For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions — Which Windows?
When deciding which laptop to buy, the laptop’s operating system (such as Windows or Mac OS) is an important choice. Windows comes in many versions, unlike the Mac OS, so when considering a Windows laptop, you should make an informed choice.
First, it's the laptop's operating system or OS, which runs the programs and organizes the data on your computer. Depending on which Windows OS you choose, your laptop will come with particular built-in programs and abilities. The current version of Windows is called Windows 7. Windows 7 comes in three different versions for home and business users, so you choose among them.
Home Premium: If you consider yourself primarily a home user, you should consider the Home Premium version of Windows 7. This version includes entertainment tools such as Windows Media Center for playing music and movies.
If you want to do more than look at photos, you’ll find that this version of Windows 7 is good at working with design and image-manipulation programs such as Photoshop. Also be aware that Home Premium includes great features for managing the battery power of your laptop.
Windows 7 Professional: Great for small businesses or working from home. This version of Windows has enhanced security features.
Windows 7 Ultimate: Provides everything that Professional provides, plus a few more bells and whistles for protecting your laptop from thieves with BitLocker and handling languages other than English.