Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Platform: Windows
  • Manufacturer: Microsoft
  • Type: Retail Boxed, Full Edition
  • MPN: WN7-00580
  • Stock Code: 016010
  • More: Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Our Price: £81.10 ex VAT
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Product Description

Microsoft Windows 8.1 has everthing you already love and a lot more. With apps from the Windows  Store, and new ways to tap, swipe, and zoom around, Windows  8.1 gives you a world of touchscreen entertainment, and a better way to find what you need with Bing  Smart  Search. And SkyDrive - free online storage that's built into Windows  8.1 - means your files are always with you, from any of your PCs or devices. Get a new touchscreen PC and you can still work with a mouse, keyboard, and the Windows desktop the way you always have. Use virtually any printer. Programs that work on Windows  7 work on Windows  8.1. All the basics, from startup times to security, are better than ever.

Windows 8.1 - Best of Work and Play

Bring all the aspects of your life together - create, play, discover, connect, and work.

  • Get to it all from the new Start screen, even your familiar desktop
  • Discover popular and unique apps in the Windows Store
  • Personalise with more tile sizes, colours, & backgrounds
  • Do more with side by side views of apps and sites
  • Access photos & files virtually anywhere with SkyDrive built-in
  • Search, browse, and share more securely and quickly

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Features: Windows 8.1 in detail

The familiar made better

The desktop you're used to - with its familiar folders and icons - is still here. And not just still here, it's actually better than before, with a new task manager and streamlined file management. And you can always get to your desktop - and back to your Start screen again - with a tap or click.

    Programs

    Use them the way you always have. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs you count on work the way you're used to. Use a mouse and keyboard and organize your stuff in folders on the desktop.

    Security

    Windows Defender and Windows SmartScreen can help guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software in real time. Family Safety gives your kids some independence while still keeping tabs on them.

    Mouse and keyboard

    You can use a mouse and keyboard to work on your Windows desktop the way you always have. And things you do with touch, like using apps from the Windows  Store and getting around on your Start screen, can also be done with a mouse and keyboard.

Make it yours

    Start Screen

    Photos, news from friends, your favorite apps and sites - put what's most important to you on your Start screen. Choose your colors and move stuff around until it's just the way you like it.

    Tiles

    Your favorite apps, sites, and people: Make each one a tile you can resize, move around, and organize the way you want. Some tiles animate with the latest information so you see live updates at a glance. Get status updates, weather forecasts, and Tweets as soon as you sign in.

    Personal lock screen

    Your lock screen displays a slide show of your favorite photos. Plus, you can answer Skype calls, and take photos before you even unlock your PC.

    Picture Password

    Instead of typing a password, you can unlock your PC by drawing shapes on a picture with your finger or mouse. Three taps or clicks on your dog's nose? Tracing the smile of your toddler? The choice is yours.

Search once, go anywhere

Bing smart search gives you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. Results are in a clean, graphic view so you can quickly get to what you're looking for. (Certain features unavailable in some regions.)

See More, do More

Windows  8.1 lets you work the way you want, and flow smoothly from one thing to another. Pull up a Wikipedia article during a chat with a friend to settle a debate. Play a music video while polishing your resume. Depending on the size of your screen, you can see up to four apps at once.

YourWindows, everywhere

It goes where you go.

Use your Microsoft account to sign in to any of your devices running Windows  8.1, and you'll see the same layout, apps, and settings. Signing in with your Microsoft Account (which is simply an email address and password of your choice) also gives you access to a world of apps from the Windows Store, and lets you save, view, and edit your documents and photos online with SkyDrive.

SkyDrive

    Your files are always with you

    SkyDrive is free online storage that's built intoWindows  8.1. Save documents, photos, and other files toSkyDrive automatically, and get to them anytime, from any of your PCs or devices. And you can useSkyDrive to protect your files if something happens to your PC.

    You can also useSkyDrive to share and collaborate with others, and see your stuff on mobile and non-Windows devices.

Internet  Explorer  11

    Fast, fluid, built for touch

    Internet  Explorer  11 is built for touch - now with larger tabs, simpler controls, and fluid response to gestures.Internet  Explorer harnesses the power of hardware acceleration, so sites load faster and browsing’s smoother.

Skype

    Video, voice, and instant messaging

    The always-on app that makes staying in touch with all your contacts easier than ever. Keep in touch with video and voice calls and instant messaging, all from one app. Call any phone quickly and easily. All Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls are free, and your messages are delivered straight to you no matter what you're doing. Snap Skype left or right and do more while you IM, video call, or keep an eye on your home screen.

Windows Store

    Load up on apps

    Open the Windows  Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more - many of them free. Sort by price, rating, and category. Find old favorites and hot new apps.

Great apps come standard

    Mail

    Get email from your accounts - including Outlook and Yahoo! - all in one place.

    Music

    Explore, download, and listen to the latest music.

    Videos

    Browse and watch movies and shows. Watch on your PC or play to your TV.

    Photos

    Photo editing for touchscreens, the way it's supposed to be. Crop, fix, and apply filters quickly and easily.

    Games

    Discover the hottest new games, classic favorites, and exclusives for Windows. Track your progress and compare scores with friends.

    Camera

    Take photos and videos, browse through them, and share the best ones with your friends and family.

    People

    Stay connected and start conversations with contacts from your social networks and email accounts.

    Maps

    Quickly pinpoint, save, and explore the locations you care about. Get driving directions and see traffic conditions.

    Calendar

    Keep track of your schedule in month, week, or two-day view. Get appointment reminders so you’re always on time.

    Finance

    Comprehensive financial news and market data from the global sources you trust.

    Alarms

    Set up and customize multiple alarms for all the things you need to be reminded of. Turn them off when you want to focus.

    Calculator

    A reliable classic, still there for you, and now optimized for touch.

    Food + Drink

    From cafes to ice cream parlors, find nearby places to eat and drink. Get addresses, contact info, and maps.

    Sound Recorder

    Easily record a sound, and then trim, save, and replay it on your PC.

    Reading List

    Save stuff you're interested in to read later, or share it with friends.

Specifications / System Requirements

Version8.1
Language(s)English (International)
Distribution MediaDVD-ROM
Package TypeRetail Boxed Package
Licence PricingStandard
Licence TypeComplete Package
Licence Quantity1 User
Upgrades FromWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
System Requirements:
Min CPU1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
Min HDD16 GB (32-bit); 20 GB (64-bit)
Min RAM1 GB (32-bit); 2 GB (64-bit)
Min Screen Requirements1366 x 768 screen resolution, DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Peripheral DevicesDVD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard

Extra Details

System Requirements

If you want to run Windows  8.1 on your PC, here's what it takes:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX  9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch

    If you have touch input hardware that isn't specifically designed for Windows  8.1, but displays the "Designed for Windows" logo for Windows  7, you'll experience touch responsiveness at least as good as it was on Windows  7. Because touch features of Windows  8.1 require a higher degree of responsiveness and precision, touch PCs that were designed for Windows  8.1 provide a much better experience typing on the touch keyboard and using certain features than those that were designed for Windows  7. For example, touchscreens that support fewer than five simultaneous touch points don't work with certain features and apps that are part of Windows  8.1.

  • To access the Windows Store and to download, run, and snap apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768

  • Microsoft account required for some features

  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)

  • Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database

  • Some games and programs might require a graphics card compatible with DirectX 10 or higher for optimal performance

  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software

    Windows  8.1  Pro don't come with DVD movie playback capability. If you're running Windows  8.1, you can search for a DVD player app in the Windows Store. If you have Windows  8.1  Pro, you can also buy the Windows  8.1 Media Center Pack that includes DVD playback.

  • Windows Media Center license sold separately

  • Miracast requires a display adapter which supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.3, and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct

  • Wi-Fi Direct Printing requires a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct and a device that supports Wi-Fi Direct Printing

  • To install a 64-bit OS on a 64-bit PC, your processor needs to support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF

  • InstantGo works only with computers designed for Connected Standby

NOTE

Product information is advisory only. Specifications and compatibility should be checked with the manufacturer before order. Images are for illustrative purposes only.