Help Me Choose: Operating Systems

The operating system is one of the most important programs on your computer.

- 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 8Plan to use a touch-enabled device
  • Windows UI designed for touch input
Want to take advantage of the wide range of new Windows apps designed for Windows 8
  • Windows Store (wireless connectivity is required to access the Store).
Want real time updates to the information you care about
  • Live Tiles
Want assurance that you always have the latest version of your Windows app
  • Windows Store always has the latest software available (wireless connectivity is required to access the Store).
Want secure boot up 
  • UEFI BIOS that intercepts and notifies you of threats early in the boot process
Want to use cloud services to the fullestWindows 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
  • Domain Join
Have a volume license agreement with Microsoft
  • Volume Licensing option
Want to encrypt your entire hard drive to help protect you against loss and theft
  • Bitlocker® (TPM required)
Work in a managed environment
  • Domain Join
  • Remote Desktop
  • Group Policy
  • Offline Files
Want to backup to network locations, DVD or another drive
  • Advanced Backup
Choose ...If you ...Features*
Windows 7 Home Premium Plan to create a home network, enjoy multimedia entertainment on your PC or personalizing it with photos and wallpapers
  • Create ad hoc wireless networks
  • Watch, pause, rewind and record TV on your PC
Windows 7 ProfessionalWant all the features in Windows 7 Home Premium and are:
  • A small or medium organization looking to work from anywhere
  • Location-aware printing
  • Mobility center with presentation settings
  • Remote desktop host
  • Concerned about safeguarding your organization
  • File system encryption
  • Advanced backup
Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate with XP Mode installedWant to move to Windows 7 but are concerned that your applications aren’t compatible
  • Windows 7 with XP Mode installed — Windows XP Mode is a new benefit of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate with additional application compatibility. It allows you to install and run many of your productivity applications for Windows XP directly from your Windows 7-based PC. This option includes all the features and functions of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, with the added benefit of XP Mode.
Windows 7 UltimateWant all the features in Windows 7 Professional and:
  • Need to manage multiple languages and operating systems
  • Multilingual user interface (MUI) pack
  • Subsystem for UNIX®
  • Would like to encrypt data on your PC and portable storage devices to help protect against loss
  • BitLocker® and BitLocker to Go®(TPM required)
  • Have remote users who need seamless access to corporate networks without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN)
  • DirectAccess®*
  • Want to decrease the time branch office users spend waiting to download files across the network
  • BranchCache®*
  • Prefer to centrally manage what software is allowed to run on users' PCs
  • AppLocker®*

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Your choice of an operating system (OS) is one of the most important decisions you'll make when purchasing a new computer. The OS is the software program that runs all the other applications on your computer. The OS also enables communication between your computer and peripherals such as printers, webcams and external drives.

    • Ubuntu is modern, stylish and easy to use. Its user-friendly design makes learning new applications a

    • Ubuntu can have a very low total cost of ownership over the life of your computer. There are no licensing
fees for Ubuntu, or for the thousands of free applications available through the Ubuntu Software Center.
An office productivity suite, LibreOffice, also comes bundled with Ubuntu.

    • Ubuntu is safe and secure. With a trusted application software repository, data encryption and built-in
protection from malware and viruses, you can be well protected.

    • If you are corporate customer, Dell offers ProSupport™ for Ubuntu to help with any OS questions or issues
you may have.

Which should you choose?

You might prefer Ubuntu if:

    • The applications you use are mostly web-based, e.g., using a browser. Web-based applications run very
well with Ubuntu.

    • You are not already dependent upon applications based on other operating systems.