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Help Me Choose

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 8 Plan 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 bootup
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (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® (Trusted Platform Module (TPM) required)
Work in a managed environment
  • Domain Join
  • Remote Desktop
  • Group Policy
  • Offline Files
Want to back up to network locations, DVD or another drive
  • Advanced Backup

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.

  • Simplify everyday tasks — With less clicking, fast searching, easy browsing and simple ways to connect, there’s less between you and what you want to do.
  • Work the way you want — Windows 7 is designed to improve the performance of your PC, so it’s fast, secure and reliable.
  • Make new things possible — With Windows 7, you’ll discover easy and exciting new ways to have fun and get things done with your PC.

Which edition is right for you?
Each edition of Windows 7 includes refinements — both large and small — to help simplify your PC experience.

  • Windows 7 Home Basic — Combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity and compatibility of Windows.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium — Get an incredible entertainment experience on your PC. Windows 7 Home Premium can make it easy to enjoy and share your favorite TV shows, photos, videos and music.
  • Windows 7 Professional — Get everything you need for work and home. Windows 7 Professional offers the features you need for business along with the great media and entertainment features of Home Premium.
  • Windows 7 Ultimate — Designed for people who want it all. Windows 7 Ultimate delivers all the entertainment features of Home Premium and the business features of Professional — with added security and the flexibility to work in multiple languages.

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 surfingWindows 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 sideHome BasicHome PremiumProfessional Ultimate
Makes the things you do every day easier with
improved desktop navigation
YesYesYesYes
Provides faster and easier-to-launch applications and finds
the documents you use most often
YesYesYesYes
Makes your web experience faster, easier and
safer than ever with Internet Explorer 9
YesYesYesYes
Features Aero™, Thumbnails Live, advanced window
management and personalization
NoYesYesYes
Makes it easy to create a home network and connect
your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
NoYesYesYes
Enables you to watch many of your favorite TV shows for
free whenever and wherever you want with internet TV
NoYesYesYes
Runs many Windows XP programs seamlessly
in Windows 7
NoNoYesYes
Connects to company networks easily and more
securely with Domain Join
NoNoYesYes
Recovers your data easily with automatic backups
to your home and business networks
NoNoYesYes
Helps protect data on both your PC and portable
storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker®
NoNoNoYes
Enables you to work in the language of your choice or switch between any of 35 languagesNoNoNoYes