Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD
The 64-bit Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD from Microsoft brings the return of the Start button. While it is not quite the Start Menu from Windows 7, it still adds more functionality to the desktop.
Right-click on the Start button to open up a menu with several options,
such as Control Panel, Network Connections, Task Manager and more. For access to programs, a simple left-click on the Start button will bring you to the redesigned Start screen introduced in Windows 8.1. Here, you can resize tiles to your preference.
You also have more ways to see multiple apps at a time. When displaying multiple apps at once, you can resize the width of the app window to suit your needs. Depending on screen size and resolution, you can even share the screen with up to four apps at a time. Windows 8.1
also allows you to boot directly to the desktop screen instead of the
Start screen. This allows you to get right to work as soon as you boot your computer.
Cloud connectivity is another major feature found in Windows 8.1.
Simply set up a Microsoft account, and you can access and manage various aspects of your account from any Windows 8.1 device. Utilize the Mail
and Messaging apps to keep in touch with friends, family, and co-workers
by linking to other social networking accounts such as Facebook and
Twitter. You can also take advantage of Microsoft SkyDrive to upload
Along with cloud connectivity, Apps help make Windows 8.1 stand alone as an intuitive, customizable operating system. SkyDrive, Xbox, Video,
Music, Mail, Calendar, Photos, People, Messaging and Reader make up the apps that come standard with Windows 8.1. Each of these apps helps you to get the most out of your Windows experience.
With SkyDrive, you can access files virtually anywhere on a Windows
8.1 device. The Xbox, Video and Music apps enhance your multimedia experience helping to streamline your music, video, and games access across multiple devices including the Xbox 360. Mail, Calendar, People,
and Messaging apps keep you in touch with friends and family while keeping you on schedule. Place all of your photos in one place with the
Photo app, making it possible to see your photos on any Windows 8.1
device. The Reader app makes it possible to read a variety of different documents in PDF, XPS, and OXPS file formats. These are only some of the apps that Windows 8.1 provides.
If your computer is already running Windows 8, you can visit the Windows Store for a free update to Windows 8.1.
- The Return of the Start button after many requests from Windows users, the Start button makes its triumphant return in Windows 8.1. While it may not be exactly the same as its predecessor in Windows 7, the Start button has two core functions. A
left-click on the Start button will take you to the Windows 8.1 Start screen featuring live tiles. A right-click on the Start button brings up
an advanced menu where you can access the Device Manager, Control,
Network options and more boot Directly to the Desktop
8.1 gives you the choice of booting to the Windows 8.1 Start screen with live tiles or booting to the familiar desktop screen of Windows 7.
Users can also boot directly into an app or app view if they choose the New Start Screen
- The The new Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place, such as contacts, the weather, and the next appointment on your calendar. Windows 8.1 is truly yours: websites, playlists, photo albums,
contacts and your favorite apps are front and center.
The tiles on your Start screen are brimming with content, and they change and update in real-time so you can see what’s going on and stay on top of things. You can share and connect with other people in a
couple of clicks, and get real-time updates about things like news,
sports, and what your friends are up to. Check your schedule or get the latest weather forecast. Tiles are a quick way to see it all. Launch apps, switch between tasks and check notifications without digging for information.
Windows 8.1 also incorporates the PC desktop that you’re already
familiar with. In the desktop, you’ll see that the settings and features
you used in Windows 7 are still there
- Touch, Keyboard, and Mouse: Seamless Integration
browsing apps, reading a book, or typing on the go with touch, creating
a project that requires the more productive horsepower of a traditional
mouse and keyboard, or doing everything at once, Windows 8.1 makes it
easy. You use whatever works best.
On touch-enabled PCs, you can do the same things you could with a
mouse and keyboard with touch. You can switch between apps, organize your Start screen, and pan and zoom. With the touch keyboard, you can navigate, type, and interact on the go. Because you work in different ways depending on which app you’re using, Windows 8.1 makes it easy to use whichever method works best for you.
The touch keyboard has two modes designed to suit a variety of needs.
Take advantage of a full-sized keyboard with large buttons, or a handy thumb keyboard that splits the keys on either side of the screen, making it easy and more comfortable to use on the go. Typing feels natural
whether you’re sitting down or walking around.
On touch-enabled PCs, the keyboard layout automatically adjusts to
the language you choose for Windows, so your language settings apply to
the whole PC rather than just certain apps. Whether you want to type and
click, swipe and tap, or do a combination of both, you can navigate and
work easily and efficiently in the language of your choice with Windows
- Innovative Touch Features
- Swipe from the right edge for system commands
- Swipe in from the left to switch apps
- Swipe in and out on the left brings up previously used apps
- Swipe from the bottom or top edge for app commands
- Drag an app to close it
- Press and hold to learn
- Tap to perform an action
- Slide to drag
- Pinch or stretch to zoom
- Rotate to turn
Windows 8 is Cloud-Connected
- Your Windows Everywhere
in and your Windows 8.1 device becomes yours because your
personalization, desktop background, and settings are all there. Whether
you set it up once just the way you want it, or change it often, when
you sign in even a brand-new PC lights up with everything that makes
Windows yours. And anyone you share your Windows 8.1 PC with can have
their own personalized, cloud-connected access by signing in with their
own Microsoft account.
Start a project on one PC, and finish it on another. When you use the cloud to store your information, the boundaries between devices dissolve. Your apps, games, music, photos, files, and settings aren’t stored on one device because they’re in one place: the cloud. Sign in to any of your Windows 8.1 PCs and access all of your stuff from virtually anywhere
- Connected to Your people use the Mail and Messaging apps to communicate with all of your friends,
family, and co-workers. If you have contacts all over the place, in
Outlook.com, Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, or some other service,
you can choose to connect them. Once connected that contact is then available in your apps as soon as you sign in to your PC with your
Microsoft account. You can have a fully connected address book with the
People app connected to Your FilesSimply sign in to your Microsoft account from any Windows 8.1 device and you can pick up just where you left off. When your files are in the cloud
and you have an Internet connection, you can access photos and other
files on Microsoft SkyDrive just like you access other things on your
PC, and you can get to them from any web-connected device family Safety in the Cloud
Microsoft Family Safety, you can set up accounts for your children so you don’t have to worry as much about their online activity. Family
Safety will monitor your children’s activities and let you know what they’re doing. By connecting to your account, you’ll be able to get weekly email reports in your inbox. You can also set up web filtering,
time limits, and app restrictions