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

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews) 39 answered questions

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Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit 3.6 out of 5 stars (75)
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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
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0094NXBZ0
  • Item model number: FQC-05956
  • Date first available at September 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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
Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Stay Connected
Windows 8 Stay Play Hard

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Customer Reviews

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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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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 January 18, 2013
By Todd
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The common opinion of Windows 8 is not a good one for a desktop environment. I have worked as a computer consultant for over 10 years, here is my opinion:

Pros: Windows 8 is fast, very fast. Boot up time is the big one, shut down is fast, going to sleep and waking up are all very quick.
Cons: Windows 8 Modern UI is Microsoft's attempt at unifying the smartphone, tablet and desktop experience. However the UI is cumbersome on a desktop. The Modern UI doesn't bring anything to the table on a desktop, it was designed for a tablet - it works well on a tablet. There are third party programs available to suppress the Modern UI that makes most of the UI complaints a moot point IMO. I strongly believe Microsoft should have a desktop mode where the Modern UI is completely suppressed. Microsoft should also include a built in tutorial that is blatantly obvious for new users.

The product isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be, but Microsoft should not have released it as is for desktop users.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The solution to a problem that doesn't exist. March 14, 2013
Within these review pages, the pros and cons of the new Windows 8 functionality have already been discussed over and over again. So I'm not going to go there and instead my review will focus more on the colossal paradigm shift that Microsoft is undertaking with this release.

Quite frankly... it makes no sense. Microsoft is trying to get cool and cater to the mobile computing crowd (you've seen them, they're the ones always running around telling everyone how neat it is that their new cell phone is "just like a home computer"). More importantly, Microsoft is aiming for a seamless transition of the user experience back and forth and in between home and mobile (and Xbox) platforms. The end result is somewhat of a hybrid operating system that is clunky, unintuitive, and spells trouble for productivity to the home or office professional PC user. The initial screen is called Metro and it looks just like the screen on your touch screen Windows phone or tablet. It is designed to emulate the user interaction experience one would have with their mobile device. But for those sitting at a work station behind a keyboard and mouse, a 21 inch screen, surrounded by peripherals (apparently, Microsoft has determined that this is becoming an obsolete scenario) it will be an unwelcomed nuisance and an actual step backwards in operating system efficiency and simplicity.

I guess no one at Microsoft was brave enough during development to raise their hand, stand up, and say, "Excuse me but there is no such thing as a desktop PC that is used for mobile computing... and there never will be." If someone had, maybe it would have dawned on Microsoft that perhaps the home or office desktop user does not (and should not) interact with their desktop in the same manner as their mobile device.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Windows 8 is terrible. If you have to use it, just hit yourself in the head with a rock. It will be less painful! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joseph Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8
My son built a new computer for me with Windows 8.1 to replace my old computer with Windows XP because it was slowing down. Turned out that Windows 8. Read more
Published 25 days ago by ERNST BORCHERT
1.0 out of 5 stars Product Key is Invalid
I bought this new from Amazon, only to find that the product key does not work. I contacted Microsoft about this, and they said that I had to buy a new windows 8 disc. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Brett
2.0 out of 5 stars I like the stability but MS removed far too many shortcuts
I am not a fan of Windows 8. It is a complete departure from Microsoft's previous Windows versions. It is not intuitive and is far too obviously geared to touch screens. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Culleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Pain in the ^*&#*^#
Not crazy about Windows 8 but the problem I have is that an OEM version is a pain in the neck. Buy the full version and you'll have less irritation.
Published 1 month ago by sdjlc
5.0 out of 5 stars Awkward situation
Good ole' Microsoft. I'm rooting for them, but hiding the on-off button on Windows 8 and a myriad of other decisions has to make you wonder what on earth they were thinking? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dev Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price for Windows 8
If you are looking for a Windows 8 OS this is what you need. Recommended for anyone planning on installing Windows 8, the 8. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ralph Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars As I support PC's needed to get familiar with the OS so picked up a...
So loaded 8.0 on a rig to get familiar with it in order to provide support for it. I thought it was pretty cool, the laptop I used had a touch screen so that was kind of tight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael L Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks
I rebuilt the PC I am using right now with this SW. I love it. It allowed me to do a total ground up rebuild. This PC is about 5 years old. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pappas
5.0 out of 5 stars Love -Hate Win 8
Love it of hate it, most of us use it.
The new features of Windows 8 that I like: It is faster. Far less prone to BSOD. Can now "reset" for a fresh install. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Norseman
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