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    Which is the best operating system for a small business?

    I have a small manufacturing business, I am getting our first computer.
    Which is the best Windows operating system to get for a business?

    Thanks.

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    Windows 7 Professional or higher

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    A Mac and OS X!

    master_chief;7798182

    A Mac and OS X!



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    master_chief;7798182

    A Mac and OS X!


    Thems fighting talk mister :thumbsup:

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    And get a Mac Mini Server too. It will do everything you want in your business from a server POV.

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    Plum;7798204

    Thems fighting talk mister :thumbsup:



    I like both operating systems but in this case I would really recommend a Mac. It may sound surprising but they're perfect in this scenario, honestly!

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    i havent used a mac before!

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    RoyalT;7798328

    i havent used a mac before!



    A Mac is approximately 12 times easier to use than a Windows based PC. Trust me my 4 year old can work the Mac no problem but not my Win7 machines.

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    Mac's are very expensive and if you've never used one before its difficult to do what you need efficiently and not sure whether appropriate to your business or not anyone who you've employed or would plan to in the future. I would say windows 7. Easy to use if your used to windows and most people can use windows, or if youve got some time to learn how to use a mac and can afford it in the first place maybe that would be better

    What applications do you want to run?

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    master_chief;7798363

    A Mac is approximately 12 times easier to use than a Windows based PC. … A Mac is approximately 12 times easier to use than a Windows based PC. Trust me my 4 year old can work the Mac no problem but not my Win7 machines.



    disagree - hate having no right click (not sure if they do on new os), and although the layout is cleaner, I wouldnt say its easier to navigate if youve never used it especially

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    ryman1000;7798388

    disagree - hate having no right click (not sure if they do on new os), … disagree - hate having no right click (not sure if they do on new os), and although the layout is cleaner, I wouldnt say its easier to navigate if youve never used it especially



    Oh dear, I can't listen to your points when you start off with the right click thing.

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    baconsandwich;7798387

    What applications do you want to run?



    just normal like Word, Excel, etc.

    also, need to have a business database system installed.

    for stock and manufacturing, print invoices etc.

    i dont think i want to learn mac.

    guy at the local pc building shop said xp pro will be best. but im not sure...

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    master_chief;7798423

    Oh dear, I can't listen to your points when you start off with the right … Oh dear, I can't listen to your points when you start off with the right click thing.



    :roll: its true though. Instead of right clicking they have to make up with it through longer menu's. I have a mac but rarely use it as I prefer windows 7. I can get thing's done without wondering where's this and that etc.... Obviouslly though if I spent some time on it, learning things it may be better, but for anything I want doing I always use 7.

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    ryman1000;7798465

    :roll: its true though. Instead of right clicking they have to make up … :roll: its true though. Instead of right clicking they have to make up with it through longer menu's. I have a mac but rarely use it as I prefer windows 7. I can get thing's done without wondering where's this and that etc.... Obviouslly though if I spent some time on it, learning things it may be better, but for anything I want doing I always use 7.



    No it's not true, you're showing yourself up now. Anyway the guy doesn't want to go Mac so let's not derail his thread.

    XP Pro is still generally regarded as business standard and is likely to remain so until Win 7 has more driver support (It already is good, but still some things that are not supported).

    However, for a new/small business, Win 7 Pro might be worthwhile as you are unlikely to already have legacy systems if asking this question.

    So, to answer: XP Pro or Win 7 Pro - Just ensure your devices/software (i.e. Database) are compatible.

    Your priority should be stability, price and compatability.

    Go for a Dell PC, Windows 7 Pro and MS Office. Don't forget anti-virus so get Norton or either McAfee security suite.

    Don't be a cheapskate trying to save a few quid with Open Office or the free stuff, it's not worth it.

    XP Pro is getting near it's sell-by-date so I would strongly advise against that

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    To save yourself money don't buy legitimate software, you'll save a fortune!

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    DragonChris;7798498

    XP Pro is still generally regarded as business standard and is likely to … XP Pro is still generally regarded as business standard and is likely to remain so until Win 7 has more driver support (It already is good, but still some things that are not supported).However, for a new/small business, Win 7 Pro might be worthwhile as you are unlikely to already have legacy systems if asking this question.So, to answer: XP Pro or Win 7 Pro - Just ensure your devices/software (i.e. Database) are compatible.




    Right, I think its WINDOWS 7 PRO

    Now, can someone please find me a good spec pc?
    also, a large monitor.

    I have been looking at: hotukdeals.com/ite…ddr

    also

    misco.co.uk/app…959

    thanks

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    master_chief;7798591

    To save yourself money don't buy legitimate software, you'll save a … To save yourself money don't buy legitimate software, you'll save a fortune!




    illegitimate software is strictly forbidden in business, serious, there is more chance of getting caught.

    I personally wouldn't go for a dell as i have had no end of problems with them where i work and from personal experience.

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    RoyalT;7798616

    illegitimate software is strictly forbidden in business, serious, there … illegitimate software is strictly forbidden in business, serious, there is more chance of getting caught.



    You're joking aren't you. The only way you'd get caught is if you were reported which is doubtful to happen. But if it does do you know what they'll do to you? Make you pay for the software.

    Honestly so many businesses do it, I should know I've worked in plenty.

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    asayer;7798641

    I personally wouldn't go for a dell as i have had no end of problems with … I personally wouldn't go for a dell as i have had no end of problems with them where i work and from personal experience.



    Yet I've never really had a problem with them and I've looked after hundreds, support for business is good too.

    master_chief;7798662

    Yet I've never really had a problem with them and I've looked after … Yet I've never really had a problem with them and I've looked after hundreds, support for business is good too.



    I think maybe its down to the users of the computers with reference to my experience of dell ( secondary school) but then the dell laptops we have for teachers are always failing, i suppose they are not the most up to date systems though. I can't comment on windows 7 as i havnt used it now i have my mac.

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    asayer;7798684

    I think maybe its down to the users of the computers with reference to … I think maybe its down to the users of the computers with reference to my experience of dell ( secondary school) but then the dell laptops we have for teachers are always failing, i suppose they are not the most up to date systems though. I can't comment on windows 7 as i havnt used it now i have my mac.



    Not had that much experience of business Dell laptop users, usually HPs, IBM, MacBook Pros etc. I know personal users of Dell laptops have had problems but they are so popular that may skew the results.

    DragonChris;7798498

    XP Pro is still generally regarded as business standard and is likely to … XP Pro is still generally regarded as business standard and is likely to remain so until Win 7 has more driver support (It already is good, but still some things that are not supported).However, for a new/small business, Win 7 Pro might be worthwhile as you are unlikely to already have legacy systems if asking this question.So, to answer: XP Pro or Win 7 Pro - Just ensure your devices/software (i.e. Database) are compatible.




    XP Pro without any doubt. Use Office 2003 with that. Can also use Office 2007.

    Majority of our desktops and laptops are Dell and I can't say the machines themselves cause too many problems, the users on the other hand...

    We've also just made the jump from XP pro to 7 Pro and as someone else said, on the whole it's a solid OS though driver support is a little patchy but you shouldn't have too many problems. Our ERP system is disliked by most departments who choose to use off the shelf and bespoke software packages instead, which bar a few headaches, are all now running under 7.

    Dells are fine IMO, and if you take out the business support, they are excellent (and so they should for the money).

    RoyalT;7798594

    Right, I think its WINDOWS 7 PRO Now, can someone please find me a good … Right, I think its WINDOWS 7 PRO Now, can someone please find me a good spec pc? also, a large monitor.I have been looking at: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/596795/dell-vostro-430-core-i7-860-3gb-ddralso http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=408959thanks



    The dell you linked is an excellent machine (if you can still get it at that price, it will do everything you need and more). As for a monitor, your choice

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    any pc deals plz?

    RoyalT;7798458

    just normal like Word, Excel, etc.also, need to have a business database … just normal like Word, Excel, etc.also, need to have a business database system installed. for stock and manufacturing, print invoices etc.



    I'd concur with everyone else that Windows 7 is the way to go but if it's just a single computer I'd consider home premium as a lot of things in the professional version are for business networks which you won't have. Have a look at the features table on the microsoft website.

    RoyalT;7798594

    also … also http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=408959



    Are you sure about an unbranded monitor like that? I wouldn't have thought support would be very good, A business monitor manufacturer like NEC or HP would give you better support.

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    EndlessWaves;7799777

    I'm concur with everyone else that Windows 7 is the way to go but if it's … I'm concur with everyone else that Windows 7 is the way to go but if it's just a single computer I'd consider home premium as a lot of things in the professional version are for business networks which you won't have. Have a look at the features table on the microsoft website. Are you sure about an unbranded monitor like that? I wouldn't have thought support would be very good, A business monitor manufacturer like NEC or HP would give you better support.



    thanks

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    Windows XP...or 7 if you want something newer but most companies use XP or even 98. if you use office apps you may find compatibility issues as most companies still use old versions, so I'd say stick away from that for the time being...just use open office

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    ODB_69;7800007

    Windows XP...or 7 if you want something newer but most companies use XP … Windows XP...or 7 if you want something newer but most companies use XP or even 98. if you use office apps you may find compatibility issues as most companies still use old versions, so I'd say stick away from that for the time being...just use open office



    we are in a forward moving world. cant stick with old xp for another 5yrs??
    i think its time to get the best, and stick with it for at least 5yrs..

    im going for this,
    hotukdeals.com/ite…ddr

    there a code that works in the codes sections, and will be splashing out £606 on pc.
    shame it has no monitor.
    so i need recommendations please..

    thanks.

    Win 98

    Business OS ................................you cannot get anything better than XP .Will run all the software you'd want to run , any printer will work on it too . You dont want to spend time looking for compatable drivers ,software etc , you want something that will work straight out of the box .........so to speak . I use a Dell Vostro 1400 for my business work , very good and have no problems with XP . I've ran programs like , Sage ,MYOB , Quicken and loads of others without problems . I now use an early version of Quicken together with Office 2007 on my XP machines.

    numptyj;7800210

    Win 98



    Don't be stupid, that's ancient. Windows ME might be a cheap solution though :thumbsup:
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