Updated Software Programs that Support Windows 8

With Windows 8 right around the corner, it’s time to start looking for software that is designed for the new OS. So far, a few companies have released new versions of their software packages that support Windows 8 and the new Metro UI. In this article, I’ll mention a couple of the early-adopters and what you can expect from the software.

Auslogics BoostSpeed 5.4

AusLogics BoostSpeed

The latest version of Auslogics BootSpeed supports new Windows 8 features, except the new Metro UI. The program will still run on the Windows 8 desktop, but it has several major enhancements that are specifically for Windows 8 including:

1. Redesign of the Tweak Manager tool for support of new Windows 8 tweaks

2. Support for Metro processes in the Task Manager

3. An optimized installer made for the Metro UI

4. Updated support for Internet Explorer 10

5. Updates to Rescue Center to support Windows 8

CyberLink Digital Media Software

cyberlink win 8

CyberLink is a digita media company that sells a lot of multimedia applications including PowerDVD, PhotoDirector, YouCam and more. All of their software is now updated to work with Windows 8 and they also have 3 Metro apps you can download from the Windows Store.

PowerDVD is a powerful media player, YouCam is web cam software that lets you create some cool videos with your web came, PowerDirectory is video editing software and PhotoDirectory is an advanced photo editing tool.

Paragon Image Backup for Windows 8


Paragon Software has released a freeware backup tool for Windows 8 called Image Backup. It’s one of the first backup programs to support the new ReFS (Resilient File System) that is in Windows 8. You can also create a live backup while running Windows 8 to backup the entire disk system. It also has a DOS and Linux recovery environment to restore your data.

VLC Media Player

vlc windows 8

Since Windows 8 lacks native support for playing DVDs, then you’ll definitely want a great media playback software. VLC Media Player has been around for a long time and plays pretty much everything. VLC was recently updated to version 2.0.3, which now includes support for Windows 8 and corrects the GUI so that it displays properly on the new OS.

The VLC team may release a full Metro-style version of the media player in the future, but at this point, this update just makes the software compatible with Windows 8.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free

easeus todo backup

EaseUs Todo Backup Free 5 is another free backup tool that also has been updated to support Windows 8. In addition to Windows 8 compatibility, it also supports hard drives larger than 2 TB and the ability to backup by file type. They also have paid versions of the software that include other features like Outlook backup and restore, Windows 7 Libraries backup/restore, support for dynamic volumes, ability to backup to a NAS and lots more.

There will obviously be a lot more software applications that will get updated in the next two months before the official release of Windows 8, so I will keep this post updated. Enjoy!