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Windows Migration—Choosing the Right Version of Windows 8.1

The end of Windows XP is near. Despite its continued popularity (it’s estimated that as many as 1/3 of the PCs still in use are running XP), Microsoft is ending updates and support on April 8, 2014.

Because of that, many users are finding it necessary to make the switch to Windows 8.1. But, which one? There are at least 4 different versions, not including the 32- and 64-bit options thrown in. You likely don’t want to spend more money than necessary, but you also want to make sure that you get all the features you need.

Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

Windows RT

This version is designed for tablet use relying on the Start screen and a bunch of the different apps that either come with the initial program or that you download from the Windows Store app. It’s pre-installed on the tablets or laptops and isn’t available to buy in any other formats, which means it also can’t be transferred from one device to another. You’re also not able to upgrade to Windows RT from an older version of Windows, so you’d only be running this version if you plan on replacing any of your XP desktops with Windows tablets.

RT also doesn’t have the ability to run “legacy” desktop software (x86/x64-based applications). RT does, however, have full device encryption which protects your data on the device if the drive accessed from another source or removed. It also includes a bundled version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote 15.

Windows 8.1

This is your standard version that is geared toward consumers. It’s quite a bit more powerful than Windows RT, but includes some of the same features such as the Start screen and apps, but on top of that, includes a fully functional desktop.

You can buy additional apps through the Windows Store or by purchasing additional Windows software. If you’re mainly just using your PC for document processing and email, you may be okay with the basic 8.1 version.

Windows 8.1 Pro

This is the end-all version. It includes more security features like BitLocker and BitLocker-to-Go encryption and Encrypted File System (EFS). You can also boot straight from a virtual hard drive (VHD), which may be useful.

While not everyone will need all the extra features, the beefed-up security should make this version the go-to for most business owners. This is especially true if you are going to be hosting or accessing sensitive data on your desktop.

Windows 8.1 for Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets is only available to specific countries and in specific languages.

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

This version is only available to companies that are involved with the Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) program. Although Microsoft usually gives bulk buy discounts, it can also be quite expensive as you buy Windows Pro covered with SA for every machine. Enterprise comes with extra networking features and a few more technical programs for technicians and is the most robust version of Windows available.

32 vs. 64-bit

The Windows installer comes in two identical versions: 32-bit and 64-bit. There’s no way to go back and forth between the two without erasing your system and starting over, but your choice will depend on the hardware you have and the age of your computer.

The 32-bit version works with almost any PC, but you get a maximum of 4GB of RAM. The 64-bit version lets you have more RAM, but if you don’t have the correct software installed, or have a much older system, it may not work. There is an upgrade compatibility checker built into the setup process, so that should also help with your decision making.

Choices Narrowed Down

So, which version is right for you? It depends on the features you need. If you’re concerned about security, go with 8.1 Pro. If you think you’re only going to be doing basic tasks and don’t need to worry about too much about data loss or compromise, 8.1 should be the one you use. And if you need the ultimate version of Windows with enhanced networking features, look into 8.1 Enterprise.

Are you upgrading to Windows 8.1? Which version are you going to use?

 

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About the Author:

Matt Smith works for Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about technology. Outside of work he enjoys entrepreneurship, being with his family, and the outdoors.

 

Windows XP now fail to make it to even half of the world’s PC

It is no doubt surprising for many of us but it is true that Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system is now being used on less than of the world total number of computers. According to the latest analysis from net Application, it was known that Windows XP had 49.7 percent of world’s operating system market as of in July 2011. This has surely surprised many of those using Windows XP or even common users as well. The figure has certainly fallen down as it was 51 per cent in June whereas it was in majority of 62 per cent of the total market back in July 2010.

Windows 7 Still Leading in Corporate Market

Windows 7 still market leader
According to Forrester, Windows 7 held 20.9 percent of the corporate computer market while Windows XP held 60 percent of the business computer market at the end of March 2011. The share of Windows XP has declined from 69 percent last year. The Forrester study included over 400,000 client computers that were being used by 2500 companies. The study conducted was for the period between Q2 2010 and Q1 2011.

Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard For Just $20

Microsoft has now unveiled their new Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000, it can be say that this is the company’s latest edition of the keyboard by which company offers a superior comfort and an ergonomist approved contour shape. As the Microsoft inform this brand new model will appear in the market in August and also you can buy this product from Office Depot, Amazon as well as Microsoft.com. Also they told “This version of keyboard requires either Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows 7.”  They also set it price at just $20.

Apple iCloud Decided For Not To Support Microsoft Windows XP

The company of Apple has already decided for not to support Windows XP operating system for its new iCloud synchronization service that they revealed earlier in this week. As a predecessor of the iCloud service MobileMe also supported XP which is fine but this is really a major shock.

The main resource of this information is the fine print on the apple’s main webpage. Here is the relevant excerpt which requires iOS 5 on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd generation, iPod touch 4th generation, iPad as well as iPad 2. In spite of that Mac computer requires OS X Lion and a PC requires Windows Vista and Windows 7 where outlook 2007 and 2010 is highly recommended.

In general Apple iCloud is such kind of service which is properly designed to do work with application on iOS, Mac OS or Personal Computer in order to store your content automatically online, additionally it is quite be able to push it back to your device when it is required or requested. So when anything changes on one of your devices then all of your devices are updated wirelessly as soon as possible.

But the main fact is Windows Vista as well as Windows 7 also are used only by the 35 percent of the users all around the world, aside from that Windows XP still trumps them both along with 50 percent of the market share, so it is too much unfortunate to decide Windows XP as an old operating system.