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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
Windows
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Edition: 8.1 Full Version
8.1 Full Version
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  • Recommended version for upgrading Windows 7 or a full install of Windows 8.1. Running Windows 8? Windows 8.1 is available as a free update from Microsoft
  • 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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  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

Edition: 8.1 Full Version
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 0.3 x 0.3 cm
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  • ASIN: B00FRAE7MU
  • Release Date: 18 Oct 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Edition: 8.1 Full Version

Product Description

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 - Full Version

Best of Work and Play

Bring all the aspects of your life together — create, play, discover, connect, and work.

  • 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

What’s new with Windows 8.1


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 movies, play games, polish your resume, and pull together a killer 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

Personalise 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.

You Keep Familiar Programs

Programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.1.

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.

Product Description

Microsoft WN7-00580 - WIN 8.1 32/64 INTERNATIONAL DVD

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
214 of 243 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 Full Version
[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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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
By North American Technology Consumer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Edition:8.1 Full Version
The initial portion of this review addresses the final stage of an progressive upgrade from Windows 7 with an intermediate step --lasting one year-- at Windows 8 before progressing to Windows 8.1.

Bottom line up front: If you are a power user of Windows 7, and you can keep running your current hardware with a Windows 7 variant: I can't offer a single compelling reason to make this change. If you're already using Windows 8, proceeding with the evolution to Windows 8.1 will provide a marginal improvement to the user experience due to the return --sort of-- of the Start button (with much less functionality than in earlier versions of Windows) and the option to boot directly into the desktop (bypassing the clunky "Charms" Metro start page).

I've made this upgrade to two computers. For a desktop computer that met the full Windows Store system requirements, I proceeded with the upgrade from Windows 8 from the Store. A netbook I installed Windows 8 on did not have sufficient display resolution to install 8.1 directly from the Windows Store, so I had to run the installation separately via a downloadable 8.1 installer application.

The good news: In both installation cases, The Windows 8 to 8.1 upgrade was issue free (which mirrored the earlier Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade experience for both machines). It retained all of my previously installed OS settings, data files and applications. For the netbook upgrade via the installer program I had to enter my Windows 8 activation key (you still have yours, right?); the upgrade via the Store either trusted me or examined the registry for validity of my install.

The not so good news: once Windows 8.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't keep your old PC 2 May 2014
By NR
Edition:8.1 Full Version
I reluctantly took my 12 year old XP desktop offline when support ended. I bought a laptop with Windows 8 and upgraded to 8.1. It isn't terrible, but it's such a mess. I've tried customising it, but there is only so much you can do. I really want a proper XP start menu. I never want to see the Metro UI or run any Metro Apps. I don't like the Charms bar. I don't want the OneDrive (SkyDrive) and was not impressed that the original setup used the OneDrive as my default file storage location. The existence of a 'Documents' folder on the OneDrive confused me for a while until I realised what was going on and turned off the default option. It turned itself back on after an update too, which was annoying. I bought a new copy of Office so I'm doubly not-smiley but that's another story.

If you keep your old PC to use offline you will be constantly reminded of how much better the interface was, and how much better Office used to be, so in the interests of progress you should recycle it. I haven't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must or not? 10 April 2014
Edition:8.1 Full Version|Verified Purchase
I went for 8.1 straight from XP skipping the intermediate steps.
It's not a bad piece but like anything new, one needs to get used to it.
The most I miss a little user manual. It is nowhere stated that you need to uninstall the product key if you want or must have the software on another PC. This has cost me 20 minutes plus on the phone with the helpdesk.
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Edition:8.1 Full Version|Verified Purchase
Easier to install than earlier versions because it supports wireless mouse and keyboard from the word go, you don't have to break off the installation to dig out your old wired kit to plug back in.

The is the full retail version and the best version if you are installing clean on your own existing computer, or one you have just built for yourself. There are a confusing number of other versions available, but they are mostly just discs taken from laptops or pcs before sale by companies looking to max out on profit, and you often have trouble using the provided security codes, as it has already been given to somebody else. The only other version you need consider is the official OEM version, which is meant for computer builders, so they can install windows on the machines they sell. All the rest are something of a dodgy deal, although technically not fake or illegal.

Windows 8 takes a bit of getting used to as they've changed names and moved thing around quite arbitrarily it seems, and attempted once again to lock you out of your own files on your own computer (security gone mad). But sadly you need to keep upgraded to the latest version to make use of new programs and the latest games, which older versions won't run. The downside is that any software bought specifically for older versions often doesn't run on the newest windows (Nero and stuff like that has to be repurchased EVERY time) so my advice is always to go on using your existing version till it absolutely won't go any further, then upgrade. Don't just upgrade because it looks good and the guy next door has it on his pc.
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