Microsoft Removes Windows 8.1 August Update For Causing Black Screen at Boot Error

Windows 8.1 August Update

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 August Update (also called Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.1 August 2014 Update) this month. August Update was stated to bring many new improvements and features to Windows 8.1 Update 1. Details about the new features and improvements are at the bottom of this post. But it seems all didn't went well for some users who installed this update. After installing this update, some Windows 8.1 users complained of a Black Screen at Boot. Microsoft acknowledging the issue and withdrew all the four patches that were part of the August Update. The four patches identified are KB2982791, KB2970228, KB2975719 and KB2975331. Download links of Windows 8.1 August Update are no longer available to users. …
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Best Free Duplicate File Finder For Windows

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Duplicate files may seem harmless to many computer users. If only users knew that these files causes more trouble than good. They eat up hard disk space and system resources, further slowing down your computer. Before you will even know, your large 1 TB or more hard disk space gets filled up. All of these unneeded files causes chaos and increases disorganization in your computer system. Recently, I started facing this inevitable issue myself. My hard disks, (internal and external, which is more than 6 TB in total) got filled up with files. As happens to any user having tons of disk space, I never organized them properly. I just saved them where ever I found space. Be it on the internal hard disk or external drives. The same version of files mercilessly cloned are now scattered across the different hard disks. That's when the thought of organizing files came in my mind. But before that I should remove all the duplicate files from all the different storage drives. I tried to find the …
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Microsoft Windows 9 May Be Offered Free To Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP Users?

Windows 8.1 August Update

Earlier we heard the rumor about Microsoft offering Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold) to Windows 8 users free of cost. Now another rumor is brewing about Windows 9, the successor of Windows 8.1. Rumor is, Microsoft may go as far as offering Windows 9 free upgrade to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users? Expected to land in spring 2015, Windows 9 is now one of the most anticipated Windows next edition. Microsoft is also expected to offer a minor update, dubbed Update 2 to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users. …
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Windows 9 May Be Offered As Free Upgrade For Windows 8.1 Users

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The websphere is buzzing aloud with the rumor that Microsoft may offer the next version of Windows, Windows 9 as a free upgrade (or at a discounted price) for Windows 8.1 Update 2 consumers. Although nothing is announced officially but according to WZOR (a Russian group which is popular for leaks related to Microsoft products), Windows 9 may be released as free upgrade. This move (if Microsoft makes) may be similar to what its competitor Apple has adopted. The move makes sense in the present scenario of release and distribution of operating systems. Almost all competitors is now offering their operating system for free. Apple does this since 2013, Google offers Chrome OS for free, Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution is always free. Apple started offering free upgrade of its OS X operating system since OS X 10.9 Mavericks release. All users of OS X 10.8 received OS X 10.9 through Mac App Store. Windows may be the most popular operating system but with the huge shift from …
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How To Find Out If My Windows 8.1 Is Running Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 Update 1

Microsoft for Patch Tuesday this month released 66 patches. Most of these patches are for Internet Explorer. It fixes a lot of undisclosed security issues in the web browser. But you may not receive this update if you don't have Windows 8.1 Update 1 installed on Windows 8.1. Microsoft always delivers security patches and bug fixes via Windows Update. Good way to keep Windows updated but not for everyone especially Windows 8 or 8.1 users. They may be missing the updates if they don't have Windows 8.1 Update installed. Microsoft already warned 8.x users saying they will not receive any updates if they don't have 8.1 Update 1 installed. But how to tell if Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system have Windows 8.1 Update 1 installed? …
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VeraCrypt Disk Encryption Utility For Windows, A TrueCrypt Alternative

VeraCrypt a TrueCrypt alternative

VeraCrypt is an on-the-fly encryption utility, a fork of TrueCrypt. A software fork means that the software is using the source code of the original but it's not a clone. Before we talk more about VeraCrypt, here's what happened to the original TrueCrypt software. TrueCrypt (discontinued now by its original developers) was the most popular encryption software. The sudden abandon of the open source project left many speculations and even led to many conspiracy theories. Official TrueCrypt website started redirecting to SourceForge page. Official announcement stated that TrueCrypt is "not secure" and may have "security issues." The developers even asked users to use Microsoft Windows BitLocker to encrypt data. The internet was abuzz about the sudden death of the popular project. Many infosec people started suggesting TrueCrypt alternatives. Since VeraCrypt is a fork of TrueCrypt, users may consider it as a good alternative of TrueCrypt. …
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Best Freeware File Compression Software For Windows

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver for Windows

File compression or file archiving is nothing new for the computing world. In fact its pretty much de-facto for users who regularly downloads files or share files. The concept of packing multiple files into a compressed archive before sending it to someone was very important in the earlier days of the Internet with very less bandwidth. Although the Internet is much faster now with lots of bandwidth, the concept of file compressing is still going great. People still compress files (multiple files) into a single file before sending them over the Internet. One of the advantages of using file compression is it reduces the chances of forgetting to attach an important file. It's also very frustrating for the person who is receiving the file. Instead of downloading multiple files one after another, he/she just needs to download a single archive. This also bypasses (if the compressed file is password protected) the compressed files from the prying eyes of various email or cloud storage …
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Big Savings On Windows Phone Games: Select Marvel, Disney Games Up For Sale Until June 2nd

Windows Phone Games Sale

Great news for Windows Phone users! Disney games and Marvel games came up with a very good deal for all Windows Phone users. Last time here, we covered Disney's latest game based on its movie Maleficent. Now, Disney has released three more games for casual gamer using Windows Phone. Along with the new releases, starting today Disney and Marvel is giving you a chance to grab the games at just $0.99 each. The sale will run through June 2, 2014. Love playing casual games? Go buy the Windows Phone games from the Windows Phone Store today. The games are also on sale for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 users available from the Windows Store. …
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After End Of Support Download Windows XP Updates Until April 2019 Using This Trick

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Officially, Windows XP support is over on April 8, 2014. This means, if you still have Windows XP, you will not receive any updates or security patches from Microsoft. Although, in some exceptional situations, Microsoft may release an update (as seen when Microsoft released IE patch for Windows XP. But these exceptions are very rare. Without updates and security patches Windows XP is vulnerable to attacks. Microsoft has pushed users to upgrade their operating system to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft issued many warnings to Windows XP users who aren't upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 or higher operating system. Well, many users did listened to the Redmond software giant and upgraded their operating system. But there are still many Windows XP users who are not upgrading. For these die-hard Windows XP fans, here comes something which is surely going to make you happy. It seems there's a trick that can revive Windows XP to live for a few more months or years. This trick will let …
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Disney’s Maleficent Free Fall Available For Download From Windows Store, Windows Phone Store

Download Maleficent Free Fall

Do you or your kids love the games released by Disney? Without doubt almost all the puzzle games released by Disney are very enjoyable both for kids and grown-ups. The games inspired by Disney's movies are good too. Last time, when Disney released the movie Frozen, it came up with a puzzle game titled Frozen Free Fall inspired by the movie itself. It's still available for download from the Windows Store. Now, Disney came up with a new game inspired by the upcoming epic live-action film Maleficent. Best of all, the game aptly titled Maleficent Free Fall is available for free from the Windows Store and from the Windows Phone Store! …
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