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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)

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  • Richard B.
  • 5/7/2015 6:48:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoes its job, but it's still Windows

Pros: Handles lots of threads, lot of cores, can deal with high-end performance demands. I actually like Windows 8; I have no use for Start Menus and gimmicks. Win 8.x is similar to OS/2, which I preferred to use until I was forced to give it up. I especially like the Winkey+X power menu.

Cons: Lots of installation problems, and spurious error messages in the event viewer after installation. Took me a week to get it properly set up. Even though it's the "Pro" version, a user shouldn't have to go through a week of tweaking and troubleshooting just to get to a system that is stable and functioning properly.

Other Thoughts: Installing this on a UEFI system with 3 TB HDDs should have been no problem. But it was a nightmare. Installer did not recognize it was on a UEFI system, and formatted the drives as MBR, with 2.2 partition and 800 mb partition on each drive. Had to start over and reset the drives to unused. Not cool. Deducting one star; could have deducted two.

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  • Neng Y.
  • 3/29/2015 7:07:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWindow Vista all over

Pros: none over Windows 7 in my opinion...unless you like the whole smartphone colorful fluffy look on two 40inch screens.

Cons: Bought this from store because i needed my new computer up and running asap and all they had was windows 8 and no windows 7. Installed it into a brand new drive and everything was good.
The interface looks confusing and ugly, But was able to navigate and find most of everything i needed. Updated all the basic drivers..no problem. About an hour after first turning on my new comp and installing windows...program freezes. Turned off comp and checked all hardware and connections. Saw no problems and started up computer again. Went to windows update....FAILED on 1st attempt. 2nd attempted..FAILED. 86 new updates and i finally got a few updates to install by manually deselecting all the updates but a few and was able to slowly updating windows...Tedious!! Then windows started freezing in the middle of windows update. Have not been able to update since. Not even when trying to install the last 64 updates on by one.

I've noticed that when trying to install or update any program window freezes. When not installing or upgrading. Windows 8 will work for about 40 mins before freezing.

Looked for answers online. Reg cleaners...why. Only about 5 programs installed including OS, Antivirus. System restore...previous restore point is pretty much an empty drive. This is like my fourth build and i have never had a problem this bad. My computer is useless and this point now because i cant update windows, supposedly the have a fix for the freezing issue, or install any of the programs i built this computer for.

Win 8 looks to be the new Win Vista...Unless you liked Vista, stay way from Windows 8. Stick to Win 7 and hope on Win X.

Other Thoughts: Originally only planned on doing an upgrade of my old cpu, motherboard, and ram but ended up with a whole new build because i needed a better psu, which are pretty pricey. So i though id just give my old computer (phenom quad core w/ 8gb ram) to my sister and build me a whole new computer. If i knew i was gonna build a new computer i would've bought Windows 7 from newegg when i bought all the other parts. My fault and i paid the price of $200 for a useless OS and three days of headache. Buying another Windows 7 from newegg for this comp.

FYI....i still had a copy of my Win XP 64bit. Tried to install it but Windows 8 wont give me the option. Gonna have to reformat the drive if i want to install 7 and start from scratch again.

AMD FX 8 core
Asus Sabertooth MB
16gb Ram

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  • Christopher S.
  • 2/21/2015 6:49:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy install on custom build

Pros: Easy, quick install. Pop in the disc, and boom, it's done.

Cons: None. Getting used to switching from W7 to W8.1.

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  • Stephen H.
  • 2/2/2015 10:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest OS since Win2k

Pros: Super fast boot. The UI is more efficient imho. In essence, you now have multiple desktops. A Metro desktop & a "normal" desktop. Each app has it's own "desktop" and you can have multiple apps on the screen at once. MS got the touchscreen UI perfect. Everything works like I'd expect it to and it's consistent along the entire OS. Using a Mouse isn't that difficult, in fact I find it faster then the "normal" desktop start menu. The Metro desktop is much easier to navigate around. It's easier to find and use something in Win 8.1 then it is in Windows 7. Using an older Vista/7 machine feels slower, even when doing something as simple ask trying to run a program.
All my standard programs still work as expected. The icons on the Metro desktop are easier to read vs the normal desktop.
I'm using the same hardware I bought in 2008 for Windows XP (except GPU) and everything is faster to respond and works great. I wasn't sure how well it would work on 6 year old hardware (at the time I got 8.1) but am pleasantly surprised.

Cons: My scanner wasn't win 8.1 compatible. Sometimes when I try to wake my computer from sleep it crashes because the GPU wouldn't respond fast enough & Windows would assume it froze (only happens with sleep but it boots so fast I use hibernate now instead). Since an update a bit ago, both Metro apps and desktop programs are in the start bar: I find that annoying because apps don't close out unless you manually close them & can cutter the start bar. You're forced to use the normal desktop for non-metro apps, which is annoying.

Other Thoughts: I heard nothing but negative talk about Win 8.1 when I bought it. It was cheaper for a retail copy vs Win 7. I'm NOT dissapointed. Going from Win XP UI to 8.1 was easy. That's why I waited a year to review, so I can see what I like/dislike about it and not just have the "it's now, it's horrible" mentality.
I really wish there was an option for apps to now show in the start bar, but besides that I really like this copy of Windows. I'm happy I skipped 7 and got this when I needed to replace my copy of XP. I'm just sorry I didn't upgrade sooner.

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  • Robert S.
  • 9/25/2014 11:16:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAn Excellent OS

Pros: It pays to know what you are doing and if you don't watch our.

Cons: Your hardware must be compadible with the os or you're out of luck. It pays to have the latest drivers for all of it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2014 12:46:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than original 8

Pros: Right click on the Start Button (now a white flag) and you get most of the admin stuff you miss. OS makes more efficient use of SSDs, UFIE BIOS, and USB 3.0 devices.

Cons: Files are still a pain to find (yes that was part of the start menu on 7), Metro tiles are still running in the background (part of services)

Other Thoughts: I liked 98-XP-7, and now starting to like 8.1. If you dont use the start menu to get to your programs, then this will work great for you. Otherwise, you will have to download third party software to get that feature back in a different form.

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  • John H.
  • 9/17/2014 8:55:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsArguably the worst IT product I have purchased in 35 years

Pros: It boots up fast

Cons: Quite simply the most abhorrent user interface I have ever seen. You would have to be insane to load this OS and go into a business presentation....file types that have been recognized for decades now require add-on purchases to display....simple drag and drop operations to and from emails constantly have licensing issues on non-supported file types. It has been a nightmare.

Virtually everything takes longer due to design, more clicks, more navigation to do everything....Even the most simple tasks become challengingg For MSFT to have released this as their primary OS was a disgrace.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/2/2014 11:21:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggswindows 8.1

Pros: fast for tablet use

Cons: the metro UI for start menu, no I do not plan to use a tablet style pc for everything. I'll wait for windows 9, just being fast wont replace my current os.

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  • Steven W.
  • 8/12/2014 11:15:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is the "real" deal....

Pros: Having been burned purchasing o/s licenses way more times than I care to remember so I'm gun shy about o/s licenses. I carefully researched/shopped around and purchased this retail (non oem) copy of Windows 8.1 Pro from Newegg. Delivery was made in less than 24 hours (provided your order is placed before 10am the day prior) which once again is a testament to Newegg's well stocked Secaucus warehouse on the east coast. I've used retail copies of Microsoft o/s licenses previously and depending on the situation one must carefully select either oem or retail copies. Oem is cheaper however is tied to the pc once installed and activated. Me, I needed to quickly get a homebuilt Z97 motherboard up and running but only on a temporary basis. Goal was to eventually use the same license on a X99 chipset based pc later this fall. Purchasing from Newegg eliminates the fear of getting stuck with counterfeit copies of o/s software....be especially wary of the one popular auction site in particular. Products when delivered are almost always counterfeited and come time to activate the o/s you will find the license string is bogus. In all the 25+ years I have been a Newegg customer I have never ever had to return a product and this includes disk drives, monitors, motherboards, and desktop memory.

Cons: Microsoft TechNet and Actionpack subscriptions no longer available (even if you are in the trade!) making it more and more difficult keeping skillsets current. Pricing of o/s licensing is "through the roof" making Ubuntu and Redhat more and more appealing, Managed to get pricing down to $180 using a combination of both ebates and Visa checkout

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2014 1:29:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsSkeptical at first...

Pros: Fast install.. literally the fastest windows install I have done. Tried it on a HDD and a SSD and the SSD of course performed faster but even doing a traditional install from a DVD to an HDD blew my mind. From blank drive to desktop in like ten mins or less, setting up a windows live account and getting texted the security code eats up a lot of time.

Boots extremely fast. If you disable the fast startup it's on par with Win7 but on fast startup is nice to jump from tapping the power button to login under ten seconds.

Forced myself to try it for two weeks with Win7 as a dual boot in case I had issues I could reboot to get back to normal life but now I find myself using 8.1 more.

Cons: Still has some compatibility issues. Took a little time to smooth out driver problems and days of setting stuff to the way I wanted it but in the end it's pretty good but still room for improvement. My biggest complaint was overall navigation when on the desktop.. Years of familiarity with XP Vista and 7 were out the window. This is truly the biggest issue but there is solutions.. See my further comments below.

I was annoyed that Windows Media Center had to be purchased separately through the store for $9.99 but I can live with that. If I buy the top version of an OS I kinda expect things like the premiums to be included...

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