Update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

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When you buy a new computer from store recently, the Windows system on the computer might not the newest version, it might be Windows 8, but the newest version is Windows 8.1, which was released on Oct 17 2013. Microsoft accepted lots of feedbacks and suggestions from users since they released Windows 8, they improved lots of features and add new features in Windows 8.1, such as: a start button which is similar in old Windows system. Please read more in here.

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Microsoft Big’s Event Today ?

There were lots of medias got an invite from Microsoft in the last week about an event in Los Angeles in June 18th, but seems nobody got detail information about this event, nobody knew what Microsoft will publish before today.

However, about the noon of today, some media got some updated information but, still no detail:

Microsoft has finally released the details of its much-hyped media event: The invitation-only news conference, where the tech company is expected to debut a tablet device, is scheduled to take place at Milk Studios in Hollywood on Monday afternoon.  — from latimes.com

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Anyway, there are some websites will provide live reports, like this one:

Live from Microsoft’s ‘major announcement’ event

The event time for All over the world.

Sleep, Hibernate and Hybrid Sleep

When you click your Windows 7 “Start” button and click the triangle icon on the right side of “Shut down” button, you can see a list of menu items, which includes Sleep, Hibernate, Hybrid Sleep (recommended for desktop PC).

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By the way if you can not see the “Hibernate” menu item, you have to check some reasons such as whether your video card supports sleep (maybe you have to update your video card driver), or you have to check your BIOS settings, or you don’t have admin permission, or you have turned on “Hybrid Sleep”:

How to set your power plan:

Go to Control Panel and under Hardware and Sound, choose Power Options, or you just input “Sleep” in the search box when you open Control Panel:

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Click “Change plan Settings”, in the next screen click “Change advanced power settings”

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Then you can see the “Sleep” setting, please expand Sleep node as below, you can set your sleep plan here, and Allow hybrid sleep or not, note if you allow hybrid sleep, you will not see Hibernate menu item in menu list which we mentioned on the beginning of this article.

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The differences:

OK, now you know how to set the power plan, and you might have known all the three menu items should be used for that computer to be a kind of “power safe” status. However, what the exact difference among them?

To be short, Sleep is just like you go to sleep but you do not turn off all your lights, you can wake up anytime without needing of turn on all lights which you need; Hibernate is also the case of you go to sleep, but you turned off as most lights as possible you can turned off before you go to sleep, which it can save your most power; Hybrid Sleep is another kind of power saving option, it between Sleep and Hibernate, you just turned off part of your lights before you go to sleep.

For more technically explain the differences, we copied the content from Microsoft official site:

Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.

Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won’t use your laptop for an extended period and won’t have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate—it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work. That way, if a power failure occurs,Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers.

Above content from Microsoft site.

Windows Program Compatibility Assistant

When we ran a Windows Form program and after we closed it, we got a message windows below:

“Windows detected that this program did not run correctly

To try and fix the problem, Windows has applied compatibility settings to this program, Windows will use these settings the n3ext time you run the program

If you noticed that this program didn’t run correctly, try running the program again

Location: C:\Program Files(x86)\Micro…\devenv.exe”

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What is the Program Compatibility Assistant?

The Program Compatibility Assistant detects known compatibility issues in older programs. After you have run an older program in this version of Windows, it notifies you if there is a problem and offers to fix it the next time you run the program. If the compatibility issue is serious, the Program Compatibility Assistant might warn you or block the program from running. If that happens, you’ll have the option to check online for possible solutions.

But don’t worry the Windows Program Compatibility will NOT modify the program, it just change something in Windows so that Windows can run the program correctly.

Does my CPU support 64-bit or 32-bit ?

When you update your Windows Operating System from Windows XP or completely install a new Windows 7, you have to choose an option of 64-bit or 32-bit system, this depends on your CPU, if your CPU supports 64-bit, you can choose either Windows 7 64-bit or 32-bit; if your CPU only supports 32-bit, then you can ONLY choose 32-bit other than 64-bit system.

Then the question is how I can know my CPU type ? How do I know my CPU support 64-bit or 32-bit ?

There are different ways, Here we provides several ways on Windows OS, If your computer has Windows XP or other Windows OS installed, you can go ahead to check following content, otherwise, please go to other place to find help:

First of all, we have to know: If we want to check our CPU supports 64-bit or 32-bit, we can NOT rely on our Windows system actually, the reason is just like we have mentioned above, for example: If your Windows system is 32-bit currently, you can not say your CPU support 32-bit only, because it possible support 64-bit too.

1: The most reliable way is using 3rd party tool, but you have to find the tool and install the tool first.Here we introduce a popular hardware checking tool: CPU-Z, we have already talked about it in previous article: Check Your Computer CPU, Motherboard, Graphics Devices…

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However, some people do not like installing too many tool, so let us talk the ways using Windows System, but you have to know it might not be reliable:

2:  If your CPU is AMD, the thing might be simple:

In Windows XP, Go to My Computer, select Properties:

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On System Properties windows, you can see the information about CPU, AMD CPU by default has already provided 64-bit or 32-bit in General tab:

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3: If your CPU is Intel style, it is not simple to get the information. Because most of time you can not read the 64-bit or 32-bit information from property “General” page directly:

Go to Hardware tab and click Device Manger button:

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Expand Processors node, right click one of CPU item and choose Properties:

(Note: Because we do not have a Windows XP system with an intel CPU, so the picture shown below is from a Windows XP with AMD cpu, but the step and screen shot is similar)

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In the properties window, click Details tab page, make sure you have chosen “Hardware Ids” from dropdown list, The following screen shot showing a list which include “x86 Family” information, that means current Windows Operating System is 32-bit (Note: Windows system is 32-bit, means the CPU support 32-bit, but you don’t know whether it support 64-bit)

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We provide another sample from an Intel CPU pc with Windows 7 64-bit system installed:

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Summary:

The 64-bit or 32-bit information from Windows system normally indicate the Windows system, not means CPU style. unless you can see the information explicitly indicated for CPU, like the AMD cpu we mentioned

The most reliable ways is using some specified tools.

About Windows 7 Local Security Policy Editor

    * You will need to be an administrator to open the Local Security Policy Editor.

    * The Local Security Group Policy Editor will only be available in the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterpise editions.

    * You will not have the Local Security Policy Editor available in the Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium editions.