Help me choose: Operating Systems
— Every PC must have an operating system to run other programs.
— Operating systems perform basic tasks such as recognizing input from the keyboard, sending output to the monitor, keeping track of files and directories on the hard disk, and controlling devices such as optical drives and printers.
— Operating systems also manage how your computer accesses available networks
In addition to the core features of Windows 7, Windows 8 offers exciting new features such as the Windows Store and touch support.
|Choose ...||If you ...||Features*|
|Windows 8||Plan to use a touch-enabled device|
|Want to take advantage of the wide range of new Windows apps designed for Windows 8|
|Want real time updates to the information you care about|
|Want assurance that you always have the latest version of your Windows app|
|Want secure bootup|
|Want to use cloud services to the fullest||Windows Store — purchased apps are available on multiple devices. |
Windows Store — pick up where you left off in a game or app from anywhere you can access your app (wireless connectivity is required to access the Store)
SkyDrive — Windows 8 Apps are more easily integrated with SkyDrive (internet connection required)
Windows 8 Pro
Want all the features in Windows 8 and:
|Plan to take your personal device (PC, tablet) into a domain-joined environment|
|Have a volume license agreement with Microsoft|
|Want to encrypt your entire hard drive to help protect you against loss and theft|
|Work in a managed environment|
|Want to back up to network locations, DVD or another drive|
What is Windows 7?
The Microsoft Windows 7 OS is designed to be reliable and responsive, making it easy for you to do the things you want to do.
Which edition is right for you?
Each edition of Windows 7 includes refinements — both large and small — to help simplify your PC experience.
With the different editions of Windows 7, you can move up and do more with your Dell PC. Here’s how to choose the one that’s right for you.
Note: The system you are configuring may or may not include all of the options listed here.
|If you want to ...||Choose ...|
|Use your PC for web surfing||Windows 7 Home Basic|
|Use your PC primarily for entertainment, in addition to web surfing, |
gaming and productivity (enjoy and share your favorite TV shows, photos,
videos and music).
|Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Use your PC both at home and at work (enjoy all the multimedia and |
entertainment features of Windows 7 Home Premium, plus business
relevant features, such as Location Aware Printing and Windows Mobility
Center Presentation Mode).
|Windows 7 Professional|
|Have it all — the multimedia benefits of Windows 7 Home Premium,|
plus the business features of Windows 7 Professional (get added
security features and the flexibility to work in multiple languages).
|Windows 7 Ultimate|
|Compare side by side||Home Basic||Home Premium||Professional||Ultimate|
|Makes the things you do every day easier with |
improved desktop navigation
|Provides faster and easier-to-launch applications and finds|
the documents you use most often
|Makes your web experience faster, easier and |
safer than ever with Internet Explorer 9
|Features Aero™, Thumbnails Live, advanced window |
management and personalization
|Makes it easy to create a home network and connect |
your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
|Enables you to watch many of your favorite TV shows for|
free whenever and wherever you want with internet TV
|Runs many Windows XP programs seamlessly|
in Windows 7
|Connects to company networks easily and more |
securely with Domain Join
|Recovers your data easily with automatic backups|
to your home and business networks
|Helps protect data on both your PC and portable|
storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker®
|Enables you to work in the language of your choice or switch between any of 35 languages|