If you have a computer, you would love to hear songs and watch videos, as the computer is a pure entertainment device. Have you ever wondered how this sound reaches as the output? In computers, a sound card is preset and along with it, drivers. For effective working, the drivers should have the latest updates. If the drivers do not have the latest updates, sometimes difficulty in achieving the best sound output or glitches while hearing the sound may be experienced. An internet connection is required for Windows to connect to the internet in order to download the updates. To effectively install a sound driver for your Windows 7 operating system, the below mentioned guidelines have to be followed.
Steps to follow
By following the above mentioned guidelines, the sound driver can be installed with ease in the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft support drivers like the sound card driver, video card driver and so on will be installed automatically. If doubts on the functioning of the Microsoft support drivers arise, you may contact our customer support center.Read more »
The lukewarm reception for Windows 8 operating system worldwide has forced the tech giant to release a crucial update for the operating system. This was why Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 update so soon after the release of Windows 8.1. The new update returns a number of features, which Windows 8 lacks. In preparation for the update, which released on 17th of October 2013, the software giant announced some crucial updates to many of its devices and operating systems including Surface Pro.
Firmware update for Surface Pro
Among the new updates that are already released is the firmware update for Surface Pro. Although Surface Pro tablets brought many users to the new OS, it did not last long. It was said that Surface pro did not live up to people’s expectations and suffered from many issues. The new firmware update would therefore help the Surface Pro users switch to the Windows 8.1 OS.
Update for Windows RT
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Windows RT would not receive any firmware update for the new Windows 8.1 update. These users need to check the requirements before trying the new update (Windows 8.1).
Features of the Surface Pro firmware update
Surface Pro firmware update comes with the system aggregator firmware update, Microsoft support drivers and UEFI firmware update. These two critical updates would improve the overall performance of Surface Pro tablets.
About the device driver update
Since the release of Windows 8.1 update, the software giant has also revealed that it would offer major updates for device drivers so as to improve the overall performance of systems running on Windows 8 OS platforms. There are also plans to provide updates for the optimization of Touch Cover 2 for Windows 8.
Surface Pro update to support Type/Touch cover 2
According to Microsoft, the firmware update designed for Surface Pro is not a traditional Windows update. It would improve the overall performance of the device by adding major changes to the key areas of the operating system including adding latest Microsoft support drivers. For instance, the support for Type covers or Touch covers 2.
For the Windows 8.1 update, all users who currently have a valid Windows 8 product installed in their system are allowed to upgrade to the new update without incurring any additional expense. However, installing the key firmware updates prior to the OS upgrade is recommended.Read more »
The Xbox “Red Ring of Death” is when there happens to be three red light rings in the top-right quadrant of the console. Microsoft provides a warranty on its console, which could be of use, should you ever face such a problem. The number of rings flashing is another important deciding factor. The problem could either be simple or very severe. Given below is information volunteered by the Microsoft support team in order to help you get in touch with Microsoft for the Xbox Red Ring issue. Read on to know more.
How to contact Microsoft for The Xbox Red Ring
For further assistance with respect to this procedure, you may contact the Microsoft support center. To visit the Microsoft support website is also recommended if you seek advanced information on the same.Read more »
Many users have already switched to Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft. Even though many have installed the new platform, some of them are still not aware of the short cuts to shutdown, to reboot Windows 8 and to Sleep their system. It is quite true that we all like to try something new and those who are bored with the old interface would definitely love the sleek appearance of the new platform. However, what if you become clueless about the basic operations that needed to be performed on your system? Do not worry as this article covers the basic information about the options to reboot Windows 8, shut down and the Sleep option.
If you already have Windows 8 on your system, you would have already noticed that something is missing on your desktop. Yes, it is the ‘Start’ button. You will not find the Start button on your desktop and this might lead to confusion as how to do the basic tasks in the absence of the same.
You need to know that Windows 8 is optimized for all such functions and the Metro UI would have options logging off as well as to lock the Windows 8 system. But the power control options in Windows 8 can be accessed by two methods and one is to press the Alt + F4 key and the next method is to press the Win +C hotkey and this will permit you to reboot Windows 8, sleep or shutdown the same. Ensure that all programs are closed and your data is saved before you do this.
You need to open Charms Menu by pressing Win +C hotkey and click Settings. Now, select the Power button and here, you would easily find options like Restart, Shutdown, Sleep and other options. If you wish your system to go to the sleep mode, you could access Lock Screen and Log Off options.
If you wish to bring the classic Start menu of Windows 7 to your new Windows 8, you need to use the Metro Controller and this will easily bring up the Power Control dialog box.
After going through the above instructions and it would not be a problem for you to restart, log off or shutdown your Windows 8 OS platform. Just use these shortcut keys and enjoy the new Windows OS platform.Read more »
It’s been some time now since Microsoft first started trying to scare Windows XP users with warnings of impending End of Support for Windows XP. And still this has been pushed back many times now. But now that Windows 8.1 is out, there aren’t as many people who’d be willing to call their bluff.
As per the Microsoft’s official announcement, they’ll stop supporting Windows XP after April 8, 2014, meaning there will be no more security updates or Microsoft support services for this OS after that date. By April 2014, the world’s largest software maker would have supported Windows XP for nearly 12 years.
If you’ve not upgraded before this date, then you will be, in Microsoft’s own words “at your own risk” in handling security vulnerability and any potential malicious threats designed to exploit them.
As per NetMarketShare, just over 38 percent of PCs connected to the internet are still using Windows XP. Considering the fact that Windows XP users have ignored three Operating System upgrades, now, from the looks of it, one can fairly assume that a considerable number of XP diehards still wouldn’t care to upgrade. This, even after Microsoft warned that it would no longer be issuing security updates, all of which pile up to a potentially huge number of vulnerable PCs connected to the web.
The problem is that with so many suddenly vulnerable PCs connected to the internet, it probably only be a matter of time before unpatched vulnerabilities are identified and exploited. This could mean an increase in the number or malicious threats.
In case of individual users, upgrading Windows XP should actually not be too difficult, except a dependency on software that has never been updated. “Based on historical customer deployment data,” says Microsoft, “the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment.”
Moreover, Windows XP is not the only Microsoft product that the company will be pulling the plug on. Internet Explorer 6 on XP, Office 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 will all be will be removed from the list of products Microsoft support services can be availed for. It would also be worth noting that this affects virtual machines as well, so in case you have a Windows XP virtual machine for testing websites, you’re still “at your own risk”.Read more »