Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit - System Builder (OEM) - Windows

  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • SKU: 2441983
  • Release Date: 10/23/2013
  • 4.6 (10)
Windows understands that it's the 21st century, and multitasking is a way of life. Cell phones, laptops and tablets and their ever-expanding networks, apps and programs make it so we can almost always be doing at least two things at once. You send an e-mail while you're out to lunch. You call your clients while you're finishing up that presentation. You send your brother a birthday e-card while you're walking to your next appointment. Mobile technology allows us to stay connected to our work, and creates an ever-expanding versatile business setting. With that in mind, Windows 8.1 has been designed to bring you one operating system that can handle all of life's demands — no matter where you are. Whether you're in the office, at home or on the go, Windows 8.1 is there to deliver.

Windows 8.1 Professional enhances your ability to stay connected to colleagues or clients from anywhere, anytime. Advanced Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) features allow you to work in versatile settings, while still supporting mobile enhancements, such as wide-range and automatically triggered VPN and mobile broadband and tethering, and updated interface features, such as resizable snap view windows and improved mouse-and-keyboard accessible start screens. Access corporate resources and sync data from any device thanks to Workplace Join and Work Folders. Share your projects easily with NFC Tap-to-pair Printing, Wi-Fi Direct printing and Miracast Wireless Display functionality. Administrators can manage a company's devices with Windows Intune management service. Shadow active sessions in an RDSH server, support a VDI environment with more flexible storage options and enhanced RemoteApp behavior, and designate classes of devices with an OMA-DM API agent. Best of all, feel confident that your business data and programs are protected by the newest security features, including remote business data removal, device lockdown, malware resistance, device encryption and improved biometric identity authenticating features, such as optimized fingerprint based security. Windows 8.1 Pro is making it easier than ever to work from, and manage, mobile devices in order to support your increasingly remote and dynamic business environment. Tack on a modern user interface, and you've got Windows 8.1.
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Best Buy Customer Reviews

Worked well5 Posted by: from: on I had to downgrade a new computer and this software did the job.

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Cool5 Posted by: from: on Got this for my surface pro and works really well for my apps!

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Windows 8.1 Rocks5 Posted by: from: Atlanta on I love windows 8.1. This program rocks my world and yours too

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Windows 8.14 Posted by: from: on Windows 8.1 Pro is fine, really not much of a learning curve coming from 7, and will be supported longer than 7, I use it in medicine so won't go to 10 due to HIPAA concerns with 10.

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Flawless OS. Best MS OS yet5 Posted by: from: on I was hesitant in trying this OS, based on all the negative reputation I've heard, but since I am tech savvy, I really enjoy it.

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Easy to install has what I meed5 Posted by: from: on I needed a version of windows for my boot camped mac. This installed very easily and is providing the ability to play windows games as well as do c# development on my laptop.

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

If you must use Windows 8 then 8.1 Pro is best.3 Posted by: from: NM on Overall, I would prefer to stay on XP, then Win 7 Ultimate, but if for varied reasons you must bump up to Win 8, then 8.1 and Pro is best option. I do ALOT of remote desktop from my main rig, with Win 7 you must have Pro or Ultimate to host remote desktop, with win 8 you must have PRO. I install "Start IS Back" immediately upon install and then I use various web guides to close down the god awful metro ui as best as possible. I do hate metro, because if I wanted my 4.8 GHZ OC'd 64GB RAM machine to function as a smart phone I would just buy a darn smartphone with linux based OS on it lol I do have an identical rig still running Win 7 Ultimate, I can say from benchmarks on both, Win 8.1 is more efficient then Win 7 by a hair. I don't know if that warrants a victory though, because had I the choice I would never have left XP pro lol

11 out of 15 found this review helpful.

Win 8.1 offers an improved Win8 experience5 Posted by: from: San Jose, CA on The additions made to try and get Win8 closer to Win7, has improved Win8.1 to a large degree. Booting straight into the desktop, and adding the Windows button hasn't fixed all the issues with Win8..but Win8.1 is better for it now. Game devs are updating their titles to perform better on Win8.1, and I can attest my games are running quite a bit better for some of them (like BF4). The OS still needs a bit of work, but the future of Windows 8 is brighter after 8.1.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

As expected4 Posted by: from: St Louis, MO on Delivery was fast. Best Buy customer service was courteous and helpful. Product was as expected.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Excellent5 Posted by: from: Altoona, PA on A lot of people give Windows 8/8.1. a bad rap. By far, imho ,this is the best OS by Microsoft thus far. If you are not particularly fond of Metro, (Start Screen), install Classic Start and you will now have the look and feel of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, (whatever you choose in settings), with all the great features of Windows 8/8.1.

12 out of 12 found this review helpful.

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    Product Details

    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Release Date: 10/23/2013
    • Platform: Windows
    • Color Category: Blue
    • Color: Blue
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    Product Features

    Give your PC everything you love about Windows 8, but with improvements in functionality that affect Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios, mobility, security and a modern user interface

    Experience finer-grained control of corporate resources with improved Workplace Join settings that allow administrators to grant access to outside devices, while also enforcing specific governance parameters

    Automatically sync data between the corporate data center and personal devices thanks to improved Work Folders which now also support third-party devices through folder replication apps and Dynamic Access Control policies

    Get deeper policy management thanks to an enhanced Intune system that allows IT to manage 8.1 PCs as mobile devices, maintain classes of mobile devices using OMA-DM API agents, and do so remotely with apps such as Mobile Iron and Air Watch

    Publish access to corporate resources, enforce multifactor authentication and apply conditional access policies to verify a user and their device before granting access thanks to the new Web Application Proxy

    Experience session desktops and helpdesk style support, flexible storage plans, and active session control with enhanced RDSH servers that let users use a RemoteApp as a local app with faster reconnects, improved compression and multi-monitor support

    Attach an NFC tag to existing printers to enable Tap-to-pair printing or connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers to print wirelessly, or present your work wirelessly thanks to the Miracast-enabled display that utilizes Wi-Fi to project your presentations

    Enjoy enhanced visual features, such as resizable Snap View windows and an improved start screen to support mouse and keyboard users, and boot directly to the desktop with new configuration options

    Protect your business with improved control options that allow administrators to mark data as corporate, encrypted or wiped based on a user's relationship with the company and authenticate users with improved biometric identity features

    Support a wider range of VPN clients in both Windows and Windows RT devices, and allow an app to automatically trigger the VPN connection, and log into your desktop remotely to access your files from another computer

    Surf the web faster, more conveniently, and more safely than ever with improved Internet Explorer capabilities that include pinned site notifications, favorites, synchronization settings, and malware detection and resistance

    Experience increased power savings, longer battery life, thinner form factors, lower cost devices, and personal Wi-Fi hotspots with mobile broadband and tethering

    Bring the separate aspects of your life together on one PC with an operating system that gives you the power to play games, watch movies, polish your resume, prepare a presentation and more by organizing up to three apps on your screen in a single view

    Protect your hard drive and files with the advanced drive encryption of BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

    64-Bit version

    supports 1 CPU socket with up to 512GB of RAM

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