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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
Windows
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 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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Game Information

  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 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-bit DVD

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
191 of 219 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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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows hate 11 April 2014
Edition:8.1 Full Version
My wife is a competent PC user and not stupid. Tonight is her first night with Win 8 and after 40 minutes of struggling she is spitting blood. She spent the last 10 minutes trying to switch the thing off, it is 8.0. Of course when she eventually finds out how to navigate the thing she will be able to get 8.1 and will have a Start button. Then there are those useless tiles. What was wrong with selection from a start menu or desktop? Right now she wants to get on with some work....not spend days relearning how to use an utterly alien OS designed for smart-phones and tablets with small touch screens.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Desktop users thrown under the bus 5 April 2014
Edition:8.1 Full Version
If my laptop had come with win 7, I'd already have been working on it for three days. As it is, I'm forced to spend days addressing deficiencies deliberately introduced by microsoft (classic shell, file defaults, etc). White flat windows and scrollbars are hard to use and headache inducing; old proven user interface paradigms aren't available; my desktop experience is disrupted when I open files by taking me to the modal, unnecessary, hard to avoid modern interface. I'm happy to try new things - I'm left wishing the new thing I'd tried is a mac, and considering taking the extra time to upgrade to win 7 despite the time already lost. I always avoided things like linux on my laptop because I didn't want to spend time tinkering, I want to work. Win 8/8.1 forces that on you anyway, for no upside whatsoever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade?! 10 July 2014
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
Edition:8.1 Full Version
Windows XP,
Was always good enough for me,
Windows 8.1,
Has thus far been no fun,
Many basics it lacks,
XP on it ****s,
Want to burn a dvd,
Easy on XP,
Regrets on our necessary upgrade,
Apple was perhaps the choice we should have made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different to all previous windows I have used but ...
Very different to all previous windows I have used but I am getting used to it and don't mind it at all.
Published 2 days ago by EverLearning
5.0 out of 5 stars OS of choice.
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Great product. Arrived on time and was very easy to install. Comes in 32-Bit and 64-Bit modes for both types of processors.
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Coming from a long time win7 user i am surprised to say that im really enjoying win8.1 despite all the hate for this latest iteration of windows. Read more
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Published 8 days ago by Mr. Raymond Foulkes
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to the shop.
Thank goodness for John Lewis return policy. This went back the same day.

Ugly, flaky, slow. You don't want this. I have my W7 media under lock & key.
Published 8 days ago by John R. Wade
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It does what it says on the tin. Brilliant piece of software and delivered as fast as ever by Amazon
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2.0 out of 5 stars A poor effort
A weird way to "upgrade" an operating system. No start button. Annoying way of switching to apps and start screen when all you want to do is open a program from the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by A R Cousins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
New to windows 8 But is Still working and is really fast!
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Edition: 8.1 Full Version