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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
  • Includes all features from Windows 8.1
  • Remote Desktop
  • Domain Join
  • Advanced backup
  • BitLocker: Encrypt drive against loss
  • Client Hyper-V
  • $139.99
  • $2.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

3 out of 5 eggs It's Windows 8. 12/28/2013

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

Pros:

This stuff is extremely fast. I have it installed on a SSD, it boots up so fast I'd think my computer was suspended instead of cold iron when I turn it on if it weren't for the BIOS splash screens.

Also, it's Windows, it runs almost every game and app that you can buy. Microsoft's also kind of gone the way of their main competitor and added an app store to their product.

One more thing: Because of Metro, you can turn on all the bells and whistles including setting your own color for window borders, and STILL not have transparency, alpha-blended drop shadows, and other superfluous garbage choking up your processor and video card! Removal of eye candy in favor of making the system run faster is a plus in my opinion.

Cons:

Dear Microsoft,

Not everybody who installs your Operating System is using a tablet PC. In fact, most of them don't even have touch screens. I know I don't. The fact that your system is optimized for a touch-screen PC is absolutely useless to me. If touch-screen monitors were the same price as regular LCD monitors, I'd understand the touch obsession, but right now touch on a desktop PC is just an expensive toy. I use a keyboard and mouse to navigate and to play games-- REAL games, not mobile games. If touch could improve my actual gaming experience, rather than just make Angry Birds behave just like the cellphone version, I might buy into it.

Speaking of which, your app store contains nothing but glorified mobile applications, and nothing truely useful to people who actually use computers. On tablets and cellphones, or even a convertible laptop, it makes perfect sense to have a store full of touch-optimized Metro apps. But on a desktop PC? Not really. I don't plan on downloading anything from your app store. The fact that I'd have to if I wanted Solitaire kind of annoys me.

While I am happy that with version 8.1 you went and added a start button back to the task bar, what I wanted was the start menu back, not just a hotlink to the Metro start screen. The fact that I still have to download a third-party application if I were to want that kind of functionality upsets me greatly.

And finally, the reliance on "cloud" integration is infuriating. I don't want to sign onto my computer with a Windows Live account, I want to sign on with a local username. I don't like the idea of someone being able to potentially get into my PC through remote desktop if they have hacked my MSN account. Thankfully I knew about that little blip beforehand and did the install offline so that the installer would let me set up a local user, but I really wish I didn't have to do that.

In conclusion, I really do thank you for listening to your users with regards to the start button, but I really think that you all need to man up and just admit that you were wrong about the start screen and heavy reliance on touch. It's far too early in the game to make a system like that.

Sincerely,
A real computer user.

Other Thoughts:

I don't really understand why people are hating on the Metro design language, although I do kind of remember people reacting negatively to how the Windows 7 start menu was different from XP's... and that XP's was different from 98's... and that the Windows XP look was overall different... Are people that resistant to change?

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