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 8.1 offers exciting new features such as the Windows Store and touch support.
|Choose ...||If you ...||Features*|
|Windows 8.1||Plan to use a touch-enabled device|
|Want to take advantage of the wide range of new Windows apps designed for Windows 8.1|
|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)
OneDrive — Windows Apps are more easily integrated with OneDrive (internet connection required)
|New Windows 8.1 Features||Want more personalization options||Set the lock screen to your favorite photo, or turn the lock screen display into a slide show of your pictures. Pin tiles to your Start screen for the people, sites, and apps that matter to you, and arrange them the way you want.|
|Would like Improved Apps||Apps that you love have been redesigned with better features :|
|Like to Skype||Nothing beats Skype when you want to catch up with your best friend, see your kids when you’re on the road, or reconnect with far-away family.|
What is Windows 7?
The Windows 7 OS is designed to be reliable and responsive, making it easy for you to do the things you want to do.
Which edition is right for you?
Each edition of Windows 7 includes refinements — both large and small — to help simplify your PC experience.
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 surfing.||Windows 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.)
— Need Windows 7 Professional today but may want to use Windows 8.1 Pro in the future
— Want to enable your Downgrade Rights* as defined in the Windows 8.1 EULA**. What is it: This offering*** is a License of Windows 8.1 Pro, with the installation of Windows® 7 Professional. This does not have a license of Windows® 7 Professional.
|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.)
** 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 8.1 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: 8.1 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 8.1 Pro [update] Product or Windows 8.1 Pro will install; however, the following Windows 8.1 Pro [update] Product, Windows 8.1 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
|Android is a leading mobile operating system developed by Google primarily for touch screen mobile devices like phones and tablets. Android devices are thin, light, highly mobile with outstanding battery life. Android has large selection of applications available through the Google Play Store.|
What are the benefits?
Which should you choose?
You might prefer Ubuntu if:
You are comfortable with open-source software.
You want to customize your operating system.
You want to save money by using one of the most popular alternative operating systems in the market and be free from licensing fees.
Features & Design
Ubuntu can have a low total cost of ownership over the life of your computer and there are thousands of free applications available through the Ubuntu Software Center.
An office productivity suite, LibreOffice, also comes bundled with Ubuntu and is compatible with Microsoft Office Suite.
Ubuntu is safe and secure. With a trusted application software repository, data encryption and built-in protection from malware and viruses, you can be protected.
Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Release) brings 5 years of free security and maintenance updates.