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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews) 271 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Recommended version for upgrading Windows 7 or a full install of Windows 8.1. Running Windows 8? Windows 8.1 is available as a free update from Microsoft
  • Get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop
  • Personalize with more tile sizes, colors, & backgrounds. Do more with side by side views of apps and sites
  • Access photos & files virtually anywhere with OneDrive built-in
  • Search, browse, and share more securely and quickly

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00EDSI7QO
  • Item model number: WN7-00578
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 16, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (921 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 - Full Version

Best of Work and Play

Bring all the aspects of your life together — create, play, discover, connect, and work.

  • Get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop
  • Discover popular and unique apps in the Windows Store
  • Personalize with more tile sizes, colors, & backgrounds
  • Do more with side by side views of apps and sites
  • Access photos & files virtually anywhere with SkyDrive built-in
  • Search, browse, and share more securely and quickly

What’s new with Windows 8.1


Windows 8.1
Outlook Email and Multitask
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Windows 8.1
Video Editing
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Windows 8.1
Photo App
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Windows 8.1
OneNote and Familiar Desktop
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Windows 8.1
Search
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It Plays as Hard as it Works

Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and pull together a killer presentation — all on a single PC. Now you can organize up to three apps on your screen at once in a single view.

The Start Screen

Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your device as unique as you are.

The Apps you Want

In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos and video editing – you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype and Halo: Spartan Assault.

Security

Stay up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.

Speed

Windows 8.1 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than previous versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

Your Familiar Desktop

From the Start screen, you are just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know so you can do the stuff you’ve always done.



Multitasking Made Easy

It’s easy to do more at once. Snap multiple apps side by side in a single view for easy multitasking.

Mouse, Keyboard—and now Touch

Windows 8.1 works harmoniously with various types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both. Whatever kind of device you have, you'll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.

Your files, Everywhere

Stay connected to your photos and important files and access them on your phone, tablet or PC with SkyDrive. By signing in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8.1 and you'll immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.

You Keep all your Files

If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, apps and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8.1.

You Keep Familiar Programs

Programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.1.

Your Office. Your Way.

Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse—using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don't forget: Office is not part of Windows 8.

Some features require Windows 8.1. Update available through Windows store for Windows 8 users. Internet access required; fees may apply. Don’t forget, Office isn’t included in Windows 8.



The New Windows

Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Pro Pro Pack
Your PC is currently running: Windows 7, Windows 8 Windows 7, Windows 8 Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Great Apps built in such as Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive with many more available at Windows Store.
Includes Internet Explorer 11 for fast, intuitive, touch-friendly browsing.
Keeps you up-to-date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.
Works with new and existing Windows desktop software including the full Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, SharePoint Designer and more).*
Comes with Windows Media Player
Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information secure.**
Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote Desktop Connection.
Connects to you corporate or school network with Domain Join.
Watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center.***

System requirements

  • 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 x 768 screen resolution
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
  • To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately

* Refers to programs built for mouse and keyboard that run in the classic Windows desktop environment.

** Data is protected on Windows 8 PCs and removable drives using BitLocker and BitLocker to Go.

*** Requires a TV tuner.



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
400 of 459 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Windows 8, still not better than Windows 7. October 18, 2013
Last year, I made the mistake of upgrading my Windows 7 Desktop System to Windows 8. I've been running Windows 8.1 since the Preview version that came out a few months ago, and the official release version that came out this week. While Windows 8.1 does make some improvements to Windows 8, it is still is not an O/S that is desktop friendly. On the positive side, you can now boot directly to your desktop without using a 3rd party utility, and the "Start Button" is back (sorta). On the negative side, Microsoft has still left out the "Media Center", and still charges a ridiculous $99 to purchase the "Pro-Pack" to regain the same functionality that was free in Windows 7(Home Premium). There is still lack of quality Windows 8 apps. Windows 8.1 does very little to improve navigation through the O/S if you're using a mouse/keyboard, and not a touchscreen. At least Microsoft did not attempt to charge Windows 8 users to upgrade.

Windows 8.1 does fix some of the issues people running desktop environments complained about, but it still does not go far enough. If you're running a touchscreen system, then 8.1 isn't bad at all. If you're not and have Windows 7, I'd think long and hard on whether Windows 8.1 is an upgrade or downgrade from what you have.

Edit: The April 2014 Windows 8.1 Update has further improved Windows 8.1 on a desktop environment. By default, the OS will now boot to your desktop if you're not running a mobile touchscreen device. There are also improvements if you're navigating with a keyboard and mouse. Switching back and forth between desktop apps and modern apps is much easier.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do the trial, here's some tips to make life easier July 19, 2014
Honestly?
Download the trial enterprise edition and try it for yourself - force yourself to do the entire 90 days, not just give up after a day like I did the first time. My second time around I gave it a proper chance and now I love it just as much as I did windows 7.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx

Tips to make life easier:
1. Realize there is a big learning curve. Windows 3.1 to 95 was a big learning curve too and look how well that turned out.

2. To boot to the desktop you simply right click on the task bar and choose that option under properties > navigation. You don't have to use the tile screen or apps (I don't like them, but I've never given them a chance either).

3. You just have to remember to right click on the start button instead of left click and all your things are there.

4. Lastly, if you want to run a program it's easy - hit the windows key and start typing the name of the program. You can still pin programs to the task bar or occasionally use the app screen if you don't want too many pinned.

Microsoft should've included an obvious tutorial or something - luckily I have friends that know it well and that's why I shared my tips. I definitely recommend 8.1 over 8, but the problem with it is that people immediately agree with other people's hate of it and don't give it a proper chance. I hated it until I actually tried it. Why? Just because someone else did... stupid. I completely ignore the tiles and all that, but there are advantages such as it being easier on resources.

I'm a gamer and I don't appreciate merging my desktop with the mobile interface, but as long as windows doesn't go off the deep end next time I'll be ok. Actually, games run better on 8.1 than 7.
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410 of 530 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst March 17, 2014
What makes Windows 8 such a disaster? Simple--it's an interface designed for a smartphone, not for a PC. Here's what that means. When you power on your PC, what you get instead of a normal Windows desktop is a brightly colored screen with a bunch of "tiles", most of which are advertisements for "apps" that you have little or no use for. There's no start button, no taskbar, no tools, no menus, no links to anything except the useless "apps". It's a huge step backward to the pre-Windows days of computing.

It turns out that if you hover your mouse pointer over certain parts of the screen, various cryptic flyout symbols (instead of easily understood menus) will appear. If you click on these symbols (and don't let your pointer slip off of them or they disappear and you have to go fishing for them again) you're taken into a confusing maze of options that substitute for normal Windows functions and must be explored in linear, sequential fashion. Sound familiar? It's like a smart phone--but, of course a PC is not a phone.

Phone interfaces are designed the way they are because of their size--a fraction of that of a typical computer screen. There simply isn't room for all the useful and practical features that have evolved naturally on desktop and laptop operating systems, so they're buried in underlying layers accessed by swiping and tapping. It's a great system for a pocket-sized touch screen device, but ridiculous and counterproductive when imposed on a full-sized desktop or laptop. The pathetic trying-to-be-trendy nerds who defend or promote this mess as being somehow new and innovative are too dimwitted to recognize that it's just a smartphone interface forced into a shotgun wedding with a hardware platform where it doesn't belong.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars What's all the fuss about?
Not sure what all the fuss is about. Easy to install and set up/customize. The only thing really different is the start button, just remember to right click and you're good. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Jeremy
1.0 out of 5 stars I regret purchasing this
This OS is not like any other Win OS before. They have tried to revamp Windows and make it look more like your cell phone apps that you touch and launch. Read more
Published 1 day ago by .
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never tried W8 since it came out and like I said I have no...
Received my 8.1 two dayes ago and installed it in my new Mac5K just because my wife and I uses some Windows based program. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Agnusdei
1.0 out of 5 stars Toally Blows
Totally blows as an operating system. MS has done more for Apple with this release than Apple ever has.
Published 1 day ago by Gregory C. Sayler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
trying this on a Mac....
Using Bootcamp.
Microsoft does not impress me!
Published 2 days ago by Bob S.
5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect
Did its Job and that all I ever wanted
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice!
Published 2 days ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars Keep Windows 7!!!
I built my first computer in 1998, inserting cards into ISA slots, loading Windows 3.1, downloading drivers, fighting to make the sound card cooperate with the 56k phone modem. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Twilk3880
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is very fast to install and easy to use.
Published 5 days ago by Johnny Khy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great price and product.
Published 5 days ago by Jim Wrightsman
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