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Microsoft Windows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1 32BIT/64BIT English Retail
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 8/10
With 2 User Reviews

Review Date: 03/19/15
Cons: Start screen of tiles

Pros: Fast Full retail version
This OS has been fast and stable. I didnt care for the start screen full of touch tiles but no fear classic shell is here to make it boot like your favorite older version of windows right to the Desktop other than that its great

Review Date: 04/24/14
Cons: still hate tiles/metro but boot to desktop helps a little. No downgrade rights with non-Pro version, issues with legacy software and hardware

Pros: full retail version, 2 dvds, key card serial # in packaging. Win8 faster than Win7 especially with secure boot and UEFI support from Bios and VGA
Windows OEM vs Windows Retail. What's the difference? Some websites and forums say - no difference (with regards to the License Agreement). The only downside is you get no MS support with OEM.Originally, OEM activation captures the motherboard serial or the onboard MAC address of the NIC. This would allow unlimited modifications and upgrades to any part of the machine EXCEPT the motherboard. For Win8, a new motherboard is considered a "new" computer (unless of course the motherboard failed and the manufacturer provides a new but similar/equivalent model). At this point, Win8 may fail to authenticate and may require a call to Microsoft for reactivation.With 8.1, some say this motherboard restriction has been lifted.I still cannot find a definitive answer and the EULA vaguely states that "specfic hardware changes may still require re-activation".Pricing: Both retail and OEM normally sell for $120. ($105 on sale). With OEM you get a single DVD with your choice with either 32-bit or 64-bit only.Retail gives you both discs for the same price. While it's true that you can only install either version (just 32 or just 64), it opens up the possiblity for being able to transfer the product to another machine that is not compatible with the single disc version. So if you purchased 64-bit, you cannot transfer it to a machine that only supports 32-bit.OEM version comes with a certificate of authenticity sticker that should be attached to the machine where the OS is installed. The Retail version comes with a key card with the serial number. The number works for both 32 and 64-bit version.NCIX had the OEM on-sale for $104.99 but I was able to get the retail PM'd to $105.38. No-brainer. Retail it is.Retail comes in a small cardboard box with 2 DVD's as opposed to the single DVD in a cardboard envelope for OEM.============This version of Windows 8 in either retail or OEM do not come with downgrade rights to Windows 7. Only the Pro version allows you to step back to Win7 Pro or WinVista Business.The significance? If you have legacy programs or hardware, they may not run in Windows8. Chances are, if they are OLD and not supported, then they will NEVER be compatible. With a step-back to Windows7 Pro, you have a feature called Windows XP mode (which is a full-fledged version of XP within Windows 7) that may allow you further use of those older programs and peripherals. Please note that this is a full-fledged version of WindowsXP with a validated key and as such, support and security for that OS is also discontinued.----update  Feb 2015---------Asus motherboard failed on computer where this version was installed. Replaced it with the exact same motherboard. Upon initial boot, Windows was no longer activated. I called the Microsoft automated toll free activation line and went through the 5-minute simple reactivation process. No further issues. This review was modfied by poster @ 02-06-15 06:41 AM

Product Features

Product Specifications

NameWindows 8.1 - Full Version (32 & 64-bit)
FeatureSearch once. Go anywhere.
A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away. Powered by Bing.

More apps to love
You'll notice that the Windows Store has a new look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. And the apps that are included with Windows 8.1 Preview let you do a bunch of cool things. For example, with Reading List you can save articles and stories across apps and devices, and the updated Photos app gives you fast and fun editing.

Make it yours
Set up a slide show on your lock screen by picking your favorite pictures. Arrange the stuff on your Start screen so it's just the way you want it. Choose from more tile sizes, more colors, and more backgrounds - including animated backgrounds.

Built-in cloud storage
SkyDrive is now the default location for saving documents. So you always have your files wherever you go, even when you're offline. And with the included SkyDrive app, you can manage both local files and SkyDrive files in one place.

Fast, full-screen browsing
When you get Windows 8.1 Preview, you also get to check out the new Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 11 Preview is built for touch, with faster load times, a full-screen experience that includes side-by-side browsing of your sites, and real-time info delivered on your Start screen through live tiles for your favorite sites.

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