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Windows 8.1 OEM
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With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has switched its retail media to the Full version of the software, but kept the same pricing--$119.99 for Windows 8.1 "Core" and $199.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro—as with Windows 8. So what's different with the OEM media? And why might one choose this offering over the retail media?
Here's the story with OEM media.
Full version. As with previous Windows versions, the Windows 8.1 OEM editions are the Full version of the product and are designed to be installed on a single new PC only. Unlike the retail media, you cannot use OEM media to upgrade an existing version of Windows to Windows 8.1.
Specific version: 32-bit or 64-bit. With the retail versions of Windows 8.1, you are buying Windows 8.1 "Core" or Windows 8. Pro, and with either you get both 32-bit and 64-bit media. This is not the case with the OEM versions: Instead, there are separate purchases for Windows 8.1 "Core" 32-bit, Windows 8.1 "Core" 64-bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit, and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.
Pricing. Windows 8.1 OEM media less expensive than the corresponding retail media though it varies by version. The Windows 8.1 "Core" OEM products are $99.99, about $20 less than the retail version. But the Windows 8.1 Pro OEM products are $139.99, a savings of about $60. So that's something to consider if you're looking to do a clean install. (These prices haven't changed since the release of Windows 8.)
Even cheaper new design. While the OEM versions of Windows have always offered a much cheaper experience than the retail versions—see No OEM For You: Windows 7 OEM Packaging is Not For Individuals for a peek at the Window 7 OEM packaging—the Windows 8.1 OEM packaging is downright horrible. Not a huge deal, of course.
This operating system is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available. More details below.
The Start screen. Personalize your Start screen with your favorite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customizable colors and backgrounds and four different tile sizes make your device as unique as you are.
The apps you want. In addition to great built-in apps for e-mail, people, photos and video editing, you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store, including Netflix, ESPN, Skype, and Halo: Spartan Assault.
It plays as hard as it works. Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and pull together a killer presentation - all on a single PC.
1. 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
2 . 2 GB RAM
3 . 20 GB available hard disk space
4 . 1366 x 768 screen resolution
5 . DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
6 . To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch
7 . Internet access (fees may apply)
8 . Microsoft account required for some features
9 . Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
10 . Windows Media Center license sold separately
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 access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
•To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
The New Windows
|Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1 Pro||Pro Pack|
|Your PC is currently running:||Windows 7, Windows 8||Windows 7, Windows 8||Windows 8, Windows 8.1|
|Great Apps built in such as Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos, and SkyDrive with many more available at Windows Store.||✔||✔||✔|
|Includes Internet Explorer 11 for fast, intuitive, touch-friendly browsing.||✔||✔||✔|
|Keeps you up-to-date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.||✔||✔||✔|
|Works with new and existing Windows desktop software including the full Microsoft Office experience (Outlook, SharePoint Designer and more).*||✔||✔||✔|
|Comes with Windows Media Player||✔||✔||✔|
|Provides enhanced data protection using BitLocker technology to help keep your information secure||✔||✔|
|Enables you to connect to your PC when you’re on the go with Remote Desktop Connection.||✔||✔|
|Connects to you corporate or school network with Domain Join.||✔||✔|
|Watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center.||✔|
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