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.
If you ...
|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 picks 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
|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
|Windows 7 Professional||Want all the features in Windows 7 Home Premium and ...|
|Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate with Windows XP Mode installed||Want to move to Windows 7 but are concerned your applications aren’t compatible|
|Windows 7 Ultimate||Want all the features in Windows 7 Professional and …|
|Need to manage multiple languages and operating systems|
|Would like to encrypt data on your PC and portable storage devices to help protect against loss|
|Have remote users who need seamless access to corporate networks without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN)|
|Want to decrease the time branch office users spend waiting to download files across the network|
|Prefer to centrally manage what software is allowed to run on users' PCs|