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All Operating Systems include Windows XP Service Pack 2

The Operating System is one of the most important programs that runs 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 disk drives and printers.

Your overall computing experience can be greatly enhanced by choosing the right operating system for your needs. Dell's recommendations are below.

RecommendationsDetailsWhy Windows XP Pro

Windows® XP Professional is designed for productivity at home, school, or the office with excellent networking and remote access tools. While there are hundreds of compelling reasons to get Windows XP Professional, these are the 10 at the top of the list.

Top 10 Reasons for Moving to Windows XP Professional
1. Helps Protect Your PC
 
Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with Microsoft's latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall, and more to help protect your computer from viruses and worms that can spread through the Internet.
2. Quickly Connect to Wireless Networks
 
Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
3. Keep Your Notebook More Secure
 
The Encrypting File System, only in Windows XP Professional, provides a high level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key. If your notebook gets stolen or lost, unauthorized users should not be able to read or view your confidential files.
4. Get More Life Out of Your Notebook Battery
 
Save battery power when you're working on the road, at the library, or coffee shop. Windows XP Professional extends battery life by managing the way your notebook uses power. Now you can work longer on battery power and more accurately forecast how long your batteries will last.
5. Set Up and Share Your Computer Quickly and Easily
 
Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home or office with the all new Network Setup Wizard. Sharing a Windows-based computer with others has never been easier; quickly access your personal files and accounts without having to close applications or restart the computer.
6. Easy To Use
 
The clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.
7. Work From Anywhere
 
The Remote Desktop feature found only in Windows XP Professional allows you to remotely access your PC running Windows XP Professional, from another Windows-based PC, so you can work with all of your files and applications while away from your office or home PC.*
8. Recover Easily From Problems Caused by System or Application Changes
 
If something goes wrong with your computer, you can easily remove and roll back any system or application changes without losing files and other valuable information.
9. Join a Network or Domain
 
Windows XP Professional is designed to work with Windows Server networks and includes capabilities for both small office networks with up to 10 PCs and Windows Server based networks.
10. Work With the Tools You Need to Get Things Done
 
Choose from a huge range of software, hardware, and services designed to work together seamlessly including support for many older applications designed for earlier versions of Windows.
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