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Recommend OS for Public Office Computer

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Which OS would you recommend based on the following requirements

 - 10 employee user accounts with separate credentials
 - private storage for each user
 - private storage for company
 - public storage for each user
 - backups of storage
 - older network printer attached

This is the main office computer used by teachers throughout the day.

Specs [Duel Core 2.0Ghz, 3GB of Ram]
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Note - Desktop is x86
I'd say it depends on a few factors.

What is your budget? This may become important if the users are accustomed to a different one than you select and you have to spend money on training. Budget will also be important if you have to spend money on other licenses.

Do the staff use other computers and what OS is on those? It might be easier if the OS matched whatever else you had in the environment.

Do you plan to refresh the OS in your environment soon? If so, then this could be an opportunity to deploy the new OS in the production environment.

Short of the extended support ending in a couple of years, there's nothing wrong with Windows XP. From the requirements you list, XP would be a good fit.


No budget at the moment, or at least we are not worried about the cost of the operating system.

Typically WinXP or Win7 are used. Older lower spec systems still have WinXP, while anything purchased recently runs Win7.

No plans for a OS refresh.

Thanks for you input!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013
I see no point in running XP on that system considering it's virtually end of life.  3 GB of RAM and a dual core cpu should be fine for Win7.  I run it on less and it works well.

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