Help Me Choose: Operating System

The operating system (OS) is the most important software on your PC because your PC must have an OS to run other programs. The OS allows you to give your computer commands through the graphical interface, like where to save your personal files, without you speaking the computer’s language. It recognizes input from the keyboard, sends output to the monitor, organizes files and directories on the hard disk, and controls devices like webcams and printers. In addition, it manages how your computer accesses available networks.
Features HomePro 
Microsoft Edge

All-new browser that makes the web work the way you do. 
Multiple Desktops and Snap*

Create multiple desktops and snap up to four apps on one screen.

Enjoy free online storage for your photos and files.
Join a Domain or Azure Active Directory

Easily connect to your business or school network.

Help protect your data with enhanced encryption and security management.
Remote Desktop

Sign in and use your Pro PC while at home or on the road.

Create and run virtual machines.
Business Store and Private Catalog

Access your company’s apps through your own section in the Windows Store.


 Choose Windows 10 if you want to: …Features
Do things confidently.
  • It’s the familiar feel of Windows - only better

It all begins at start. The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it

Fast and responsive. Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly
Do things naturally.
  • Windows 10 is designed to fit who you are and how you do things

Your own digital assistant. Cortana is the personal assistant who learns over time to become more useful to you

Touch, type, pen. Choose what works best for what you’re doing

Start and Live Tiles. Reach your favorite things fast with customizable Start screen and Live Tiles
Do things simply.
  • Lots of great features for keeping things easy and simple across your devices

More ways to play. Stream and play your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC in your home

Great built-in apps. Windows 10 comes with apps – Photos, Maps, Music Video and more – that work across your devices

Free cloud storage. 15GB of free OneDrive storage: easy, anywhere access to your files and photos
Do things easily.
  • Windows 10 gives you great ways to start fast and stay focused

A web you can write on. Write directly on web pages and easily share the mark-ups with friends

Get organized. Snap up to four apps on the screen and create new desktops for more space
• 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 10 Pro Product will install; however, the following Windows 10 Pro Product 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
Ubuntu is an open-source operating system built for linux enthusiasts. Dell offers the Ubuntu OS on select products as an alternative to Windows or Chrome.

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.