Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit [Old Packaging]
- Start Up Quickly
- Customize your Metro-Interface Start Screen with personalized Live Tiles
- Stay safe with Windows Defender
- Encrypt your data with Bitlocker
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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.
- 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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The next abomination is the lack of the Start Menu and Taskbar. These trademark features of Windows go all the way back to Windows 95. Microsoft decided they needed to make all devices (tablets, phones and computers) have the same interface. So when you boot into Windows, you get this tiled interface called "Start Screen." To me, the new tiled interface (was called Metro before Microsoft had to change it because a German outfit sued them for trademark or copyright violations I believe) is a disaster for laptop and desktop computer users. Desktop and Laptop users use their devices to create data. Tablet and smart phone users use their devices to consume data. Huge difference there. To get your Start Menu and Taskbar back, you can download programs, including a free one from SourceForge, called Classic Shell. This program makes WIndows 8/8.1 more tolerable.
Now, on to the nice things about Windows 8/8.1. It is faster at start up and shutdown noticeably over Windows 7. This new OS also has a much improved Task Manager. The Copy function is also much better. Clearly, Microsoft worked on eliminating more background processes, to speed up performance. If you throw this on a SSD, your computer will have killer performance. Only time will tell if Microsoft will listen to its customer base. If they would give you the option of either the Start Screen, or the Start Menu during installation, that would be awesome. Forcing the new interface on people isn't a good idea. The rate of adoption for Windows 8 in the marketplace reflects this. We will see what happens, as Microsoft continues new releases of the Windows 8 platform. I would note that Windows 7 spelled the end of Service Packs. Microsoft now seems to be following the model Apple uses for their Mac OS platform.
Microsoft has been doing this for years but recently they have been limiting the amount of install on computers. I was fine with the limit of 5 but now apparently two is too many form the greedy Microsoft. As microsoft knows only a few people are willing to suffer through the prompts, outsourced "tech support", more prompts, and just waiting in line for hours just in hopes of finally getting a human to try and explain what the company that owns the company they are a subsidiary of in another country to do the right thing. It just simply a pain and quite frankly Wrong.
I started using Apple way back in the day, then switched to windows 95 way back when. Its been a long history of abuse by Microsoft and I truly hope they are taken down within the next decade or at the very least stop there evil business practices. The end user is without a doubt being taken advantage of. If you buy a windows machine you can't even get a windows install disk anymore to remove all the bloat-ware. But I digress, I am just fed up with Microsoft.
Like I said I did buy this a while ago, but I want to make sure anyone thinking of buying this software knows all you get is a disk(DVD) with a key in a white envelope. That is it nothing more. Installing the Win 8 is simple enough and works fine the first time you use it. If you are lucky it will work twice, but know that if you try a third time you may be stopped. This can be quite frustrating if you install on your main PC because until you get microsoft to allow you to install again your computer is now a brick. I suggest not buying this at all costs and go another route as previously mentioned.
If I could give this less than one star I would. AVOID, and go another route. Literally anything is better than Buying this. DO NOT BUY
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