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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD)

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Product Highlights
  • Cloud Connectivity
  • Completely Redesigned Start Screen
  • Start Screen Tiles Update in Real-Time
  • Microsoft SkyDrive Integration
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Built In App Selection
  • Windows Store Access
  • Intuitive Swipe Commands
  • Includes 1 User License & OEM DVD

Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD) from Microsoft is a complete redesign of how you interact with your computer. One of the most notable features found within Windows 8 Pro is the Start Screen. This intuitive Start Screen puts your entire computer on one screen by providing you tiles allowing you to interact with virtually every aspect of your computer from email, to chat, to applications. You can also use this same intuitive interface on a variety of devices that run Windows 8 including desktop PCs, tablets, and touch screen PCs.

Cloud connectivity is another major feature found in Windows 8. Simply set up a Microsoft account, and you can access and manage various aspects of your account from any Windows 8 device. Utilize the Mail and Messaging apps to keep in touch with friends, family, and co-workers by linking to other social networking accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. You can also take advantage of Microsoft SkyDrive to upload your files making them accessible from any Windows 8 device.

Along with Cloud connectivity, Apps help make Windows 8 stand alone as an intuitive, customizable operating system. SkyDrive, Xbox, Video, Music, Mail, Calendar, Photos, People, Messaging and Reader make up the apps that come standard with Windows 8. Each of these apps helps you to get the most out of your Windows experience. With SkyDrive, you can access files virtually anywhere on a Windows 8 device. The Xbox, Video and Music apps enhance your multimedia experience helping to streamline your music, video, and games access across multiple devices including the Xbox 360. Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging apps keep you in touch with friends and family while keeping you on schedule. Place all of your photos in one place with the Photo app, making it possible to see your photos on any Windows 8 device. The Reader app makes it possible to read a variety of different documents in PDF, XPS, and OXPS file formats.

Windows 8 Pro adds professional-grade features to make your computer safe and secure for your business needs. BitLocker keeps your data safe by password-protecting your hard drives. SmartScreen helps protect your computer from malicious websites and software. DirectAccess allows remote users to access a corporate network safely and securely.

Note! The OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of Windows 8 can only be used with a single PC, and the license is non-transferable. Additionally, the DVD cannot be used to upgrade from a previous version of Windows or from Windows 8. Since it is a clean install, you are required to backup any data on your machine before you use it. This OEM version of Windows 8 Pro is recommended for people who are building a 64-bit desktop computer.

Windows 8 Pro Features

BitLocker
BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a trusted platform module (TPM) chip. BitLocker now encrypts hard drives more quickly, helping to keep your data safe without interrupting your productivity. BitLocker also supports encrypted drives
SmartScreen
SmartScreen services help protect you from malicious sites and software on the Internet. It checks the reputation of any new app or website in order to keep you safe no matter what browser you're using. This helps prevent malware and other viruses from infiltrating your PC or your corporate network
DirectAccess
DirectAccess allows remote users to more securely and seamlessly access resources inside of a corporate network without having to launch a separate virtual private network (VPN) connection
Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center lets you turn your PC into a home entertainment system that can play and record high-definition TV (if you have additional tuner hardware), DVDs and CDs. It also has a software DVR that can play photo slideshows and Internet TV content

Windows Reimagined

The New Start Screen
The new Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place, such as contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Windows 8 is truly yours: websites, playlists, photo albums, contacts, and your favorite apps are front and center.

The tiles on your Start screen are brimming with content, and they change and update in real time so you can see what's going on and stay on top of things. You can share and connect with other people in a couple of clicks, and get real-time updates about things like news, sports, and what your friends are up to. Check your schedule or get the latest weather forecast. Tiles are a quick way to see it all. Launch apps, switch between tasks, and check notifications without digging for information.

Windows 8 also incorporates the PC desktop that you're already familiar with. In the desktop, you'll see that the settings and features you used in Windows 7 are still there

Touch, Keyboard, and Mouse: Seamless Integration
Whether browsing apps, reading a book, or typing on the go with touch, creating a project that requires the more productive horsepower of a traditional mouse and keyboard, or doing everything at once, Windows 8 makes it easy. You use whatever works best.

On touch-enabled PCs, you can do the same things you could with a mouse and keyboard with touch. You can switch between apps, organize your Start screen, and pan and zoom. With the touch keyboard, you can navigate, type, and interact on the go. Because you work in different ways depending on which app you're using, Windows 8 makes it easy to use whichever method works best for you.

The touch keyboard has two modes designed to suit a variety of needs. Take advantage of a full-sized keyboard with large buttons, or a handy thumb keyboard that splits the keys on either side of the screen, making it easy and more comfortable to use on the go. Typing feels natural whether you're sitting down or walking around.

On touch enabled PCs, the keyboard layout automatically adjusts to the language you choose for Windows, so your language settings apply to the whole PC rather than just certain apps. Whether you want to type and click, swipe and tap, or do a combination of both, you can navigate and work easily and efficiently in the language of your choice with Windows 8

Innovative Touch Features
  • Swipe from the right edge for system commands
  • Swipe in from the left to switch apps
  • Swipe in and out on the left brings up previously used apps
  • Swipe from the bottom or top edge for app commands
  • Drag an app to close it
  • Press and hold to learn
  • Tap to perform an action
  • Slide to drag
  • Pinch or stretch to zoom
  • Rotate to turn
  • Windows 8 is Cloud-Connected

    Your Windows Everywhere
    Sign in and your Windows 8 device becomes yours because your personalization, desktop background, and settings are all there. Whether you set it up once just the way you want it, or change it often, when you sign in even a brand-new PC lights up with everything that makes Windows yours. And anyone you share your Windows 8 PC with can have their own personalized, cloud-connected access by signing in with their own Microsoft account.

    Start a project on one PC, and finish it on another. When you use the cloud to store your information, the boundaries between devices dissolve. Your apps, games, music, photos, files, and settings aren't stored on one device because they're in one place: the cloud. Sign in to any of your Windows 8 PCs and access all of your stuff from virtually anywhere

    Connected to Your People
    Use the mail and messaging apps to communicate with all of your friends, family, and co-workers. If you have contacts all over the place, in Outlook.com, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, or some other service, you can choose to connect them. Once connected that contact is then available in your apps as soon as you sign in to your PC with your Microsoft account. You can have a fully connected address book with the people app
    Connected to Your Files
    Simply sign in to your Microsoft account from any Windows 8 device and you can pick up just where you left off. When your files are in the cloud and you have an Internet connection, you can access photos and other files on Microsoft SkyDrive just like you access other things on your PC, and you can get to them from any web-connected device
    Family Safety in the Cloud
    With Microsoft Family Safety, you can set up accounts for your children so you don't have to worry as much about their online activity. Family Safety will monitor your children's activities and let you know what they're doing. By connecting to your account, you'll be able to get weekly email reports in your inbox. You can also set up web filtering, time limits, and app restrictions

    All the Apps You Want

    Built-in Apps
    With Windows 8, your entire PC is cloud-connected. You'll have new Microsoft Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Photos, People, and Messaging apps that are connected to services like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter just by adding them to your Microsoft account
    SkyDrive
    With SkyDrive, you don't need to worry about being able to access your documents and photos on other PCs because when they're in SkyDrive, you can access them from any device with an Internet connection
    Xbox, Video, and Music Apps
    The Xbox app along with the Video and Music apps put a variety of entertainment options at your fingertips. Videos you buy are available for playback on both Windows 8 and on your Xbox 360. Get access to over 15 million songs, and play back songs in your personal library, all with the Music app. You also get a variety of games on the Xbox Live Games app. Connect and play with friends, and create your own unique gamer avatar. You can even find and purchase games for your Xbox 360
    Mail
    Mail allows you to see all of your accounts in one place, whether it's Outlook.com, Gmail, or your company's Exchange mail. You can pin email accounts to the Start Screen so you can see your new mail on the live Mail tile without opening the Mail app. You can even pin individual folders to stay up to date. Access the SkyDrive to automatically upload files for recipients to see
    Calendar
    Just like the Mail app, Calendar combines your information by pulling together your multiple calendars into a single day, week, or month view. You decide which of your calendars are shown, and you can adjust the colors to suit your preferences. Pinning the Calendar app to the Start screen means you see upcoming events on the tile. You can even choose to see upcoming appointments on the Windows lock screen so you won't have to unlock your PC to see what's going on
    Photos
    The Photos app pulls all of your pictures together into one place. So now your albums from Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, and all of the pictures you store on your PC are there when you connect your Microsoft account to these services
    Messaging
    With the Messaging app on your Windows 8 PC, you can chat with Messenger or Facebook friends from one convenient place
    Reader
    With the Reader app, you can read PDF, XPS, or OXPS documents. You can interact with your PDFs by highlighting, adding text annotations, printing, and sharing
    Apps Work Together
    In Windows 8, apps work together so you can share information between them and streamline your work

    Windows Store

    Designed for Discovery
    The Windows Store is designed to make it easy to discover apps without getting lost. You can search or browse by category or lists of top apps to find the apps you want. You'll see apps featured on the front page and you'll have no trouble finding apps because they're organized in categories like New Releases, Top paid, Top free, and Rising stars
    Protecting Children
    Using Family Safety, you can change settings to determine what your children can download and see in the Windows Store. Setting up a rating level filters the apps and games that children can access and provides a safer environment based on your preferred restrictions

    Internet Explorer - Reimagined for Windows 8

    Fast and Fluid
    It starts and loads sites almost instantly. It brings a fluid responsiveness to greatly enhance your web browsing experience. Everything you want to do on the web is a swipe, tap, or click away
    Enhanced for Touch
    Internet Explorer 10 provides a touch first and a truly full-screen browsing experience. Navigation controls appear only when you need them and quietly get out of the way when you don't. You can flip ahead or back through your websites with the flick of a finger. Tiles and tabs for frequently visited sites are oversized for easy tapping
    Easy to Use
    Smooth, intuitive controls work just as you'd expect. One box is both the address and search bar for speedier navigation. Pin your favorite sites to your Start Screen and get to them as quickly as you access your apps
    Safer and More Private
    The intuitive Smart Screen technology helps keep your PC and your information safer on the web as well as helping to protect against socially-engineered malware. Privacy tools like Do Not Track are built-in and are easily enabled in just one click, giving you more control
    Application Operating System
    Compatibility PC
    Operating System Requirements The OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) version of Windows 8 can only be used with a single PC, and the license is non-transferable. Additionally, the DVD cannot be used to upgrade from a previous version of Windows or from Windows 8. Since it is a clean install, you are required to backup any data on your machine before you use it. This OEM version of Windows 8 Pro is recommended for people who are building a 64-bit desktop computer.
    System Requirements Required Processor
    1GHz or faster processor

    Required Memory
    2 GB RAM

    Required Hard Disk Space
    20 GB available disk space

    Required Display
    1366 x 768 screen resolution

    Required Connectivity
    Internet access (fees may apply)

    Required Video Card
    Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver

    Additional System Requirements
    Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software. Windows Media Center license sold separately.

    Other System Requirements
    Additional requirements to use certain features: Internet access (fees may apply). Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware. For some Windows Media Center functionality, a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required. Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware. HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7. DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive. Music and sound require audio output. Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD)
  • 1 User License
  • 1 OEM DVD
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    3.5

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        5.0

        Free Upgrade to 8.1

        By AH

        from Metro-Detroit

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        • Easy To Install

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            Comments about Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD):

            Windows 8 isn't so hot, but this is a good way to save $20 on Windows 8.1. The upgrade is a free download from Microsoft.

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            3.0

            Windows 8 Pro

            By H. floresiensis

            from Gaithersburg, MD

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            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

            • No Media Center
            • Requires Password Login

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              Comments about Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD):

              It takes some getting use to. I don't like the fact that you are forced to set up login passwords and password entry upon wake up. However, you can get around this realtively easily. I was very irratated that I had to pay extra for media center, which comes free in windows 7. The good news it does load faster. However, how much is due to Windows 8 and how much is due to using my Samsung SDD card on the SATA 3 bus, I'm not sure.

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              1.0

              I switched to Windows 7 Ulimate 64

              By Honest person

              from Illinos

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                • Crashes or Freezes

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                  Comments about Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD):

                  I myself have worked with computers now for over 20 years. Not claiming to be any kind of pro either. Anyway, Windows 8 is new and apparently has many bugs. I let MS high techs take control of my computer and they also could not figure it out the bugs. Windows 8 had several bugs one example on mine was start up and shut down problems. MS worked on it for hours and could not fix the issues . They said they was sorry and asked if I had any request that they could do for me. I asked them to give me Windows 7 Ulimate 64 and they did. Now with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 my new computer is completely stable and everything works perfect. Boot up time can be few seconds longer. So no big improvement to me on that with windows 8. Even though they claim 8 is better on paper I do not see any differences. I assume not all but most people won't either. I tried everything to compare and all seems to work at same speed ect as windows 8. Much easier to organize with files than tiles. Tiles did look cool so to speak but still not as good. All of this was on my new build which was built with the newest high end components. Maybe in a year or so I will see if MS Windows 8 has improved and then I might switch back to Windows 8.

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                  5.0

                  Windows 8 pro

                  By Adam G.

                  from San Diego, CA

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                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

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                    • Business

                    Comments about Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) (OEM DVD):

                    MS win8 rocks, its hard to say this for me as we use lots of linux and other free OS. But the installation was the easiest from any windows to date. They are finally getting it.
                    Win8 is fast, and stable. I installed it on the Intel NUC with SSD and 8GB RAM. It boots in 7 seconds. Our software actually runs faster on win8 then XP.

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