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Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM

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  • Melissa G.
  • 9/26/2014 5:59:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHate HATE windows 8

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: It's windows. It works.

Cons: If the best you can say is that it works, that's not a good thing. My keyboard and mouse have stopped working for no reason FOUR times since February. The only way to fix it is to roll back the computer to a previous date. I discovered that this occurs every single time windows 8 updates.

And the way to get it to roll back? Well, you can't access Safe Mode by pressing a single button during boot with windows 8. For some insane reason, they decided that windows should need to be loaded BEFORE you can enter safe mode.

This means that my keyboard and mouse won't work IN safe mode because I can't get TO safe mode since I need one of them to work in order to enter safe mode.

The only way to fix it is to get the disk out (glad I bought the disk and not the download) and force it back using the bios and telling it to boot from my DVD ROM, during which the keyboard and mouse work just fine.

There is no start menu. Whose insane idea was that?

Windows 8 still doesn't work with most programs. I should be just fine downloading and installing the gaming keyboard and mouse on my system. Nope. I can get the basic functions to work as though they are a generic keyboard and mouse, but apparently I can't install the drivers for the gaming functions unless my DVD ROM is unplugged. Yes, you read that right, UNPLUGGED. It cannot be plugged in (disabling it instead doesn't help) at the same time as I try to install logitech anything because there is a conflict and it will cause the system to freeze. All the research I have found points to this being a windows 8 problem as this does not happen with windows 7.

And that's with the correct windows 8 drivers from all the websites for each piece of hardware.

It's like they removed all the useful bits of windows and left us with some slightly-more-advanced-than-an-ereader garbage.

Other Thoughts: I don't dare let my computer update anything windows. Wish I had kept windows 7. Really hope they let me upgrade to 9 for free. With the complete waste of money that windows 8 is, I deserve it and so does everyone else.

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  • Stanislaus K.
  • 9/26/2014 7:01:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1 x64bit

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: It's not Apple. It's faster than Windows 8 or Windows 7. If you buy this you are up to date with the latest Microsoft has to offer.

Cons: Cons are Tile interface (Metro? UI) is useless to me. For $5 fee download Start8 by Stardock, which you can customize. You can shut off the Metro Tile Interface, set it to boot straight to your "REAL" desktop and disable all hot corners so Windows 8.1 behaves like the Windows everyone loves, and you get the satisfaction of knowing your up to date with current technology and don't have to hate your OS while doing so.

Other Thoughts: Windows 9 is rumored to come out in Fall 2015.

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  • Leif A.
  • 9/22/2014 12:53:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsOEM garbage...

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: zero

Cons: OEM = 1 license copy... i.e. never ever buy this. Just get the regular copy JUST IN CASE you ever want to install more than 1 copy of it somewhere.

Sigh...

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/17/2014 1:05:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Great OS

Cons: Most cons were fixed with Windows 8.1!

Other Thoughts: I used to hate this OS and I would wish I had Windows 7 back. However, after my friend showed me its features I have grown to love it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/15/2014 5:57:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsnice OS

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: I really enjoy Win8. If you're used to Win7, there's not really much to talk about here. Don't upgrade if you're already on Win7. Otherwise, this is a wonderful OS. Will need Win8 if you're looking to unlock the full potential of new AMD processors with more than 4 "cores"

Cons: Start menu, which is a download away from a complete fix
SmartScreen, which is just stupid (new Firewall feature). Took 20 seconds to find it in Control Panel and disable permanently

Other Thoughts: Blah Blah QQ I hate change I'm a whiny consumer.
Look, Win8 is a great OS. All the complaints and Bee Ess aside. Download the Win8 Classic Shell in order to get your start menu back to classic style. Otherwise, it's Win7 with a few nicer features. Driver installation for all components completely automatic. Taskbar extends to multiple displays, auto-detects resolutions across multi-port extensions. Hmm, that's the only differences from Win7 I notice right off the bat. Sorry folks. Adapt to change and don't be dead-brained. Enjoy

** I am an IT Technician

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  • MICHAEL K.
  • 9/14/2014 11:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggswindows 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: well lets just say i heard it would play nice with ssd. well there right !! much fast then win7 ult !!!

Cons: still a little time to learn it for most people.

Other Thoughts: you will have to buy one or the new windows 9 when it comes out.will be no more support for anything under windows 8.1 in a yr

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/8/2014 10:57:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: It's fast, and honestly, once you get the hang of it, is incredibly *easy* to use.

I find the Metro UI to be quite appealing, though others may dislike it because of the classic look and Start button.

Apparently utilizes your RAM for Desktop usage. Not enough to be noticeable or change any program speeds or accessibility, but enough to make it seem much snappier than pervious OS's.

The customization for the Metro UI is nice, though it's a bit to get used to. Nothing to gripe about once you've gotten the hang of it.

Looks as fancy as the Monopoly Man. ;~)

Cons: Some may find this OS to be 'a pause in the history of Windows', technically speaking. This is what Classic Shell is for. See Other Thoughts.

It is, once again, something to get used to and adapt with.

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  • Beatrice B.
  • 9/8/2014 8:34:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Shipping was great.Windows installed perfectly.

Cons: Can't complain!

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  • Kaylynn S.
  • 9/6/2014 1:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA fantastic OS that took me by surprise

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Installation is incredibly user-friendly and streamlined, and once it finally installs, the display is admittedly gorgeous. The start menu looks wonderful and vibrant, navigation of it and the desktop is a snap, and really if you're used to Windows 7, you'll feel right at home (aside from the Start Menu). Not to mention the boot time is amazing. Literally 10 seconds from pressing power, I'm signing in.

Cons: I miss my programs list. Also, the start menu is clearly focused on touch screen interaction. Windows 8 on my tablet feels amazing and fluid, but on a touchless screen like my desktop monitor, it feels lacking.

Other Thoughts: To be honest, I was very hesitant about making the jump from Windows 7 to 8, but I'm glad I made it in the end. My main reservations were because of the supposed incompatibility of many video games with the OS, but I've had absolutely no problems playing any of my games so far. It's an upgrade worth getting.

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  • Paul H.
  • 8/24/2014 6:00:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsBuyers beware!

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: It's nice and fast with the Samsung 840 EVO SSD.

Cons: Extremely different from Windows 7. A lot of settings have been moved around or renamed which make the transition process kind of frustrating.

OEM is for system builders. If you contact Microsoft for support, they'll tell you that you're out of luck.

Other Thoughts: If you're a student, it's almost always cheaper to buy the student editions directly from Microsoft. This will also save you the trouble of dealing with Microsoft support should the need ever arise.

It's my understanding that 8.1 was designed for touch screen interaction. This became very apparent after using it for awhile.

Some programs like Adobe are formatted to only be full or half screen. I have two widescreen monitors and still find this to be very annoying. (CON)

After interacting with 8.1, I decided I didn't like the feel of how everything was laid out. I did some research and came across a program called "Classic Shell" that (for basic interaction) brings back the organization and feel of previous versions.

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