+ 0 Votes If going to Win 7, get the Enterprise version Deadly Ernest 2 years ago I've had to help several people with their Win 7 system and have found the Win 7 Enterprise version as the easiest to use and the most useful with regards to capabilities. + 0 Votes What is this Enterprise you speak of? fluxtatic 2 years ago (and why am I getting a 404 trying to reply to Deadly Ernest?) Win 7 has Home Basic, Professional, and Ultimate. The major (maybe only) difference between Pro and Ultimate is BitLocker encryption baked in. Of course, that may matter. Then again, I got Ultimate, and have never used BitLocker (my laziness overpowers my paranoia.) I've got Pro at work, and it's fine. Home Basic is a little too stripped-down for me. On that note, though, you'll likely need a PC from a business line to get Pro or Ultimate. Not a bad idea anyway, if you're going with one of the major OEMs - their home machines are crap, quite frankly. Another option is to order the machine without Windows - whether it be FreeDOS (as Dell does now), Linux (not likely), or nothing. Then buy a retail (or cheaper system builder/OEM) license. Major bonus there is, no wasting an hour uninstalling all the crapware the machine will be loaded down with if you get Windows pre-installed. A clean install of Win7 on fresh hardware is a beautiful thing. As to the upgrade - tread lightly. I took 8 for a test drive (granted, it was the Developers' Preview) and hated it. I like my task bar, I like my start button, I don't mind chrome on my browser, and I don't need the Ribbon on Explorer. However, it has been announced that there will apparently only be two versions of Win8 - Home and Pro. The upgrade from 8 Home to 8 Pro (needed if you want Media Center) will be $15 - a damn sight better than they've handled upgrades in the past, imo. But, I highly recommend getting a Win7 machine - I resisted for over a year, as I'd spent a lot of time tweaking XP to be just the way I liked it. A year later, I hate working on XP machines. 7 is, to me, by far the best OS MS has ever released. They seem to alternate by version - 98 good, ME terrible, XP good, Vista terrible, 7 best ever...see where this is going? + 1 Votes What Do You Want to Do? miketarlton 2 years ago One point missed in the prior comments is that Windows 8 offers a unified OS. You will be able to use it on your desktop, laptop, netbook, and even tablet. The Windows 8 Metro interface is patterned after the Windows Phone 7 OS. If you use multiple platforms, it's very helpful, and reduces the learning curve, if they all have the same look and feel. Win8 does NOT have to be used with a touch screen. The Metro interface is optimized for that, but you also have the classic desktop that works just fine with a keyboard and mouse. + 0 Votes Here are some up-to-date facts... zazimi 2 years ago Windows 8 has it's benefits, but it is aimed mostly towards the consumer industry, especially touch screen PCs. It has its advantages for a business though, such as cross platform standardization. Windows 8 RT tablets, Windows 8 laptops/desktops, and eventually Windows Phone 8. All able to run many of the same applications, minus desktop applications, in which case a few tablets will be capapble of running. Look at whether you'd be interested in going with a Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 tablet. If not, then for a business, I'd generally suggest going with WIndows 7. Now to address x86(32bit) or x64(64bit) since it seems to be a popular subject. In choosing 64bit Windows, the 64bit refers to the operations of the OS ONLY. As everyone is always quick to claim, this version will allow for a nearly infinite amount of RAM, but many often forget WHY. Twice the bit-bandwidth per clock cycle of the processor, which not only allows for more RAM, but ALSO speeds up the operation of actual Windows, the OS, and is suposed to increase stability (more often than not, isn't the case). How this, in reality, affects your other applications is this. You must make sure your applications are *compatible with Windows 7 64-bit* not whether the application itself is developed in 64-bit. Two different things. Also, if you are using a Domain setup (unlikely, but possible) make sure to get Ultimate. As for Win 7 vs Win XP, for us hardware fanatics, it's an *absolute no brainer.* Windows xp is over a decade old, and it shows. XP is designed to operate, at best, with a single-core processor w/ hyperthreading, heck, it didn't even originally allow for hard drives over 137GB. Don't get me wrong, until recently, XP was the wisest option for a business user, but too many people brag on XP without knowing it's competitors... which is just pure ignorance at it's best. A LOT has happened in the last 11 years, including multicore hyper threaded processors, going from 100+ nanometer(nm) processors to 22nm, hard drives breaching 3TB, complete redesigns of Intel motherboards, hexachannel RAM at frequencies TEN times that of when XP debuted. If you are planning on buying a machine with any hardware developed in the past 5 years, I'd suggest WIndows 7. Desktops and laptops these days are coming with dual/quad/hexa cores... XP will utilize 1 core, 1 hyperthreaded core, Windows 7, all the above. Plus, the design looks less like a thorn in your eye I'm going to be honest up front, I don't have as much knowledge with Win8. With my current job, I don't have as much time to research and beta test, but this all is my opinion. + 1 Votes Hey. benitohenri 2 years ago I think you should make the switch because windows 8 is the newest operating system, which entails that it is faster more efficient, your current problems would not be the same. + 0 Votes From a business point of view.... dandaman2234 2 years ago Windows 7 has now been available to the public since 2009, service pack 1 was released a while back and numerous other updates have also been made available. Its safe to say the OS is fairly rock solid (although not as solid as XP). I wouldn't go straight to Windows 8 as your bound to come into some problems as its fairly fresh on the market - go with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit Edition - Adobe CS will be compatible and stable whether you have the 32 or 64 bit version - Windows 7 is the safer bet.