Operating System Options

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)

  • Up to 16GB of Memory
  • Windows Aero Glass
  • Built-in DVD MPEG-2 and Dolby Digital decoder
  • Internet connection sharing
  • Multi-touch
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows Media Player remote media experience
  • Premium games included
  • HomeGroup support
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Windows 7 Professional (x64)

  • Everything that Windows 7 Home Premium includes, plus:
     
  • Up to 192GB of Memory
  • Backup and Restore Center (backup to a network location)
  • Acts as host for Remote Desktop Services
  • Encrypting File System
  • Windows Server domain joining
  • Windows XP Mode
  • AppLocker (allows for easy control over individual applications on workstation run on a network)
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OS - Windows 8.1 (x64)

  • Up to 128GB of Memory
  • Secure Boot-Hardware Verified (malware-free boot process)
  • Refresh and reset of OS (built in operating system restoration process)
  • Better multi-monitor support
  • VHD mounting (mount and access virtual hard drives)
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Can connect to a VPN (Virtual private network)
  • Device encryption
  • Remote Desktop (client only)
  • Storage spaces
  • Microsoft account integration
  • Does not include Windows Media Center
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OS - Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

  • Everything that Windows 8.1 includes, plus:
     
  • Up to 512GB of Memory
  • BitLocker and EFS (encrypting file system)
  • Boot from VHD (can boot from virtual hard drives)
  • Can join a Windows domain
  • Hyper-V (native hardware virtualization)
  • Windows Media Center (available via add-in)
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OS - Windows 10 Home (x64)

  • Up to 128GB of Memory
  • Customizable Start Menu
  • OPTIONAL Tablet Mode
  • Cortana (Ask Questions and Manage Your PC with Voice Activated Assistance)
  • Microsoft Edge browser for distraction free reading
  • Snap Assist (snaps up to 4 apps on one screen)
  • Can connect to a VPN (Virtual private network)
  • Device encryption
  • Remote Desktop (client only)
  • Does not include Windows Media Center
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OS - Windows 10 Professional (x64)

  • Up to 256GB of Memory
  • Customizable Start Menu
  • OPTIONAL Tablet Mode
  • Ask Questions and Manage Your PC with Cortana (Voice Activated Assistance)
  • Microsoft Edge Web Browser (Distraction Free Reading)
  • Snap Assist (snaps up to 4 apps on one screen)
  • Remote Desktop
  • Hyper-V (Virtual Desktops)
  • Assigned Access (Locks down PCs to specific Apps)
  • Does not include Windows Media Center
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Please Note: Microsoft Windows does not support DVD playback unless you use a version of Windows which contains Windows Media Center.

Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Pro both contain Windows Media Center. Windows 8.1 Home does not contain Windows Media Center and it is not available with Windows 8.1 (standard edition) without an upgrade to Windows Pro Pack ($99.99 from Microsoft). However, Microsoft does offer an upgrade to Windows Media Center (which is capable of DVD playback) with Windows 8.1 Pro ($9.99 from Microsoft).

If you desire to use your PC as an HTPC or for DVD playback, we recommend using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Pro (and upgrading to Windows Media Center). Alternatively, there are quite a few free DVD playback programs available.

Windows 10 does not include an option for Windows Media Center at all. In fact, Windows 10 is not compatible with Windows Media Center at all. However, there are lots of alternatives (many of them free) for DVD playback. This is one item to be aware of, however.

Linux Options

We at Endpcnoise.com offer Ubunto LTS Linux as our standard Linux option in our system pull-downs. Ubuntu offers a new Desktop and Server release every six months (see diagram below). But, Ubuntu LTS (both Desktop and Server) is released every 2 years (instead of every 6 months), but will receive 5 year support. Ubuntu is committed to making all versions of Ubuntu software free of cost, is well known for security, and provides wide compatibility with the widest variety of Linux applications of any Linux distributor, making Ubuntu LTS our open source Operating System of choice.

Ubuntu Linux Distribution

Ubuntu Linux LTS (Latest Release) - 64bit

  • Long Term Support (LTS) version
  • Ubuntu provides 5-years of support at no charge
  • Unfamiliar with Ubuntu? Take the Tour
  • We will test and guarantee all your hardware as compatible if any incompatibility is found, we will call and discuss options

Custom Linux Options

Do you have a favorite Linux distribution, you would like to use with your PC? Choose your favorite distro, and we will install it for you! We will test and guarantee all your hardware as compatible. If any incompatibility is found, we will call and discuss options with you. If you have any questions, please Contact Us.