When considering a new Windows operating system it is most important to think about how you intend to use the computer. After deciding your computer's primary function, you will need to decide what kind of networking and administrations tools you need and the level of security you desire.
Below are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate Windows Operating Systems:
- Home Use – We assessed the operating system in terms of how well it supports general home use; for example, it should have basic Internet security and be easy to use.
- Office Use – OSs for office or business use need sophisticated Internet security, the capacity to network and ought to include administration tools.
- Multimedia/Entertainment Use – Some OSs are designed to entertain, these can play/record television and music without supplementary software.
- Security – All OSs should provide frequently updated security features such as firewalls, pop–up blockers, antivirus and antispyware software and more. OSs for business or network use require additional security and administrator tools.
- Networking – Business and home OSs can be used in a network. These systems should offer administration tools and security.
- Practical Use – The operating system should be practical for its intended use; for example, since the new Vista requires 1GB of RAM to run at its fullest potential it may not function well on some computers.
- Laptop Use – Laptop or mobile specific features are important. These features include battery saving functions and more.
- Ease of Use – All OSs should be straightforward; we looked at its search functions and more to rate the ease of use.
- Technical Help/Support – Since OSs perform numerous functions, above average support is needed. Generally, Microsoft offers more support choices to its business customers and mostly self–guided support for individuals.