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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 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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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Microsoft Windows 8.1 3.0 out of 5 stars (6)
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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.
  • Release Date: 18 Oct. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8 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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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.


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


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
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By S
Edition:8.1 Full Version
Windows 8.1 is very frustrating and is not user friendly. The latest update has completely wiped all my saved settings that took weeks to set up. The homepage and tiles are a complete waste of time, I go straight to the Desktop and ignore what should be an asset, but is actually overdeveloped and unusable.

I did write a lengthy list of issues, but feel that it has already been covered by other users.

All I can say is that the system is seriously flawed and needs to be sorted out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows simplier? better? 21 April 2014
Edition:8.1 Full Version|Verified Purchase
Dear all,

just to start up, imo Windows 8.1 does deserve 4-5 starts. I gave it 5. Please, do not think it is perfect, it is not.
I have used XP, Vista and 7 and now I moved to 8.1

First of all start up and shut down. Windows 8.1 starts up faster and you are ready to go online almost immediately. Whole process takes about 1 minute maybe less ( I do not have SSD drive ) and your wi-fi is ready as soon as you see your start up screen.
Shutting down the PC takes about 30 seconds and even if there is application running which prevents Windows from shutting down this is closed by Windows almost immediately so no delay.
Windows 8.1 comes up with some applications already installed. For all I just mention Skype and FB. All of these pre-installed are applications so very simplified. FB for me was ok as I do not use it heavily but Skype was for me disappointment as the application does not offer as much customization and I uninstalled the app right before first call and downloaded Skype free software and installed to my PC. So apps are very nice touch and you have access to them though the store.
Customization of your start up screen is easy and you can make it way you really like. You can pin and unpin different things and have everything at hand.
You can switch between windows 8.1 view and (old) desktop screen so there is not so much difference if you prefer (old) look of windows. Although at first it might look harder to operate with widows 8.1 you will find your way very fast and you will not notice any big difference.
The one thing I did not like about 8.1 was skydrive. This comes pre-installed and starts up with windows and back up your files and there is no easy way to turn it off.
Currently I am using Windows 8.1 for about 2 months and I can recommend it to everyone. If you considering to change from Windows XP and can`t decide between Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 definitely go for 8.1 and enjoy.
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255 of 292 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Significant Improvement Over Windows 8.0 20 Oct. 2013
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't keep your old PC 2 May 2014
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roll on Windows 10! 7 Dec. 2014
By Silvester TOP 100 REVIEWER
Edition:8.1 Full Version

*** More advanced recovery options ***

Windows 8 has 2 recovery options for when Windows needs to be reinstalled & less intrusive options like a system restore haven't helped (for example when Windows won't load).

Reset - This option to reset allows you to completely set Windows to factory settings removing all data and settings. So this option is very similar to the recovery options found with most Windows 7 machines. The Windows 8 has an extra feature however which allows you to securely clean the machine to prevent any data being recoverable after the recovery has been performed. Be warned however this tool extends the recovery time from about 25 minutes to a few hours.

Refresh - This option allows you to reinstall Windows while keeping your files in tact. This works by rescuing any files stored within your usual user areas (Documents, Picture, Music, Videos, etc). This feature will often allow you to save your files even when you are unable to load into Windows to save them yourself. Although some Windows 7 machines have a feature where you can back up files before a recovery, they generally require some temporary external storage to store the files on and this feature is normally a tool provided within the manufacturers own recovery tool rather than built into Windows.

*** Integration of Microsoft Account ***

Some people will argue that this should actually be in the con's section as it can sometimes be a bit confusing for people who are not overly confident with computers, however it does have its advantages.

A Microsoft Account is basically an online account which can be used as an email address, to store contacts, calendar events, etc).
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