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.

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*

 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 enables 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®
  • 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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