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

Platform : Windows 8
2.9 out of 5 stars 720 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • 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 720 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Winter VINE VOICE on October 26, 2012
Format: DVD-ROM
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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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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I purchased Windows 8 to run via Parallels on my Mac Mini alongside OSX, and I couldn't be less impressed by Microsofts latest offering.

Before I go into my review of the OS, I want to warn everyone - DO NOT give Win 8 your primary email address. I made the mistake of giving Microsoft my email during initial setup and my inbox has been spammed ever since. One message in particular drives me crazy. At least once a week I get a "reconnect to Facebook" message from Microsoft. At one point I linked my Facebook account to Windows 8, but I didn't like the barrage of notifications anytime anyone liked or commented on a post, so I disabled it. Ever since that day I constantly get emails from Microsoft encouraging me to re-link the accounts and providing absolutely no links or other information to unsubscribe. Somehow these emails also seems to circumvent my Gmail spam filters which I specifically set up to filter it. If you search Google you will see thousands of other complaints regarding the same issue. This is a BIG deal to me. When I buy an operating system I am not signing up to be spammed by the manufacturer. This is a deal breaker to me and lead to me changing my initial review from two to one star.

In regards to the OS itself, this OS is definitely made with a tablet user in mind and desktop users given little consideration. Many of the help sections first address how to do things on a touch screen, and then refer to the desktop version. Luckily in a free update to 8.1 they brought back the start button, but Microsoft still heavily encourages the use of their live tiles which I can't stand. I strongly prefer the list-style start menus of Win XP, etc. and do not like all the flashy moving content on my start screen.
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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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I'm not entirely sure whether I'm rating the System Builder DVD or the operating system here, so I'll do a little of both. If you want to install Windows8 on a computer without an existing operating system, this will probably work. If you want to install it in a virtual machine, particularly VMware, then it will absolutely work. This is how I installed Windows8, in VMware.

As for the operating system, I'm happy that I have many other options and don't actually have to use Windows8, which has many limitations that I find annoying. The Mail tile is a waste of space if you don't want to use a Microsoft account like you get from Outlook.com. You can't configure it for GMail, for instance. I like that the Start screen functions as a notification screen, with weather updates and some news and other dynamic content, but I also don't like that you seem to be able to only have two windows open at a time, and I don't like the "tablet-optimized" OS as it runs on a standard computer. I also get quite tired of having to scroll back and forth to view the Travel content or whatever content I've opened. That said, opening the Travel or Weather tile brings up a screen that is actually quite pretty. So Windows8 isn't all bad, but you probably don't want it if you're looking for a production system.
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