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What is an Operating System?

Posted by Box Off My Computer on April 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM

So what is an operating system?

An operating system is what your computer uses to manage programs. Buying or upgrading an operating system can be very expensive but these days operating systems are preinstalled on new computers.


A few examples of operating systems are Windows 7 (the latest in Microsoft Operating Systems). Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows NT and Windows 98. Most operating systems have different versions; suitable for different uses such as, home edition, professional and business editions.


Windows 7

Windows 7 was released by Microsoft in October 2009 and so is the most recent of Microsoft Operating Systems. It boast many new functions such as 'Snap', 'Pin', improved desktop navigation and much more. To watch some quick videos on the new Windows 7 then visit our Windows 7 Video Demos here.


To buy or compare versions of Windows 7 click the image below for great deals on upgrading.

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If you would like to learn more about Windows 7;

Click here to visit Microsoft Windows 7 website

or

Click here to read up on Windows 7 on Wikipedia


If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 7, then please ensure your computer has all the system requirements. Click here to check your computer has what it takes to run Windows 7.


Windows Vista

Windows Vista was released in 2007 five years after its predecessor; Windows XP. It boasted many new features for its time, a graphical user interface, Windows DVD Maker, a redesigned search function and Windows Defender. Vista was also the target of much criticism and negative press at the time mainly due to issues with privacy, security, performance, and product activation.


To learn more about Windows Vista and its features;

Click here to visit Windows Vista website

or

Click here to read up on Windows Vista on Wikipedia


If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows Vista then please ensure your computer has all the system requirements. Click here to check your computer has what it takes to run Windows Vista.


Windows XP

Windows XP was first released in October 2001, noted for being much more user friendly than previous operating systems. As of the end of February 2010, Windows XP is the most widely used operating system in the world with a 58.4% market share, having peaked at 76.1% in January 2007.


To learn more about Windows XP and its features;

Click here to visit Windows XP website

or

Click here to read up on Windows XP on Wikipedia

 

If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows XP then please ensure your computer has all the system requirements. Click here to check your computer has what it takes to run Windows XP.



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