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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews) 60 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop
  • Protect your data by encrypting it with BitLocker & Access one PC from another with Remote Desktop
  • Access photos & files virtually anywhere with SkyDrive built-in
  • Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced features to help you easily connect to company networks, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.

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: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: FQC-06913
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 16, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version

Built for Business

With the new Windows, you get the best of work and play. Windows 8.1 Pro includes everything in Windows 8.1, plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, manage your devices, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.

  • 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
  • Protect your data by encrypting it with BitLocker
  • Access one PC from another with Remote Desktop
  • Connect to your company network with domain join

What’s new with Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1
Outlook Email and Multitask
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Video Editing
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Windows 8.1
Photo App
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OneNote and Familiar Desktop
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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.


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


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 Pro.

You Keep Familiar Programs

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

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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
131 of 167 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still a big step backwards for desktops and laptops October 20, 2013
A lot of noise was made about Windows 8 removing the start menu, and that's problematic, but it misses the real point of why Windows 8 gets such bad reviews from so many users: nothing was added back to replace or improve the lost functionality and MANY things were added that don't seem to do anything but annoy and impede.

I'm a network administrator using Windows 8.1 because I have to in order to take advantage of the new management tools for Hyper-V 3.0. I've had a number of problems so far:

1. The Server Manager that is added by the RSAT download is nice, but everything it can do you can do with remote PowerShell commands and some things it can't do that you HAVE to do with remote PowerShell commands (or enable remote desktop and actually log into the server remotely).

2. Windows 8.1, like 8.0, still gets in your way by default even though the option is finally there to get it out of your way in some cases. For example, you still have to use local group policy to get rid of the lock screen which serves no purpose but to be an extra keystroke before you can log in. You can finally log in straight to the desktop, which is nice, but even on the "Pro" version you still have to actually set it. That's annoying enough on the consumer desktop, but for a "Professional" operating system where functionality and efficiency should presumably trump aesthetics, it's inexcusable.

3. Some things are just completely beyond understanding in their design. Press Windows Key + F to bring up "find". It brings up a nice little sidebar you can use to search for items.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's exactly what it says. No surprise. April 22, 2014
Verified Purchase
Everything to say about Windows 8 has been said a thousandfold, but I've got nothing to work on this minute and Amazon wants me to review my purchase, so here's my 2 cents.

I'm not too fond of the Windows 8 design, although 8.1 and the recently released update have improved things a bit. For the most part, however, I do find the interface reasonably easy to learn and entirely usable (even when working with several windows on the desktop, and using a keyboard and mouse). Though I don't know why there aren't options to revive traditional interface elements like the start menu, everything seems to exist if you take a day or two to learn where to find it. The start->programs menu, for example, is now a full screen menu. It can be reached by pressing win key for the start screen (which is NOT the new equivalent of the programs menu - only the frequently used items), followed by 'tab' 'enter' to scroll below to the menu. And if you know what you are looking for, you can simply start typing its name and press enter without ever looking at the programs menu, which is just as effective as it was in Windows 7 and was always the more efficient way to start applications anyway. So the new interface is not a dealbreaker.

What I don't like -

I can't understand why there are no options for changing the theming of windows, other than color schemes and background images. For many years, every new version of Windows has had these options. I find the new theme, with nothing but blocky solid-color rectangles, to be an ugly step backward. But that is a minor gripe. It has no negative usability or performance implications. On the contrary, I hear it contributes to Windows 8's decent performance on low-end machines. Still, why no optional pretty themes built in?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst UI Ever April 12, 2014
By J. Rose
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With Windows 8.1, Microsoft seems to be attempting to force everyone to work as though they're on a tablet, even if they don't have a touch screen. The UI is bizarre, with hidden menus that fly out only when your pointer reaches the edge of the screen, different modes for working with applications vs. the new "tile" widgets; the Windows key now toggles you in and out of these modes.

It's like Microsoft forgot the last thirty years of user interface design advances. The experience is more like using a graphical version of EMACS or tmux than Windows. If you expected any continuity from previous versions, you'll find what's left of the traditional Windows experience under layers of settings you'll have to track down and reset -- but there'll still be no sensible way to access applications, since they took away the Start menu and haven't replaced it with, say, an Application folder like Mac OS X has.

Additionally, Windows 8.1 eats all your previous applications; you'll have to reinstall everything -- so make sure you have all your media handy.

Finally, after installing Windows 8.1, my wife's nice Lenovo laptop started shutting off (not just hibernating!) every time the lid was closed. It appears to be sporadic, but she has lost work as a result.

Summary: an experimental OS that will make your traditional laptop or PC less useful and possibly less stable. Not an upgrade.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not get it to install January 4, 2014
Verified Purchase
I attempted to install this on my laptop three times and each time when it asks for you info and logs you in the first time it would completely lock up. I would then try to reboot and it would never even get to the Windows loading screen. I ended up putting windows 7 back on it. Don't waste your money.
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