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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro Pack (Win 8.1 to Win 8.1 Pro Upgrade) [Online Code]

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  • Easily connect to company networks
  • Access files on the go
  • Encrypt data

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  • ASIN: B00HG0460M
  • Release Date: October 10, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Only if you currently have a device running Windows 8.1 ("Core") operating system can you upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro (Professional) using this Windows 8.1 Pro Pack (upgrade) product. Windows 8.1 Pro allows you to connect and share your files and also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and access to other more advanced tasks.

The new Windows 8.1 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8.1 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.

To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you’ve selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.

Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its existing security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.

System Requirements

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 × 768 screen resolution
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768

How to Add Windows 8.1 Pro Pack or Windows 8.1 Media Center Pack to your edition of Windows 8.1

     1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.

        (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)

     2. Enter "add features" in the search box, and then tap or click Settings.

     3. Tap or click Add features to Windows 8.1 and then do one of the following:

          -If you need to purchase a product key, tap or click I want to buy a product key online.

              Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key.

          -If you already have a product key, tap or click I already have a product key.

     4. Enter your product key and click Next.

     5. Read the license terms, select the check box to accept the license terms, and then click Add features.

If you were running Windows 8.1, your PC will restart automatically and Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center will be available for use.

If you were running Windows 8.1 Pro, your PC will restart automatically and Windows Media Center will be available for use.

FAQ

Can I upgrade my PC currently running Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 95, or Windows 2000 to Windows 8.1 using the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product?

No. You’ll need to purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro (Professional) product. The Windows 8 Pro-Pack product let’s you upgrade only if you have a device already running Windows 8.1 ("Core") operating system.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Nick
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Let me start by saying that Windows 8.1 pro pack upgrade (Windows 8.1 pro with Media Center) is a very stable and fast product. It's not really different from Windows 8.1 (standard/core edition), but it does have the Windows Media Center included that many home users are wanting to use. It also has a lot of business oriented features, but if you need those you already know what the features are and why you want them.

Microsoft should offer Windows Media Center as a $49.99 upgrade, instead of forcing the user to pay $95-99 for Pro and not require any other features aside from Media Center. Media Center used to be included FREE with Windows 7 Home Premium, so this is basically a revenue generating move, because less folks are buying PCs these days and not many people are going to watch Media Center on a tablet, but I digress...

For the not-so-technical among you, who purchased a new PC and want to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 8.1 Pro with Media Center, this upgrade will work. The issue is that Windows 8.1 standard edition has a bug that makes it confusing to install this upgrade.

If you follow the steps below, you should be able to easily upgrade your Windows 8.1 tablet/PC. I know there are other posts on Amazon and around the internet that tell you what to do, but the steps below hold your hand from beginning to end. No prior technical troubleshooting experience required.

Let me preface this by saying that "When in doubt, REBOOT!" has never applied more in my professional experience than with this issue! It's funny how rebooting is usually the last thing we try when all else fails.
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61 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good value for the money. October 26, 2013
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Let's see what Microsoft is offering for the money. I am supposed to pay Microsoft 95 dollars so that I can get Windows Media Center which was already included free as part of the operating system in Windows 7.

Microsoft wants you to pay 95 dollars to upgrade your Windows 8.1 Home Edition installation to Windows 8.1 Pro. You already paid for Windows 8.1 in the price of the computer. You could have upgraded from Windows XP or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for the same price. Why not give current Windows 8.1 users a break on the price, say maybe 40 dollars to upgrade to the Pro Pack?

In addition to Windows Media Center, you get Bitlocker (full disk) encryption, remote Desktop Connection and the ability to connect to a corporate/school network (Domain Join). None of these are really essential. The whole business of not including Windows Media Center as part of the operating system is ridiculous. If Microsoft has to charge for Windows Media Center for Windows 8.1, put it in the APP store for 10 dollars. This is what it would cost you to get Windows Media Center if you had Windows 8.1 Pro. But instead Microsoft is socking you for the upgrade to Pro before they will allow you to get Windows Media Center. (Windows Media Center is a program for recording live tv with a tv card in the computer).

Many people already have a license for Windows 7. It is a stable and user friendly operating system which includes Windows Media Center and a simple, reliable user interface. Rather than pay Microsoft another 95 bucks to get what was already included in Windows 7, I elected to use one of my licensed copies of Windows 7. Microsoft has really missed the need of their customers to have a simple all in one operating system which works well with no need for expensive extras.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Had trouble installing, but now works February 11, 2014
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I purchased this to upgrade my new desktop computer, but when I tried to use it the Microsoft add features utility said it would not work. The system seized and I had to restart. When it came back up the upgrade was finished and working smoothly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Choice January 7, 2014
By DV
Platform for Display:PC Key Card|Verified Purchase
I would give this a 5 star, but the price. I could not get a new laptop without Windows 8 on it, at least where I was looking for laptops. My laptop (a Dell) came with Windows 8 and I had heard all these horror stories about it and was actually a bit leery. Got my Dell laptop from Costco because they have a no questions ask policy on returning things and there is a Costco near me.

Upon getting my laptop, I upgraded from 8 to 8.1 because it says for me to upgrade to the 8.1 Pro, I needed 8.1. It took awhile, maybe an hour or so (I was busy with other things, so I wasn't really timing this) to upgrade from 8 to 8.1.

I wished that they offered 8.1 Pro in the product key online without sending it to me, so I could've upgrade to 8.1 Pro all in the same day, but had to wait until Tues (I ordered Fri afternoon) to get the product key. As another reviewer said, the hardest part was typing in the 25 digit product key, which isn't hard.

I didn't time how long it took to upgrade, but I saw it start to upgrade and within a few minutes, it was all complete. No issues.

Each of the two upgrades I did for this computer weren't too bad. I know I could've purchased the product key at Microsoft, but they were charging a lot more than the $99 (includes tax, free shippiing), I think the price was like $199 or something like that. And even though I got a $25 coupon to use at the Microsoft store, that still wasn't less than Amazon.

To do all the updates for Windows 8, however, to catch it up, did take awhile. So, by the time I upgraded to the 8.1 Pro, all the required updates for Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 regular were all done.

Since my system is brand new with an Intel i7 core, 1 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM, that does help.
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