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.

Microsoft

- Windows 8 64-bit
- Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit; Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
- Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit; Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit.

Linux
- Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® WS v.6.4 EM64T (Also certified to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5.8 64-Bit)
- Ubuntu 12.04 Linux (China only)
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 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
The Windows 7 OS is designed to be reliable and responsive, making it easy for you to do the things you want to do.

Choose...If you...Features*
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
  • Are concerned about safeguarding your organization
  • File system encryption
  • Advanced backup
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
  • Branch Cache®*
  • Prefer to centrally manage what software is allowed to run on users’ PCs
  • AppLocker®*