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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
Windows
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 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
  • 32bit/64 bit Operating System


Frequently Bought Together

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) + Samsung 24x Retail SATA DVD Writer + Intel Core i5 i5-4690K CPU (Quad Core 3.5GHz Processor, 6MB Cache, Intel HD 4600 Graphics, Socket H3 LGA-1150)
Price For All Three: £273.70

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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
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B00FRAE7MU
  • Release Date: 18 Oct. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5 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.

Box Contains

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (PC)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Windows 10 3 Mar. 2015
Edition:8.1 Full Version|Verified Purchase
Following the installation of 8.1 it completely corrupted my boot.ini file sending the PC into a boot loop and totally crashed the BIOS. Reading up about it and reading through TechNet comments it appears this is a common problem with 8.1. (Google "Windows 8.1 boot loop" and you'll see). There doesn't even appear to be any attempt at a fix from Microsoft.
Following my having to update the BIOS, restore to a system restore, re-install Windows, and restore from a system image, the problem was still there. I even had to pull my CMOS battery from the motherboard and still no joy.

Eventually I gave up and re-installed Windows 7 and the problem is fixed.

When it did work, the GUI was pretty much the same as Windows 8 but with a Start menu (hooray!).

My advice is to wait for Windows 10. If you've purchased this then you get a free upgrade to Windows 10 anyway, my only saving grace after purchasing this, as it took me two days to fix the issues I had with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Run away from windows 8.1. Bugs galore! 17 May 2015
Edition:8.1 Full Version
I really, really hate this software. I got it pre-installed with a new laptop and its awful.

To put it simply- nothing on this software is easy. The side bar pops up 24/7 if you go anywhere near the right hand side, it randomly switches from desktop view to that other weird app version without clicking anything.

I paid for Microsoft 2010 and couldn't use it as it 'isn't compatible' so was forced to buy the new one included with the laptop.
And the most annoying thing for me is the PDF/Photo viewer! You can only view 1 PDF at a time which is absolutely horrendous for a uni student, and what makes it worse is the fact that you cant click it into place on the Desktop next to a word document- it has to be full screen which makes copying and referencing infuriating.

I had to download photo 'apps' to edit and look at photos as windows picture viewer/editor doesn't work on it. and it also keeps randomly uninstalling my anti-virus, so I have to check whether i'm protected 24/7.
It also freezes the task bar when you click it for the very first time when you switch into desktop mode and has to reset the screen before you can use it again.

Bearing in mind I have only had this laptop for a couple of weeks and its annoyed me this much.

This software is for tablets, not computers. Windows massively messed up when they tried to make computers app friendly- i have a tablet for that. STOP changing things that don't need to be changed! Windows 7 was fab.

Definitely would NOT recommend.
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272 of 311 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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92 of 106 people found the following review helpful
By Long-Suffering 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product good quality, delivered as promised
Published 1 day ago by Mr David Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars fast but dont like tiles
Fast window but don't like tiles but good news will get free update to window 10
Published 1 day ago by lucky
3.0 out of 5 stars Should come bundled with a word processor and decent email client
Installed it as a separate partition on my MacBook Pro. I would have preferred Win 7, but it actually only takes a little getting used to. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Helpless
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to get excited about - which is just the way I like it.
It works. If you like Windows, then this is the kind of thing that you like. If not, then not. I installed this on a six-year-old Toshiba laptop, in spite of Toshiba's website not... Read more
Published 2 days ago by John Wexler
4.0 out of 5 stars Layout is good. Big improvement on XP I had before
Layout is good. Big improvement on XP I had before. Easy to use. Apps easy to get.
Published 2 days ago by David MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars derbridge
better than xp
Published 2 days ago by max baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
Very good product. Arrived promptly.
Published 5 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than windows 7
Buy it!
Published 6 days ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 is perhaps not Microsoft's finest hour in software design but it's...
Windows 8.1 is perhaps not Microsoft's finest hour in software design but it's not as bad as I'd been lead to believe. Read more
Published 8 days ago by paulbear
3.0 out of 5 stars If Vista drove you mad - you may want to avoid this.
Better than windows 8, a bit better than Vista - but it is a pain to find anything and it is unreliable. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Michael Whalley
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