Recent versions of Microsoft Windows need to be activated using a valid product key. The activation process ensures that Microsoft receives payment for each computer where Windows is used.Know More
As of March 2014, the most recent version of Microsoft Windows is 8.1. This version of Windows cannot be legitimately activated without a valid product key, and a product key needs to be supplied during the Windows 8.1 installation process. A 30-day grace period is not available with Windows 8.1, as was the case with the previous version of Windows. Attempting to circumvent the activation procedure by using a fraudulent product key can lead to error messages about activation and may also cause the computer to shut down on an hourly basis.
Consumers can purchase Windows 8.1 at the Microsoft online store or at another reputable software retailer. Both a standard and professional version are available as is a special discounted version of the professional edition for students. Core Windows features are found in all versions, while the professional version unlocks additional networking and encryption capabilities.
When Windows is purchased directly from the Microsoft Store, the product key is saved for record keeping. In the event one needs to reinstall a previously purchased copy of Windows at a later date, the ability to recall the product key could save one the need to buy the software again solely to receive a new product key.Learn more about Software
Benefits of the Microsoft Windows operating system over other operating systems include its ease of use, backward compatibility with earlier versions of Windows, the extensive support that it offers for both new and old versions and ready availability of software for this operating system. The Windows OS is arguably the most user-oriented operating system on the market, designed to be usable without any prior knowledge of computers.Full Answer >
No version of Microsoft Windows offers a user-guided registry cleaning application as a part of the base operating system, as of 2014. Windows, for the most part, maintains its registry in the background without user intervention. Third-party software is available that fulfills this function, however. CCleaner Free is one of the most recommended freeware programs that features a registry cleaner.Full Answer >
You can print an image of the screen on a Windows computer by pressing the Print Screen key near the top right of your keyboard. If you only need to capture the image in a specific window, press Alt+Print Screen.Full Answer >
To refresh a Windows 8 PC, press the Windows key and the C key together or navigate the mouse pointer to the bottom right or top right corner of the screen in order to make the Charms bar appear, then click on "Settings," select "Change PC settings" and click on "General." Scroll down to the "Refresh your PC without affecting your Files" option and click "Get Started;" a screen detailing what will happen when Windows 8 is refreshed will appear. Click on "Next" to begin the refresh; the entire process will take a couple of minutes.Full Answer >