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Microsoft - Windows 8.1 32/64-bit

( 4.3 Average / 123 Ratings )




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Windows 8.1



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MasterSniper3731 20 points 26 months ago

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

someta 18 points 26 months ago
from completed build Baby

Hate on it if you want, but it's great with 3rd party applications like Classic Shell. I do miss the Aero theme though (and the '97 reskin option)...

CaptainSiscold 9 points 26 months ago
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.

critical-hit 29 points 26 months ago
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.

Silentprince001 9 points 26 months ago
from completed build Tali Nova (First Build)

Pro: Easy to install.

Con: personally not familiar with windows 8.

gunfart 13 points 26 months ago
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.

IceColdTabasco 8 points 25 months ago
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

dietz265 79 points 25 months ago
from completed build Wish came true after 20 years

So far windows 8.1 is working ok , just hard to get use to. The only thing i haven't got working is my xbox 360 controller. I watched utube videos on how to fix this but it doesn't seem to work.

samwyatt26 16 points 24 months ago
from completed build Red Panther

Currently dual-booting Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04. I originally just used Ubuntu but was frustrated by the lack of available software.

robertlabrador94 24 points 24 months ago

I'm familiar with 8.1, also I heard that there will be free upgrade to windows 10 if you have a legitimate version of windows.