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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64Bit Full Version English OEM

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64Bit Full Version English OEM (Microsoft: FQC-05956)
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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64Bit Full Version English OEM
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Rating: 8.22/10

Review Date: 11/22/13
Cons: - takes time to transition to from Windows 7

Pros: - Cleaner interface- Was on sale when first released (very cheap)- fast start up (~feels like 4 seconds with SSD)
Got this when it was on sale. Great windows once you get used to the tiles. I now actually prefer tiles over old start menu.

Review Date: 08/04/13
Cons: the metro style. i dont like it. so i installed third part start menu which is way better

Pros: overall good os and perfomance is way better than windows 7
This is one best os out there. very stable once all updates are isntalled. also including bitlocker for like at price point of 149.99. vs windows 7 back then with ultimate would have cost 300 just to get the bit locker encryption. nice os in general. would highly reccomend for touch screen or gaming

Review Date: 07/28/13
Cons: - Some annoyances when using the UI with a mouse/keyboard

Pros: - Hyper-V- Fast boot- Better multi monitor support
Everything I could do in Windows 7 I can do in Windows 8. Getting the Pro version gave me access to the Hyper-V client which is well worth it when testing new software. So far I've seen only improvements and it runs well on my 3 and a half year old equipment.
King Sull@NCIX

Review Date: 07/08/13
Cons: - Need 3rd party software to bring back start button- Not a lot of updates

Pros: - Driver detection is amazing- Pretty much Windows 7- Updates are faster- Faster Booting- Got it for $15 through a promotion
I would not pay full price for this. I got 2 copies for $15 a piece. I just entered some random information on the Windows 8 promo page. It's better than 7 if you get StartIsBack. Start8 runs in the background so I don't recommend it.
Alfred HW_K@NCIX

Review Date: 07/01/13
Cons: Expensive compared to the $40 upgrade

Pros: It comes after Windows 7
It installed and works well with my new motherboard. The only thing I did not like was the very very tiny font they used for the key. If you stick that to the back of your case it will be unreadable.

Review Date: 05/31/13
Cons: Froze a couple of times and the included apps are not the greatest

Pros: Performance is good and the user interface is not that bad.
Didn't think I would get used to windows 8 and the lack of a start button but I found it alright and I am not Insanely disappointed!

Review Date: 03/23/13
Cons: Price - Was outrageous everywhere I looked, NCIX was cheapest.

Pros: Fast and easy install - User friendly install
Windows 7 users could update  to Windows 8 Pro for 48$ but was limited time offer, so paying 150 seems high. The new skype app is easy to use, had trouble getting skydrive to work.

Review Date: 03/13/13
Cons: -Windows store (Metro) Apps possibly easier to use with your finger on a touch screen (BUT not difficult to use with a mouse).-App store at only ~30K apps as I write this (Its growing though)-They removed some network features from Win7

Pros: Speed, Speed, SpeedStability (Not that Win7 wasn't)Great Multi-monitor supportWindows Store (Metro) Apps are a cool additionOld Drivers work great
Forget what people have to say about Windows 8 and approach it with an open mind because it is quite well made and kinda awesome IMO. (I consider myself a power user and multi-task like crazy) You would have to be "special" to think that the developers who made this aren't power users and didn't think it through.I am a software / web developer using a multi-monitor setup with a Dell laptop and really appreciate the addition of a proper second task bar. I sort of like how metro apps have their own task bar.POWER-USERSIf you consider yourself a power user, you will not find too many useful metro apps ATM. That's why you have a desktop mode. You can still use all the old apps just as easily as before. I use a metro music player in the background and I like how i can resize it to the corner on one of my monitors. I can run the metro app full screen on one monitor and work a classic desktop app on another. That's Proper multi-tasking IMO.The new start menu is easy to use. Start typing away and find your app/setting/file fast. You can even group apps together or hide unwanted ones to find what you are looking for. Stop complaining about it, there's nothing wrong with it.DEVICES & DRIVERSIf your hardware manufacturer hasn't come up with a stable drive, that's your manufacturer's fault. I don't have a single issue and most of the drivers I use are meant for Win 7 and it works just fine.CONSThe real metro apps are easier to use with touch. But its not difficult to use with a mouse. The controls and buttons are a lot bigger. The scroll works horizontally or vertically based on the app. Easy enough.The app store is also growing but ATM only at ~30k apps.They have removed some settings/features from Win7 which I occasionally used. I don't see why they needed to remove something.Also the system tray is only on the main monitor's taskbar. WHY ?Opening the Start Menu hides any open metro app. WHY ?Minor grievances.TO SUM IT UPIts a great OS and you can consider the metro apps as an additional feature that you can use if you wish. No one's forcing you into it. The apps will get better as the store matures (iOS and Android took a few years to reach where they are now). You can consider this a transitional OS. The idea is get yourself a touchscreen tablet or monitor. Once the metro apps mature, you might feel the need to use it more.I personally like it for the $40 upgrade that I did.Haters gonna Hate

Review Date: 02/04/13
Cons: Small Learning Curve.

Pros: Fast...Very Very Fast.
=Speeds up my Boot Time.Speeds up my Games.Speeds up my Application Launch.Just Great!

Review Date: 01/14/13
Cons: Different

Pros: New look and feel
I love it and hate it. It would be nice to have a start button or at least an option for it. could be structured a little better. Make sure you get the pro version. Widows media centet underwent some improvements. In the end though my desktop is not a phone. I don't have a touch screen. There needs to be more clickability.

Review Date: 12/27/12
Cons: I can print no problem, but scanning is not available as a network attached device. Not cool. s app and it does not support the printer and I am left with connecting it via USB which is what I am getting away from since it makes wiring everything a pain in the butt.

Pros: I would say the most impressive part was it picked up on and installed drivers for my Brother network attached printer.... t have to go find it or install any other software--- it was native. Nice.
We all know that each new innovation released to the market comes with a premium price tag that can make it unaffordable for many users, but we also know that as technology ages, the prices come down and the masses finally get their turnThe only good part is that I picked up the printer for $20 (with a mail in rebate) at Office Depot a number of months ago, and although it has been a great printer, it will most likely be replaced when I have to do cartridges and I will get one that is compatible. s in stride and the fact that time marches on.

Review Date: 12/12/12
Cons: -didnt like the tiles for the most part

Pros: -boots up very fast
pretty good upgrade from vista. had to use a fair bit of time to get used to windows 8 UI

Review Date: 12/10/12
Cons: -Not a good lab testing OS

Pros: -Client Hyper-V-Native Bluetooth A2DP Stack
To a software developer that needs to do testing with Hyper-V, this is for you. For the rest of the users, I would not recommend Windows 8 at all unless that's what they're doing. Although there is Client Hyper-V, there are other requirements of using it which means most laptops that are 3+ years old are not capable of running Client Hyper-V at all.After all, you can join Win8 Pro to a Samba4 domain and make the Windows experience a bit better, but you still have to put up with the new "modern" UI.

Review Date: 12/06/12
Cons: - Horrible for desktops- Many bugs and issues

Pros: - Fast- Some good additions
Well I have being a tech for 12 years and I can say I do not like Windows 8. Really Windows 8 may be good for phones or tablets not going against that but the desktop was completely left out of the picture. It feels like they combined MAC OS X and IOS together and there is a reason why MAC does not do that because it will not work well. The fact is metro like IOS is designed to be used with fingers not a darn mouse which makes the apps hard to use and confusing to the average user. From a business standpoint don't see why anyone would go to Windows 8. I would say I was happy to uninstall it and went back to Windows 7. Time to rethink Microsoft and build a desktop version of Windows not crap we can't use.

Review Date: 12/02/12
Cons: -Compatible issues-May need some time to be accustomed to this new system

Pros: -Faster than Windows7-Good looking-Office 2013 works better with Windows8
Well, W8 is an OK system. I think it's better than W7. However, you will also feel the computer becomes slow after a period of time.Also, some software is not compatible with W8, and this may be solved later.

Review Date: 11/25/12
Cons: have to spend time to learn but I already get used to it within 2 hours.

Pros: Super fast on my laptop with SSD. 15sec to do cold boot. On my Desktop with regular HDD, it takes 40sec to do cold boot
I wouldn't buy this for full price but I bought Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft direct for CAD$39.99. Here is the link if you want to get it for cheap. The promotion end 15JAN2013http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=259439Run the Upgrade advisor until the end.
Nuclear Action@NCIX

Review Date: 11/23/12
Cons: Made for tablets, and not for desktop use.

Pros: Fast, that is all
I have been a computer tech for 11 years. I have to say that I am not impressed with Windows 8. As always, many clients refuse to listen to my advice. These people have gone ahead and upgraded to Windows 8, even though I said not to. This is not an OS which should be used on a desktop. I am already receiving many complaints from customers who cant navigate around the OS. If you are a gamer, I would advise you to stay with Windows 7 64 Bit as well. Windows 8 is fine for a tablet. It is useless for desktop use. Microsoft is trying to force everyone to use the same OS. This mindset is very similar to what is happening with video games now. Games are now dumbed down because of the console being the leading platform. Microsoft believes that a tablet OS is fine for everyone. Well, wake up to reality there Microsoft. You have disappointed many people with this failure OS.

Review Date: 11/15/12
Cons: expensive

Pros: fastsimple
very fast os! boots and shutdowns quickly, not really fan of the multimedia homepage i just disabled it and use old school start button theme

Review Date: 11/10/12
Cons: take sometime to know new interface

Pros: Easy to use.
much faster than windows 7. but expensive

Review Date: 11/09/12
Cons: Very inefficient for power users with large multiple monitors and a mouse.

Pros: Easy and quick install; faster OS; quick boot and shutoff times
There's no doubt that Win 8 is a fast OS, and the installation process was the fastest, easiest and most pain-free I've ever experienced. However, if you have a fast desktop PC with large multiple monitors, I would wait until Microsoft comes to its senses and introduces a service pack for desktop users. After almost two weeks, I've realized how laughably inefficient the fullscreen apps are. It feels like I'm back in the 1990's. The charms bar works great on a touchscreen, but is about 4x slower than a mouse using the traditional nav. buttons. So, this is a great system for touchscreens and tablets and phones, but for power users who want multiple windows open and want to quickly and precisely access a multitude of information, this is not your OS. Windows 7 is only marginally slower, and is the best Windows OS optimized for the desktop. [If you must be an early adopter, then at least get Start8.]

Review Date: 11/09/12
Cons: Takes a (very) little while to get used to.

Pros: Fast, stable, reliable, FAST boot time even on HDD.
Bought this on sale for 139.99 and installed it on a sandy bridge machine (overclocked). UEFI installation and activation went like a breeze.The OS recognized ALL my hardware and was remarkably stable. Configuration was easy and everything seems so smooth and beautiful.Learning to use the new interface takes about a day or two and after that, even with a mouse and keyboard (yes, it is not as hard as people say), everything was great: from the free music from XBOX music, to the App store to the desktop.Boot times are shockingly small (5 seconds against more than 5 minutes for my previous installation of windows 7). Same apps installed.In a nutshell, this is a GREAT OS. Highly recommended, especially for the folks that can get an upgrade for 40 dollars...

Review Date: 11/08/12
Cons: Not really a con but it's a little tricky to get used to it. We're a computer company and still we had to re-learn how to use a PC with this installed.

Pros: Runs smooth and has not compatibility issue so far
Runs smooth, nice features, feels nice. I recommend without any hesitation.

Review Date: 11/08/12
Cons: Not a good upgrade from Win 7

Pros: Good upgrade from Vista
I upgraded a 5 year old computer from Vista to Win 8 (set up as dual boot). For $40 from MS, I think it was a good upgrade. It does seem to be a bit faster. However, it takes time to figure out the new interface.Using it beside a Win 7 laptop, I do not think it is worthwhile to upgrade a Win 7 computer to Win 8. First of all, there is no touchscreen to really take really make use of Win 8. The start screen is a nice gimmick, but to do real work, you still need to go to the desktop which is a slightly bastardized version of Win 7. The new interface will only slow you down as you need to do extra steps to get to where you need to go.If I needed to get a new Win 8 laptop, I would not buy one unless it came with a touchscreen.

Review Date: 11/05/12
Cons: nécessite un temps d'adaptation pour l'interface

Pros: système fluide, répond rapidement
pour le moment aucun problème, toutes mes application Win7 fonctionnent avec Win8, temps de réponse légèrement plus rapide avec Win8

Review Date: 10/30/12
Cons: Must have a screen tactille to use more effectively.

Pros: Good interface.. Very fast
Look is very clean..This is an Excellent operating system, but can he surpass Windows Seven?? Remains to be seen in the coming months ..
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Product Features

Windows 8 Professional 64bit Disc

Microsoft FQC-05956 Windows 8 Pro Operating System Software
Experience a new way of system navigation with the Microsoft FQC-05956 Windows 8 Pro Operating System Software. With this new Windows edition, computing activities are more fun and exciting. The Microsoft FQC-05956 Windows 8 Pro Operating System Software introduces a new Start screen where all you need is right in front of you. All your favorite apps from your playlist to contacts are up-front and center, making them easier to access whenever you need to. This new software combines the convenience of working on a conventional desktop PC and the excitement of playing with your tablet PC in one state-of-the-art machine. It comes in two designs: a full-sized keyboard with large buttons and a handy thumb keyboard. It is also Cloud-connected to make every information available to you, no matter what Windows 8-powered gadget you use at any time and place. Now you can access more apps, surf the web more efficiently, and be connected with everyone all the time with the Microsoft FQC-05956 Windows 8 Pro Operating System Software so order it now!

What It Is And Why You Need It:

  • Improved Start screen; displays all the apps and data you need
  • Great for Touch-enabled PCs; combines the efficiency of a desktop and excitement of a tablet PC in one device
  • Cloud-connected; access data using any Windows 8-enabled gadget
  • Internet Explorer 10; lightning-speed web access and better web displays


System requirements

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 × 768 screen resolution
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately

Product Specifications

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