Which Operating System Should I Choose ?

All PC's and Laptops we sell come with a choice of operating systems. In this article, we'll describe the benefits of each one, to help you make the right choice for your needs.

Windows Operating Systems

If you're buying a computer that runs Microsoft Windows, you'll get Windows 10 Home as standard, but you can also choose to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional. Just choose this option on the device page.

What's the difference?

For most people that are planning to use their computer at home for internet browsing, homework, simple image/photo editing, Windows 10 Home will be the perfect choice.
For power users, businesses or those that want the full power of Windows, then you'll need to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional.

The key differences are shown below.

Feature Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Create and join a domain (work network) No Yes
BitLocker No Yes
Group policy management No Yes
Remote Desktop No Yes
Hyper-V (virtualisation) No Yes
Assigned Access No Yes
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer No Yes
Windows Store for Business No Yes
Trusted Boot No Yes
Windows Update for Business No Yes
Max. supported RAM 128GB 2TB


For most people, Windows 10 Home will be more than sufficient. Windows 10 Pro offers some extra security features, but for home users, most of these extra features will never be needed or used.

What about Windows 7?

A lot of users are still reluctant to make the switch to Windows 10 and want to stick with Windows 7. Unfortunately, Microsoft no longer allow us to sell devices with a Windows 7 COA (Certificate of Authenticity), and it is officially going 'End of Life' in January 2020, so we recommend upgrading to Windows 10. Read more: Windows 7 Support is Ending

Apple Operating Systems

If you're looking to buy an Apple computer, all of our refurbished devices will come with OS X El Capitan pre-installed. This isn't the latest version of the software, but as most refurbished devices will be two or more years old, the latest operating system may not be fully compatible.

Operating system updates from Apple are generally free of charge - to update to the latest version, simply visit the Mac App store, sign in with your Apple ID and click on 'check for updates'. This will apply any security updates to El Capitan.

If you want to update your operating system, you'll need to search the Mac App store for MacOS - the current version is Mac OS Mojave.


Another popular option, particularly for developers, is Linux. Linux is a free, open source operating system and comes in a number of different versions - Ubuntu and Mint are two of the more popular versions.

Linux can be a simple OS to use, but will take a bit of getting used to if you are used to using Windows.

We do not offer Linux as an option, but if you are comfortable installing the OS yourself, you can choose the 'No Operating System' option when ordering your device.

You'll need to make sure you've got the installation disk or USB drive ready for when your device arrives.

If you do opt to install your own OS, please bear in mind that we won't be able to support you with any software or driver related issues.