Excerpt: Spoke with Microsoft about the use of Bitlocker to secure (encrypt) my computer files. Running Windows 8.1, Microsoft confirmed that I needed to upgrade my operating system with Windows 8.1 Pro which contains the ability to use Bitlocker & the Windows Media Center.
Summary: I transferred 7.2 GB of files to a 2.0 USB FD and it took about 25 minutes under Win 7 Pro on this computer and a Dell 690 workstation al 3 times. Windows 8 Pro on this computer took 5 minutes.
Summary: people on the internet complain about windows 8.1, well, its not that bad, the backend of windows is greatly improved and everything runs smoother. i can access everything i need via rightclicking the 'start' icon, and search still sort-of works.