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.
If you ...
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 boot up
Want to use cloud services to the fullest
Windows Store — purchased apps are available on multiple devices.
Windows Store 1 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
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 backup to network locations, DVD or another drive
If you ...
|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 XP Mode installed|
Want to move to Windows 7 but concerned that your applications aren’t compatible
Windows 7 Ultimate
Want all the features in Windows 7 Professional, and:
* Downgrade Rights enable a customer who purchases a Windows® 8 Pro license to utilize a different operating system in the place of the licensed OS. Specifically at Dell, we are enabling Windows 7 Professional in the place of Windows® 8 Pro. The PC licensed for Windows® 8 Pro may only have 1 Operating System installed at a time, so the customer may utilize a Windows® 8 Pro Operating System or Windows® 7 Professional. With this offering we are installing Windows® 7 Professional in place of Windows 8, but providing the license to Windows 8 Pro in the BIOS so that when the customer chooses to upgrade to Windows® 8, the customer will have a licensed and activated Operating System installed on the PC.
** The EULA is the End User License Agreement. This is an agreement between the PC Owner and Microsoft that enables the PC Owner’s right to use either Windows® 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro. For reference this document can be accessed from the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/IntellectualProperty/UseTerms/Default.aspx (Instructions: Choose Pre-Installed on your computer from the computer manufacturer, Product Name: Windows, Version: 8 Pro, Language: your choice)
*** To enable downgrade to Windows® 7 on this system the BIOS settings on this system were changed to boot into legacy BIOS mode. If the BIOS setting is not changed to native UEFI mode boot prior to installing, Windows 8 Pro [update] Product or Windows® 8 Pro will install; however, the following Windows® 8 Pro [update] Product, Windows 8 Pro functionalities will not work as they rely on a native UEFI mode boot:
• Secure Boot
• Seamless Boot experience
• Network unlock for Bitlocker for systems with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
• eDrive support