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Windows 8 Consumer Preview:


Frequently asked questions



Here are answers to some common questions about Windows 8 Consumer Preview. We'll update this list with more questions and answers, so check back later.

What is Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8 that focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows, but we’ve made it even better. It’s fast, and it’s made to work on a variety of form factors—especially the new generation of touch devices.

Here’s your chance to be one of the first to try it out. We'll be using information from preview users to make the final product even better.

For detailed product and feature information, download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide (available in English only).



Is Windows 8 Consumer Preview ready for everyone to try?

We strongly recommend that only experienced PC users download Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Before you download the preview, you should weigh the pros and cons of installing software that's still in development. If you install the preview release, you'll get to try out the many new features, but you might also encounter errors that you wouldn't encounter using a released version of Windows.


You should consider downloading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview only if all of the following apply to you:


•You like to use the latest software and enjoy experimenting with new technology.
•You're comfortable backing up a PC, formatting a hard drive, and installing an operating system from scratch.
•You feel comfortable troubleshooting PC problems yourself.
•You don't mind updating software frequently.
•You have the installation or recovery media and the knowledge to restore your previous operating system after you're done testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Are there risks to installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Yes. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested, but it’s not the finished product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data and you shouldn't test Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your primary home or business PC. You might also encounter problems like:

•Software that doesn’t install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs.

•Printers, video cards, or other hardware that doesn’t work.
•Difficulty accessing corporate or home networks.
•Files that might become corrupted.

You should carefully balance the risks and rewards of trying out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview before you install it.



How do I provide feedback?

The best way to provide feedback is to participate in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum. On this dedicated forum, you'll find thousands of other Windows enthusiasts who are testing our product, posting their experiences, and participating in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview online community. In particular, if you think you've encountered a problem that you'd like to have addressed in future releases of Windows 8, post a “Bug Report” about your issue on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum. In your post, describe what you encountered, any text or messages that were displayed, and other information that would help us reproduce your issue in our own testing environments. We're monitoring the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum and might ask you to post additional information to help us improve the experience.

You can also provide feedback by participating in the Windows Feedback Program and help shape the next generation of Windows. Learn more.


Where do I go for Windows 8 Consumer Preview support?

We’ve created some online forums where you can ask questions and get answers from other Consumer Preview testers and Microsoft support professionals. (We don't offer technical support for prerelease software, including Windows 8 Consumer Preview.)



•Visit the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum

•Visit the Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview forum

•Visit the developer forums for building apps

•Visit the IT pro forums for Windows 8 business features


Downloading and installing

What are the system requirements for Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:



•Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

•RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
•Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
•Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher

Additional requirements to use certain features:



•To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
•To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
•To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.



What happens when I download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup?

When you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup, the following happens:

1.Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup checks your PC to see if it can run the consumer preview, and provides a compatibility report that you can save or print (make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run the Setup program). The Setup program then selects the optimized version of the download (up to 25% smaller) that is right for your PC (32-bit or 64-bit).

2.The built-in download manager lets you start, stop, and resume the download at any time.

3.Once Windows 8 Consumer Preview is downloaded, you choose how and when to install it. You can install on the current drive or you can make an ISO or bootable flash drive for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on another partition, virtual machine, or another PC (requires Windows Vista or Windows 7).



Is there an alternative to using Setup? Can I just download an ISO image?

Yes. As an alternative to using Setup, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is also available to download as an ISO image.

Where do I download developer tools and samples to build apps?

Free developer tools and samples are available from the Windows Dev Center downloads page.

Can I upgrade from previous versions of Windows to Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Yes, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Windows Developer Preview, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, but you might not be able to keep all of your files, programs, and settings. The following table shows what you can keep during an upgrade depending on the current version of Windows running on your PC:



Current operating system:  What you can keep

Windows Developer Preview

•User accounts and files

Windows 7

•Programs

•Windows settings

•User accounts and files



Windows Vista

•Windows settings
•User accounts and files


Windows XP

•User accounts and files


Warning

If you create installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you won't be able to keep your files, programs, or settings. You must install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program to move files and settings over to Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

What languages is the preview available in?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available in English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, and Japanese. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program will automatically detect your current language selection. If you don't have one of these languages selected, you can choose the language you want to download.



Note

If you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a language that's different from the language currently on your PC, you won't be able to keep your programs or settings.

How large are the Windows 8 Consumer Preview download files?

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Consumer Preview before downloading either the 32-bit (x86) or the 64-bit (x64) version and will select the architecture that’s currently installed on your PC. If you prefer to choose a different architecture, you can download an ISO image. The table below shows the sizes of the download packages when using Setup.


Will my devices and programs work with Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview should work with the same devices and programs that work with Windows 7. In some cases, the device or program might require an update or you might need to uninstall some programs, and then reinstall them after installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program will scan your PC to determine what's compatible and provide a report that you can save or print. Make sure your devices are connected to your PC and turned on before you run the Setup program. If you want compatibility info for a specific device or program, see the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Compatibility Center.



How do l install Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

You have a few options for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

•Run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program from the PC where you want to install the preview. (Setup checks to see if your PC is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows and provides you with the correct download.)

•Run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program and use the built-in tools for converting an ISO image into installation media, such as a DVD or USB bootable flash drive (requires Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Developer Preview). You can then use this media to install the preview on another partition, virtual machine, or another PC.

•If you don't want to use the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program, you can download an ISO image and use it to create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview.


Do I need a product key to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

If you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program, you won't need to enter a product key—the setup program automatically provides the product key. If you create installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you'll need to enter this product key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8.



Can I uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

No. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.



What is a Microsoft account and do I need one to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in to Windows. You can use any email address, but it's best if you choose the one you already use to communicate with friends and sign in to your favorite websites. You don't need a Microsoft account to use Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but we highly recommend that you use one. When you sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account, you’ll connect your PC to the people, files, and devices you care about. (If you need an email address, we can give you one for free.)



When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud and:


•Your friends’ contact info and status automatically stay up to date from places like Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as soon as you connect those services to your Microsoft account.


•You can get to and share your photos, docs, and other files from places like SkyDrive, Facebook, and Flickr.
•Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 Consumer Preview that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
•You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 Consumer Preview that you sign in to.

If you've already installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview and didn't sign in with a Microsoft account or you don't have a Microsoft account and want to get one, follow these steps:



1.Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Settings.)



2.Tap or click More PC settings.



3.Tap or click Users.



4.Tap or click Switch to a Microsoft account.



Where can I get more information about consumer security software providers?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with Windows Defender which provides antimalware protection to monitor and help protect your PC against viruses and other malware in real time. If you want to install other antimalware or antivirus software, visit the Security software providers for Windows 8 Consumer Preview page to find out what works with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.





Apps and the Windows Store

Hide allDo I need a Microsoft account to use the Windows Store?

Yes. With a Microsoft account, you can see all of the apps you bought from the Store and you can install any of those apps on up to five PCs.

To sign up for a Microsoft account:

1.Open Windows Store, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Settings.)



2.Tap or click Accounts and preferences, tap or click Sign in, and then tap or click Don't have a Microsoft account?



I got an app from the Store but can't find it on my PC. Where is it?

After apps are installed, a tile for the app appears on the Start screen. If you don't see the tile for an app, you can try searching for the app on your PC:



1.Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.

(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)



2.Make sure the search is set to Search Apps, and then enter the name of the app.

If an app doesn't appear in the search results, you can reinstall it on your PC:

1.Open Windows Store, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Settings.)
2.Tap or click Accounts and preferences, tap or click View your apps, and then choose the app you want to reinstall.



How do I use my apps on other PCs?

You can install any of the apps you bought from the Store on up to five PCs. To install one of your apps on another PC:

1.Open Windows Store, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Settings.)
2.Tap or click Accounts and preferences, tap or click View your apps, and then choose the app you want to reinstall.



I'm having trouble with an app. How do I get help for it?

If you're having a technical problem with an app, you can contact the developer of the app for support. To view the developer's support info:
1.Open Windows Store, and go to the app's description page.
2.Tap or click App support to see the developer's support website or contact info.

If you have questions about Windows Store, you can get answers from other Windows users and Microsoft technical support in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forum.




Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview



Why don’t toolbars and add-ons work?

Internet Explorer 10 provides an “add-on free” experience. It supports HTML 5 for video content, but you can't install toolbars and add-ons in Internet Explorer 10.
If you are viewing a webpage that requires an add-on or uses Flash, you can view the content by opening the website in Internet Explorer for the desktop. To do this, swipe in from the right edge of the screen (if you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen), tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Use the desktop.



Where do I find my favorites?

Internet Explorer 10 doesn't use the traditional Favorites from previous versions. Instead, you can pin websites to the Start screen or open a list of pinned sites and frequently visited sites using New tab. If you open Internet Explorer for the desktop, you can use the traditional Favorites, but you can’t access the pinned sites from the Start screen.



How do I view a website in Compatibility View?

To view a website in Compatibility View, open Internet Explorer for the desktop, and then click the Compatibility view button in the address bar.



How do I set my default web browser?

1.On the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
2.Enter Default programs, and then tap or click Apps.
3.In the search results, tap or click Default Programs.
4.Tap or click Set your Default Programs.
5.Choose the browser you want from the list.
6.Select Set this program as default, and then tap or click OK.



I can't find the Internet Explorer 10 tile on the Start screen. How do I get it back?

Internet Explorer 10 might have accidentally become unpinned. To pin it back to your Start screen, follow these steps:
1.Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
2.Enter Internet Explorer, and then tap or click Apps.

3.In the search results, swipe down on the Internet Explorer icon, and then tap Pin to Start.

(If you're using a mouse, right-click Internet Explorer, and then click Pin to Start.)



If you set a browser other than Internet Explorer 10 as the default browser, the tile for Internet Explorer 10 won't appear on the Start screen. To bring it back, follow these steps:

1.On the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
2.Enter Default programs, and then tap or click Apps.
3.In the search results, tap or click Default Programs.
4.Choose Internet Explorer from the list.
5.Select Set this program as default, and then tap or click OK.
Use the earlier steps to pin the Internet Explorer tile back to the Start screen.



Where do I go for more help with Internet Explorer?

If you have questions about or want to provide feedback on Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview forum.

Windows 8 Touch Keyboard - features, reviews, pics

Touch keyboard



Windows 8 has two touch keyboards for ultimate mobility and flexibility. An improved, full-sized touch

keyboard with larger buttons and a unique thumb keyboard make it easy to use your computer on the

go. Whether you’re walking around or sitting down, it’s more comfortable and natural to type using your

thumbs when the keyboard is split.

The touch keyboard in Windows 8 includes several features to speed up your typing and make it more

accurate. Improved keyboard technology is designed to minimize inaccurate key strokes while automatically

correcting mistyped words without slowing you down. To make typing more efficient, Windows suggests

words on screen as you type, allowing you to choose the suggested word with a single tap.

The keyboard adapts to different languages. On touch-based computers, the layout of the keyboard


automatically adjusts to the language you choose for Windows. Your input and language settings

automatically apply to the whole computer rather than to just specific programs.
 

Add GTalk chat feature to your blog website : easiest simple solution, 3 steps

How to add GTalk/Chat feauture to your blog/website


Google Talk is a great tool for getting chat support added to your website or blog in a matter of minutes. You must have a Google account in order to create live chat tool to your blog. The visitor doesn’t have to have a Google account themselves to chat with you. If users not signed into their Google accounts, they will appear as unidentified users.To create chat badge to your blog or website follow the simple steps.

Step 1: Create your own gtalk app


  • Edit it according to your need, like Title, Nickname and style. (remember, you need to login into your google account)
 Step 2: Copy the code to your blog.


If you are using blogger platform, go to dashboard>>design>>add new page element as html/script>> and paste the code in box.

Step 3: Save the changes and check. Done. \m/

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Windows 8 : Latest upgrade, features, rumors,articles,links,files,bugs.issue,review

Windows 8 : What you dont know about it

With Windows 8, Microsoft is making one of the biggest upgrades to its PC operating system. For one, it will replace the Start Menu with a Start Screen - with tiles that contain shortcuts to applications - similar to the Metro interface seen on its Windows Phone 7 OS.

It will also be introducing the Ribbon interface - first seen in Office 2007- to Windows Explorer. It will launch a store for the new Metro-style apps that Windows 8 will support.

But the changes to the new OS are not just cosmetic. Windows 8 has been designed ground-up to support ARM processors - the chips used in tablets - apart from the X86 processors from Intel and AMD. This means the same operating system will be available on desktops, laptops and slates.

And regardless of the machine's form factor, whether tablet or PC, this new OS promises a slew of brand new features that seem just as compelling to power users as they are enticing to newbies.

Picture Password
It can be rather cumbersome to enter long, complex passwords on touchscreen devices such as tablets. Yet, having a strong passcode is important, especially on portable devices. To allow for better security, Windows 8 utilizes a new system that incorporates pictures and gestures in user authentication. It's a simple concept: Users will first need to select an image on which to perform a gesture.

The gestures could be tapping on something in the picture, encircling something, or drawing a line between two points.

A "password" would then comprise any combination of these three. Since you can pick any photo to perform the gesture on, these actions could be based on the image, such as tapping someone's nose, encircling a book, or drawing a line along the edge of an object.



Windows to go
Portable applications are a growing trend. Already, you can run software such as web browsers, word processors, image editors etc from a pen drive (so you can carry your favourite software to use on almost any computer).

With Windows 8, you will even be able to take the entire operating system with you. Enterprise versions of the OS will be capable of running off a flash drive or portable harddrive. Since your Windows environment pretty much makes your computer yours, you will - in effect - be carrying your entire PC around without having to lug bulky hardware.

Refresh and Reset
After an extended period of using Windows, you will often find a noticeable decrease in performance - as applications are installed, and then uninstalled, remnants of these programs start to build up and cause performance issues. The best solution in such cases is to reinstall the OS and migrate your data to the new copy. But this solution has been needlessly difficult till now - and usually, only expert users resort to it. Windows 8 will change all that...

The new OS will have two options, Refresh and Reset, to tackle this problem. Reset, as its name suggests, resets your installation to its initial state. It deletes all your personal data and software, leaving a fresh Windows 8 computer that you can even hand over to someone else. Refresh is a less drastic measure. It retains your personal data, customisations and settings, and reinstalls Windows in-place.

After this procedure you can log into the same old account, and see all your documents intact. Your desktop apps will be gone, but a list of those will be saved so you can remember which ones you need to reinstall. If you want to refresh Windows to a customised state (instead of a blank slate), you can do that as well.



Better Automatic Updates
With Windows 8, you will no longer be harassed by those frequent 15-minute warnings that inform you that your system has been updated and needs to be restarted. With the new OS, Windows Update (WU) will consolidate all the restarts in a month into one single restart.

With this new feature, it will not matter when the updates are released, since these restarts will wait till the month's security release. In case of a critical update, however, WU will download, install and restart automatically.

But this will happen only when the security threat is dire enough - and there is no chance of losing the user's data. That means the restarts will not happen if you are not at your PC, if you have applications running in the background, or if there is potentially unsaved work.



File Management Improves
The copying mechanisms that Windows currently uses can be quite inefficient. Not only are the 'copy time' estimates frustratingly erroneous, but even basic features such as pausing a transfer are absent.

Windows 8 rectifies this and a number of other issues with improvements in its file management system.

First of all, if you are running multiple file operations on Windows 8, it consolidates them all into a single window showing all transfers. Secondly, individual operations can be paused or cancelled. And while the basic Copy operation window is simplified, there is a new detailed view that offers a lot more, including the current speed, and a graph of how that speed has changed over time.

Conflicts while copying are also managed better. If while copying from one folder to another Windows detects multiple conflicting files, it can show you a detailed list of files in both the folders and the differences between them, along with the option to skip files that are exactly the same on both sides.

Windows 8 also makes it possible for you to access files in an ISO file without burning it to a disc.



Logging via Windows Live ID
A Windows Live ID gives you access to Microsoft cloud services such as Hotmail for email, Office Web for online document creation and collaboration, SkyDrive for online file storage, Live messenger for chat etc. In Windows 8, Microsoft will let you log into your computer with this ID.

It might seem odd to log into your own PC with an online account, however, Microsoft offers a number of advantages for such users. First, such accounts will automatically be synchronised with Microsoft's servers. Many of your settings such as your wallpaper, mouse settings, Explorer settings, Internet Explorer history and favourites, spell-check dictionaries and a number of other settings will be available on any computer, you log into with this account - and if you make a change on one computer it will be reflected to all other computers.

Metro-style applications purchased from the Windows Store will also be available on all your computers, along with their settings. An eBook reader, for instance, could let you start reading a book on one Windows 8 device and continue on another. IE10 already supports this feature and will keep browsing sessions in sync across computers.


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Windows 8 Developer Preview downloads

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.



Note: You can't uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.


Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64)

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All of the following come on a disk image file (.iso). See below for installation instructions.


64-bit Windows 8 Developer Preview


Windows SDK for Metro style apps


Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 Developer Preview


Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview


28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app




Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)
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Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 64-bit PC.


Note: This download does not include developer tools. You must download the Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools 64-bit (x64) to build Metro style apps.




Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86)

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Includes a disk image file (.iso) to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Metro style apps on a 32-bit PC.


Note: This download does not include developer tools. You must download the Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools 64-bit (x64) to build Metro style apps.




Live SDKDOWNLOAD (1.3 MB)






The Live SDK provides a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with Windows Live ID and access information from SkyDrive, Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger. To learn more and to download the SDK, go to the Live Connect Dev Center.




System Requirements :

The Windows 8 Developer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7:



  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Taking advantage of touch input requires a screen that supports multi-touch
  • To run Metro style Apps, you need a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater






Notes about installing the Windows 8 Developer PreviewA clean install is supported on all builds, but you can upgrade if you are installing a download without the developer tools. You will receive the full set of migration options when setup is launched in Windows. To dual-boot, you must first boot from media and choose an alternative partition.






Install on: Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools Windows 8 Developer Preview without developer tools (32-bit or 64-bit)


Windows 7 and Windows Vista Clean install only You can keep accounts, files, and settings


Windows XP Clean install only You can only keep accounts and files


How to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview from an ISO image?

The Windows 8 Developer Preview is delivered as an .iso image that must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. On Windows 7, the easiest way to convert this file is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On Windows XP and Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an .iso file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.






Note: The .iso file that contains the developer tools requires a large capacity DVD called a DVD-9, as well as a DVD burner that can handle dual-layer (DL) DVDs. Most modern burners should be able to handle this format.




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Chinese behind Microsoft Store Hacking

Microsoft's online store in India has been hacked. The site, http://www.microsoftstore.co.in/, is now offline but reports on the Internet indicate that the "Chinese Evil Shadow Team" has taken credit for this hack. The hackers have access to usernames and passwords that were stored in plain text and were not encrypted thereby making it really easy for them to obtain the data.
As per The Verge, Quasar Media has been "appointed by Microsoft to own, maintain and operate the online store." As of writing this article, the Microsoft online store is still down.
Visiting the website now gives the following message: The Microsoft Store India is currently unavailable. Microsoft is working to restore access as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
A Microsoft spokesperson has responded by saying: "Microsoft is investigating a limited compromise of the company's online store in India. The store customers have already been sent guidance on the issue and suggested immediate actions. We are diligently working to remedy the issue and keep our customers protected."

In the past we have seen loss of a lot of user data especially with the Sony PlayStation hack, which was the highlight of 2011.

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