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Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM

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  • MICHAEL K.
  • 9/14/2014 11:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

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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  • Nicholas E.
  • 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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  • Carlos R.
  • 8/22/2014 5:31:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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1 out of 5 eggsWindows *

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Quick startup of computer and installed fairly easy.

Cons: No longer windows, its a droid phone or tablet software. It doesnt work any existing or legacy software so its a pretty desktop.

Other Thoughts: What a bunch of as#wipes at microsoft trying to change everything to be something else and throwing away the foundation the company stands on. Its getting to the point that every change in the operating software is a completely new product that forces everyone to relearn how to be productive. I don't want to spend my work hours relearning new software to do the same tasks I used to do.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 8/22/2014 9:28:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: After installation you go straight to the desktop.
With a little work (and a 3rd party start menu), you can make Windows 8.1 look just like 7.
It's marginally faster then 7, if you need to upgrade from either XP and Vista, it's a perfectly good option.

Cons: During the installation, it makes it very difficult to setup a user which is not connected to a Microsoft Live account.
Some things (such as changing account password) are in the full screen app style.

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  • Faye G.
  • 8/19/2014 2:28:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Super Fast, Basically windows 7 with a much needed OS refresh. Start menu is actually great and easily customized to include everything you use to use on xp/7. Search function is also great as it just starts when you start typing.

Cons: You have to buy it?

Other Thoughts: I just got windows 8 as 8.1 for the first time and I honestly see no reason why you would want 7 over this, (unless you really need that xp mode) Its fast and optimized out of the box for SSDs. I was hesitant to get 8 but im so glade i did, the system boots to the desktop like normal and the new start menu is great, I have the start menu setup with the exact same options as I had on XP/7.

The metro stuff may not be really needed for a desktop but can be ignored easily but for anyone who keeps up with xbox live the xbox one smartglass app on windows 8 is great!.

Its run all my older programs with ease as well, also startup of windows 8 is super fast. 5-8 secs.

Overall I think its a amazing OS and shouldn't be overlooked.

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  • Robert D.
  • 8/8/2014 9:09:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsIts Windows 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Its fast

Cons: Different than windows 7
Classic Start menu not back

Other Thoughts: I'm used to Windows 7, but mainstream support is ending soon, and I needed to build a PC for my mother-in-law. I decided to go with windows 8.1.

Install was easy, not much different than windows 7
Tiles are different (but I expected that)
Desktop is back, but the start menu brings you back to the tile interface. Not a big fan, but like any change, will take getting used to.

Would like to see a "classic" start menu mode. . but oh well.

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  • Michael K.
  • 8/7/2014 6:04:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsIt's great

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit

Pros: Windows operating system.
Metro UI is nice once you understand how to use it.

Cons: Takes a bit to over the "new ui" shock.

Other Thoughts: Once you get over yourself and realize the home screen is a full screen start menu, it's just like using windows 7, but you get new feature development since windows 7 is at end of active development.

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