Let’s start with the biggie – Windows. Synonymous with Microsoft, Windows has long been the go-to OS for hundreds of thousands of people around the world – and depending on your long term goals for your computers use, it could actually be perfect.
Think of it like this; the different Windows OS systems have been the standard fare for beginner PC users for a long time because they are so simple to use, and so universally compatible. To demonstrate, let’s take it from the top.
Say you are a beginner to the world of computers – up till now the only thing you have had to contend with is tablets with an attached keyboard, or you have only ever dabbled with PCs to use Microsoft Word. A windows based PC or laptop is a fantastic starting point because it opens so many different doors at the same time.
You have the standard fare of the Microsoft Office suite giving you access to some of the best professional tools on the market, you have a door into the world of internet browsing and the capability to play different forms of media on your desktop.
Really, its everything you need it to be and more, with Microsoft right out the gate being the best OS (in my opinion) for beginners into the PC world full stop. You can even take it a step further and say that thanks to the litany of different computer courses out there that the traditional Windows-based PC is the best place to start when it comes to building PC skills.
Speaking of widespread usage, a huge bonus to consider when you are looking to choose an OS is that because Windows is so universal, most of the problems you are going to come up against when using the OS will have already been solved by somebody else online – meaning that troubleshooting and solving problems with your PC will be incredibly easy – often just a case of googling and following some steps online.
But that’s not all, is it? Because we know that Windows supports an almost scary amount of third party software which can allow your PC to morph into whatever kind of machine you want it to be, including a bastion of editing software, a gaming titan or even a full musical outlet – it all depends on what you want from your machine.
Let’s focus on the gaming aspect for a moment though. If you weren’t aware, it’s pretty well known throughout the PC communities that if you are looking for a way into PC gaming, then Windows is always going to be your best bet. Why? Well basically, MacOS has been incompatible with a whole bunch of games for years and looking to the future that doesn’t look set to change. Windows, however, is the format that nearly every single PC game is either created or adapted for use on – with the distinct advantage in that Microsoft, who own Xbox, are going to be porting all of their first-party games to both console and PC in the future, making Windows the ideal gaming hub if that is what you are looking for.
You also have the advantage of knowing that nearly all drivers you have to download for your PC are also available in Windows format, meaning that you never have to worry about keeping your kit up to date with the latest version. A big advantage if your planning on buying a lot of internal or external components for your PC, and are looking to use them over an extended period of time.
This leads to the fact that outside of gaming, your Windows OS is going to be a great platform on which to run different programs like Adobe level editing software, Ableton to master music, or even Notepad++ to get some coding done.
You can even easily link your smartphone, smart TV, tablets, or any other devices to your Windows-based PC with the minimum of fuss, and thanks to its aforementioned compatibility level its always going to be a doddle to get your different devices up and running on a PC within a matter of minutes.
All of this links into the simple fact that a Windows-based OS is always going to be simple to run and modify into whatever machine you want to use it for – but that doesn’t mean it is the perfect answer. Whilst Windows is great at many different aspects of everyday PC life, it isn’t the master of all of them (though it does come close).
What should you look for if you are wanting to use professional-grade creative software, and aren’t too bothered about gaming as a main feature?