- Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista and 7
- Remote Desktop
- Data BitLocker
- Network Domain Join
- Client Hyper-V
Needs Substantial Improvement 02/13/2014
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade
Enables system use of full 32MB of memory; WIndows 7 Home Premium recognizes maximum of 16GB.
Windows 8 Pro couldn't load some software disks, such as my Gigabyte motherboard DVD. I upgraded to 8.1 and now my Kindle For PC won't work, and 8.1 can't load my new H&R Block tax preparation software disk. There may be other software disks it can't load. My Pictures Library worked well in 7 but has problems in 8.1 - Microsoft seems to prefer that we click the designated apps for photos, which I find unsatisfactory. There also appear to be some non-user-friendly changes to Windows Media Player in 8.1.
Fortunately, I saved my Windows 7 Home Premium HDD and cloned it to a new HDD where I upgraded to 8 and then to 8.1. After using 8.1 for about a week, I returned to Windows 7 so I can do my taxes, use my Kindle For PC, and do photo editing. Compared to 7, 8.1 is not friendly for user creativity; instead, it implicitly promotes consumerism.
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