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Your laptop’s operating system (software that runs all the programs and organizes your data) will be one of your first choices. Windows 8 and 8.1 have been a radical departure from previous Windows operating systems. If you opt for an earlier version of Windows, such as Windows 7, you need to research that version.

Windows 8.1 comes in two different versions for home and small business users. The two versions of Windows 8.1 are

  • Windows 8.1: 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 8.1 is good at working with design and image manipulation programs such as Photoshop.

    Also, if you choose a laptop, be aware that Windows 8.1 includes great features for managing the battery power of your computer. If you consider yourself primarily a home user, you should consider this version of Windows 8.1.

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise: Is great for small businesses or if you work from home. This version of Windows has ultimate security features and you can also use a Media Pack add-on with this version to get richer multimedia features.

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