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Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Full Version) - Download

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  • Janine F.
  • 6/16/2015 8:50:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 8.1

Pros: Super fast on SSD
Windows
More "snappy" than 7
Free Windows 10 upgrade

Cons: Some may not like Metro UI

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  • Charles M.
  • 5/18/2015 6:28:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDeceptive title, but good OS

Pros: I realize there are a lot of people that don't, but I quite like windows 8. The desktop mode hasn't changed much and the "Metro" mode is pretty great with a Leap Motion.
Good speed, good stability, and enough customization options under the hood for nerds like me.

Cons: The delivery!
You get two things when you buy this: A key for windows, and a .exe download that installs a secure downloader. The secure downloader will let you install now, save to a flash drive, or save to an ISO.
---That immediately rules out anyone with a Mac or Linux system looking to install windows. (no .exe files on unix, I doubt a secure downloader would work in wine)
The downloader is not compatible with the windows 10 preview, as I just recently discovered. It also states that the program is not meant for users of XP or Vista on the product page, so I guess that leaves... 7 and ME?
I'm half joking, but seriously - don't get this unless you're buying it for another computer, or you're upgrading from windows 7.

Other Thoughts: They really, really need to make it clearer how the download process works on the product page.

The bottom line is, only get this if you're:
--installing it on another computer (AND the one you're running has Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 AND your processors match [x64 or x86])
OR
--Running windows 7 and looking to upgrade
OR
--Not paying attention

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  • Randall F.
  • 3/17/2015 1:35:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMac users - Be Careful!!

Pros: All the usual ones, whatever they are.

Cons: Mac users wishing to create a virtual machine using Parallels, VmWare Fusion or other virtualization software should be advised that this download process only works if you are upgrading a VM from Windows 7. If you have XP or Vista, it won't work. Buy a version with actual disks.

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  • G P.
  • 1/30/2015 12:15:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot for Virtual Installation

Pros: Who Knows?

Cons: You see full version, you think, "I am buying the ability to install clean, without a prior Windows installation; that is an upgrade" And you are WRONG.

The program you get (not Windows) only allows you to download if you are already running Windows. HOW IS THAT NOT AN UPGRADE VERSION?

SO, if you are installing on a VM let's say, and you are trying to do the right thing and pay for a legit license, you are hosed.

That's because this version will not allow you to download 64-bit if you are on a 32-bit system. Sure that makes the novice not able to kill their computer, but it keeps me from being able to install anything. I have a license for 32-bit Win7, and access to other 32-bit computers, but I want to install on a 64-bit system. And, you can't do that, not with this. You can't just go download an iso either, WHICH is what YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO.

Only Microsoft would make it so much easier to cut of your own head than install their product.

Oh, and don't try and use Windows 10 as the go between either, platform not supported. You know what platform isn't supported? Windows.

Wasted money.

Other Thoughts: Seriously, use Linux, buy a Mac, just let Windows die.

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  • Donny H.
  • 1/25/2015 11:21:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet!!!!

Pros: I'm able to work on my build on a Sunday after having no OS on Saturday. Needless to say, I'm smiling. Everything went smooth as glass. This is the second time I've done this and the ability to download and create your install disk is a blessing, indeed.

Cons: I have none.

Other Thoughts: The only real requirement is to PAY ATTENTION. If you are sloppy or distracted, I can see where problems could pop up. Have your printer on and ready and all the rest of it is just follow the bouncing ball.

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  • Christopher V.
  • 1/19/2015 9:11:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThis is not an .iso

Pros: The Product Key #.

Cons: This requires Windows 7 to run.

Other Thoughts: This points to a download file that is an installer that requires Windows to run. If you are trying to install a virtual machine, then you will need to find someone with a Windows PC running at least Windows 7 to create the installation .iso. So, if you are trying to find a legal way to install Windows on a Mac, buy a installation DVD instead. You are not saving any time doing it this way.

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  • Amanda S.
  • 1/6/2015 3:07:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot a good Mac Option

Pros: Windows 8.1 immediately to download

Cons: The installer provided by New Egg and Microsoft don't work on a Mac computer. So you have to have access to a computer already running windows to even be able to download it. This is ridiculous in my opinion and makes the whole thing a big mess and a huge hassle, if you can even do it.

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  • Ian C.
  • 12/30/2014 5:53:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOnly Good for Code

Pros: It's Windows 8.1, and I love Windows 8.

Cons: I have ended up having to create an ISO file on a flash drive with the Windows Media Creator, and hopefully that will work. All you really get if you do not have a past OS on a machine is the activation code. It takes a little more time, but it gives you something to do while you are waiting for the parts!

Other Thoughts: Just be aware that you cannot put this on a flash drive and have it work. You have to do additional steps.

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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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