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Operating System

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit)

( 4.2 Average / 114 Ratings )




Part #



Windows 8.1



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Price History (Excluding Tax & Combo Deals) History:


from completed build Meisterst├╝ck 960

I've used windows 8 since its release and have grown fond of it. Windows 8.1 however is even better and at this point, I can wait for Windows 10. Until then, I'm happy with what I'm using. I like using new things. :-)

Extremely fast, easier to navigate than Windows 8, and easy to install.

from completed build Artech Storm: Challenger

For all the hate Windows 8 gets, 8.1 is a big improvement. Go install Classic Shell, do a quick registry tweak to remove the "swipe to unlock" picture (make a backup first!), and you have Windows 7 with a speed boost. For power users, the Task Manager and the file transfer progress indicator are MUCH better than on Windows 7. Plus, since this is a retail copy, you can reinstall Windows whenever you need/want to with no issues.

from completed build Critically Fractal

While 8.1 is an improvement over 8 in terms of performance, and they managed to place the start button on the desktop.... The UI choice is horrendous, should of been it's own thing for touch tablets.

Swiping things in certain places on accident brings up search charms, and all this other crazy non-sense. Moving your windows occasionally minimizes everything. It's a hassle to just have to turn all this stuff off as well.

If you have to get Windows 8 or have that thing pre-installed, get the update as soon as possible to 8.1.

from completed build Tali Nova (First Build)

Pro: Easy to install.

Con: personally not familiar with windows 8.

from completed build The Little Engine That Could

I like 8.1 and the installation and subsequent updates were easy. Very clean and I'm glad I paid for this OS.

from completed build Kaveri Box - Cheap Gaming Rig

Scored a full retail copy of Windows 8.1 for the cheap on eBay. Not much to say about it really