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Operating systems

Another important choice when choosing your PC. The operating system is the main software loaded on your PC where you can launch games, applications and tools from. We currently supply all available versions of Microsoft Windows

Typically our users choose the home/standard version of the desired operating system, simply because it includes everything they need. If you want to check out what each flavour of Windows includes then have a look at the bottom of this page.

If your PC comes with an operating system or you choose one then it all comes pre installed, to the first hard disk, by one of our engineers. We don't stop there, all the windows updates are installed, drivers are updated and our engineers tweak a few settings so you get the best out of your machine. Your operating system disk and licence key is then supplied with your PC.

We appreciate you may wish to install your own operating system, so rather than forcing you to have an operating system from us none of our machines come with an operating system as standard which saves you money and gives you the choice as whether you want a preinstalled operating system or not.

Just in case you were wondering, 32bit Operating systems have now been discontinued and 64bit now rules. All supplied operating systems from us are the 64bit version.

FAQ - Should I choose Windows 7, 8.1 or 10? - The answer is entirely up to you, it is personal preference. Whilst newer versions of Windows are slightly faster than their predecessors users may not like the new interfaces however you wont be making a bad choice with any version.

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit OEM

You're already an expert with the familiar Start menu, task bar and desktop. Live tiles instantly provide streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the hardware, software and peripherals you already own. And updates that are always enabled help you stay up-to-date with features and security for the supported lifetime of your device.

- Windows 10 is designed to go with you seamlessly from one device to another. It's fast and responsive. You even get free chat or phone support from real people. With Windows 10, it's easier than ever to do great things.
- Windows 10 combines the Windows you already know and adds great improvements you'll love. Technologies like InstantGo(1) let you boot up and resume quickly. And Windows 10 has more built-in security features than ever to help protect against malicious software.
- Multi-task like a master with the ability to snap four things on the screen at once. Screen getting crowded? Create virtual desktops to get more space and work with just the items you want. Plus, all your notifications and key settings are collected on one easy-to-reach screen.
- It's the all-new browser designed to make the web work the way you do. Write or type directly on webpages and share your mark-ups with others. You'll like the reading view that clears away distractions. There's also an improved address bar to help you find things faster.
- The best screen is always the one you're on, because Windows 10 optimizes your experience for your activity and device. Onscreen features adapt for easy navigation and apps scale smoothly from the smallest to the largest displays.Your Windows 10 device recognizes you and acknowledges your presence in truly personal ways. With Windows Hello, your device greets you by name and lights up in recognition, waving you through log-in and freeing you from having to remember or type in a password.
- Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant who works across all your Windows 10 devices to help you get things done. By learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes more useful every day, staying transparent and keeping your trust.

 

 

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64bit OEM

You're already an expert with the familiar Start menu, task bar and desktop. Live tiles instantly provide streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the hardware, software and peripherals you already own. And updates that are always enabled help you stay up-to-date with features and security for the supported lifetime of your device.

- Windows 10 is designed to go with you seamlessly from one device to another. It's fast and responsive. You even get free chat or phone support from real people. With Windows 10, it's easier than ever to do great things.
- Windows 10 combines the Windows you already know and adds great improvements you'll love. Technologies like InstantGo(1) let you boot up and resume quickly. And Windows 10 has more built-in security features than ever to help protect against malicious software.
- Multi-task like a master with the ability to snap four things on the screen at once. Screen getting crowded? Create virtual desktops to get more space and work with just the items you want. Plus, all your notifications and key settings are collected on one easy-to-reach screen.
- It's the all-new browser designed to make the web work the way you do. Write or type directly on webpages and share your mark-ups with others. You'll like the reading view that clears away distractions. There's also an improved address bar to help you find things faster.
- The best screen is always the one you're on, because Windows 10 optimizes your experience for your activity and device. Onscreen features adapt for easy navigation and apps scale smoothly from the smallest to the largest displays.Your Windows 10 device recognizes you and acknowledges your presence in truly personal ways. With Windows Hello, your device greets you by name and lights up in recognition, waving you through log-in and freeing you from having to remember or type in a password.
- Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant who works across all your Windows 10 devices to help you get things done. By learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes more useful every day, staying transparent and keeping your trust.

 

 

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Standard 64bit OEM

Windows has been reimagined to focus on your business and life. Windows has a new beautiful, fast, and fluid design.

New Look - One of the most obvious differences between Windows 8 and older Microsoft operating systems is the user interface. The new interface replaces the crowded Start menu with a Start screen that uses the whole screen area to highlight your favourite applications in large tiles. These tiles aren’t just passive buttons though; they are active, and have the ability to provide real-time updates, such as previews of incoming emails, weather reports and your friend’s latest posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The new interface makes it much quicker to run applications and is equally suited to those using a mouse or touchscreen.

Windows Store - With the Windows Store you’re no longer forced to scour the dark corners of the Internet for the applications you need while keeping one eye on your security software. Instead, you’ll be able to safely and securely browse the Windows Store to find the applications you need, whether they’re free or paid for. Think of it as the App Store and Google Play all in one, backed by the largest and most trusted name in software – Microsoft.

New Devices - Windows 8 has been designed to make the most of the plethora of new devices appearing on the market. This includes a new interface (see ‘New look and feel’) which is particularly well suited for touchscreen devices such as tablets and ultrabooks. For example, you can log into Windows 8 via a picture password using gestures rather than typing a text password on a keyboard. Windows 8 also includes native support for USB 3, which will help to improve the battery life of portable devices. With Windows 8, you’ll also be able to sync data between devices that support NFC (near field communications) by simply tapping the devices lightly together.

Refresh and Reset - Windows 8 includes two new features, Refresh and Reset, which make it easier to get back to a fresh copy of Windows 8. Refresh removes all applications but keeps your personal files and settings while Reset deletes all files and installs a fresh copy of Windows 8 for you. In short, if something goes wrong with your system you won’t have to muck around for hours setting up Windows again.

Cloud Enabled - Earlier versions of Windows were geared up to store your data locally. However, with Windows 8, you can also keep copies of your files in the cloud computing file host SkyDrive. Each SkyDrive account provides 7GB of storage, that you can then access via any PC running Windows 8. All you have to do is login with your Microsoft account and your files will be automatically synced with SkyDrive, all thanks to the wonder of cloud computing.

Under the hood - Power users and gamers will also find lots new to like in Windows 8. For example, the new Windows Display Driver Model 1.2 introduces support for stereoscopic 3D games and films. Windows 8 also has improved support for multiple monitors, such as the ability to span the taskbar across more than one screen. Microsoft has also given Task Manager an overhaul so that it now reports more data, including how much network bandwidth each application is using. Finally, the new VHD (virtual hard disk format) supports drives of up to 16TB; perfect for storing all your games, movies and music on.

- New DirectX 11 - Enjoy faster/smoother gameplay.
- Improved multi-monitor support.
- Quicker boot times from fresh start and suspend.
- Native USB3.0 support.
- Windows 8 Store - Download Apps.
- Storage Spacers - Drive letters a thing of the past.
- ISO & VHD mount ability.
- PC Refresh - Re-install windows easily without having to format the HDD.
- Microsoft Accounts - Sign in with your settings on any PC with your live sign in.
- Enhanced task manager.
- Updated Windows Explorer.
- Boot from VHD (Pro version only).
- Built in Hyper-V (Pro version only).

 

 

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional 64bit OEM

Windows has been reimagined to focus on your business and life. Windows has a new beautiful, fast, and fluid design.

New Look - One of the most obvious differences between Windows 8 and older Microsoft operating systems is the user interface. The new interface replaces the crowded Start menu with a Start screen that uses the whole screen area to highlight your favourite applications in large tiles. These tiles aren’t just passive buttons though; they are active, and have the ability to provide real-time updates, such as previews of incoming emails, weather reports and your friend’s latest posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The new interface makes it much quicker to run applications and is equally suited to those using a mouse or touchscreen.

Windows Store - With the Windows Store you’re no longer forced to scour the dark corners of the Internet for the applications you need while keeping one eye on your security software. Instead, you’ll be able to safely and securely browse the Windows Store to find the applications you need, whether they’re free or paid for. Think of it as the App Store and Google Play all in one, backed by the largest and most trusted name in software – Microsoft.

New Devices - Windows 8 has been designed to make the most of the plethora of new devices appearing on the market. This includes a new interface (see ‘New look and feel’) which is particularly well suited for touchscreen devices such as tablets and ultrabooks. For example, you can log into Windows 8 via a picture password using gestures rather than typing a text password on a keyboard. Windows 8 also includes native support for USB 3, which will help to improve the battery life of portable devices. With Windows 8, you’ll also be able to sync data between devices that support NFC (near field communications) by simply tapping the devices lightly together.

Refresh and Reset - Windows 8 includes two new features, Refresh and Reset, which make it easier to get back to a fresh copy of Windows 8. Refresh removes all applications but keeps your personal files and settings while Reset deletes all files and installs a fresh copy of Windows 8 for you. In short, if something goes wrong with your system you won’t have to muck around for hours setting up Windows again.

Cloud Enabled - Earlier versions of Windows were geared up to store your data locally. However, with Windows 8, you can also keep copies of your files in the cloud computing file host SkyDrive. Each SkyDrive account provides 7GB of storage, that you can then access via any PC running Windows 8. All you have to do is login with your Microsoft account and your files will be automatically synced with SkyDrive, all thanks to the wonder of cloud computing.

Under the hood - Power users and gamers will also find lots new to like in Windows 8. For example, the new Windows Display Driver Model 1.2 introduces support for stereoscopic 3D games and films. Windows 8 also has improved support for multiple monitors, such as the ability to span the taskbar across more than one screen. Microsoft has also given Task Manager an overhaul so that it now reports more data, including how much network bandwidth each application is using. Finally, the new VHD (virtual hard disk format) supports drives of up to 16TB; perfect for storing all your games, movies and music on.

- New DirectX 11 - Enjoy faster/smoother gameplay.
- Improved multi-monitor support.
- Quicker boot times from fresh start and suspend.
- Native USB3.0 support.
- Windows 8 Store - Download Apps.
- Storage Spacers - Drive letters a thing of the past.
- ISO & VHD mount ability.
- PC Refresh - Re-install windows easily without having to format the HDD.
- Microsoft Accounts - Sign in with your settings on any PC with your live sign in.
- Enhanced task manager.
- Updated Windows Explorer.
- Boot from VHD (Pro version only).
- Built in Hyper-V (Pro version only).

 

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Windows 7 Home Premium offers a rich, dynamic entertainment experience on your PC, making it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want.

- Record TV on your PC: Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV, movies, and other video content with Windows Media Center, updated to manage a single TV guide containing both standard and digital high definition TV shows.
- Personalise your desktop: Easily change backgrounds, window colours and sounds to reflect your personal style. You can even turn your desktop into a slide show of your favorite photos.
- Share files across the various PCs in your home: Use HomeGroup to connect your PCs running Windows 7 to a single printer. Specify exactly what you want to share from each PC with all the PCs in the HomeGroup.
- Pin any program to the taskbar: Any program is always just a click away - and you can rearrange the icons on the taskbar just by clicking and dragging.
- Stream music files on any network-connected device: Just open Windows Media Player, right-click on what you'd like to hear, select Play To, and you'll see a list of devices and PCs on which you can play your music.
- Find virtually anything on your PC - from documents to photos to e-mail: Just click on the Start button, and enter a word or few letters in the name or file you want into the search box, and you’ll get an organised list of results.
- Access recently used files with just two clicks: Right-click the relevant program icon (such as Word) on your taskbar and Jump List will show your most recent, frequently used, and pinned Word documents.

 

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit OEM

Windows 7 Professional includes all the Home Premium features you love and the business features your work demands. Connect to company networks easily and more securely and share files across the various PCs in your home. In addition, you can run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode and recover your data easily with automatic back-ups to your home or business network.

- Use XP Mode: Run many existing productivity and business programs designed for Windows XP - additional necessary software is available for download, free-of-charge from Microsoft.
- Share files across the various PCs in your home: Use HomeGroup to connect your PCs running Windows 7 to a single printer. Specify exactly what you want to share from each PC with all the PCs in the HomeGroup.
- Record TV on your PC: Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV, movies, and other video content with Windows Media Center, updated to manage a single TV guide containing both standard and digital high definition TV shows.
- Connect multiple PCs, with or without a server: Use Domain Join to connect PCs quickly and more securely to your wired or wireless domain network.
- Help prevent theft or loss of data: Use BitLocker and BitLocker To Go to better protect your valuable files - even on removable drives such as USB devices.
- Automatically back up your files: Protect your data from user error, hardware failure, and other problems. You can back up your files to an external hard drive, secondary hard drive, writable CD or DVD, or to a network location.
- Find virtually anything on your PC - from documents to photos to e-mail: Just click on the Start button, and enter a word or few letters in the name or file you want into the search box, and you’ll get an organised list of results.
- Find the right printer: Location Aware Printing helps you identify your printer when moving between the office and home.

 

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