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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) Reviewed on August 15, 2012 Check prices
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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
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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: PC, Software suite

Microsoft Windows 7 (Ultimate) Reviewed on August 1, 2009 Check prices
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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: PC, Software suite

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

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 Vista Home Basic Reviewed on January 24, 2007 Check prices
Product overview
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

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 Windows XP - Home Edition Reviewed on September 4, 2001 Check prices
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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

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Reviewed on February 6, 2004 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: For small businesses that need a business in a box and want to stick with Microsoft technology, SBS 2003 is the only game in town. Read review

Specs: PC

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 Server 2008 - license

Specs: PC

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition Reviewed on June 28, 2000 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.0 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.0 stars out of 106 reviews

The Bottom Line: Millennium is a great face-lift for Windows 98, but it's not a necessary upgrade. If you have technical difficulties or work with pictures or music, try the new OS. But if you're happy with Windows 98, stick with it. Read review

Specs: PC

Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 13 reviews

Specs: PC

Windows 8 Pro - upgrade license

Specs: PC

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Reviewed on August 11, 2004 Check prices
Product overview
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 24 reviews

The Bottom Line: We recommend installing Windows XP SP2 but only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks. Read review

Specs: PC, Windows

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