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Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD  64-Bit [Old Packaging]

Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit [Old Packaging]

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» Operating Systems: Windows 8
» Vendor: Microsoft
» Sales Rank: #767 in Software (includes all Amazon titles)
» Shipping weight: 0.3 ounces
» Media: DVD-ROM
» ASIN: B0094NY3R0
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Product Features
»  Start Up Quickly
»  Customize your Metro-Interface Start Screen with personalized Live Tiles
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Software Description

Windows 8 System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP.? This product is not an upgrade and does not provide solutions to help you keep personal settings or files as the product is installed.? Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.

The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.

To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you've selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.

Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its existing security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.

System Requirements

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 ? 768 screen resolution
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
  • For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
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370 of 429 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Tech and New Look, for Hardware New and Old, October 26, 2012
Winter (USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Windows 8 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit [Old Packaging] (DVD-ROM)
The "System Builder" discs of Windows 8 are named this way because they are a full install and not an upgrade. The assumption is that you are building your own machine and looking to put Windows 8 on a from-scratch install, but this is still a multi-boot friendly OS and if your intention instead is to install a full copy of Windows 8 without upgrading your current system, well, that works too: you can put this on old hardware so long as your machine meets the system requirements. There has been some confusion at the lack of an 'OEM' SKU for Windows, so I suspect that until we hear otherwise, this is our 'OEM' substitute for those of us who like to tinker with hardware.

If you're considering Windows 8, there are benefits many small and large. The patchwork way in which the OS seems to meld old into new can be confusing, and it's clear the UI pays lip service to mice while eagerly awaiting your first touch-screen or touch-pad purchase. But to give credit where credit is... Read more
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Disappointing OS From Microsoft, November 11, 2013
Jason Davis (Portland, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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I purchased Windows 8 to run via Parallels on my Mac Mini alongside OSX, and I couldn't be less impressed by Microsofts latest offering.

Before I go into my review of the OS, I want to warn everyone - DO NOT give Win 8 your primary email address. I made the mistake of giving Microsoft my email during initial setup and my inbox has been spammed ever since. One message in particular drives me crazy. At least once a week I get a "reconnect to Facebook" message from Microsoft. At one point I linked my Facebook account to Windows 8, but I didn't like the barrage of notifications anytime anyone liked or commented on a post, so I disabled it. Ever since that day I constantly get emails from Microsoft encouraging me to re-link the accounts and providing absolutely no links or other information to unsubscribe. Somehow these emails also seems to circumvent my Gmail spam filters which I specifically set up to filter it. If you search Google you will see thousands of other... Read more
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again, December 27, 2012
Engine Ear (Gainesville, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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I rated Windows 8 three stars out of five, because it was yet another pointless user interface change to have to figure out and deal with, and after doing so, I did not find it useful on my computer without a "touch" display. I also don't have to look through a finger smudged display every day, so that isn't a problem for me; I wouldn't want to have to raise my fingers to point at the display when I have a mouse in my hand already. It might be in Microsoft's plans to take over the phone/pad market (good luck with that) but it isn't in my future, so integrating phone and pad and laptop interfaces, at the expense of doing what I want to do on my laptop conveniently is NOT a winner for me, and trying to figure out where they have re-hidden all the usual functions required to do basic stuff one-more-time is a waste of MY time. Other than this interface inconvenience, it seems to still work as a base to run my usual apps without crashing.
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