There's little reason to restrict ourselves to Pro preinstalled.
5 years? Only with care. Fans tend to clog or fail along the way.
I'm buying a desktop for family to use for general office tasks - Word, web browsing, light spreadsheet use... I want one with a version of Windows that includes bitlocker. They don't need anything high-powered, but want something that'll last. I'm based in the UK.
Dell will do their Optiplex 3020 with 8GB RAM, 1TB hard disk, i5-4590, Win7 pro (a Win8 license) and a 5 year on-site warranty for £560. I know this is overkill in terms of spec, but found it hard to find affordable options with pro versions of Windows - and figure this should be adequate for 5 years of use.
Does this seem sensible? Are there other good options I should consider?
I read it has an 8 license. Let me comment that by adding Classic Shell to Windows 8 I get the latest Windows and a Start menu we all knew and loved. I've found 8 to be quite stable and more. While once in a while it feels like someone moved the cheese I think I won't be going back to prior versions. For me, stability is King.
Do like me and go with Linux instead. Mint, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Zorin, SolydK, Suse, Fedora, all very popular and some like Mint and Ubuntu and Zorin are very easy for former windows users.
Spatry about Mint Linux 16 (That's retired and now it's version 17, even better)
Infinitely Galactic about Mint 17
TOS Today about Zorin 9
Various about Unbuntu 14
Example of decent powered computer with no included OS, waiting for "free" Linux.
AMD FX4200 3.3Ghz Quad Core Processor
8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz Dual Channel Ram
SATA Hard Drive
High Definition Audio
ATI Radeon 3000
24X DVDRW Burner Drive
All in one Card Reader
6 x USB 2.0 Port
Others with older windows, can be converted to, or have Linux added to it.
But considering my Linux boots up with under 500 MB of RAM used, leaving the rest for sharing to a virtual system (VMware, VirtualBox) to use, I'm considering moving my XP system to virtual eventually, just been a bit lazy about doing it yet. I've been lucky in that all my devices have been Linux compatible, more by chance than design (other than my wifi device).
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