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

Platform : Windows 8
3.0 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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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: 668 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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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've been trying to use Windows 8 on a laptop for over a month, just to try and get used to the interface and the changes. Obviously it is designed to work with a touch-enabled monitor, which I do not have. Without such a monitor you're not going to get optimum usability from it.

While there are undoubtedly some improvments to the OS, there are some features missing. One of the biggest criticisms is that the start menu has been replaced by the new start screen, which is actually a new UI what works like a tablet interface. It means that you have to constantly switch between two different interfaces to get to things done. Another problem is that applications open full screen which makes working with more than one application difficult. On just about every tech site you look up on the Internet, you'll find articles on how to improve the usuability of Windows 8. In other words, a lot of work and learning just to get Windows 8 functioning like Windows 7.

However, I'm not too worried about usability issues because that is something that is at least fixable and can improve. What concerns me, and what I miss from the comments of many is a failure to see that the new UI is more than just a new UI. Apart from the desire by Microsoft to lever their new system into the market place, the desktop defintely seems to have been deprecated. My main concern is that this is the first step towards a closed and Microsoft governed app store that may evnetually replace the desktop UI, the deskop API and deskop applications. If Microsoft is going that route, it means a loss of freedom we have had on Windows computers for the last 30 years.
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So I got this for my new build, I really liked the look of Windows 8 as I must confess I was getting a little bored of Windows 7 and Vista. When I first installed Windows 8 it was very quick, although of course that speed naturally has deteriorated as more and more things are installed. 3 months down the line it is around the same speed as Windows 7 and I am sick to death of how it works, I am constantly looking up ways to downgrade but it seems I'd have to wipe my hard drive and buy Windows 7 for £70. I would not recommend that you buy this OS and just stick with Windows 7.

I've even installed a Ubuntu partition on my hard drive and I am much happier while using that, and should I build a new PC in the near future I would not consider Windows 8 at all.

UPDATE: Drive failed, got a refund for both the hard drive and Windows 8. Replaced with 1TB Seagate SSHD and Windows 7 64bit (Much happier!)
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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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