Am I buying the right edition of Windows?

Whether you're buying new computers for the office, or simply upgrading everyone's version of Windows to the latest version, there is a chance that you could be buying the wrong edition. 

Apologies if that's just confused you. It's not intentional! Just to be clear: Windows versions are for example, Windows 7, Window 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows editions are for example Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. This is where it's important to pay a little attention when buying Windows, or a Windows computer.

Why does this matter?

In a commercial environment, editions of Windows that are intended for use in the home can be used. There's nothing wrong with that according to Microsoft. There's nothing in the licence agreement or terms of service that say you can't use home editions in an organisation. In that sense it's totally fine to use home editions at work. There are however many restrictions in terms of security, and usability. The biggest issue and it might not even seem like an issue for small and start-up businesses is that you can't add a computer running home editions of Windows to a server-controlled domain. If you already have a server, and buy a computer with a home edition of Windows you would have to spend more money upgrading the Windows edition for it to work with your server.

...but I don't have a server.

When an organisation gets to a particular size a server is almost always required. These allow users to log on to their work profile from any work computer that's connected to the server's domain, allowing users to log on and access their credentials and files from any company-owned computer. In layman's terms what this means is: if in the future your organisation gets to the size where it needs a server, in order to control user profiles, permissions, and file storage, then it won't work. Home editions of Windows cannot be added to a corporate domain, which means further down the line you could have to spend a lot of money (not to mention time) upgrading these computers to enterprise versions of Windows. This means security policies cannot be implemented into your organisation, which leaves you unprotected from malicious activity and software. These policies are intended to prevent users from unintentionally installing software that can put your organisation at harm.

Still confused?

Then perhaps it's time for IT support. Our superheroes can help you here. We make technology simple, and we ensure it works exclusively for you and your business set up. Our promise is that you won't have to spend time and energy thinking about IT, because we will do it for you. What's more, we won't be beaten on price. If you find a cheaper like-for-like quote, not only will we match it, we'll give you a month's free IT support. For any questions regarding using Windows and other technology in a work environment, no matter how big or small your organisation is please give us a call on 01226 736680, or email Dawn at dawn@cultrix.co.uk.