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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Edition: 8.1 Pro
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  • Personalise your start screen with more tiles sizes, colours and backgrounds
  • get exclusive apps built-in and download more from the windows store
  • keep your files safely stored and right at hand on skydrive
  • do multiple things at once with side by side views
  • chat face-to-face with friends on skype
  • instantly switch between your desktop and apps with the start button
  • search with bing and quickly act on results from across windows and the web


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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

Edition: 8.1 Pro
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B00FRAE7I4
  • Release Date: 18 Oct. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Edition: 8.1 Pro

Product Description

Windows 8.1

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
  • Personalise with more tile sizes, colours, & 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


Windows 8.1
Outlook Email and Multitask
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Windows 8.1
Video Editing
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Windows 8.1
Photo App
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Windows 8.1
OneNote and Familiar Desktop
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Windows 8.1
Search
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It Plays as Hard as it Works

Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch films, play games, polish your CV, and pull together a great presentation — all on a single PC. Now you can organise up to three apps on your screen at once in a single view.

The Start Screen

Personalize your Start screen with your favourite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customisable colours 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.

Security

Stay up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.

Speed

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.***

System requirements

  • 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 licence 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.

Box Contains

Microsoft Windows Pro 8.1 (PC)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome internals under questionable UI 5 Dec. 2013
Edition:8.1 Pro
The new UI that greets you when you first log on to Windows 8.1 definitely takes you by surprise - and takes time getting used to. It does make sense on a touch-enabled device, but very little on a traditional desktop/laptop. There are nice sides to it (weather app, easy searching and a few others) - but I still find Microsoft's decision to "impose" it on non-touch users rather pre-mature.

HOWEVER - the moment you switch to the traditional desktop mode, Windows 8.1 shines. It loads/shuts down faster, it clogs your PC memory less, there are many small tweaks here and there compared to Windows 7 and older. It's the "leanest" Windows version out there - absolutely no bloatware (and the few "New UI" apps can be easily uninstalled - compare that to Vista!).

Very easy and fast installation and initial setup.

More than 12 months into using Windows 8 and 8.1, I must say most of the above initial impressions still hold (to clarify - have been using it on 2 desktops and 2 non-touch laptops):
- I have never got to using 'Modern UI' apps, bar occasional use of Weather and News apps
- The OS has proved very stable and 'light' in terms of resource footprint
- Shines on new hardware, boots up and shuts down instantly

With version 8.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel
Edition:8.1 Pro
I find it extremely hard to use Windows 7 now after getting used to Windows 8.1, and with the Spring Update released today it just keeps getting better and better.

Windows 8.1 is easy to use with the traditional keyboard and mouse. Apps are now easier to close and minimise and you can pin them to the taskbar. As I write this, another update is coming which will BRING BACK the start menu on the desktop and allow you to run Windows 8 style apps in windowed mode. Once that update is released, there will be no reason to hold off on Windows 8.1.

I had mixed reviews when trying Windows 8 in the Dev Preview, Consumer Preview and Release Preview, but it's clear Microsoft recognise that we don't all use touch devices and are pushing to make all users happy. Give it a go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Students don't buy 5 July 2014
Edition:8.1 Pro
This OS is brilliant once you get used to it, however for students go to the official microsoft store website to purchase the student edition. The Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro is £49.99 as opposed to £150.

HOWEVER this only applies to student and you do need to verify that you are one. I won't send the link but just type in Microsoft Student Store and you will find what i'm on about.

I hope i helped those who are looking to buy this OS.

This OS is brilliant, i use this daily and yes, it was a change from Windows 7 however i adapted and i like it. I however don't use metro, although that is a big feature i just don't see the point. The os layout has been improved as well as many other things (for you to research). I got this for Direct X12 (for gaming).
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Significant Improvement Over Windows 8.0 20 Oct. 2013
By Kaio TOP 500 REVIEWER
Edition:8.1 Pro
[2014-04-02 read my added comments re Windows 8.1 Update at the end of this review]

Nearly a year ago (on 2012-10-26 to be exact) I made a review of Windows 8 under a title "Will Windows 8 Flop or Fly?". As a Windows user for many years, I was baffled by what Microsoft was up to and I chose an eye-catching title to express my bewilderment of how Microsoft got itself into alienating a significant part of its loyal customers. One year on and now we know the truth and the [self-inflicted] damage done to Microsoft.

My review then didn't catch much attention - it was lost under the very bottom pile of reviews with a tiny 22 helpful votes from 32 people who bothered to read it, despite the fact that that review was one of the first two or three to appear on Amazon on the day Windows 8 was released.

As I said before, and repeating it now, Windows 8 (and the updated version 8.1) has so many desirable features, most importantly it is fast and refined in many respects. The only major trouble is making the User Interface the same for desktop/laptop and mobile computers. The fact is that touchscreen is well suited to tablets and mobile phones (i.e., hand-held mobile computers), while non-mobile computers such as desktops and laptops need to be supported by a navigational menu system as existed in Windows 7 and its predecessors (a.k.a. Start Menu). Imagine visually sifting through randomly placed square icons to locate an App on a Start Page, as opposed to a navigation based on alphabetical order and logical organisation-by-folders of program shortcuts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab as always from Microsoft loads in 11.5 seconds from start button............
Published 10 days ago by Andy Barbour
5.0 out of 5 stars A good move
I was really unsure whether to buy Windows 8. I basically needed a pro version of Windows to get in-built disk mirroring. The choice was Windows 7 or 8.1. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mr. Christopher J. Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed. New layout takes a while to get used ...
Have used Win XP Pro for many years, but now no longer supported by Microsoft. I knew that eventually would have to change to a later issue, so took a leap of faith. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roy Ditchfield
1.0 out of 5 stars I received a key only, no disks. I ...
I received a key only, no disks. I had to install another operating system (Windows 7 Home Premium - not activated) to initiate the installation via a web browser. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the product advertised, but probably not an issue for most
The product supplied is *NOT* the full version. It is an OEM system builder version. This is in practice not likely a big deal - the OEM license conditions have changed from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. A. Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's the full official windows 8.1 Pro.
Published 2 months ago by Silks58
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the package
Published 2 months ago by David Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just the right one I wanted. It has both 32 bit and 64 bit discs. Nothing to complain.
Published 2 months ago by Naren
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Microsoft OS since DOS 4.1
Good product, easy install. GUI a little over complicated and personalisation takes some working out.
Published 3 months ago by E Sealy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't believe the price, but it was a 100% genuine Microsoft product
Published 3 months ago by Dave Vitty
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