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Microsoft Windows

by Microsoft
Windows
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 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
  • 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11 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
239 of 269 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION Vista users.... 23 Oct 2014
Edition:8.1 Full Version|Verified Purchase
WARNING - if you are running VISTA (-32 or -64 bit) it does not matter that your PC is capable of running Windows 8.1 this disc will not install it. The online product spec. makes no mention of this fact. The software packaging states clearly "Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista." It would have been useful to have that piece of information somewhere prominent in the online description. I went through the FAQ and the various online compatibility diagnostics but though my hardware spec. passed all the tests the product will not install. A pretty poor situation.
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79 of 92 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bought this for my mums PC, personally I'd stick with windows 7 or wait for next version.
Published 3 days ago by Nikki Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars PC is sooooooooo much better now, games have slightly more fps to
Had win 8pro enterprise and had many issues, couldnt upgrade for free so got this, installed onto another ssd and within 40 mins was up and running! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rob from southampton
4.0 out of 5 stars There are free downloads available to make the desk top look and feel...
An efficient operating system that boots faster than windows 7. There are free downloads available to make the desk top look and feel more like the windows 7 start screen you're... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Brian Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars easy install, really enjoying windows 8
What i wanted, easy install, really enjoying windows 8.1.
Published 10 days ago by david wiscombe
4.0 out of 5 stars How to get a win 8 interface more like win 7 (update - with Pokki!)
I have recently bought a new desktop computer which came with windows 8.1. Like many others I found the new "Metro" start page interface very counter-intuitive, spending ages... Read more
Published 11 days ago by g
1.0 out of 5 stars It's best to buy 8.0 then upgrade to 8.1 (from Windows 7).
I discovered that if I upgrade from Windows 7 directly to 8.1, I will lose all of my applications apart from my documents. However, if I upgrade from Windows 7 to 8. Read more
Published 18 days ago by TechAddict
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to work at it!
Where do I start - well, not with the start menu to start with! There isn't one. I bought this to upgrade with my new better computer. The initial disappointment vs. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
1.0 out of 5 stars took ages and costa plenty in time and money to ...
took ages and costa plenty in time and money to set up ended up with having to contact Microsoft support and spent hours trying to recover lost data etc. stick to windows 7
Published 21 days ago by W. J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived exactly when I was told it would, very pleased
Published 21 days ago by collinson194
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Its an end users nightmare. Every user I know of that has windows 8 regrets the day they bought as its user interface is illogical. Stick with windows 7.
Published 22 days ago by R. C. Hawkins
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