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

by Microsoft
Windows 8
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (674 customer reviews) 48 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

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: 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0094NY3R0
  • Item model number: WN7-00404
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (674 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Windows 8 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 System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.

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 snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
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Customer Reviews

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370 of 429 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Tech and New Look, for Hardware New and Old October 26, 2012
The "System Builder" discs of Windows 8 are named this way because they are a full install and not an upgrade. The assumption is that you are building your own machine and looking to put Windows 8 on a from-scratch install, but this is still a multi-boot friendly OS and if your intention instead is to install a full copy of Windows 8 without upgrading your current system, well, that works too: you can put this on old hardware so long as your machine meets the system requirements. There has been some confusion at the lack of an 'OEM' SKU for Windows, so I suspect that until we hear otherwise, this is our 'OEM' substitute for those of us who like to tinker with hardware.

If you're considering Windows 8, there are benefits many small and large. The patchwork way in which the OS seems to meld old into new can be confusing, and it's clear the UI pays lip service to mice while eagerly awaiting your first touch-screen or touch-pad purchase. But to give credit where credit is due, there are benefits under the surface to go with the drawbacks you see before your eyes. Putting Windows 8 Pro on a new system is a good hedge against longevity, but will require experienced Windows 7 (and below) users to be patient with the newer parts of the UI.

This version of Windows 8 is different from Windows 8 Pro in that it does not allow you to use Remote Desktop or BitLocker hard drive encryption, nor can you join the machine to an Active Directory Domain. There are several native Windows 8 apps included with all versions of Windows 8: News, Stocks, Weather, Pictures, E-mail, Music, Xbox integration (to your XBox account, to view your stats or stream content to/from your PC), and Facebook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again December 27, 2012
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I rated Windows 8 three stars out of five, because it was yet another pointless user interface change to have to figure out and deal with, and after doing so, I did not find it useful on my computer without a "touch" display. I also don't have to look through a finger smudged display every day, so that isn't a problem for me; I wouldn't want to have to raise my fingers to point at the display when I have a mouse in my hand already. It might be in Microsoft's plans to take over the phone/pad market (good luck with that) but it isn't in my future, so integrating phone and pad and laptop interfaces, at the expense of doing what I want to do on my laptop conveniently is NOT a winner for me, and trying to figure out where they have re-hidden all the usual functions required to do basic stuff one-more-time is a waste of MY time. Other than this interface inconvenience, it seems to still work as a base to run my usual apps without crashing.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8: perfect for masochists April 28, 2013
By HeyThar
My old laptop gave up its ghost, so I bought a brand new one. "Oh look, they have laptops with Windows 8 out already. Why don't I get one of those?"

It turns out the answer to "why not" is "because Windows 8 sucks." I am no stranger to new interfaces; my first computer ran Windows 3.1, and as you can imagine Windows 95 took some getting used to. But it was also immediately apparent that Windows 95 made things easier than Windows 3.1, even if I wasn't used to it right away. Windows 8, on the other hand, makes everything HARDER and more frustrating. There are sections of the screen I no longer dare move my mouse towards, or Windows 8 will sweep me back its ungainly block menu. Windows 8 tries to open common files (like PDFs for example) in its own program, even if you have the more commonly used program (Adobe) on your PC. There is no apparent way to close these programs, even if you close the document in them. I also had to fight the machine to get my Windows Office icons on its Start-Menu-equivalent list.

I have been dealing with Windows 8 for several months now, and I am done. It is a piece of garbage. I am replacing it with Windows 7, so I can actually USE my laptop.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 100 % unhappy March 2, 2013
By Thomas
My worst software purchase from Microsoft in 15year.I using it on a desktop and its's just wrong. My install was an upgrade from 7 I will probably go back to 7. I also can not write a email using MSN Premium (It works in the heading but not the text area).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this OS, But they took my start menu.. :( July 15, 2013
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I love Windows 8 it runs smoothly and plays games well. I haven't had any problems running programs or games. I gave this review 4 stars because Microsoft took my dang smart menu away. I was able to get a start menu but I had to pay $10 to a 3rd party, I think Microsoft should implement an option to use a start menu or the tablet start menu setting, I'm sure if I had a touch screen monitor I would have enjoyed the tablet start menu but for now I'm happy to have my start menu back.
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49 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes you work harder than necessary December 3, 2012
By M. Sue
My old Windows PC was dying so I thought it was time to upgrade. But to put it simply, I wish I hadn't. Windows 8 is trying to be a tablet & a PC at the same time & for buyers like me who own an ipad but want a PC to do the heavier work, it just doesn't work. The main problem is that there is an extra start screen & in order to get to the desktop, you must first touch or click on the desktop tile. While this may seem like nothing, while you're working on the computer, it's a major pain, requiring you to go through more steps to accomplish the same tasks. I also don't know if it's the computer, but sometimes when I lightly touch a key in desktop mode, it takes me to the Start screen when I don't want to go there.

The Start screen itself is also not practical when you are using it primarily as a PC, not to mention its unattractiveness with those arbitrarily-sized tiles. The tiles don't all fit on the screen so you have to scroll sideways to get to the apps that you want. They say you can move the tiles around but I didn't find it so easy to maneuver so I have not bothered. Instead, I pinned my most oft-used programs onto the desktop task bar at the bottom so that I don't need to go to the Start page. But basically I had to spend some time to figure out how to do that, instead of having a turnkey desktop screen.

Maybe it works better for people who are looking to use it as a tablet. The touchpad feature is not bad & quite intuitive. But it cannot be recommended for people who are going to use Windows 8 on a PC, doing PC tasks. The frustrations of having to do extra work can run quite high.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP
I bought this CRAP a while ago. The key DOES NOT match the DVD. Microsoft claims that Amazon should replace it. Amazon on the other hand claims it cannot be replaced anymore. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gustavo
4.0 out of 5 stars activation
The only thing I find annoying is that 3 or 4 times a day it keeps asking me to activate
Published 14 days ago by mark greem
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Go back to Windows 7, switch to Linux, buy an Apple. Just don't buy windows 8. You will hate it.
Published 15 days ago by Joseph Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars I hate Windows 8
Pros: Easy to download and install

Cons: Windows 8 sucks.
I hate the apps.
I hate the lack of Start Button and have isntalled "Class Shell", a thirdy... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Luvz Buying
5.0 out of 5 stars i like it
Pros, faster than windows 7

cons. metro

fix: any number of apps and programs add start menu (i use start is back) i know it's lame that you have to use... Read more
Published 1 month ago by handyandqu
2.0 out of 5 stars I hope they do something different
I tried win8 and 8.1 to see how/If I'd like it. And... I don't. If you are into social media then this may be for you. I am, however, not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Law
4.0 out of 5 stars Faster than 7 and with tweaks all around better.
I know alot of people seem to hate windows 8 compared to windows 7. I find their arguments lacking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles S
5.0 out of 5 stars new software purchase for my tower Z400
I was not sure how windows 8 was going to work for me, and after all the upgrades once installed I am very please with how it's working for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Young
5.0 out of 5 stars windows 8
I have it on my computer so to keep everything equal I added to my husband 7 to the travel computer
Published 1 month ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced Trash
I had a MacBook Pro and I sold it to get a laptop with touch screen and Windows 8. Big mistake. I was new to Macs when I bought the MBP a year earlier and struggled a bit because... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Dave
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