What is your OS? Well OS stands for Operating System. In short it is a visual representation of the files and programs on your computer. Most PC computers come with a form of windows which includes: (in order of release)
- Windows 8
- Windows 7 – Currently our preferred OS
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows ME
- Windows 98
- Windows 95
What other OS are out there other than Microsoft?
The 2 main other OS available are:
- MAC OS – MAC’s own operation system
You can install LINUX on your PC instead of using a Microsoft OS. LINUX has advantages and some big disadvantages:
- FREE – Yes you heard right! Its totally free and open source (which means you can even look at the code if you want).
- Doesn’t get viruses – They get even less than MAC’s
- Works really fast even on older PC’s, compared to windows.
- Lots of software is not written to work on LINUX therefore you will constantly run into compatability issues.
- It is harder to use and requires more expertise.
these Pros & Cons mean Linux is better for business use but in the near future this could change as gaming companies like steam are in the process of producing a platform that runs on linux.
The biggest misconception we hear from our customers is thinking that their Microsoft Windows automatically comes with Microsoft OFfice. Unfortunately this is not the case however there are plenty of FREE alternatives to MS Office such as OpenOffice and Google Docs (I will cover these in a future article).
This is the software that you use to view the internet. The most common are:
- Internet Explorer
Our current recommendation for your Home PC set-up is as follows:
- Windows 7 Home premium (or pro depending on your needs)
- Chrome browser – for looking on the internet
- GMail or google apps for business for email, cloud storage, organisation
- Skype – VOIP (Video chatting)
- MS Office, Google Docs, Open Office – depends on your needs, skill level and how much you want to pay
- Tippens Desktop PC – unless you absolutely cant manage without the portability of a laptop
- Fibre Optic Cable Broadband – If your unsure what this means I will cover it in a future article
- Bullguard Internet Security – NOTE: This doesnt work with TOMTOM