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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Reviewed on October 17, 2013 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 40 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Operating systems, Windows

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) Reviewed on August 15, 2012 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 292 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Windows, Operating systems

Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional) Reviewed on August 1, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.5 stars Spectacular
      Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 334 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Software suite, PC

Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium) Reviewed on August 1, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.5 stars Spectacular
      Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 90 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Software suite, PC

Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate) Reviewed on August 1, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.5 stars Spectacular
      Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 50 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Software suite, PC

Windows Vista Ultimate Reviewed on January 24, 2007 Check prices
Product overview
Windows Vista Ultimate
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 515 reviews

The Bottom Line: Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. 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. Read review

Specs: PC

Ubuntu Linux: Linux
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 25 reviews
Microsoft Vista Home Basic Reviewed on January 24, 2007 Check prices
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Microsoft Vista Home Basic
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 84 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: PC

Windows Vista Business Reviewed on January 24, 2007 Check prices
Product overview
Windows Vista Business
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 48 reviews

The Bottom Line: Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. 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. Read review

Specs: PC

Microsoft Windows XP - Home Edition Reviewed on September 4, 2001 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows XP - Home Edition
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 2432 reviews

The Bottom Line: XP is a worthwhile upgrade from 95/98 or Windows 2000. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Read review

Specs: PC

Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard Reviewed on August 27, 2009 Check prices
Product overview
Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 112 reviews

The Bottom Line: Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the $29 upgrade fee. Read review

Specs: Operating systems, Mac

Microsoft Windows XP - Professional Reviewed on September 4, 2001 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows XP - Professional
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 200 reviews

The Bottom Line: Windows Professional boasts serious corporate administration tools--it's a trustworthy upgrade from Windows 2000. Read review

Specs: PC

Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 Reviewed on November 16, 2004 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews

The Bottom Line: Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 is slow and a bit expensive, probably because it includes a Windows license, but it's cheaper than buying and maintaining a real PC--even a low-end one. Read review

Specs: Networking applications, Mac

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Reviewed on October 25, 2007 Check prices
Product overview
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 183 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: Mac

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Reviewed on December 17, 1999 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 90 reviews

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: PC

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic - upgrade package
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.0 stars out of 1 review

Specs: PC

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition OEM 3-Pack
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 1 review

Specs: PC

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Specs: Unix

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