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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)

4 out of 5 eggs What's the fuss about 01/08/2014

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

Pros:

-Requires less system resources.
-More secure network.
-Utilization of multi-threaded app/programs and hardware.
-Very responsive

Cons:

-Required user log in.

Other Thoughts:

Okay I understand switching from another version of Windows to this one can be a bit jarring. However all the people complaining about the METRO interface. Click desktop, boom METRO is gone and you do not have to use it. You can even go into Windows so it bypasses METRO on boot up. Or you can download an app to do it as well.

Okay so now that I've covered the %99 of complaints from people.

Navigation in the METRO interface is great even with out a touch screen, so long as you have a mouse with a scroll wheel. Ease of installation and use is great. the one problem with the installation would be the required microsoft account to install it. Which basically is hotmail email account so not a big deal. At first I thought if I was not connected to a internet connection there would be a problem but realised this is not the case and feel dumb for thinking something like that.

There is also a neat option for start up that let's you log in easier, instead of typing your password in you can set a pin # and log in much easier this way.

Quite simply navigation is easy and intuitive. All your old and familiar features are there for you to use simply laid out a bit differently. Control Panel, Search etc. are quite easy to access.

Overall the operating system feels snappish, faster boot up times, faster load times for most everything.

As I seem so happy and like such a Window Licker. Why the -1 egg?

Well as much as I don't mind the hotmail account as I already had one. It is a bit of a strongarm method in my opinion. Also while I like the METRO interface absolute frustration you feel the first time you open a file on accident and it takes you to a page with no noticeable way to close it. For instance you click on something uses one note and you get a full screen view of your file. Nice feature. Please keep the small close window icon somewhere, not everyone knows hotkeys or shortcuts. I can only imagine how many Customer Help claims have been filed over something so simple.

So overall a vast improvement in resource optimization and feel. With some slight oversights and heavy handed Microsoft branding. Nothing worse what competitors do though.

Recommend buying this product and giving it a chance maybe even read a forum or two about it, plenty of videos on YouTube as well.

Sorry for the rather inarticulate review. While trying to write this I am overwhelmed by thoughts of all the complaints I have heard or read and there is no way I can address them all. So tried to simply touch on the most prevelant and simple ones while highlighting a few things I like.

If you have any specific questions please ask I will try my best to answer.

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