Upgrading your Windows 8 system to Windows 8.1 is simple enough through the Microsoft Store, but if you need to reinstall it or run the update on more than one PC, it can be inconvenient and time-consuming since Microsoft doesn't give you the option to save the update files.
There's a trick, however, that allows you to download the official Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft's servers with your Windows 8 product key. With the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can create DVD or USB media to update a Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1. … Read more
The Microsoft Surface 2 is a definite upgrade over 2012's Surface RT. It's faster, with a sharper screen, and houses better cameras. If you're choosing between the older (still available) and newer model, the newer is the decidedly better option, even with its $100 premium. A far more appropriate question, however, is whether a Surface tablet in general is right for you.
There are two main issues with the Surface 2 that keep it from achieving true excellence. First -- with the notable exception of Microsoft Office 2013, which is bundled for free -- Windows RT is … Read more
Happy Friday! Here you'll find a recap of some of the best moments of the week in video format.
Apple finally sent out invites to their October 22nd event in San Francisco and speculation on what will be announced is mounting. Brian Tong breaks down everything you need to know beforehand, including what we expect to see and more in this week's Apple Byte.
For those of you who crave a challenging home project, CNET's How-To expert, Dan Graziano walks you through the entire process of building your own custom computer. But that's not all DIYers! … Read more
Intel's Broadwell chip won't launch until the second half of 2014, as the chipmaker increasingly does battle with the laws of physics.
That means a longer wait for next-gen PCs and Macs.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday that production of the processor is delayed by about a quarter due to a "defect density" issue. In other words, it's a challenge to manufacture lots of good chips.
That pushes out the product launch too. "Production will begin in the first quarter of 2014 and the launch will be in the second half," … Read more
On Thursday, the long-awaited update for Windows 8 was finally released into the wild. Windows 8.1 brings a slew of new features, upgrades, and overall improvements to the operating system and every app that comes with it.
If you've been using the Preview version of 8.1, many of these features should already seem familiar: swiping up from the base brings up the All Apps drawer, desktop backgrounds can move in parallax effect, and of course, the obligatory "Start" button is back (though it's just a visual icon for the home screen).
Other changes include … Read more
Windows 8.1 is now available as a free download for Windows 8 users. Microsoft's latest operating system introduces many new features to the platform and includes fixes for most of the original problems users had been dealing with over the past year.
Here's how you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 from earlier versions of Windows:
Windows 8 Be sure to back up your personal data and check for any updated drivers before downloading the operating system. The Windows 8.1 update requires more than 3GB of space; make sure you have enough free space on your … Read more
The software giant plans to host an AMA, or "Ask Me Anything," on Reddit from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT on Thursday. It said in a tweet that several of its engineers will talk about the revamped operating system.
We will be hosting an IAmA on reddit today w/ several of our engineers to talk about Windows 8.1 from 10:30am to 12:00pm (PST).Join us!— The Windows Blog (@windowsblog) October 17, 2013 You can find the AMA link here. … Read more
The launch of Windows 8.1 has ushered in several updated applications, led by Facebook.
The social network on Thursday released its official app for Windows 8.1. The application comes with many of the features users would expect, including the ability to see friend activity in the News Feed and Notifications. Users can also receive Facebook updates automatically on the Start Screen. The app is available for free in the Windows Store.
In addition, several other applications have been updated to work with Windows 8.1, including the following:Mail, Calendar, and People have all been updated to work … Read more