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Microsoft Windows 8.1 32BIT/64BIT English Retail

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Part #: WN7-00578

SKU: 91220
Shipping Weight: 0.2 lbs
Shipping estimate: $5.99*
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The Third Strike
Experience: 4 Days


Once I formated hdd the os installed fast. Then updated to windows 10, so unlike my windows 7 retail installation I did not have to go through a whole lot of updates.
Took awhile for me to figure out how to properly format the hdd. Had to use my usb hdd thing and my windows 7 pc to get driver for the hdd and also format it, before I could install the os.
Once I got the driver for the hdd and properly formated it, they installation went fast. Promptly updated to WINDOWS 10 and thus did not have to go through a tonne of updates(I hope). Now just have to see if there are much updates for windows 10, as at this time I just finished the windows 10 update.

Experience: 2 Weeks


Full retail version
Start screen of tiles
This OS has been fast and stable. I didnt care for the start screen full of touch tiles but no fear classic shell is here to make it boot like your favorite older version of windows right to the Desktop other than that its great

Experience: 1 Days


full retail version, 2 dvds, key card serial # in packaging. Win8 faster than Win7 especially with secure boot and UEFI support from Bios and VGA
still hate tiles/metro but boot to desktop helps a little. No downgrade rights with non-Pro version, issues with legacy software and hardware
Windows OEM vs Windows Retail. What's the difference? Some websites and forums say - no difference (with regards to the License Agreement). The only downside is you get no MS support with OEM.
Originally, OEM activation captures the motherboard serial or the onboard MAC address of the NIC. This would allow unlimited modifications and upgrades to any part of the machine EXCEPT the motherboard. For Win8, a new motherboard is considered a "new" computer (unless of course the motherboard failed and the manufacturer provides a new but similar/equivalent model). At this point, Win8 may fail to authenticate and may require a call to Microsoft for reactivation.
With 8.1, some say this motherboard restriction has been lifted.
I still cannot find a definitive answer and the EULA vaguely states that "specfic hardware changes may still require re-activation".
Pricing: Both retail and OEM normally sell for $120. ($105 on sale). With OEM you get a single DVD with your choice with either 32-bit or 64-bit only.
Retail gives you both discs for the same price. While it's true that you can only install either version (just 32 or just 64), it opens up the possiblity for being able to transfer the product to another machine that is not compatible with the single disc version. So if you purchased 64-bit, you cannot transfer it to a machine that only supports 32-bit.
OEM version comes with a certificate of authenticity sticker that should be attached to the machine where the OS is installed. The Retail version comes with a key card with the serial number. The number works for both 32 and 64-bit version.
NCIX had the OEM on-sale for $104.99 but I was able to get the retail PM'd to $105.38. No-brainer. Retail it is.
Retail comes in a small cardboard box with 2 DVD's as opposed to the single DVD in a cardboard envelope for OEM.
This version of Windows 8 in either retail or OEM do not come with downgrade rights to Windows 7. Only the Pro version allows you to step back to Win7 Pro or WinVista Business.
The significance? If you have legacy programs or hardware, they may not run in Windows8. Chances are, if they are OLD and not supported, then they will NEVER be compatible. With a step-back to Windows7 Pro, you have a feature called Windows XP mode (which is a full-fledged version of XP within Windows 7) that may allow you further use of those older programs and peripherals. Please note that this is a full-fledged version of WindowsXP with a validated key and as such, support and security for that OS is also discontinued.

----update  Feb 2015---------
Asus motherboard failed on computer where this version was installed. Replaced it with the exact same motherboard. Upon initial boot, Windows was no longer activated. I called the Microsoft automated toll free activation line and went through the 5-minute simple reactivation process. No further issues.

This review was modfied by poster @ 02-06-15 06:41 AM

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The new Windows 8.1 lets you watch movies or play games, chat with friends, access files anywhere or find your next favourite app in the Windows Store. If you're already running Windows 8, you'll be prompted to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free.
Quick Specs:
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License Type Complete Product
Platform Supported PC
Language Supported English
License Quantity 1 PC
Software Name Windows 8.1 32/64-bit
Software Sub Type Client

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Microsoft
     Distribution Media/Method: DVD-ROM
     Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: WN7-00578
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.microsoft.ca
     Package Type: Retail
     Product Name: Windows 8.1 32/64-bit
     Product Type: Operating System
License Information  
     License Pricing: Standard
     License Quantity: 1 PC
     License Type: Complete Product
     System Requirements:


  • 1 GHz

Hard Disk:

  • 16 GB


  • 1 GB RAM


  • DirectX v.9.0 compatible graphics card

Product Information  
     Features: Windows 8.1, now with a new Start screen:
  • With the new Windows, you can watch movies or play games, chat with friends, get work done with Office, access files anywhere or find your next favourite app in the Windows Store
  • And you can get to it all, including your familiar desktop, from the new Start screen
Your familiar desktop:
  • From the Start screen, you're just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know, so you can do the same stuff you've always done

Your own unique start screen:

  • Personalize your Start screen with your favourite news, friends, social networks and apps
  • Customizable colours and backgrounds and four different sizes of tiles make your Windows as unique as you are
Works hard, plays hard:
  • Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your CV and put together a killer presentation - all on a single PC
  • Now you can organize up to three apps on your screen at once in a single view

The apps you want:

  • In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store
Mouse, keyboard, and now touch:
  • Windows 8.1 works with different types of devices, including touch, mouse-and-keyboard, or both
  • Discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another
Your Office, your way:
  • Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices
  • Discover new and better ways to create, edit and browse using a keyboard, pen or touchscreen
  • Microsoft Office sold separately

     Language Supported: English
     Platform Supported: PC
     Software Name: Windows 8.1 32/64-bit
     Software Sub Type: Client

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