Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Windows 8.1 Available on ORIGIN PC Desktops and Laptops

ORIGIN PC is now offering Microsoft's latest and highly-anticipated update, Windows 8.1, to their full line of award-winning desktops and laptops for gamers, artists, professionals and enthusiasts. Windows 8.1 delivers the most complete set of experiences and the widest range of in-box apps and services than ever before. The new Windows 8.1 update now includes exciting new features like the iconic Windows START button that allows for one-click access to the innovative start screen, gives users the option to boot directly to their desktop or start screen, provides a global search within the PC and web and so much more!

All ORIGIN PC system orders with Windows 8.1 pre-installed will begin shipping on or after the official launch day of October 17, 2013. All existing ORIGIN PC customers with Windows 8 can choose to update to Windows 8.1 for free on its official launch day through the windows app store! ORIGIN PC also still provides its customers with the option of Windows 7 if desired.

Windows 8.1 New Features:
  • Modern UI Experience- Multitask with up to four apps or sites open side-by-side at the same time.
  • Boot To Desktop - Allows users to choose to boot directly to their desktop or start screen of your choice
  • New Start Button - The iconic Start button is now located on the taskbar allowing one-click access to the Start Screen and provides additional options
  • Enhanced Search- New Bing-powered search returns results from across your devices, apps and the cloud.
  • New Windows Store - Find your favorite apps and discover new experiences in the redesigned Windows Store.
  • New Backgrounds - Choose from new backgrounds, colors and live tiles for an experience that's uniquely yours.
  • Cloud Ready - Access all your files, photos and settings, from anywhere, with SkyDrive cloud-based storage and sync.
  • Free Update For Current Windows 8 Users - Existing Windows 8 users can update to Windows 8.1 by downloading directly through the Windows App Store for free.
  • Free Lifetime 24/7 Support - Every ORIGIN PC comes with industry leading Lifetime 24/7 Support based in the United States ready to help answer any Windows 8.1 related questions.
"One of my favorite things about Windows 8.1 is now having the ability to choose where you want to boot directly to, your desktop or directly to the start screen menu." said Kevin Wasielewski ORIGIN PC CEO and co-founder. "With Windows 8.1, it's an evolutionary step in the right direction and we're extremely excited to immediately begin offering it to all ORIGIN PC customers to have it ready to ship by launch day."
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12 Comments on Windows 8.1 Available on ORIGIN PC Desktops and Laptops

#1
sunweb
Modern UI Experience- Multitask with up to four apps or sites open side-by-side at the same time.
Multitask my a**. Tiles are useful in some cases and exist on true OSes hand to hand with other types of interface just fine. But W8 pushes only one option at a time. And no, slapping 2-4 windows together doesn't mean it'll work for all use cases(for majority it won't). Metro UI IS crap, the sooner MS realises it the better for them, and then they'll make full circle lol.
New Start Button
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#2
Hood
Excellent illustration of the M$ mindset - all the "improvements" in Windows 8.1 are really designed to send you to the Start Screen/Windows Store more often, and make it harder to use 3rd party software. The guy in this link nailed it - http://www.tweakguides.com/Windows81_1.html
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#3
Solidstate89
by: Hood
Excellent illustration of the M$ mindset - all the "improvements" in Windows 8.1 are really designed to send you to the Start Screen/Windows Store more often, and make it harder to use 3rd party software. The guy in this link nailed it - http://www.tweakguides.com/Windows81_1.html
That's a load of BS. 8.1 allows you to boot into the desktop, it adds the shut-down menu to right right-click menu you can do in the bottom left corner AND they now allow you to do a unified search through the Charms bar without even having to go to the Start Screen. Those allow you to ignore the Start Screen even more readily than you could in Windows 8.
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#4
phanbuey
Nice machines ruined by windows 8.1...
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#5
AphexDreamer
by: sunweb
Multitask my a**. Tiles are useful in some cases and exist on true OSes hand to hand with other types of interface just fine. But W8 pushes only one option at a time. And no, slapping 2-4 windows together doesn't mean it'll work for all use cases(for majority it won't). Metro UI IS crap, the sooner MS realises it the better for them, and then they'll make full circle lol.

http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-RrTj8nL/0/950x10000/i-RrTj8nL-950x10000.jpg
More like this is how easy it is to piss people off.

They took the smaller Start menu, made it big, put everything you use on it and people hate it, because its bigger than the older start menu, but has the same stuff on it, but its big so people hate it, but it does the same thing...
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#6
theoneandonlymrk
talk about wangling some free pr nonesense well done origin, most win8 owners are getting it on day 1 too

for the record im getting on fine with win8, yeah loads of hate for metro but and what, i scarcely see it and everything else is better on average i mean the start menu things a no comment issue now but even that aint much issue.
first time i tried 8 i didnt like it and used classic start anyway, this time ive not bothered putting classic on yet im doing ok anyway ,but id still say some stuffs plain stupid ,i still have not figured out how to get a magnifying glass on the desktop.
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#7
sweet
Wait, only AMD's cards fully support Win 8.1, right?
But OriginPC just dumped AMD, what is their logic :laugh:
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#8
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: phanbuey
Nice machines enhanced by windows 8.1...
Fixed
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#9
Arjai
http://www.tweakguides.com/Windows81_1.html

This is exactly how I feel.

I have had to get used to 8 and was holding on in the hopes that Microsoft would be listening to us, the few that have bought computers already loaded with 8. To those that willingly bought and installed this version, and like it, well, you are truly the few.

8.1 is nothing I want. I am not anything close to a 'Luddite,' in case any of you feel that need to name call. Spend a minute and read this post from an avid Microsoft user. All of it.

The pro's do not outweigh the con's, in my opinion.

Sad, really. I held on to 98 until it would no longer open websites I visited. Went to XP and was silly happy with it. Then, due to my older, 60-ish, brother's purchase of a WIN 7 computer, I switched to 7, so I could look at the same thing he had, across the country. I quickly fell in love. Win 7 was a dream come true, tweaked it easily to what I wanted. Then, because of job issues, that comp, and a couple others sporting Ubuntu and Mint, ended up in storage and I needed a portable laptop to stay in touch and do some school work.

I ended up with a nice Ultrabook but, with 8. Like I said, I stuck with it in the hopes that Microsoft would change 8 with 8.1 and do it with non-touchscreen-ers in mind. They only had themselves in mind. I will stick with this version of 8 until I can change over to Linux. I have to do some more research and find the Distro I want for this.

Soon it will be goodbye to windows. Good Riddance.
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#10
AphexDreamer
by: Arjai
http://www.tweakguides.com/Windows81_1.html

This is exactly how I feel.

I have had to get used to 8 and was holding on in the hopes that Microsoft would be listening to us, the few that have bought computers already loaded with 8. To those that willingly bought and installed this version, and like it, well, you are truly the few.

8.1 is nothing I want. I am not anything close to a 'Luddite,' in case any of you feel that need to name call. Spend a minute and read this post from an avid Microsoft user. All of it.

The pro's do not outweigh the con's, in my opinion.

Sad, really. I held on to 98 until it would no longer open websites I visited. Went to XP and was silly happy with it. Then, due to my older, 60-ish, brother's purchase of a WIN 7 computer, I switched to 7, so I could look at the same thing he had, across the country. I quickly fell in love. Win 7 was a dream come true, tweaked it easily to what I wanted. Then, because of job issues, that comp, and a couple others sporting Ubuntu and Mint, ended up in storage and I needed a portable laptop to stay in touch and do some school work.

I ended up with a nice Ultrabook but, with 8. Like I said, I stuck with it in the hopes that Microsoft would change 8 with 8.1 and do it with non-touchscreen-ers in mind. They only had themselves in mind. I will stick with this version of 8 until I can change over to Linux. I have to do some more research and find the Distro I want for this.

Soon it will be goodbye to windows. Good Riddance.
I have mad respect for the guy behind tweakguides, been personally using his site since 2007 (same time I got on this forum).

But I have some bones to pick with his Win 8 review. Such as for every metro app he uses, there is a regular classic window for it. Not to mention his first paint example, one can just right click any picture and hit edit. He is clearly doing it from the metro perspective but its obvious that was added to aid touchscreen users, that doesn't mean they kill PC users functionality, you can do one or the other.

As for the Microsoft shoving its own brand down users throats via live accounts, Bing search and SkyDrive yea it sucks. But can you really call it deception? When you are buying a Microsoft product what do you expect? iTunes to be preinstalled? Default Google Search? Hopefully they let us change the search options or it becomes modifiable but nothing is keeping me from doing my google searches how I've always been doing them, in chrome.

I wouldn't say Windows 8 is necessary for the future, I'll never defend it in that sense. We are far from having mindless Windows using zombies. He even says "maybe I'm overreacting" which yea... he is. Cool read, I plan on checking out his Win 8 tweak guide when its out.
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#11
NinkobEi
Just when I became accustomed to not having a start button. It's not even that big of a deal any more.
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#12
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: NinkobEi
Just when I became accustomed to not having a start button. It's not even that big of a deal any more.
Its really not, if I need to get to the start screen, I just hit the Windows KEY on my keyboard.
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