Fixing Driver Issues After Windows 8 Upgrade In Toshiba Laptop

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It does not matter which computer or laptop you use, it is always advisable that you run the latest operating system in it. This is because by installing the latest operating system, your computer will have the latest security features. It will be more refined and free from bugs. Since newer operating systems run faster than the old ones, you can work more efficiently. According to Windows help blogs, by using a new operating system, you will be able to run most of the hardware and software applications. This is because these applications would be designed to function with all latest operating systems in the market.

Now, the latest operating system available in the market is Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. It comes in two different versions; the Standard version with a price tag of 119.99 dollars and the professional version for 199.99 dollars. If you have bought your laptop before 2012, you might most probably have Windows 7 preinstalled in it. As mentioned above, it is advisable to upgrade to the latest operating system for receiving the best support.

However, some of the users of Toshiba laptops have complained that the upgrade to Windows 8 has resulted in some major troubles like driver issues. In this post, we will find out how to resolve these driver issues.

Steps Involved

  • Turn on the laptop. If you are in the desktop screen, go to the Start screen. Press the Windows key in the keyboard to go to the Start screen.
  • In the Start screen, press the button Windows and Q together. Search for the option Service Station and select it.
  • The above step launches the window for Toshiba Service Station.
  • Select the Accept button and choose the option Check for Updates.
  • With the above step, you will receive a list of Windows 8 drivers available. Choose the option Toshiba Service Station Client Update and choose the button Download/Install. With this, you can ensure that you do not have to download each update and install it.

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  • When the installation of Toshiba Service Station completes, mark the check box near the option Install and then choose the button Install All.
  • The drivers will be downloaded automatically. This could last for several minutes and depends on the speed of your internet connection.
  • Restart the computer when the installation completes.

With the above step, you can fix the driver issues associated with your Toshiba laptop. For further assistance, you may contact the Windows help center or our technical support team.

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The Latest Windows 8.1 Phone Update Marred By Problems

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Problems with Microsoft updates happen repeatedly. This time, it is the Windows 8.1 Phone Update, which is reportedly affected by a few bugs. Of course, the online Windows support services are quick to respond to these problems and fix them at the earliest. However, it would be better to do a thorough testing before they release these updates in the first place so as to reduce the chances of such errors.

About the latest Windows update error

The Windows Update file we are discussing here is the General Distribution Release 1 update, referred commonly as GDR1 with the version number 14147.180. This update was released automatically to those who are using the Developer Preview of the operating system. According to the Windows support website, this update adds many features and options to the Windows 8.1 Phone.

This update is said to bring along the voice assistant application developed by Microsoft called Cortana. Yet, at present, this will only be available in a few select countries. Other features like Live Folders, an improved version of the Internet Explorer 11 browser, etc. are also available with this update.

One of the first problems reported recently was about the non-availability of these updates to the HTC smartphone users. According to the Windows support website, there are some issues in the update, which have to be fixed before it is released to the HTC users. HTC smartphone OS requires the use of official updates released through the manufacturer.

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Interestingly, some users faced a different problem. They were able to download the update successfully, but this update file did not install in their system. Instead, they received an error message indicating some kind of an installation error. Microsoft responded to these user complaints, who reported this 8018830F error message to the tech support team, and said that this error might be a result of low system storage space. Mostly, Samsung and Nokia Lumia smartphone users were affected by this Windows update error.

As always, Microsoft has promised to fix these issues at the earliest, and you can expect to see the release of a bug-free version of the same update soon. The whole issue looks very similar to the 12400.899 update released earlier for Windows 8.1 Phone. There was some error in this update as well.

So, it might be a good idea to wait for a couple of weeks until Microsoft addresses these problems, and comes up with a flawless update.

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Installing Audio Drivers In Windows XP

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Windows XP is still used by a vast majority of people in the world even after Microsoft ended the extended support provided to the operating system. It is necessary to update the drivers once in a while so that the devices function perfectly. Here we list simple instructions for updating the audio device installed with your system.


  • Move the mouse pointer to the left bottom corner of the desktop and then click on the Start menu button found there. When the Start menu button appears on the screen, click on the Control Panel tab found in it for launching the Control Panel window on the screen.
  • When the Control Panel window appears on the screen, look for the option labeled as Hardware and Sound and click on it when found. Select the option labeled as Device Manager found under the tab labeled as Devices and Printers.
  • According to Windows help forums, you will be now able to see the Device Manager window on the screen, look for the option labeled as Sound, video and game controllers in the window and then click on the delta symbol found beside it for expanding the list.
  • Now you will be able to find all the devices that are related to sound, video and game controllers installed with the computer on the screen. In the list, you will be able to see your sound card if you scroll down through the populated list.
  • Select the audio drive when found and right click on it. From the context menu that appears on the screen, click on the option labeled as Update Driver Software to update the driver software of the audio device.

    Updating The Audio Device

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  • If Windows asks you for confirmation, Windows help centre advises you to grant permission to search and install the latest drivers for the audio device installed with your computer.
  • Alternately, you may also choose to install the audio driver manually by visiting website of the manufacturer of the audio device and downloading the latest driver from the website.

Make sure that you have installed the correct driver for the device or the system may crash when you try to use the audio device. If you have installed a wrong driver for your audio device, remove the driver update from the system and install the correct version of the driver update on your system to get the maximum out of the audio device.

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Microsoft All Set To Revive The PC Market In 2015

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Windows 8 Issues

It s known fact that Windows 8, launched by Microsoft, is a failure as far as the sales of the operating system is concerned. Released almost two years ago, this operating system has garnered more negative reviews than any other existing versions of the Windows OS. According to the technicians available at the Windows help and support team, most users who called up to uninstall Windows 8 had almost the same issues i.e. the operating system was too complicated to use. Although Windows 8 comprised of several advanced features, the lack of basic and user-friendly options in it led to its downfall.

Such a lackluster performance of the Windows 8 operating system has also resulted in the emergence of strong competitors for Microsoft in the PC market. This is because the users who were dissatisfied with Windows 8 either downgraded their systems to the previous versions of the Windows OS or moved to other operating systems. This led to the diminishing sales of the Windows operating systems and as a result, Microsoft began to lose some of its customers to its counterparts.


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As per the latest reports, the software giant is all set to revive the PC market in 2015. As stated by the research firm Gartner, Windows operating system will play an important role in reviving the whole PC market in the next year. This year, the PC shipment sales are expected to decrease and fall to 308.4 million compared to the 317.6 million last year. However, as foreseen by Gartner, the sales of PCs would definitely improve next year and can even reach figures of 316.8 million. According to the Windows help and support team, the total shipment of computing devices is expected to rise 4.2 % this year to 2.4 billion units and this includes Smartphones, tablets and PCs. This trend is all set to continue even in the next year and the expected rise is said to be around 2.6 billion units. Adding to it, the tablet shipment sales would also exceed the PC sales next year.

As far as the Smartphone OS market is considered, there is no doubt that Android will continue its dominance in the coming years too. The expected increase in the shipment of Android based devices this year is said to grow 30 %.

Hence, it can be said that Microsoft will have to implement new strategies to revive its position in the PC market and pose stiff competition to its strong counterparts.

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