PENTIUM 4"
COMPUTERS
WINDOWS
RUNS ON VERY FEW
8.1
"PENTIUM 4"
COMPUTERS
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Two ways to determine If your old
"Pentium 4" computer can run
"Windows 8" or "Windows 8.1:
Method 1: Run "coreinfo.exe"
Method 2: Attempt to install the
free "Windows 8 Enterprise
Evaluation" or the free "Windows
8.1 Enterprise Evaluation"
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Method 1:
Run Microsoft's free "coreinfo" to
determine if your old "Pentium 4"
Computer can run "Windows 8"
or "Windows 8.1":
See
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/wi
nhardsig/win8/old-computer31
Win8.pdf
HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Method 2:
Attempt to install the free
"Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Evaluation"
or the free
"Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Evaluation".
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Method 2 (continued):
To download and attempt to install
the free "Windows 8 Enterprise
Evaluation", see
http://technet.microsoft.com/enUS/evalcenter/dn407368
or
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winh
ardsig/win8/win8enteval.pdf
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS (continued)
• Method 2 (continued):
To download and attempt to install
the free "Windows 8.1 Enterprise
Evaluation", see
http://technet.microsoft.com/enus/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx?ocid
=wc-tn-wctc
or
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winh
ardsig/win8.1/win8.1enteval.pdf
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"START BUTTON"
ISSUES
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES
WINDOWS 7
WINDOWS 8
WINDOWS 8.1
"START BUTTON"
IS AVAILABLE
"START BUTTON"
IS MISSING, BUT..
WHITE "START
BUTTON" BUT IT
MAINLY TAKES YOU TO
THE "START SCREEN"
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• "Windows XP" has a "Start
Button" and a "Start Menu"
that looks like this:
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• "Windows 7" has a "Start
Button" and a"Start Menu"
that looks like this:
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• "Windows 8" has an invisible
"zero pixel Start Button" in the
lower left-hand corner of both
the "Desktop" and the "Start
Screen":
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• In the Desktop of "Windows
8", when you hover the mouse
cursor over this invisible
"zero pixel Start Button", a
thumbnail of the "Start
Screen" will pop up:
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• In the "Start Screen" of
"Windows 8", when you hover
the mouse cursor over this
invisible "zero pixel Start
Button", a thumbnail of the
"Desktop" will pop up, if you
have already been to the
"Desktop" at least once:
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• "Windows 8.1" has a white "Start
Button" in the lower-left corner of
the "Desktop":
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• "Windows 8.1" has a auto-hiding
white "Start Button" that pops up
when you hover the mouse
cursor in the lower-left corner of
the "Start Screen":
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• If you are in the "Desktop" of
"Windows 8" or "Windows 8.1"
and you (left) click on the
invisible "Start Button" of
"Windows 8" or the white
"Start Button of "Windows
8.1", it takes you to the "Start
Screen":
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• In other words, for both
"Windows 8" and "Windows
8.1", the "Start Button" in the
Desktop takes you to the newfangled "Start Screen"
(instead of to a "Start Menu"
like it did in "Windows 95"
through "Windows 7").60
"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• If you use your RIGHT mouse button
to click on the "zero pixel Start
Button" of "Windows 8" or the "Start
Button" of "Windows 8.1", you get a
"Windows Key + x" pop-up menu
= "Power User Menu"
which is useful but it only contains a
fraction of what used to be in the
"Start Menu" in "Windows 7":
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• If you are in the "Start Screen"
and you have never been to the
"Desktop" and you click on the
"zero pixel Start Button" of
"Windows 8" or auto-hidden
"Start Button" of "Windows 8.1",
it takes you back to whatever
screen of "Metro" app you were
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in earlier.
"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• If you are in the "Start Screen"
and you (left) click on the "zero
pixel Start Button" of "Windows
8" or the auto-hidden "Start
Button" of "Windows 8.1", it takes
you back to the "Desktop", if you
have already been to both the
"Desktop" AND the "Start
Screen" at least once. 65
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• Having an old-fashioned
(Windows 7-style or Windows
XP-style) "Start button" and an
old-fashioned "Start Menu" is
important because many
"Windows.." applets and many
third-party software programs
depend on the "Start Menu" as a
key menu interface for you.
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• Two workarounds for the loss of
the "Start Button" in "Windows 8"
and "Windows 8.1
o Third-party programs to put back
a "Start Button"
o You can make three toolbars that
pop-up from the "Taskbar" to
replace the "Start Button"
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• Many third-party, utility
software programs bring back
the "Start button" for
"Windows 8" and "Windows
8.1".
Some are free and some are
not free.
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• Jim Evans of APCUG
recommends the not-free
"Start8" program by "Stardock
Corporation".
See
http://www.stardock.com/prod
ucts/start8/
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• For a list of free and not-free
programs that bring back a
"Start Button" and a "Start
Menu" for "Windows 8" and
"Windows 8.1", see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List
_of_Start_Menu_replacements
_for_Windows_8
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• However, all of these software
programs run "memory
resident" in the background.
Like all "memory resident"
programs and they use up
RAM and CPU cycles that
affect the speed and reliability
of your computer.
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• To get back the functionality of
the "Start Button" with minimal
"overhead" utilization of RAM
and CPU cycles, you can rightclick on the "Taskbar" of the
"Desktop" to make yourself three
pop-up toolbars that replace the
original start button.
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• This workaround replacement
for the "Start Button" makes
use of three pop-up toolbars
on the "Taskbar":
One is called "Start Menu".
One is called "Program Files
(x86).
One is called "Program77 Files".
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"START BUTTON" ISSUES (continued)
• For step-by-step pictorial
instructions on how to create
the three replacement
"toolbars", see
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes
/winhardsig/win8/TaskbarToolb
ars-StartButton.pdf
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RUNNING OLD
SOFTWARE
PROGRAMS THAT
ONLY RUN IN
"WINDOWS XP"
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RUNNING OLD SOFTWARE PROGRAMS
THAT ONLY RUN IN "WINDOWS XP"
• Let's compare the native,
bundled capabilities of
"Windows 7", "Windows 8",
and "Windows 8.1" for running
old software programs that
only run in "Windows XP":
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RUNNING OLD SOFTWARE
PROGRAMS THAT ONLY RUN IN
"WINDOWS XP"
"WINDOWS 7
"WINDOWS XP
PROFESSIONAL",
MODE" CAN BE
"WINDOWS 7
DOWNLOADED
ENTERPRISE",
FOR FREE
OR
(="WINDOWS XP
"WINDOWS 7
PROFESSIONAL")
ULTIMATE"
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RUNNING OLD SOFTWARE
PROGRAMS THAT ONLY RUN IN
"WINDOWS XP" (continued)
"WINDOWS 8
PRO" OR
"WINDOWS 8
ENTERPRISE")
"WINDOWS 8.1
PRO" OR
"WINDOWS 8
ENTERPRISE")
TURN ON
"HYPER-V" TO RUN
YOUR COPY OF
"WINDOWS XP"
TURN ON
"HYPER-V" TO RUN
YOUR COPY OF
"WINDOWS XP"
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RUNNING OLD SOFTWARE PROGRAMS
THAT ONLY RUN IN "WINDOWS XP"
• "Windows 7 Professional",
"Windows 7 Enterprise", and
"Windows 7 Ultimate" all have
the ability to download and
run a free copy of "Windows
XP called "Windows XP
Mode" at no additional91cost.
RUNNING OLD SOFTWARE PROGRAMS
THAT ONLY RUN IN "WINDOWS XP"
• "Windows 7 Starter",
"Windows 7 Home Basic", and
"Windows 7 Home" premium
do not allow you to download
"Windows XP Mode".
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"WINDOWS MEDIA
CENTER"
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER"
("WMC")
"WMC" IS BUNDLED IN
WITH THE "WINDOWS 7
HOME PREMIUM",
WINDOWS
"WINDOWS 7
7
PROFESSIONAL",
AND
"WINDOWS 7
ENTERPRISE"
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER"
("WMC") (continued)
"WMC" CAN BE
PURCHASED ONLINE
WINDOWS
FOR "WINDOWS 8 PRO"
8
EDITION OF "WINDOWS
8"
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER"
("WMC") (continued)
WINDOWS
8.1
"WMC" CAN BE
PURCHASED ONLINE
FOR "WINDOWS 8.1
PRO" EDITION OF
"WINDOWS 8.1"
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• If you have a copy of any
edition "Windows 7" (that
is not "Windows 7
Starter"), then it will have a
"Windows Media Center"
bundled in it.
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According to
http://windows.microsoft.co
m/enus/windowhttp://windows.m
icrosoft.com/enus/windows-8/featurepackss-8/feature-packs
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• If your PC is running
Windows 8.1, you can get
Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and
enjoy all the features of
Windows 8.1 Pro as well
as Windows Media Center
for $99.99 USD ERP.
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• If your PC is running
"Windows 8.1 Pro" and you'd
like to watch and record TV
with "Windows Media Center",
you can get "Windows 8.1
Media Center Pack" for $9.99
USD ERP.
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• If you have a copy of "Windows
8.1", it will probably be a copy of
the "Windows 8.1" ("core")
edition of "Windows 8.1". Any
ad for a computer that says "and
Windows 8" or "with Windows 8"
implies that the "core" "Windows
8" edition of the "Windows 8"
product present.
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• To get "Windows Media Center" for
a "Windows 8" core computer, you
first have to purchase and install
upgrade to "Windows 8.1 Pro"
edition with the "Windows 8.1 Pro
Pack".
Then you have to purchase and
install "Windows Media Center".
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• Start with "Windows 8.1" ("core")
edition of "Windows 8.1"
Upgrade it with
"Windows 8.1 Pro Pack" ($100) so
that it becomes
"Windows 8.1 Pro" edition of
"Windows 8.1
Then install "Windows Media
Center" ($10) by buying it in the
online "Windows Store".
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• For most "Windows 8.." computer
users, the cost of installing
"Windows Media Center" is $110.
• Most "Windows 8.." computer users
are better off using the free "VLC
Video Player" which can be safely
downloaded only from
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.ht
ml
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• A detailed description of most of the
features of the free "VLC Media Player"
can be found at
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html
To play Blu-Ray Discs in "VLC Media
Player", you have to add a few drivers as
described in great detail at
http://forum.notebookreview.com/window
s-os-software/699817-playing-blu-raydiscs-windows-8-using-vlc-media117
player.html
"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• The only feature that the free
"VLC Media Player" is missing
is the ability to provide
"Television Inside PC" with a
USB, PCI, or PCIe television
tuner.
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"WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER" (continued)
• Hauppauge's "WinTV", which
is bundled in with their USB,
PCI, or PCIe television tuners,
is a better choice for
"Television inside PC" relative
to paying $100 + $10 for
"Windows Media Center".
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"EXTENDED
SUPPORT" END
DATES
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"EXTENDED SUPPORT" END DATES
EXTENDED SUPPORT ENDS
WINDOWS 7
ON JANUARY 14, 2020
JANUARY 12, 2016
(WINDOWS 8.1 UPGRADE
WINDOWS 8
FROM THE "WINDOWS
STORE" BECOMES
MANDATORY ON THIS DATE)
WINDOWS
EXTENDED SUPPORT ENDS
8.1
ON JANUARY 10, 2023
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"EXTENDED SUPPORT" END DATES
(continued)
• "Windows 8.1" will have a
longer period of "extended
support" into the future relative
to "Windows 7".
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"WINDOWS 8"
AND
"WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE
"FILE HISTORY"
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"FILE HISTORY" APPLET
WINDOWS
DOES NOT HAVE
7
"FILE HISTORY"
WINDOWS HAS "FILE HISTORY"
8
APPLET IN THE
"CONTROL PANEL"
HAS THE "FILE
WINDOWS
HISTORY" APPLET IN
8.1
THE "CONTROL
PANEL"
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE
"FILE HISTORY"
• The "File History" feature
of "Windows 8" and
"Windows 8.1"
automatically stores
"frozen" copies of changed
data files at designated
intervals of time. 125
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THE "PRO" AND
"ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF
"WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE "HYPER-V"
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE "HYPER-V"
• "Hyper-V" is a virtual
machine program that is
bundled with the "Pro" and
"Enterprise" editions of
"Windows 8" and "Windows
8.1".
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE" EDITIONS OF
"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1 HAVE "HYPER-V"
WINDOWS 7
"WINDOWS 8
PRO" AND
"WINDOWS 8
ENTERPRISE")
"WINDOWS 8.1
PRO" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1
ENTERPRISE"
"HYPER-V" IS NOT
AVAILABLE
"HYPER-V" IS
AVAILABLE AT NO
ADDITIONAL COST
"HYPER-V" IS
AVAILABLE AT NO
ADDITIONAL
COST
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE "HYPER-V"
• The Microsoft-proprietary
"VMbus" technology of
"Hyper-V" lets you create
faster virtual machines relative
to any third-party virtual
machine program.
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE "HYPER-V"
(continued)
• Instead of "Hyper-V", "Windows 7
Professional", "Windows 7
Enterprise", and "Windows 7
Ultimate" all have the ability to run
the older "Windows Virtual PC"
virtual machine program instead.
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE "HYPER-V"
(continued)
• Unlike the free third-party "virtual
machine programs", Hyper-V has no
direct "USB support" and difficult
sound card support.
In comparison the free "VMware
Player" excels at these two features.
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THE "PRO" AND "ENTERPRISE"
EDITIONS OF "WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE "HYPER-V"
(continued)
• For details about using the "Hyper-V"
virtual machine program in "Windows
8" or "Windows 8.1", see
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winha
rdsig/virtualmachines/HyperV/Hyper-V.pdf
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"WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE
"STORAGE SPACES"
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE "STORAGE SPACES"
WINDOWS "Storage Spaces" is
7
not available.
Windows
"Storage Spaces" is
8
available from inside the
"Control Panel"
Windows
"Storage Spaces" is
8.1
available from inside the
"Control Panel"
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE "STORAGE SPACES" (continued)
• The "Storage Spaces"
feature of "Windows 8" and
"Windows 8.1" lets you
mirror two hard drives for
redundancy
(= "software RAID 1").
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1"
HAVE "STORAGE SPACES" (continued)
• A failure of a single hard
drive in a "two-way mirror"
pair of hard drives will not
cause you to loose data
files because the data files
also reside in the other
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hard drive.
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE
"STORAGE SPACES"
• Using "Storage Spaces in
"Windows 8.." for Real-Time
Automatic Backup of Data Files
and Folders":
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/wi
nhardsig/win8/StorageSpaceshowto.pdf
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"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1" HAVE
"STORAGE SPACES" (continued)
• "Storage Spaces" Successes
and Failures
See
http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes
/winhardsig/win8/StorageSpac
es-successesand.pdf
164
HARDWARE DRIVER
IMPROVEMENTS IN
"WINDOWS 8" AND
"WINDOWS 8.1"
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HARDWARE DRIVER IMPROVEMENTS IN
"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1"
• Faster, sharper graphics and
video rendering in both the
"Windows Store apps" and legacy
desktop application, with a
greater improvement in "Windows
Store apps" relative to legacy
desktop applications.
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HARDWARE DRIVER IMPROVEMENTS IN
"WINDOWS 8" AND "WINDOWS 8.1"
(continued)
• Native USB 3 support instead of
vendor-suppled drivers for "USB 3"
adapters/controllers.
• V4 Printer Drivers—faster, smaller,
fewer printer drivers
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"SPOT VERIFIER"
SERVICE FOR HARD
DRIVES
In "Windows 8" and
"Windows 8.1":
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE FOR HARD
DRIVES
• "Windows 8" and "Windows
8.1" have a "Spot Verifier"
service that keeps a real-time
list of possible bad spots on
your hard drives:
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE
FOR HARD DRIVES
DOES NOT HAVE "SPOT
WINDOWS 7
VERIFIER" SERVICE
WINDOWS 8
HAS "SPOT VERIFIER"
SERVICE
WINDOWS 8.1 HAS "SPOT VERIFIER"
SERVICE
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE
FOR HARD DRIVES (continued)
• When you start "Error Checking"
in a "Windows 8" or "Windows
8.1" computer, you get a
notification that either says "We
haven't found any errors on this
drive." OR "We found potential
errors on this drive."
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE
FOR HARD DRIVES (continued)
• This is because Windows 8 new
"Spot Verifier" service keeps a
real time, constantly-updated
record of the locations of any
hard drive errors.
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE
FOR HARD DRIVES (continued)
• The "Spot Verifier"
dramatically reduces the time
that it takes to do the "Error
Checking" maintenance
procedure on a hard drive.
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"SPOT VERIFIER" SERVICE
FOR HARD DRIVES (continued)
• The "Spot Verifier" service is
implemented as
C:\Windows\System32\svsvc.dll
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APPENDIX 1:
"WINDOWS.."
PRODUCT
TIME LINE
184
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
• October 22, 2009--General
availability release of Windows 7.
• October 17, 2013--General
availability release of Windows 8.1
• October 17, 2014--Non-mandatory,
free upgrade called "Update To
Windows 8.1" for existing Windows
8 computers.
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WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• April 8, 2014--End of Extended
Support for Windows XP
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WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• April 8, 2014--Update for Windows
8.1 (= "Update 1 for Windows 8.1"
= KB 2919355) for existing
Windows 8.1 computers was
released by means of "Windows
Update"
187
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• May 13, 2014--Update for Windows
8.1 (= "Update 1 for Windows 8.1"
= KB 2919355) became a
"mandatory" "important" update for
existing Windows 8.1 computers.
188
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• July 2014--Publicly-available
preview of "Windows 8.2"
which might also be known as
"Update 2 for Windows 8.1".
189
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• August or Summer 2014—"Update
to Windows 8.2" or "Update 2 for
Windows 8.1" for existing Windows
8.1 computers will be released by
means of "Windows Store"
190
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• January 2015—Publiclyavailable preview of
"Windows 9"
(= "Threshold")
191
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• April 2015—Probable general
availability release of
"Windows 9"
(= "Threshold")
192
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• July 14, 2015--End of updates
for "Microsoft Security
Essentials" installed into
"Windows XP"
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APPENDIX 2:
CONFUSION BETWEEN
"UPDATE TO WINDOWS 8.1"
AND
"UPDATE FOR WINDOWS 8.1":
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WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• January 12, 2016--Update to
Windows 8.1 via the
"Windows Store" becomes a
mandatory important update
for existing Windows 8
computers
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WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• April 11, 2017—End of Extended
Support For Windows Vista
• January 14, 2020—End of Extended
Support For Windows 7
• January 10, 2023—End of Extended
Support For Windows 8.1
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WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• There is no super urgency
or justification to upgrade
existing "Windows Vista"
and "Windows 7"
computers up to "Windows
8" or "Windows 8.1":
197
WINDOWS PRODUCT TIME LINE
(continued)
• There is no rush to
upgrade existing Windows
8 computers to Windows
8.1 since you can do it for
free from October 17, 2013
to January 12, 2016.
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CONFUSION BETWEEN "UPDATE TO
8.1" AND "UPDATE FOR 8.1"
• Please do not confuse "Update
for Windows 8.1" (="Update 1
for Windows 8.1"= KB
2919355) which was released on
April 8, 2014 with the "Update to
Windows 8.1 from Windows 8"
which was released on October
17, 2013:
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CONFUSION BETWEEN "UPDATE TO 8.1"
AND "UPDATE FOR 8.1" (continued)
• "Update for Windows 8.1"
(="Update 1 for Windows 8.1"=
KB 2919355) is a free update for
"Windows 8.1" which makes
cosmetic and usability changes to
"Windows 8.1" and which becomes
a "mandatory" "important" update
for "Windows 8.1" computers on
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May 13, 2014.
CONFUSION BETWEEN "UPDATE TO
8.1" AND "UPDATE FOR 8.1"
(continued)
• "Update to Windows 8.1 from
Windows 8" is a free upgrade for
"Windows 8" which takes you from
"Windows 8" up to "Windows 8.1"
and which becomes a "mandatory"
"important" update for "Windows 8"
computers on January 12, 2016.
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REFERENCES
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of
_features_removed_in_Windows
_8
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Featur
es_new_to_Windows_8
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