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.

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

Windows® 8 is the new operating system coming from Microsoft®. Beginning June 2, 2012, customers that purchase a qualified Dell™ PC with Windows 7 can purchase an upgrade to Windows® 8 Pro when it is available

To learn more about the upgrade, eligibility or to get started, visit:

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 boot up
  • 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 backup to network locations, DVD or another drive
  • Advanced Backup