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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM

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  • mark m.
  • 7/8/2014 1:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Job Microsoft... But After The Big Update

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

Pros: The OS Was Good After The Big Update To Simplify Everything. Finally It's A Nice Interface. I Rated 4 eggs Because The Interface Was Not User-Friendly, Check Cons For this.

Cons: Ugh. The Old UI Was NOT USER FRIENDLY. Everyone Hated It. Thanks Microsoft For The Update!

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  • Robert H.
  • 7/5/2014 2:39:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid OS, but...

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

Pros: Solid OS, I like what they try to accomplish. I heard a lot of complaints about this OS regarding it's interface, but to me it feels like an improved windows 7. Task manager is cleaned up too, with tons of awesome new info and graphs. There are some cons though.

Cons: Most notably there is a memory leak. If you have certain programs open in the background, they continue to eat up memory until you sit at 90% or so memory used. This is easily remedied by just not starting up those programs, but this was frustrating to figure out. Minus one egg.

Other Thoughts: Bought this OS for a brand new setup and I have no regrets.

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  • Bradley K.
  • 7/3/2014 8:35:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDoesn't deserve the bad rep

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

Pros: Alright, I have seen a ton of negative comments about Windows 8 and the title interface, so I decided to throw in some common sense into this review. First of all, if you don't like the title interface, don't use it. Just use regular desktop mode and right click the "start button" to access everything you could ever need from the start menu. If it really bothers you that you are lacking a start menu, download a program called ClassicShell, it's what I use. Bam, your start menu is back, and you can even customize the start button. I made mine an Windows XP start button, a salute to respect to the now dead OS. Follow these steps, and you get a faster Windows 7.

Now for my review on the OS and how it arrived itself. Came in an envelope, thought it was kind of cool. Windows 8 runs pretty fast using the Devil's Canyon 4.0GHz CPU and a SSD, so no complaints there.

Cons: Yes, I do still have cons. The Product Key on the packaging was tiny as hell, and I could barely read it. I had to tilt the packaging and get the lighting just right to read it, and some letters/numbers looked like other letters/numbers, so I typed it wrong a few times. Other then that, I don't have any other cons for now.

Other Thoughts: If you don't like Windows 8, don't use it, and if you are forced to, get ClassicShell to get your precious start menu and button back. That's what I did.

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  • Gadiel S.
  • 7/3/2014 5:34:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggswindows 8.1

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

Pros: Fast operating system with SSD once you get the hang of it you will not be downgrading to windows 7. I've used many OS and this one won me over, skeptical at first since it had many bugs but with the updates it runs like a champ.

Cons: The only thing I can think is that updates and compatibility with some programs still need a touch and its been a while since it came out but microsoft is slow on it...

Other Thoughts: I've used windows 3.0 Windows NT did used windows 2.0 but for a short of time, from that time to this day there was a improvement in OS, but I would love to see more from microsoft with upgrades for windows 8.1 which to my experience is a must have if you want to keep up with technology

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  • Travis M.
  • 7/2/2014 1:52:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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3 out of 5 eggsJust threw over $100 down the drain.

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

Pros: Great OS. Definitely my favorite Windows operating system since XP.

Cons: The Microsoft end user license agreement is terrible.

Other Thoughts: Okay, I'm not here to tell you what you already know about Windows 8.1. Everyone seems to hate the new interface. We get that. The fact that the "metro" screen and active corners can be disabled in favor of a start button (cough classic shell cough) makes me dumbfounded why people hate it. I simply think people don't know about their options. Full customization control is a big reason I love Windows 8.1.

However, I bought Windows 8 Home x64 (not 8.1) and upgraded to Win 8 Pro. Then when 8.1 arrived I upgraded my Win 8 Pro to Win 8.1 Pro. Flash forward a few months and my motherboard bites the dust. I decide to build a new computer and reinstall the Windows using the license used on the retired computer. Microsoft says no way. According to Microsoft that's that and I cannot reinstall this copy of Windows on any other computer even though the original computer and Windows OS is no longer being used.

I knew this though. There's a $100 difference between the OEM and fully licensed versions of Win 8, but I was under the impression I could simply call Microsoft and have the old license revoked. Now they want me to purchase a another license after already purchasing Win 8.1 Pro x64.

While I love Windows, Linux is now a serious consideration for my next OS. Be warned if you buy the OEM version and you either swap your motherboard or it dies you'll be buying a new Windows license for it. Another case of honest customers being hurt by policies designed to protect businesses against piracy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/2/2014 4:10:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Operating System

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

Pros: I've owned Windows 8 Pro ever since its was first released. I started testing with the developer preview. At first I didn't think I was going to like the OS. I installed it on my machine and had very little issues. I had one driver issue, but that was fixed. Tried installing this on my friends computer, and had nothing but problems, however, we found out his computer had faulty RAM. After new RAM was installed, no problems. I've been impressed with the improvements since the RTM Windows 8 and to me, Windows 8.1 has been awesome. Now its a rock solid os. Not all people likes Windows 8 due to it going away from the start button and menus, but I use Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. I'm so used to Windows 8 And 8.1 now that sometimes wfhen i operate Windows Vista and 7 I try to run it like Windows 8. But to me, its a great os. Great for gaming.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Richard F.
  • 6/21/2014 7:04:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBlinking and Winking Tiles are not "Pro"

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

Pros: Fast, clean, lean and mean. (except, of course, that those excellent qualities are overshadowed by the user interface).

Cons: It's a shame that Microsoft insisted on trying to shove a touch interface down the throats of professionals who use desktop and workstation systems with large monitors. This OS is fine on a tablet or even a hybrid device--I happen to own a Surface Pro 2--but it stinks for those of us who also do real work and need the precision and multitasking capabilities of a true windowed OS with a mouse and keyboard.

Other Thoughts: If you could opt out of the touch interface on workstation/desktop/laptop systems where touch is not needed or wanted, this OS offers many improvements. It's too bad that they're all overshadowed by the useless GUI. (Note to fanboys: Save the simple, smug retort that all one needs to do is click on the desktop tile. You and I both know that the issue is more complex than that.)

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  • Armando Z.
  • 6/19/2014 9:24:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot a Happy Camper!

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

Pros: Quick to start up.

Cons: From the beginning I had trouble installing from disk. Microsoft Tech Support advised me to us a thumb drive to install software, which worked. Not easy to navigate, almost everything has changed and not necessarily for the best. Its been about 4 months sense install and now I can't open any of the Microsoft apps, like calculator and weather. A message tells me to re-install from the Windows store but that didn't work. Tech support says I need to do a reset of applications. No data will be lost BUT you must re-install all your applications. Not good.

Other Thoughts: Microsoft need to correct some serious problems before releasing this software.

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  • James V.
  • 6/11/2014 1:40:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot as Bad as Folks Say

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

Pros: Installation couldn't be easier. For me, Windows 8.1 boots up faster than Windows 7. As far as the Metro interface, the nice feature there is the ability to organize tiles into groups that you can name as you please. Switching between the Metro interface and the "desktop" is just a mouse click.

Cons: The Metro interface was designed for human fingers (not mice) on touch screens (not monitors). The learning curve if you've never used it before is bad and very frustrating.

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  • Alan R.
  • 5/22/2014 8:05:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs advertised

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

Pros: Full featured, stable, fast OS that supports current and future Windows infrastructure.

Cons: Not *nix.

Other Thoughts: I really liked Win8, used it since beta without a touch screen then with a touch screen. It was optimized for touch but with the release of 8.1 complaints were address and touch is less of a requirement.
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