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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM

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  • Jonathan H.
  • 9/29/2014 8:14:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1 Pro - x64bit, (Original Equipment Manufacturer")

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Faster Boot Times, Stability, Security.

Cons: I Do Not Like Being Connected to the High Almighty (Microsoft) I perform my own system images, I do not need Microsoft retaining a copy of my settings. Windows Media Center is not included, but you are able to auto download and install the feature for a mere 9.99.

Both Windows 8 and 8.1 were designed for portable devices in mind. There are still issues with accessing certain features via a desktop and laptop. Why didn't Microsoft release two versions. One to cater to portable devices and one for Desktop and Laptops???? Could it be that Microsoft is running out of ideas???? Features that they have made apparent, were always available, even back to Windows 98.

Other Thoughts: I can not wait until the BETA release of Windows 9. My thoughts to Microsoft, STOP RUSHING, just to get the product out on the Retail shelves. You made royal mistakes in Windows Vista, and quite a few errors in Windows 7. Enough is enough.

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  • John S.
  • 9/25/2014 4:49:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsJust Make the Move From 7

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Lots faster than Windows 7 on my SSD. Only took 50 minutes from start to finish to install....(this included updates and installing a few drivers 8.1 Pro had most of them) After reading all the negative things about 8 I was reluctant to move on to 8.1. This OS is not half baked as the Windows haters would have you believe. I'm glad I waited for 8.1 though before I jumped in. Seems to me Microsoft got the kinks out.

Cons: Only one its a little funky so it will take some time to work a few things out I was used to in 7. Same as always when you move to a new OS.

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  • Mr. G.
  • 9/22/2014 10:20:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsI like it a lot!

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Works well; very well.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Did not think I would like 8.1. Was using VISTA 64 Ultimate for the last few years. But I actually can't see going back to VISTA now.
Only thing that did not work out of the box was the scanner on my HP Deskjet 8500. The Windows 8.1 drivers from HP took care of that issue.

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  • Cedrick F.
  • 9/17/2014 6:04:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Smooth OS

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: This is a follow-up from my previous review of this OS where I rated it negatively. I may have bought my copy directly from Microsoft but I know I rated it here so I'm following up. I've recently found that most of the negative issues I had were related to dysfunctional hardware and not the operating system. Windows 8.1 is a solid sytem and performs brilliantly. Fast boot-up, great graphical interface, and recognizes hardware and retrieves drivers automatically. Microst has done a great job here.

Cons: It doesn't legitimately run previous versions of Office older than 2007.

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  • Christopher D.
  • 9/15/2014 7:49:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMicrosoft OS...

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Fast, easy, smart... Touchscreen support. MS has actually worked fairly hard on support features. When I initially got this running, Win Update wouldn't work. I used the built in Win Update troubleshooting tool, and after literally 30 seconds, Win Update was working.

Cons: Tiles. I don't like them, but not enough to deduct anything from the review.

Other Thoughts: I have used pretty much every MS OS since Windows 4.1, including Win 95, 98, ME, 2k, XP, Vista, and 7. Compared to Vista, this OS is brilliant (then again, having a toaster in your bath with you would be brilliant compared to Vista). Compared to Win 7, this OS is a decent step up. My biggest pet peeve with previous Windows OS was the fact that they were absolutely crazy expensive. Seeing how MS dropped the price on this OS down to something I would consider reasonable, I decided to pull the trigger. It took me around 15 minutes to get most of the OS set up the way I wanted it. Right Clicking the lower left corner button brings up a menu with lots of really useful stuff for configuring and managing advanced settings.

The Tiles are a pain. Luckily, they can be moved, removed, or added at will. For a mouse and keyboard system, the Tiles are not as intuitive as they could be. I am planning on buying a Touch Screen in the future, mostly because my favorite game already supports it, and I suspect the Tiles screen will be more useful then.

I have a valid Win 7 Ultimate key, and I had planned on switching back to that if I didn't like Win 8.1. Luckily, I like the way 8.1 works so much that i won't have to go that route.

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  • Lisa F.
  • 9/13/2014 4:04:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: I love it, the best of both worlds nothing lost in new things.

Cons: takes getting used to but what doesn't

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  • Martin A.
  • 9/10/2014 10:10:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOverpriced, not for consumers

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: De-facto OS everything is compatible with
Has all the features and settings provided you know how to find and use them

Cons: $140 is a joke to have to pay when other OSs are FREE! And its just standard software!

Until Microsoft realizes that no sane person will pay this much every other year, you're going to be better of ripping it off from online and buying a good component with the money you saved.

You make it unreasonably high priced, people won't buy it, simple. $20 would be acceptable for a license key, I'm not a corporation.

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  • ALEXANDER J.
  • 9/10/2014 12:37:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Latest Microsoft Windows edition. Issues with gaming and other pet peeves are fallacies.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Do not connect your PC account to Microsoft! If you change routers, or need to access it in new locations this can cause massive headaches, it will encrypt the file system with a rotating cypher that must be retrieved from the web! Without access it requires expert knowledge to even get the device connected to the web. (Specifically, you have to boot from disc, manually replace accessibility tools with command.exe, reboot, use the System command prompt and the "net" directive to set up the NIC from the terminal.) The installation media will mislead you into thinking you /have/ to make a Microsoft account. You don't, there's a hyperlink at the bottom to make a regular PC account but it does not specifically say that is what it's for.

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  • MICHAEL O.
  • 9/6/2014 8:07:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's an OS

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Bought to go with the updated SSD and RAM I purchased for an HP Laptop, which is being used for not only home use, but video editing while away. Since the laptop and editing program, including other software I have on this laptop utilize 64-Bit, might as well put an 64-Bit OS on. So, the haters can say what they want about Windows 8/8.1. But being retired from the IT sector, I can tell the difference between running this laptop with Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit. It is faster, boots faster, initializes the laptop components faster, etc..

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Pretty much stay up to date with all the Microsoft releases of OS's Only problem I have found is hardware manufacturers not wanting to update their software/firmware to utilize updated OS's (HP being one of the most notorious with their printers/scanners!). So take it all with a grain of salt, flush it down with something cool to drink (Water and Milk my favorites), and live life.

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  • EDISON L.
  • 8/28/2014 9:45:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWIN 8.1

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: better look faster and i seem to navigate better through this system than most other ones even though i have had win 7 and liked that very much im liking this a lot out of the box a lot better

Cons: none so far pretty new to it

Other Thoughts: have not encountered anything i dont like about it yet and i have been through the setup process not the upgrade and seems this one is better by far than the others to setup from new

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