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Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit [Old Packaging]

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews) 39 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Start Up Quickly
  • Customize your Metro-Interface Start Screen with personalized Live Tiles
  • Stay safe with Windows Defender
  • Encrypt your data with Bitlocker
  • Business features to connect to company networks and access remote files

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0094NXBZ0
  • Item model number: FQC-05956
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

Windows 8 Professional System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP.  This product is not an upgrade and does not provide solutions to help you keep personal settings or files as the product is installed.  Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.  With Windows 8 Pro, you can connect and share your files. Windows 8 Pro also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and other more advanced tasks.

The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 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
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Windows 8 Stay Connected
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124 of 137 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More efficient but less useable November 30, 2012
By M
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I purchased two 64-bit Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVDs for use on relatively low-end headless home servers. This decision was made based on two factors: 1) $10 cheaper than Windows 7, which was yet another efficiency gain for the ~$200 systems and 2) Slightly better resource utilization (CPU, RAM) than Windows 7 at idle. Seamless remote desktop was a priority, therefore Windows Pro was chosen over Ubuntu or Windows Home Server.

Edit 1/21/13 (M): Per the information provided by D.Kenney in the product discussion, the following Note may be wrong, as it appears Microsoft may now permit you to transfer licenses:
One note - keep in mind that if you buy a System Builder DVD, your license key is tied to the make and model of your motherboard. You can upgrade all of your other hardware, but you have to use the same motherboard or replace it with the identical model.

The good:
The systems are very stable and very power efficient.
Reboots, shutdowns, and startups are significantly faster than Windows 7.
Even with a low-end 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, opening applications, switching tasks, etc is seamlessly fast and feels more efficient than Windows 7.
Runs great on HTPC and other small form-factor and low-end hardware.

The bad:
The interface. I knew Metro was going to be a change and while it didn't take much time to get used to it, I think it's a step backwards. I have no use for the start page and just click directly on the Desktop to get things done. I see no advantage to having to hover around the upper right portion of the screen to get to what's essentially an auto-hidden version of the Start Button.

I would not recommend this over Windows 7 for any business PC.
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212 of 252 people found the following review helpful
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The "System Builder" version of Windows 8 Professional is for installation on a new computer (with no operating system installed) or on a computer that is NOT currently running 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 (which is cheaper).

One great thing about Windows 8 is that it standardizes the user interface across computers, tablets, and other devices. For businesses that combine desktop and laptop computers with handheld tablets and other mobile devices, having such standardization should make folks' jobs easier.

The user-interface of Windows 8 is so different that most ordinary folks will have difficulty mastering it without help. A great many functions of Windows 8 are not at all obvious or intuitive. Unless folks get help of some kind, I forecast storms of great aggravation and anger (perhaps even some violent temper tantrums resulting in equipment damage). Nearly everything you want to do in Windows 8 is hidden until you learn the secrets (even simple things like signing-in or shutting down your computer). Do yourself a favor: get some instruction before you try to use Windows 8, even if that instruction is nothing more than watching videos on a popular video website.

But be of good cheer! One can become pretty good at using Windows 8 very, very quickly. I think most folks, could learn the basics in under 60 minutes with the help of a grandchild (your own or borrowed) who knows the secrets. You could probably become an expert with just four hours of focused, hands-on training led by a professional I.T. trainer.
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67 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Tech for Hardware, New and Old October 26, 2012
This version of Windows 8 is referred to as the "System Builder" in that it is a full installation of Windows 8 and not an upgrade. Windows 8 is a multi-boot friendly OS and the intention behind this particular disc is that persons building new machines can have a full version of the Windows 8 OS and install it without having to own a prior version of Windows--but it can also be installed on any hardware that meets the system requirements. It is uncertain at this time whether this brand replaces the "OEM" versions many of us are familiar with, but for now the "System Builder" editions of Windows 8 are the only versions of Windows 8 being sold that are not an upgrade. If you're building a new Windows machine it might make sense to take the plunge and go with the newest Microsoft OS. If you want to keep your options open and do a dual-boot install on an older machine, thus far I've seen Windows 8 to be fairly multi-boot friendly, and I've even heard that the "Windows Anywhere" concept would allow you to install the OS on a removable drive (NOTE: I have not tried this and do not have experience with it).

The different look and feel of Windows 8 boils down to one huge change: the Start Menu that we have had since Windows 95 is no longer a menu. It is a full-screen splash of tiles (formerly called "the Metro UI"), each of which represents something installed on your computer. This makes sense in that some of today's programs are more like the Windows Desktop Gadgets we've seen in Vista and 7: they sit idle, stream information to you, and need a bit more room to be easy to read than the older Start Menu could allow them to have--instead of icons they are square tiles, and some programs' tiles are two squares wide.
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