Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 8.1
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8.1

If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2013
2 stars User rating out of 64 votes
Microsoft Windows 8.1
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8.1 ( French)

If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2013

MSRP: $119.00

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro ( Upgrade, Spanish)

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 15, 2012

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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on July 31, 2009
2.2 stars User rating out of 8 votes

This product has not been released yet. You can download Windows 7 Release Candidate from Download.com.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

The grace of Leopard's interface enhancements makes productivity more pleasurable with a Mac, as more than 300 functional and fun features top off this update.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2007

MSRP: $129.00

Windows Vista Home Basic
REVIEW

Windows Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2007
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $199.95

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2

We recommend installing Windows XP SP2 but only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 11, 2004
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
REVIEW

Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

Panther adds new and useful features, but at the expense of some old standbys. Current Jaguar users need not apply.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2003

MSRP: $129.00

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Take a good, hard look at Mac OS X 10.2 if you're adding a Mac to a Windows network--Jaguar's new tools can't be beat. But home users, beware the $129 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 21, 2002

MSRP: $129.00

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition ( Upgrade)

Despite its many annoyances, XP is a worthwhile upgrade. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Enterprise customers, look to Professional Edition.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 4, 2001

MSRP: $99.95