When entering a store to purchase a replacement computer, there are two choices of operating systems: Windows 7 and Apple’s OS X. If you are a user of Windows XP, both have a learning curve, and both have hidden costs tied to the system.
Consumers are ALWAYS concerned about security and personal identity, and have less time to keep their computer clean of infections and hidden spyware. It may be worth considering alternatives to Microsoft Windows 7. Before this purchase, it is important to identify your needs of the computer you are about to purchase.
Most consumers need a computer for four purposes:
– Surfing the Internet
– Using their email
– Purchasing and Manipulating pictures and music
– creating, viewing and editing Office Suite documents; spreadsheets, word processor documents and slide presentations.
Any specialized function: editing many movies, editing raw photos on a regular basis, playing graphically intensive video games MAY require direct consultation from an IT group or consultant to avoid buying unnecessary functionality.
Since upgrading to Windows 7 has a learning curve, it will be a challenge for many consumers. Consider going to an Apple store today and look over the mac mini, or consider purchasing Linux-based machine from the trustworthy vendors System76 or Dell.