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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,059 customer reviews) 314 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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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version + WD Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive + Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,059 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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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.



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Customer Reviews

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425 of 489 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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87 of 102 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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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forced to use Windows Live, MS Store April 28, 2014
I downloaded the trial version of 8.1 Enterprise, made it a bootable USB stick and installed, while installing it ask for my e-mail then used that to create the user. That connected me to my Windows Live account, the first thing I did was create a user that was not the admin of the computer and didn't login to windows live. I tried to install Kindle for PC and discovered I had to login to my Live account to reach the store to install the Kindle for PC app. That sucked but the Account Protection crap MS has setup upset me to the point I not longer have an account, I canceled it after being ask to verify my e-mail and then enter the code they would send, that happened 8 times in two hours. It appears to be focused on routing everything you do to one of the many Microsoft cloud products, Outlook, Store, Live, MSN. Since I use this on a 30" monitor the HUGE blocks are almost as bad was some of the MSM web sites, you know, the "new" look where the web page fills he entire screen and scrolls forever.
I'll see what they have to offer for 9, I'm still upset over the "Account Security" crap, I'm sorry but I don't have all-day to play their game.
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115 of 146 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst version of Windows by far. March 3, 2014
By Booyah
I'll start by saying that I didn't hate Vista. It wasn't good, but I thought that the amount of hate that it spawned was unjustified.

Windows 8 (and 8.1) are awful, and they deserve every negative comment that I've seen. Microsoft tried to treat tablets, phones, and PCs as the same product and the result for PCs has been a disaster. If you prefer using a computer with a mouse and keyboard, then you will not like Windows 8/8.1. I've been using this OS for almost a year and I don't see even one improvement over Windows 7 in terms of usability, speed, or stability. For what it's worth, I thought Windows 7 was excellent. [Update: I bought a new Win 7 PC, and I have to concede that Windows 8 does boot faster. Only slightly faster from sleep, but noticeably faster from a complete shutdown. However, the Win 7 system still wins by a wide margin on usability and stability. I also never feel the urge to place my Win 7 PC in the microwave, and I can't say that about the Win 8 PC.]

You may have heard that MS brought back the Start button in 8.1. They added something, but it is not the Start button. Left clicking it just takes you to the infernal tiles. Right clicking brings up essentially a list of system tools. You certainly can't click on it and expect to easily select the Word document that you'd recently been working on. Using a PC to do actual work is more cumbersome in Windows 8/8.1 than any previous version in the last 20 years.

MS seems to have concluded that they should make everything feel more like a tablet because tablets are selling so well. I like tablets and use two of them regularly. But I also think that there are certain things that will always be easier on a PC than on a tablet--primarily producing information rather than consuming it. Unfortunately with Windows 8, those things just got harder on a PC.
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