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Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download

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  • Stephen M.
  • 11/17/2014 1:21:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWaste of money!

Pros: fast boot up!

Cons: everything works great but unfortunatlly I cant play dvds! Windows media player cant find my optical drive. Then I read the Microsoft reviews and I have to get the Microsoft media center pro package?

Other Thoughts: overall im goin back to windows 7!!

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  • ERIC J.
  • 11/10/2014 9:06:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPoor Description - Revised

Pros: Overall good OS, was relatively easy to install once I had an understanding of how the installer would work.

Cons: The OS has a lot of limiting factors, and takes a fair amount of getting used to. The installer is a little confusing. Must be downloaded to a current windows computer, and then it will let you create an ISO, or build a bootable thumb drive.

Other Thoughts: Just to clarify, this is an revised version of my other review. I could not find a way to update my review.

During my initial install, i thought it was going to install windows 8 on the PC that I was downloading to, when the installer said "getting things ready"; but it was getting ready to help me build an ISO or thumb drive. I did both.

I would say overall a good product, I'm happy with my investment.

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  • ERIC J.
  • 11/3/2014 10:18:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor Description

Pros: latest version of windows

Cons: lots of misleading information on this page. I've tried multiple ways to get an ISO from the download, as many people who 'answered' questions stated, but I have been unable to do so. I'll have to find a way to get windows 7 on my new computer, to be able to load the full version of windows 8.1 on it.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 8/13/2014 7:08:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE! This is Windows 8.1 UPDATER NOT 8.1 ITSELF

Pros: None - as delivered by Newegg this is useless if you want to install to a new PC, Mac hardware or virtual machine UNLESS you have a Windows 7 or higher machine handy to supposedly make an ISO.

Cons: Your download will be Windows 8.1 UPDATER and not the full version of Windows.You are supposed to be able to make an ISO IF you have a Win 7+ machine but I have not been able to test making ISO as I do not have a compatible Windows machine. THIS IS NOT A FULL PRODUCT THAT YOU WILL DOWNLOAD,

Other Thoughts: I have complained to Newegg about this. I have paid for a product that I cannot receive. Nowhere on this product listing does it state the conditions for receiving the file and then getting the product. In my opinion it is their responsibility to deliver what I have paid for in good faith - A FULL VERSION OF WINDOWS 8.1. If there is a satisfactory resolution I will update this review.

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  • Richard E.
  • 7/17/2014 9:01:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsI am not buying this

Pros: Mostly none, it does have a "classic desktop" but these blocks are stupidly big compared to desktop icons.

Cons: the mouse function of disappearing I have tried on the preview version. Nothing is more annoying as to have the PC's primary operating tool, the mouse, fooled with.

Other Thoughts: Microsoft needs to be nationalized as it is so big it is almost a public utility in that computer users. Product key experations are just planned obsolescence and Microsoft could have fixed that, with a self registry of your motherboard, hardrive IP address and that kind of thing.

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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 7/6/2014 4:23:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUN Necessary

Pros: Boots very fast (that may have something to do with the killer machine I just built for it though...;)
seems responsive. Has a traditional Windows desktop as the default upon boot.

Cons: Everything Windows has ever had is still there, just rearranged and hidden in a bizarre new maze of tricky windows gimmicks.

Other Thoughts: The search bar is your best friend in Windows 8.1, but you need to either go to the tiles start page to see it or know to move your mouse to a super-secret location on the desktop to make it miraculously pop up along with a few other buttons including the very odd version of the start button that does not have right click functionality of the 'actual' start button. The control panel can be accessed several different ways and it's the same old control panel, but even the easiest way to get to it (the super-secret auto-hide button bar on the right side of the desktop) is tedious when you're used to everything being right at the Start button, which now does something completely different. The "settings" are accessed with an icon that looks like a gear but depending on where you find that gear the links within the settings will be scrambled around. i.e. from the super-secret button bar on the desktop, the settings window shows Control Panel at the very top, but if you open settings from the start tiles page, control panel is at the very bottom. The whole redesign seems totally unnecessary and appears to be little more than a failed attempt to mimic an iPad. Sound familiar? It's 1994 all over again, only this time the GUI is a chaotic mess. The only reason to get Windows 8.1 is to take advantage of modern hardware and software that is not supported (deliberately) in Windows 7.

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  • Paul S.
  • 4/29/2014 7:13:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1 Download

Pros: Loaded the Windows 8.1 to memory stick and loaded onto a operating system-less laptop with no issue.

Cons: Took a couple of days to get the download, but it was stated that this could happen before the purchase.

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  • Mike N.
  • 4/28/2014 11:14:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRequires Windows 7 to Download

Pros: If you can somehow access a machine running Windows 7, you can eventually get what you think that you're buying

Cons: This download isn't an installable copy of Windows 8. It's an executable that can only be run on Windows 7, runs a downloader, and can eventually produce a bootable image. This isn't mentioned anywhere on this site, and I couldn't find it on Microsoft's, either.

Other Thoughts: It's hard not to feel deceived by this product, and if that's not bad enough, there are no refunds. Use Linux.

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  • james m.
  • 4/13/2014 1:28:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs8.1

Pros: great operating system

Cons: this edition does not include the pro pack which i did not read before buying.

Other Thoughts: if you want bitlocker and media center, just get the pro

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  • Henry T.
  • 3/26/2014 2:28:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlmost there

Pros: Easy install. Has both 32 bit and 64 bit installation.

Cons: No option to choose between 32 and 64 bit without a workaround. (Installing 64 bit Windows 7, then reinstalling) It will automatically install the current one you are using. Interface is built for tablets, so a traditional mouse and keyboard would take some getting used to. Also wish there was a way to turn off on screen displays such as the volume bar.

Other Thoughts: Definitely a slight learning curve moving from 7 to 8. The start menu has been replaced with tiles that would be more suited towards tablet users.

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