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Microsoft Windows 8 Standard 64 bit OEM, WN7-00403, English Version

Platform : Windows 8
3 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews

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  • Renovated layout and design is beautifully free-flowing and has been modernised to help you take control
  • mosaic tiles on the start screen represent videos, people, apps, websites or anything that's important to you
  • built-in apps cover email, messaging, people and photos so you can get tasks done quicker
  • optimised for touch-screen use but still utilises traditional mouse control
  • fast new internet explorer 10
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OEM software is intended for system builders and small OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who manufacture computer systems and pre-install OEM system builder software onto those systems. It is not intended for purchase or installation by consumers. Please note that end-user technical support will be provided by the system builder and not by the manufacturer or the reseller (Amazon.co.uk). Click here for licence details and system builder obligations by manufacturer.

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System Requirements

  • Platform: Windows 8
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 x 2 cm ; 299 g
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  • ASIN: B009HI2W66
  • Release Date: 9 Nov. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Welcome to Windows 8. Windows has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware; from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens. It's smooth, intuitive, and gives you instant access to your people, apps, and stuff, so you spend less time searching and more time doing. You'll love browsing through the Windows Store and downloading apps to help you work more efficiently, or installing the latest games so you can compete with friends. Apps can work together, too, so you can share photos, maps, contacts, links, and whatever else you want. No matter what you want to do, you can get it done quickly in Windows 8. Whether you're completing a project, playing a game, or reading a book, with Windows 8 you can use touch, mouse, and keyboard together-seamlessly-to do what you want, the way you want. No need to choose one or the other. It starts quickly and it's cloud-connected so you can access your photos, documents, and settings on any Windows 8 PC. Behind the new look of Windows 8 is the rock-solid foundation you've come to expect from Windows 7. Immerse yourself in the exciting features of a new generation of PCs while enjoying the full power of Windows.

This product is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) package, and the licence governing the installation and use may not convey the same rights as a full retail package. OEM product packages may not contain the same printed documentation or bundled software and hardware which forms part of the full retail package. Prospective purchasers should make themselves aware of any such restrictions before purchasing.

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Software DVD-ROM^Installation Guide

Customer Reviews

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Id recomend ignoring most reviews here at the moment. the majority are shocked responses to a company attempt to evolve

Now im not saying microsoft did it right, Windows 8 wasnt a good transition at all. the lack of start button was a bad omission as was an easy method to get to the control panel and things like that.

HOWEVER with 8.1 and now 8.1-1 released Microsoft has listened and tried to get some of the functionality back. A start button of sorts has arrived (making the start menu essentially a full screen old start menu), right clicking it bring navigation to some deeper menus back and finally having the ability to close the "apps" makes this a lot easier to manage
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By Silvester TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2014

*** 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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Looking at the reviews, I see the same pattern I am seeing all over the Internet. A more or less 50 v 50 split amongst the users. They either love it or hate it. It seems that those users who tend to use the PC like a tablet, for casual surfing, sharing on Facebook and those kind of things in general find the new interface pleasant, especially if they have a touch screen to go with it.

However, another segment of users, who use PCs for productivity, such as devlopers, programmers, graphics artists etc are the one's who tend not to be so impressed. I belong to this group, and I have to say that the new UI doesn't help my workflow at all. It slows it up. I am a big iPhone user and so far that has taken care of my mobile needs, and casual surfing needs, although I could do with something larger like an mini iPad. But I see no reason to bring bring a mobile touch interface to the desktop! The problem starts with the missing the start button, which means you constantly have to click back and forth between two different operating systems looking for applications, for a totally inconsistent experience. Where can I find a complete list of software that is installed on my PC? Where's the recent documents list? Why do applications now open in full screen? All this just makes me lose my train of thought. On Windows 7 and just about every other desktop OS, can easily tell whether an application is running or not by simply spotting its window. The idea of multi-tasking was also greatly supported by the fact that you could have many windows open at the same time in whatever form you desired (overlapped, tiled, stacked) and still see the content of the windows you were interested in.
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I have been working with Windows 8.1 for 4 months now, the twist here is that the interface was a nice change for me. The start menu renovation was quite welcome, even though it took a while to get used to.

My problems are with compatibility. For the past 4 months I have spent hours maybe even days on the phone to customer support to fix issues with Graphics Card Drivers and blue screens every other day, literally, every two days. Depending on your PC manufacturer you may only be able to use drivers that they have released; for those that want to use the system for gaming I would steer clear, I am stuck with the NVIDIA driver from early last year instead of keeping up to date with the current one. This is just to avoid issues that are caused by the latest drivers that Windows 8/8.1 does not seem to be compatible with. I have spent these recent months having to uninstall and reinstall windows and several drivers.

Now to fix my problem I wanted to downgrade to Windows 7.

Apparently it's just not that simple, my manufacturer couldn't do anything for me because it is to do with Windows licensing. I phoned Windows and they couldn't help me because they no longer sell Windows 7 which is a poor excuse, given the compatibility issues are more than attributed to them and are therefore their problem. You can only downgrade if you have Windows 8 professional.

I was advised to purchase a license from a local retailer, spending around £130. Obviously I was less than pleased with this conclusion.

My advice:

-Assess whether you can afford to purchase another OS if you do not like Windows 8 because there are no discounts from your manufacturer or Microsoft.
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