Excerpt: Needed a physical copy of the disk to reinstall Windows 8 OS onto SSD drives I was using to upgrade several computers that had Windows 8 Pro license, but no physical media. Also had a computer that was unlicensed. Was about to get them all going with this disk. Thanks!I've been using Windows 8.1 for a long time now. Windows 8 is not so good, but 8.1 is excelent. With Windows 8 PRO OEM allowing for free upgrade to Windows 8.1, you can't lose with this thing!
Pros: Actual Physical Copy, Easy To Install, Powerful, Useful Features
Summary: This is Microsoft's best effort yet. There's been a lot of "hate" directed at Win 8/8.1, which I believe is not warranted. I want my OS to be fast, stable, and productive. Win 8.1 is all that. I previously used 7 and Vista, and I find 8.1 so much better to use. Once I loaded Win 8 onto my 2008 desktop, I realized I no longer needed to replace it. A year later, it's still quite fast.
Pros: - Fast, - Stable, - Start Screen is very quick to launch apps., - Fast boot, - Runs better on old hardware, - Windows Explorer is much improved., - Better multi-monitor support., - Better with system resources., - 8.1 is even better.
Cons: - No shadows on most Windows (although Office has them), - "Metro" apps. No use for them., - Any other "Metro" settings controls. This can be bypassed by simply using the Control Panel., - 8.1 upgrade was hard to find.
One Experience, Multiple Devices, Learning curve issues
8 January 2014
Summary: App interface works well on a touch screen, or tablet device (I have an all in one, a touch screen laptop and a Dell Venue 8, it's great on all three) But TOUCHSCREEN is a requirement. Don't put this on a none-touch device and expect to be happy.
Pros: - Performance gains on newer hardware over 7., - Handles everything Windows 7 did and uses half the RAM to do it - Work great on older hardware, - Sync between devices is excellent, - Better learning curve for tablet users
Cons: -No Classic Start Menu. Not a deal breaker by any means, -Requires Touch Screen for best experience., -Some older programs don't work, -Multi-tasking between apps isn't as easy as multi-tasking windows, -Learning Curve for Established Windows Users