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 ...
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 — 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: