Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version
- This operating system is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available. More details below.
- Protect your data by encrypting it with BitLocker & Access one PC from another with Remote Desktop
- Access photos & files virtually anywhere with SkyDrive built-in
- Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced features to help you easily connect to company networks, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.
- Get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop.
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Windows 8.1 Pro – Full Version
Built for Business
With the new Windows, you get the best of work and play. Windows 8.1 Pro includes everything in Windows 8.1, plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, manage your devices, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more.
- 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
- Protect your data by encrypting it with BitLocker
- Access one PC from another with Remote Desktop
- Connect to your company network with domain join
What’s new with Windows 8.1 Pro
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 Pro.
You Keep Familiar Programs
Programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.1 Pro.
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||Pro Pack|
|Your PC is currently running:||Windows 7, Windows 8||Windows 7, Windows 8||Windows 8, Windows 8.1|
|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.***||✔|
- 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.
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Every experience I have ever had with a Windows 10 machine has made me thank God for Windows 8.1. It is stable, safe, and secure and, most importantly it allows me to do what I want to do with my computer, not what Microsoft wants to do with it.
Give yourself a gift, the gift of an Operating System that does what an Operating System should do.
I have done further testing with a few newer Windows 10 updates and concluded that Windows 10, as a whole, is NOT for gaming.
Fully updated, including hardware and video drivers, Windows 10 is the worst OS I have ever seen for gaming.
Combined with the mouse cursor lag on the desktop, the numerous privacy violations, telemetry harvesting, constant confiscation of your internet connection, Microsoft scanning entire hard drives, key logging, consistently high (100%) CPU usage, Microsoft's embedded code trying to disallow the use of VPN software (VPN On? No/Slow Internet VPN Off? Internet works), game stuttering, frame hitching, an incorrectly set internal frame timer (Auto set by Windows 10 for 120hz when the Display is 60hz), diagonal screen tearing, incorrect in-game telemetry (MSI Afterburner reads 60fps yet visibly it is closer to 24-30), forced background installs, in-game DVR recording via the XBOX app (Sapping system resources), huge automatic updates (One was nearly 4gb), and all the software needed to disable all these "Features", I have physically experienced that Windows 10 IS NOT FOR GAMING.
There are entire suites of software designed to block Windows 10 features but, Products should work right out of the box. Anything I have to do to a product in order to get it to work properly is a failure on the part of the Manufacturer. Windows 10 planned "Gaming Mode"? What a fail, Microsoft knew their OS couldn't game and yet they did nothing during all their testing and releases. Now they say they will release a gaming mode? Giving us what is in all other versions of Windows and acting like they are doing us a favor? No.
I don't even see how Windows 10 can be used in a corporate environment due to the performance of the hardware diving whenever the OS decides to do it's own thing. I can't see someone trying to edit film or video with a mouse cursor lagging on their desktop, or render 3D images with the CPU usage maxing out because Windows 10 decides it's time to do whatever in the background. "Can't bring up any patient records right now because Windows 10 is updating" or, "Ma'am I can't send an Officer to help you, Windows 10 is updating". Please tell me Air Traffic Controllers aren't using Windows 10, please.
Windows 10 is a fail, do yourself a favor and stay with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, there is nothing wrong with these previous versions.
Windows 10 was created by greed, and it is that greed that has tried to make an Operating System into more than a simple Operating System. An OS is the mediator between the hardware and the software, when an OS tries to become more it then becomes the problem.
Slow system? Constant CPU and RAM usage? Constant Disk Usage? Invasive effects such as Key Logging, and Hard Drive Scanning? Unauthorized use of your internet connection to send your private data to a foreign location? Spying? Tracking? Activating your Webcam and Microphone to view and record you without a warrant, or your knowledge? Bloated File sizes? Randomly Uninstalling your Software? etc, etc, etc.
Aren't these characteristics of Malware? Aren't these characteristics of a Virus?
That is exactly what Windows 10 is.
Windows 10 is not an Operating System, Windows 10 is a virus with which Microsoft is trying to infect every computer.
Windows 10 does not act like an Operating System, it tries to do everything else, and fails at everything it does.
About a month now - seriously considering accepting the loss and installing Windows 7. Windows 8.1 is absolutely marketing genius for Microsoft - there is no question why Gates entrusted his enterprise to 'the new guy': All 'tiles' funnel the user to Microsoft. Using the Desktop is inadequate for my use of this PC. Right now I'm thinking two stars are generous.
It's been a few months now. I like it less. It seems to me, that Gates' original vision was 'a world wide common language.' So why am I spending so much time relearning Windows? I have been a 'fluid' Windows user since 95. I don't mind being a 'newbie' with a new interest, but not with a tool I've been using for decades. I just want to get my work done. I most definitely do not recommend this operating system. I did try a Demo of Window 7, but right now I'm thinking Mac.
I have to say that I am loving Win 8.1 so far. Installation was a breeze once I stopped trying to get bootcamp to recognize my iso (forget the ISO instructions, and just install it like normal with the Win 8 disk and superdrive). I love that Crossfire is already enabled for me, and games are working well. I did upgrade my video drivers on the AMD site, which also went smoothly.
Now for the best part. I found instructions on how to eliminate Metro from Windows (google "win 8.1 eliminate metro," and choose the first site). I was able to get rid of the irritating interface that MS foisted on us by simply tweaking the navigation settings. I stopped there (the article has instructions for setting up a completely traditional desktop), and I've found that I have my usual desktop back while also having quick access to the charms. Yes, charms is a stupid and goofy name, but if I can make an appointment at the "Genius Bar" in the Apple store, I guess I can deal with "charms." Apple does tend to desensitize one to stupid and goofy naming conventions.
I've found that using the charms screen has made accessing programs and functions even faster in some instances. I still have easy access to the run box, dos box, and all the things I love about PC. Shutting down is a bit more of a pain (right click the start button instead of click), but seriously it's just not a big deal.
MS has taken a lot of grief for this OS. However, while shopping for a new monitor, I was blown away by all the large touch screens available now. This OS makes perfect sense for that type of monitor, and for those of us with more traditional screens, we can easily tweak the settings to work for us. I think if you give 8.1 a chance, you'll be pleasantly surprised.