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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM

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  • Guntis P.
  • 7/28/2014 4:24:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1 Pro OEM

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

Pros: Finally switched to W8.1 Pro and I like it as a OS. Minus one star for upgrade problems with this OEM package.

Cons: I actually didn't use the key from this DVD because as you all know if the laptop manufacturer sold you W8.1 you can't upgrade to 8.1 Pro with OEM because theirs KEY is embedded in a BIOS chip and after installing from this DVD on the clean SSD it picked up the key from BIOS and stripped all Pro features from my newly bought DVD. So I upgraded from within the built in upgrade, now I need to sell DVD - I guess no returns accepted after open even the KEY not registered/ used yet.... Microsoft should take calculator in a hand and look at this - I bought it for higher price than built in upgrade is offered for the same end result - why not to accept the key if no financial advantage was taken like higher version upgrade etc...

Other Thoughts: It took a while before they started to design new OS in a correct direction.

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  • Ronald M.
  • 7/27/2014 4:51:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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4 out of 5 eggsFirst Windows 8.1 Upgrade

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

Pros: With Start8 (please bring back the start button!!!!!), Windows 8.1 performs well. Performance is great on my rig - there are benefits to upgrading from Windows 7.

Cons: I ran into a problem - I utilized a triple monitor setup with my integrated Intel 4000HD graphics (primary display adapter) and ASUS GeForce 210 (secondary display adapter). With the GPU installed, Windows booted to a black screen on all 3 monitors. I couldn't get this to work....still investigating.

Other Thoughts: The start button should be brought back. Integrating desktop and start screen (metro interface) on multiple monitors looks great....starting to look like the finished product.

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  • michael p.
  • 7/26/2014 12:02:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswindows

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

Pros: you know what this is. no need to say too much that isn't known.

Cons: Too bad win 8 pro keys don't work for a fresh install of 8.1 pro directly when needing to use this media to reload other pc's reusing their exisiting Win 8 Pro keys. The 8 pro key is legal to use with Win 8.1 Pro this disk as per microsoft, but you have to insert it after the install which just makes no sense because you can't skip the key during setup like you could in previous versions of windows..

They expect you to install the Win 8 Pro with it's key, then go do the Win 8.1 Pro upgrade online taking way to much time, when one could have just installed 8.1 Pro to start with!

Other Thoughts: Microsoft making dumb decisions on install procedures that only make their oem resellers in the field have to take way more time to do simple reloads of many computers in the field, just like not having an msi installer of office 2013 available to be able run on pcs before they are on a network/internet. These types of things make techs in the field very frustrated and also take way to much time to accomplish the task for the clients.

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  • Logan R.
  • 7/24/2014 9:58:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply lovely

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

Pros: It's /such/ an improvement over Vista & even 7.
Runs beautifully smooth, stable as I could ask for (I got good at BSODing Vista & 7).
They even put the Start button back. XP

Cons: None that come to mind. It's a good enough OS that I actually went out of my way to buy my own copy rather than just use a friend's.

Other Thoughts: Ignore the nay-sayers complaining about how it's too different for them; they all said the same about XP, Vista & 7 anyway. If you're willing to take a little while to learn the /new & apparently scary/ UI (which is really mostly the same anyway once you get deeper than the Start screen), then do it.

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  • Patrick H.
  • 7/18/2014 7:40:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsMicrosoft Miscue, but it can be worked around

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

Pros: It is a little faster than windows 7, and the operating system is an incremental increase in most ways.

Cons: Metro screen on no touch screen device.
The menus are jarring and can get confusing for users coming from previous microsoft operating systems.
Devices that worked in WIndows 7 may not work in Windows 8

Other Thoughts: I have wanted to comment of Windows 8, now 8.1 for some time. This is the first time I have purchased the system outright. If you do not have a tablet, and you need a better start menu. Go pick one up on line. I use Classic Shell - it is free.

Microsoft try to be revolutionary, but that is something that they have never done well. Think about Vista and ME. When they make small but continuous changes, then you get operating systems that work - 95, 98, XP and 7. It is not in their DNA to do otherwise. I suspect Windows 9 or whatever it will be called, will be a lot better, when it comes out. Really this is a good operating system otherwise. Most people want to complain about it, instead work with or around it.

There is one complaint that I do have. It is the driver situation. Some legacy devices get passed by in the upgrade cycles. I have Digital Voice Recorder that works on XP. It sill functions, but you can use it on Vista, 7 or 8. Its big brother works on Vista and 7, but not on 8. This is just wrong. A device that worked on previous systems should find legacy support. I know that the manufactures have something to do with this as well. Yet, the operating system can address this just like it does for software. As it is.

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

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
  • Verified Owner

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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