Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD (64-bit)

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit & Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Kit (DVD)

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit & Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Kit (DVD)

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit & Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Kit (DVD)

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  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac

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Run Windows and Mac operating systems side by side with the Windows 8.1 64-bit & Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Kit from B&H. Install Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit) on your Mac and use Parallels Desktop 11 to launch it.

The Windows 8.1 DVD from Microsoft brings the return of the Start button. While it is not quite the Start Menu from Windows 7, it still adds more functionality to the desktop. Right-click on the Start button to open up a menu with several options, such as Control Panel, Network Connections, Task Manager and more. For access to programs, a simple left click on the Start button will bring you to the redesigned Start screen introduced in Windows 8.1. Here, you can resize tiles to your preference.

Efficiently operate virtual environments with the OEM CD-ROM version of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. This software lets you launch Windows applications right from your Mac desktop, or move your existing Windows files, documents, and other digital data directly to your Mac. You can also copy and paste apps between your Windows and Mac environments. Integrated Real-Time Virtual Disk Optimization efficiently manages the hard drive space your virtual machines occupy.

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD (64-bit)

    The 64-bit Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD from Microsoft brings the return of the Start button. While it is not quite the Start Menu from Windows 7, it still adds more functionality to the desktop. Right-click on the Start button to open up a menu with several options, such as Control Panel, Network Connections, Task Manager and more. For access to programs, a simple left click on the Start button will bring you to the redesigned Start screen introduced in Windows 8.1. Here, you can resize tiles to your preference.

    You also have more ways to see multiple apps at a time. When displaying multiple apps at once, you can resize the width of the app window to suit your needs. Depending on screen size and resolution, you can even share the screen with up to four apps at a time. Windows 8.1 also allows you to boot directly to the desktop screen instead of the Start screen. This allows you to get right to work as soon as you boot your computer.

    Cloud connectivity is another major feature found in Windows 8.1. Simply set up a Microsoft account, and you can access and manage various aspects of your account from any Windows 8.1 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.

    Along with cloud connectivity, apps help make Windows 8.1 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 8.1. 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 8.1 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 8.1 device. The Reader app makes it possible to read a variety of different documents in PDF, XPS, and OXPS file formats. These are only some of the apps that Windows 8.1 provides.

    If your computer is already running Windows 8, you can visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1.

    Windows Reimagined

    The Return of the Start Button
    After many requests from Windows users, the Start button makes its triumphant return in Windows 8.1. While it may not be exactly the same as its predecessor in Windows 7, the Start button has two core functions. A left click on the Start button will take you to the Windows 8.1 Start screen featuring live tiles. A right click on the Start button brings up an advanced menu where you can access the Device Manager, Control, Network options and more
    Boot Directly to the Desktop
    Windows 8.1 gives you the choice of booting to the Windows 8.1 Start screen with live tiles or booting to the familiar desktop screen of Windows 7. Users can also boot directly into an app or app view if they choose to
    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 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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, 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 8.1 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

    Apps You Want

    Built-in Apps
    With Windows 8.1, 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 is free online storage that's built into Windows 8.1. Save documents, photos and other files to SkyDrive automatically. You can also use SkyDrive to protect your files if something happens to your PC
    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 8.1 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 allows you to see all of your accounts in one place, whether it's, 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
    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
    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
    With the Messaging app on your Windows 8.1 PC, you can chat with Messenger or Facebook friends from one convenient place
    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 8.1, 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 8.1

    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 11 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 SmartScreen 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
    Microsoft OEM System Builder Software Licensing Terms
    This 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 can be installed on an existing or new hardware. It cannot be used as an operating system on any computer, except one that you are building for your own use or as an operating system running on a local virtual machine or a separate partition, subject to additional terms. It cannot be used as an upgrade license to an existing underlying Windows OS. It can only be used by one user at a time. It can be transferred to new hardware, if removed from the prior PC. The transfer of the software to share the license between computers is prohibited. It can only be used on a computer running genuine Windows OS. Microsoft provides limited support services. License terms are granted by Microsoft to the end user
    UPC: 885370635690
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (OEM)

    Run Windows on your Mac with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac. With support for Windows 10 as well as being ready for Mac OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac can run both Windows and Mac applications side by side. You can also switch from your PC to your Mac because Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac makes it easy to get all your files, applications, browser bookmarks, and more via the setup assistant. You can also reuse your existing Boot Camp installation. If you have Windows 10 installed with Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, you can take advantage of Microsoft's personal assistant, Cortana, for both Windows and Mac applications.

    Select productivity, games, design, or development, and Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac will optimize your virtual machine settings and performance for you. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac doesn't just run Windows on your Mac. In addition to Mac OS X and Windows, Parallels Desktop 11 also supports Linux and Google Chrome OS.

    Windows 10

    An onscreen guide walks you through upgrading a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 virtual machine to Windows 10.
    Use Cortana, the Microsoft speech-enabled virtual assistant, even when your Windows 10 virtual machine isn't the front-most application.
    When running Windows 10, the Action Center has an icon in the OS X Menu Bar, so you won't miss messages from Windows.

    Optimized for Longer Battery Life

    Battery life is extended up to 15% in office and heavy 3D graphics scenarios.
    Travel Mode extends battery life by temporarily shutting down resource-intensive services running in the VM.


    Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 startup and shutdown are up to 50% faster.
    Operations with files in Windows are improved (the PassMark disk test shows up to 20% improvement).
    Operations with files moving from Mac to Windows and vice versa are up to 5% faster.
    Suspending a virtual machine is up to 20% faster.
    Improved network performance in certain scenarios.


    OS X Quick Look for Windows apps: Quickly preview a Windows file before opening it, just as you would on the Mac.
    "Open Recent" was added to the menu when right clicking Dock icons of popular Windows applications.
    "New Document," "New Spreadsheet," and "New Presentation" were added to the menu when right clicking Dock icons of Microsoft Office and some other apps.
    Resuming a virtual machine can be canceled while in process.
    "Open in Windows" was added when right clicking Mac files.
    When you open a Mac file in a Windows VM, a notification gives you the option to set files of that type to always open in the Windows application.
    Printing from Windows using a printer shared from OS X allows you to adjust paper size and select one- or two-side printing using the OS X Page Setup dialogue.
    Quickly lookup a word or preview a file in Windows using a Force Touch trackpad.

    Other Added Features

    OS X Location sharing with Windows virtual machines
    Automatic synchronization of the volume setting of the virtual machine with the volume setting of the Mac.
    The "English Japanese (Apple) - Parallels" layout to support JIS keyboards.
    Create an OS X virtual machine from any OS X recovery partition.

    General Enhancements

    Improved support for Boot Camp virtual machines.
    Simplified virtual machine configuration interface.
    Virtual Machines with Snapshots enabled now support compacting.
    Automatic virtual machine Pause mode intelligence improvements.
    Switch to Coherence using a button in the virtual machine title bar
    Improved importing of third-party virtual machines.
    UPC: 846829004405

Microsoft specs

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD (64-bit)
    Application Operating System
    Compatibility PC
    System Requirements Required Processor
    1 GHz or faster processor with PAE, NX, and SSE2 support
    For 64-bit version only: PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF support

    Required RAM
    2 GB (64-bit)

    Required Hard Disk Space
    20 GB (64-bit)

    Required Display Resolution
    Access to Windows Store: 1024 x 768
    To snap apps: 1366 x 768

    Required Connectivity
    Internet access for certain features (ISP fees might apply)

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

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

    Other System Requirements
    Additional requirements to use certain features: Internet access (ISP 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.
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 6.0 x 0.5"
  • Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (OEM)
    Operating System Requirements Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or later
    Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 or later
    System Requirements Processor
    Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    4 GB (8 GB recommended)
    850 MB of disk space on the boot volume (Macintosh HD) for Parallels Desktop installation
    Additional disk space for virtual machines (varies on operating system installed)
    Internet connection
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 5.0 x 0.1"

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