Operating Systems

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

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Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
EDITORS' TAKE

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Due in mid-2005, Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 promises more than 200 features.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $129.00

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Professional ( 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
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $199.00

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Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 2000 isn't for the gamer or the casual surfer, but if you have a yen for speed, stability, and some serious server tools, this business-class OS will do you right.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 17, 1999
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $319.00

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Windows Vista Home Premium
REVIEW

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. 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 Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2007
4.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $239.95

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Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

This product has not yet been reviewed.

4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update
EDITORS' TAKE

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

With new functionality for the Start button and separate experiences for desktop and tablet users, the Windows 8.1 update finally gives people what they want.

4 stars User rating out of 2 votes

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Apple iOS 9
REVIEW

Apple iOS 9

If you own a recent Apple device, you'll want to make the jump to iOS 9: Better battery life, improved native apps and multitasking prowess on the latest iPad make this upgrade a no-brainer.

3.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

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Microsoft Windows 10 Home
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 10 Home ( OEM)

Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that's equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs -- and it's a free upgrade for most users.

2.6 stars User rating out of 9 votes
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