The astounding features of Windows 8

Windows 8 is the newest operating system developed by Microsoft. The beta version of this operating system has been released for live preview. However the final release is expected to be on 26th of october 2012.

In this post, i will share some amazing features of windows 8 based on my experience. First lets have a quick flashback at the previous series of OS.

The first impressive and stable version of windows which is still living among us is the amazing Windows XP. It has got incredible simplicity and stability. Next came Windows Vista, which proved to be a flop to a certain extent. To cover up all the disappointment given by Windows Vista, Microsoft launched Windows 7. This proved to be far better version than Vista. Windows 7 was certainly the best but now its time for the beast. There comes Windows 8.

Windows 8 is claimed to be the fastest operating system as compared to its predecessor Windows 7.  It loads in an amazing time window of 8 seconds as per the reports. My personal experience wouldn’t give me 8 seconds but it was around 6 seconds !!

 Speed of Windows 8: The performance of windows 8 in terms of speed is mind blowing. Its speed is comparable to Chrome OS. Are you frustrated with your computer booting slow? Then windows 8 is definitely going to amaze you.

Well if you don’t believe me, you can watch this short video demonstration :

User Interface: The user interface is something of its own. There are two interfaces, desktop and metro. Metro UI is the new look and style of Windows. Its definitely catchy for someone who is into graphics. But if you are one of the people who doesn’t like the Metro UI, then you can always switch over to desktop interface. The Metro UI is basically developed for tablet computers for ease of use.

Click here to see the all new METRO UI 

Metro Applications: Windows 8 has not only switched to Metro UI, but also has some amazing and useful metro applications. Some of them are the old classical apps we have been using since ages. To see some killer apps, you can read this superb article at tech crunch dot com : Where Are The Killer Apps For Windows 8 Metro?

Transparent Overlay icons: This is one of the feature which i like. Moving your mouse over the bottom right corner will display a transparent pop up with 5 useful icons. These are search, share, start, devices, and settings respectively.

Start Menu Overview Mode: Moving your mouse over the bottom left corner will trigger a small screen. If you click over there, then it will take you to the start menu option. If you have loaded many applications then this start menu overview mode will allow you to look at all of them at a glance. I loved this.

“Copying” Dialog Box: An amazing new look of copying files. It will display all the stats more accurately. What i loved is the beautifully designed dialog box plus the option to pause the transfers in order to fasten other file transfers.

Amazing Task Manager: Our all time friend mister task manager is improved to a whole new level. Its so simple and stylish. I am just loving this. Its not just improved but also simplified. I am sure you are going to love it as much as i do.

For now i am stopping right here. Since i still haven’t explored everything in windows 8. There’s so much to look at. I’l probably write more about this on the final release of Windows 8. Till then keep following my blog. And thanks for reading.

Update: Whats new in Windows 8 Professional ?

Windows 7 Bootable USB using DVD Tool

Click here to read method 1

In order to follow this guide, you’ll need a USB flash drive with at least 4GB of free space and a copy of the Windows 7 Retail version.

Using Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

The easiest way to turn a USB flash drive into a bootable Windows 7 installer is by using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. To get started, download   the installer [.exe] from Microsoft.com and follow the basic steps:-

Once it is installed, it should create an icon on your desktop, so double-click that to open.

Launching it should give you the screen (refer fig. 1),

NOW FLOLLOW THE FOLLOWING STEPS ::-

1) Find the Windows 7 .ISO file that you have in retail version. The tool only accepts .ISO images, so we recommend that you convert yours if it’s in a different  image format. ( refer fig. 2)

2) Now simply choose USB device. ( refer fig. 3)

3) Now make sure that you are choosing the correct USB device. If you have other data on the device, move it to your hard drive or any other device.

The tool will prompt you if it detects data on the device. Once your data is backed up elsewhere, click Erase USB Device.

You will get another prompt warning you that all the data will be wiped. Click Yes to continue.

The format will be very quick, while the copying of the files will take a little bit more time (about 10 to 15 minutes). ( refer fig. 4)

Once the process is complete, you should get the above confirmation message. At this point you can close the tool and use the USB drive to install Windows 7. Remember that you’ll have to choose to boot off the USB drive. Before doing so, you may want to open up the USB drive and double click on setup.exe to see if everything looks okay.

AND IT’S DONE…

Windows 7 Bootable USB using Command Prompt

There are basically two easy methods to create the bootable windows  7 USB flash drive. The first method is simply using CMD window with some commands and the second is using a microsoft’s windows 7 USB DVD download tool. The methods are as given following …

Method 1

fig 1

1) First of all open the CMD window (Command Prompt Window, if you use UAC make sure to right click it and choose “Run as administrator”).

Now type “disk part” without the quotation marks and hit enter. You can also get here by simply typing “diskpart” without the quotes.( refer  fig.1 )

fig 2

2) The second command is “list disk” ( refer FIG. 2). Now enter that command without the quotes and press enter. Take a look at the Size column and figure out which disk number your USB drive is. Ours is number 1, so we’re going to type “select disk 1” without the quotes and hit enter. Now we are going to wipe it by typing “clean” command without the quotes and hitting enter  (make sure to do a backup of the contents if you haven’t already) .( refer fig. 3)

fig 3

3) At this point we want to prepare the USB drive for the files and make sure it is bootable. Type “create partition primary” without the quotes and hit enter. Then type “select partition 1” without the quotes and hit enter. Next type “active” without the quotes and hit enter. Finally, type “format fs=fat32” without quotes and hit enter (if you choose to use ntfs, you’ll later have to run the “Bootsect.exe /nt60 G:” command to put boot manager compatible files onto your USB flash drive to make it a bootable device). When it’s done then  type “assign” command without the quotes and hit enter (this will assign a new drive letter to the USB flash drive). ( refer fig . 3)

An AutoPlay window like the one above will appear. Remember the drive letter (here its  H:) then  close the window, type “exit” command without the quotes and hit enter. If you are working with an .ISO image, the best way to do this last part is to mount the file with a program like VIRTUAL CLONE DRIVE. Alternatively, you can extract the files from the .ISO image and simply copy them to the USB drive, but since we’ve been using the command prompt up to this point, we’ll show you how to do the last step with it as well.

If you don’t have the command prompt open, open it with administrative privileges, type “xcopy f:*.* /s/e/f hg:” without the quotes and hit enter. Note that you will likely have to replace “f:” with the drive letter for your Windows 7 DVD and “g:” with the drive letter for your USB flash drive. Don’t worry if install.wim takes a while to copy.

AND IT’S DONE .. !

Click here to read the method 2