Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

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  • Customize your Metro-Interface Start Screen with personalized Live Tiles
  • Stay safe with Windows Defender
  • Encrypt your data with Bitlocker
  • Business features to connect to company networks and access remote files

Windows 8 Professional 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 Professional System Builder DVD 64-Bit can be installed on personal computers with a 64 bit capable processor.  With Windows 8 Pro, you can connect and share your files. Wind

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  1. M says:
    64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    More efficient but less useable, November 30, 2012
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    This review is from: Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit (DVD-ROM)

    I purchased two 64-bit Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVDs for use on relatively low-end headless home servers. This decision was made based on two factors: 1) $10 cheaper than Windows 7, which was yet another efficiency gain for the ~$200 systems and 2) Slightly better resource utilization (CPU, RAM) than Windows 7 at idle. Seamless remote desktop was a priority, therefore Windows Pro was chosen over Ubuntu or Windows Home Server.

    Edit 1/21/13 (M): Per the information provided by D.Kenney in the product discussion, the following Note may be wrong, as it appears Microsoft may now permit you to transfer licenses:
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    One note – keep in mind that if you buy a System Builder DVD, your license key is tied to the make and model of your motherboard. You can upgrade all of your other hardware, but you have to use the same motherboard or replace it with the identical model.
    ###

    The good:
    The systems are very stable and very power efficient.
    Reboots, shutdowns, and startups are significantly faster than Windows 7.
    Even with a low-end 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, opening applications, switching tasks, etc is seamlessly fast and feels more efficient than Windows 7.
    Runs great on HTPC and other small form-factor and low-end hardware.

    The bad:
    The interface. I knew Metro was going to be a change and while it didn’t take much time to get used to it, I think it’s a step backwards. I have no use for the start page and just click directly on the Desktop to get things done. I see no advantage to having to hover around the upper right portion of the screen to get to what’s essentially an auto-hidden version of the Start Button.

    I would not recommend this over Windows 7 for any business PC. The Metro interface is less efficient, even with regular use, for any serious multitasking purposes. If you’re primarily using your PC for social media, looking at the weather, checking news, and other things that benefit from live tiles I think you’d love this. Working with and switching between multiple Word documents, spreadsheets, and Visio diagrams open at the same time would probably be a nightmare.

    This is *not* a terrible operating system, but the removal of the Start Button on the Desktop was pointless. The Start Page screen is equally pointless for anything other than accessing the desktop unless you happen to like the interface and want to see a bunch of live updating content. It’s surprisingly efficient, though in the end the faster bootup times may be offset by the additional time it takes to navigate around and launch things compared to Windows 7.

    In short, Windows 8 is effective for my limited purposes but fortunately I do not have to interact with its interface very often. I would not choose to use it for my daily needs and would *not* upgrade from Windows 7. I will continue to use Windows 7 for any PC that I need to use on a regular basis for productivity.

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  2. SeekingTraveler "SeekingTraveler" says:
    166 of 196 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Easy to use – but only after an hour or two of “Secrets” training, October 26, 2012
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    This review is from: Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit (DVD-ROM)

    The “System Builder” version of Windows 8 Professional is for installation on a NEW personal computer or on a computer that is NOT currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP. This product (“System Builder”) is NOT for upgrading; if you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows, then get the upgrade package (which is cheaper).

    Some online reviewers are saying that Windows 8 is nothing more than the latest “Windows 7 Service Pack.” This may sound mildly clever; but it is very wrong.

    One great thing about Windows 8 is that it standardizes the user interface across computers, tablets, and other devices. For businesses that combine desktop and laptop computers with handheld tablets and other mobile devices, having such standardization should make folks’ jobs a lot easier.

    The user-interface of Windows 8 is so different that most ordinary folks will have difficulty mastering it without help. A great many functions of Windows 8 are not at all obvious or intuitive; therefore, one is forced to learn many “secrets.” Unless folks get help of some kind, I forecast storms of great aggravation and anger (perhaps even some violent temper tantrums resulting in equipment damage). Nearly everything you want to do in Windows 8 is hidden until you learn the “secrets” (even simple things like signing-in or shutting down your computer).

    But be of good cheer! One can become pretty good at using Windows 8 very, very quickly. I think most folks, could learn the basics in under 60 minutes with the help of a grandchild (your own or borrowed) who knows the “secrets.” You could probably become an “expert” with just four hours of focused, hands-on training led by a professional I.T. trainer. Therefore, I suppose the best way to learn Windows 8 is to work for a large corporation with a wonderful training department and patient I.T. professionals who staff a “help desk.” If you do not work for such a large corporation, then do yourself a favor and buy a Windows 8 book.

    Windows 8 Secrets by Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera was very helpful to me. With just two hours of reading, I was able to use Windows 8 with little hesitation or effort. Windows 8 can be extremely frustrating if you do not know the “secrets” (i.e., there are NO CLUES what to do, because all of the menus are hidden). However, you will NOT be frustrated if you have a person or a book to show you the “secrets”; after a day or so, your Windows experience will become so “automated” (like driving a car) you won’t even think about it.

    If you do not like to read, there are some pretty good Windows 8 instruction videos on a popular video website. Such video training is often better than a book, because you can see the computer response along with a running narrative. However, be warned: there are some videos that are inefficient and misleading (in other words, some of the well-intentioned video makers don’t know the best Windows 8 secrets).

    By the way, the “Desktop” is still there (just like previous versions of Windows). After you have setup your Desktop, Toolbars, and Start Screen, your computer will be (from that point forward) very quick and easy to use. Also, while the Start button (orb) is gone, it won’t be missed: with the new features of Windows 8, it would have been entirely redundant. Any of your applications that run under Windows 7 should also run under Windows 8.

    While I shall not clutter this review with specific information about Windows 8, I will tell you the most useful Windows 8 “secret” (for me): Memorize and use the “Windows Key” (Winkey) keyboard shortcuts! (The Winkey is the key on the bottom row with a depiction the Microsoft flag; my Winkey is just to the right of the CTRL key.) For example, if you hold down the Winkey and press C, the “Charms” bar will be displayed. The “Charms” bar is perhaps the most important interface in Windows 8. If you learn the Winkey keyboard shortcuts first thing, you will be able to get most things done in Windows 8 right away!

    Here are a few of the more helpful Winkey keyboard shortcuts:

    Winkey: toggles between Start Menu and last app
    Winkey + D: opens Desktop
    Winkey + C: opens “Charms” bar
    Winkey + E: opens file explorer
    Winkey + F: searches for files
    Winkey + I: opens the Settings charm (to shut down your computer, for example)
    Winkey + Z: opens “app bar” (the menu user interface that is normally hidden when interacting with a Windows 8 app)
    Winkey + X: opens the “power user” menu (which includes programs and features, power options, event viewer, system, device manager, disk management, computer management, command prompt, task manager, control panel, file explorer, search, run)

    A short rant: Initially, I was perturbed with…

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  3. Todd says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Windows 8, January 18, 2013
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    This review is from: Windows 8 Professional System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit (DVD-ROM)

    The common opinion of Windows 8 is not a good one for a desktop environment. I have worked as a computer consultant for over 10 years, here is my opinion:

    Pros: Windows 8 is fast, very fast. Boot up time is the big one, shut down is fast, going to sleep and waking up are all very quick.
    Cons: Windows 8 Modern UI is Microsoft’s attempt at unifying the smartphone, tablet and desktop experience. However the UI is cumbersome on a desktop. The Modern UI doesn’t bring anything to the table on a desktop, it was designed for a tablet – it works well on a tablet. There are third party programs available to suppress the Modern UI that makes most of the UI complaints a moot point IMO. I strongly believe Microsoft should have a desktop mode where the Modern UI is completely suppressed. Microsoft should also include a built in tutorial that is blatantly obvious for new users.

    The product isn’t nearly as bad as people make it out to be, but Microsoft should not have released it as is for desktop users.

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