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Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews) 124 answered questions

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Product Features

  • 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.
  • The Start screen. Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different tile sizes make your device as unique as you are.
  • The apps you want. In addition to great built-in apps for e-mail, 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.

System Requirements

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

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Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit + 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: 17 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00F3ZN2W0
  • Item model number: WN7-00615
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 28, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

Product Description

Product Description

Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.

Looking for your product key? The product key is a 25-digit string with a hyphen between each 5 digits. It will say "Product Key" before 25 digits or have an image of a key next to 10 digits with the remaining 15 on the next line below. The Product Key is generally located in the lower left corner of the DVD case, on the disc itself, or on a leaflet in the packaging you received.

From the Manufacturer

Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-bit

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

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.

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
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

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159 of 169 people found the following review helpful
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The "System Builder" version of Windows 8.1 is for installation on a new computer (with no operating system installed) or on a computer that is NOT currently running Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP. This product ("System Builder") is NOT for upgrading; if you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows, then get the upgrade package.

This is the "OEM" version of Windows 8.1. Perform a web search for: Windows 8.1 OEM license. According to Microsoft, if you are building a computer for personal use, then the "Full packaged retail product is needed." With the OEM version, you cannot get technical support from Microsoft; also, you can activate it on one and only one computer (the license is linked to the hardware). If you want technical support and/or the potential to transfer the license to a new computer, then look at the "full" version (Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version).

This is NOT the "Professional" version of Windows 8.1. Make sure you are selecting the version you need/want. To learn more, just perform a web search for: Differences between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Professional. Windows 8.1 Professional also comes in an "OEM" version and a "full" version: Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version.

I just installed Windows 8.1 System Builder on a newly-constructed computer. It loaded very quickly (approximately 20 minutes). Loading Window Updates took roughly another 30 minutes. I gave Windows 8.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Runs on Bootcamp iMac 2012 December 8, 2013
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Product includes DVD and the key. You can only install this on one computer. Installing it even inside a Virtual Machine (such as Parallels on a iMAC) will require a reactivation call to Microsoft, deactivating the other, previous install. I placed this on a dual boot iMac 2012 bootcamp Mountain Lion allocating 64 gig of space out of its 1000 gig fusion drove. You can only use the 64 bit version of Windows 8.1 (as this is).

The install on my 2012 iMac went well enough if bootcamp instructions are followed, I did not have any problems losing the keyboard even though they were wireless. Programs are to be installed on an external drive to save internal hard drive space. The drivers for USB 3 are included in Windows 8.1 so there should be no issues installing this on a 2012 Mac, my main reason for getting this over Windows 7. Some instructions for Windows 7 under bootcamp had a fair amount of user comments relating to having to obtain the USB 3 drivers before Windows 7 would recognize the keyboard / mouse. Not all Win 7 bootcamp installs had this difficulty but enough to caution me to purchase this version of Windows instead.

The iMAC works like a PC when booted to Windows 8.1. If I use it often enough, I may get a full USB keyboard over the included chopped wireless keyboard and mouse provided with the iMac (must press FN+ delete to eliminate selected unwanted files, for example). The real test is to put Fallout 3 on there with MODs install a game controller and see what happens.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I lost my WIn7 key. Oops. April 12, 2014
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I'm upgrading my PC and I seem to have misplaced my Windows 7 CD and key! Rather than tear the entire house down looking for it I just broke down and ordered this since it was trickling into some workplace laptops without too much fuss and I remember reading an article here or there about how the 8.1 update made things "ok".

If desktop users are saying 8.1 is better I can't even imagine what sort of terrible hell 8.0 was. Out of the box this thing is such an absolute culture-shock-train-wreck for any desktop user it's sort of stunning that no one at Microsoft convinced senior management: "This is a bad, bad idea for a huge part of the market."

I'm not sure how I feel about having to shell out a few extra bucks to get the UI to not suck. Following the recent 2014 Build Conference it sounds like Microsoft is finally going to undo this stupidity by integrating live tiles (or whatever the hell that army of MBAs call them. Smart plates? Smarmy panels? At least we're not Apple bricks? Ballmer boards?) right into the start menu which is probably what needed to happen in the first place.

With the UI gripes out of the way: This is a pretty nice upgrade over Win7 in terms of boot time and overall snappiness. The small Quality-of-Life tweaks over 7 are great overall. Windows 7 is great and wonderful... Windows 8 is better in many ways but it's totally slathered in poop from a UI perspective if you aren't using a touch-enabled device. If you're a desktop user this OEM disk's out-of-the-box configuration is wholly inappropriate for you without a lot of smacking it around with a configuration scalpel... that is welded to a rusty sledgehammer.
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