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

  • Start screen with live tile
  • Personalize with apps
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  • Start button in desktop mode
  • Sync across devices
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Windows 8.1 has new ways for you to personalize your PC, and includes a wave of awesome new apps and services. Work the way you’re used to, and do more at once with more apps. Bing smart search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view, so you can go where you want right from the search results. Open the Windows Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and more. 

Great for work and play, Windows 8 tablets and PCs are powerful, stylish, and built to go where you go. Get a Windows 8 tablet or PC now, and you can update to Windows 8.1 for free!

  • newegg Search once. Go anywhere. A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away. Powered by Bing.
  • newegg More apps to love You'll notice that the Windows Store has a new look, which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. And the apps that are included with Windows 8.1 Preview let you do a bunch of cool things. For example, with Reading List you can save articles and stories across apps and devices, and the updated Photos app gives you fast and fun editing.
  • newegg Make it yours Set up a slide show on your lock screen by picking your favorite pictures. Arrange the stuff on your Start screen so it's just the way you want it. Choose from more tile sizes, more colors, and more backgrounds – including animated backgrounds.
  • newegg Built-in cloud storage SkyDrive is now the default location for saving documents. So you always have your files wherever you go, even when you're offline. And with the included SkyDrive app, you can manage both local files and SkyDrive files in one place.
  • newegg Fast, full-screen browsing When you get Windows 8.1 Preview, you also get to check out the new Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 11 Preview is built for touch, with faster load times, a full-screen experience that includes side-by-side browsing of your sites, and real-time info delivered on your Start screen through live tiles for your favorite sites.

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  • Patrick C.
  • 7/21/2014 7:19:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it with the update

Pros: The 8.1 update has, in my opinion, made this a great OS. I'm running it on a SSD and it is FAST. With the return of the Start button using it feels like using a re-tooled Windows 7 for our app-driven world.

Installation couldn't be simpler (I had to install from scratch, because I was still running Windows Vista).

Cons: Some features and options are hidden away in strange places. It takes some getting used to when trying to find certain things.

A few programs (like Windows Media Center) that once came free with the OS now need to be purchased separately. But rather than purchase the add-ons, I've found that the free alternatives available online have satisfied all my needs. So this hasn't really impaired my experienced at all.

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  • Steven A.
  • 7/20/2014 4:14:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot as bad as i thought it would be

Pros: I was very skeptical of Windows 8 after hearing so much negativity towards it, but so far I have had no real issue with it. It runs fast and smooth, is easy enough to figure out and set up easy. Installed on an SSD in less than 20 minutes, and had a nice little tutorial to show you some of the key new features.

Cons: Seems as though the Control Panel has been cut by 75%. I can not say whether they have hid some of the control that Windows 7 had, or if it has been removed completely. Switching from the start menu at times can be a little annoying, but it only takes a few minutes to get used to it.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very happy I decided to switch to Window 8, and have not regretted it yet. I just wish the control and setting from Windows 7 were here.

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  • Walter P.
  • 7/7/2014 2:49:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8 GREAT, especially for visually impared!

Pros: Installed 8.1 on a build that replaced an almost-eight year old Dell for someone who is visually impaired. What I thought would be a difficult install proved otherwise, and the learning curve was FAR less than I anticipated based on past reviews of Windows 8 and 8.1. Once you get used to it, it's very easy to navigate, and it's far easier to do custom settings than older versions of Windows and go back and forth between settings.

Cons: Only con, which is minor is remembering where everything is at first. Once you get used to that, then it becomes much easier to use.

Other Thoughts: This version of Windows is WAY easier than others seem to make it, especially for the person I built it for.

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  • Dakota H.
  • 7/4/2014 7:22:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsweird at first but you get used to it

Pros: weird at first but you get used to it, and i love the new look on the task manager, and its fast and responsive

Cons: none

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  • Ginni O.
  • 7/3/2014 1:34:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter then windows 7

Pros: Uses so much less resources. Boot times are much faster then windows 7.

Cons: Start menu is terrible. Finding things like control panel or your computer specs are a pain the behind. Won't take any eggs off. (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: After installing windows 8, I downloaded Start menu 8. I brought back my windows 7 start menu look. Totally free from cnet. I can still use the W8 start menu while using Start menu 8.

My rig:
CPU: AMD 8350 8 core @ 4.01ghz
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
Mem: 16GB 1866MHz G-Skill Ripjaw X ( 4x 4GB )
GPU: Nividia GTX 770 2GB GDDR5
HD: Kingston V3 120 GB SSD & Intel 330 240GB SSD
PSU: Thermaltake Smart 850W
Keyboard: Logitech G105
Mouse: E-Blue Mazer Gaming Mouse Mice USB Wired Optical Mouse 2400 DPI
Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD Enthusiast ATX Full Tower
Headset: Logitech G430
OS: Windows x64 8.1 Retail

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  • Scott D.
  • 6/29/2014 1:42:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot so bad

Pros: Easy installation, no bugs, hiccups, freezing, or crashing to date. Boots fast. It's not that hard to use so I'm not sure what all the whining is about. It is different but it's not like pre-GUI or anything.

Cons: While solid and stable there isn't anything that makes me say "wow!"

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  • Tammy B.
  • 6/17/2014 9:15:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice OS for now

Pros: Fast , love the available back ground wall papers you can use . Works great once a program like start8 is installed with it for the traditional desk top types like myself.
Boots really fast especially on my ssd .

Cons: Really don't like the whole metro thing as I'm sure most would agree.
Docked an egg for ms having the nerve of trying to push apps onto a desk top , offer it MS, don't shove it down our throat. Some of us Gals/Guys are a little older and like things normal to us, keep your apps for the smart phones.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8.1 really isn't as bad as most people say, it does take getting use to as most anything that is new to a person does, remember how lost you were the first time you bought a smart phone and now it's like 2nd hand to you well it's kinda like that.
Now I do agree that MS moved to the metro thing way to fast for people to get use to as most people don't like change , in comes a program like start8 that totally gives you back what people are use to which allows you to have your most common things back like you were use to before this metro stuff got in the way plus after watching a few you tube videos you can easily learn how to have it boot to the desk top with out any added software, if additional programs are not your thing .
It's simple to have it start to the desk top just get to the desk top, pain in the rear I know, Then right click in the task bar area, select property's, then navigation and tick. " when I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desk top instead of start"
click on apply and ok then your done.
This allows you to start to the desk top but the start button so to speak will still switch you between metro and desktop with out the use of an external program such as start8 .
If you do use a external program all is well and the start button returns to it's ,as you were use to in previous versions, self. Oh and one last quick note , This PC is the same as My Computer.
Hope this helps someone out there.

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  • George W.
  • 6/3/2014 8:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsInstalling Win 8.1: Chicken before the Egg

Pros: Win 8.1 is pretty nice after you make a few tweeks (install a 3rd party start menu). Good performance and does everything you typically expect from Windows.

Cons: You can NOT install the download version on a newly built computer unless you already have a WORKING Windows computer with the same type (64bit vs 32bit) processor.

So if you're switching from Ubuntu or Mac and you don't have access to a Windows Box, forget about using the download. If your computer has failed and you don't have another one lying around with the same BIT processor, forget about it.

Other Thoughts: This is crazy, I shouldn't have to go scrambling around to find a compatible WIN PC to build or change to Windows. Now I have to stay at work late to make a Install CD. If I'd know they would NOT give me an ISO, I would not have bought the download.

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  • Blaze F.
  • 5/29/2014 11:32:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1 - Better than people say!

Pros: (Other thoughts if you want to know the truth.)

- Faster than Windows 7 for daily, general tasks. I've tested in comparison with two systems of the same storage usage, specs, etc. It seriously is faster. Slap in an SSD, and it's just insane. I myself have a Crucial M500 128GB SSD, and it makes Windows 7 AND 8.1 look like it's gliding, which is totally awesome.

"Twas once there was no Metro Interface."

...Other thoughts, is where I will post on that comment.

- The tiles...well, a lot of people dislike them. I myself find them easy, if not easier (personal preference, people!) to navigate around rather than search all over the desktop for them.

- Proven with Benchmarks that some games play similarly, or even slightly better. Desktop performance is noticeably better with most people.

Cons: - Personal preferences set aside, the tiles are very annoying to a lot of people out there. Big change can play a huge part in something as common as installing a new OS. Just like when the iPhone had that trashy, slower OS released for iPhones, lots of people just downgraded back to the old OS, but we're on topic of Windows.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8.1 is basically a newer, (and yes, somewhat improved, performance wise) and differently-themed Windows 7, with some tweaks. It's nice, yes!...

I just hate that people are rating it one star because 'The start screen, oh my geebus! it r gon! where start screen?!!?11?!?/'
...People totally overlook the fact of 3rd part software.

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  • Matthew F.
  • 5/27/2014 12:52:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Customer Service Via Chat Rep Emily!

Pros: Fast Boot up and Great for Games. Seems to be giving me a significant fps boost in BF4.

Cons: Takes Some getting used to from Windows 7 but all is good now.

Other Thoughts: I orginally ordered Win 8.1 Retail version May 26th when it was on sale because it was the same price as OEM. The very next day the Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit went on sale for significantly less. I pulled up Chat & spoke with Emily and she just promised that price difference as store credit even though the items were not identical... Retail Vs OEM version... Great customer service!

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