10 Questions Before Choosing a new OS for a Computer

Guest submission by Sophia Meyer

When selecting an operating system for your computer, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself before making the final decision. 

Choosing the right operating system can be the difference between having an efficient, reliable and enjoyable computing experience or a frustrating one.

Here are 10 essential questions to consider when deciding which OS to go with:

1. What kind of hardware will I need, and what features does the OS offer? 

Think about the type of processor, memory and graphics card your machine should have in order to run certain applications smoothly. 

Also, make sure that any extra features that the operating system offers, such as software compatibility, security solutions and multimedia support, is suitable for your needs.

2. How secure is the OS? 

Security is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing an OS. 

It is vital to ensure that any OS is secure and can protect against malicious attacks or hacker intrusions. 

Most modern operating systems come with their own set of security measures but researching further into other third-party solutions might be necessary if additional protection from viruses, malware or phishing scams is needed.

You may also want to read up on different OS versions throughout history and what they offered. For instance, looking at macOS all versions, there is a clear improvement over time.

3. Is there good customer service available for troubleshooting issues?

Most computer services provide technical support for their machines, and this includes troubleshooting problems related to software and hardware compatibility issues as well as virus removal and more complex repairs. 

Being able to find a reliable source of help when needed can save time and frustration, so it is important to check whether good customer service availability exists prior to purchase.

4. How easy is it to use? 

User experience varies from one person to another, but there are some common elements that make an OS easier to use than others such as intuitiveness, speed, stability, and customizability options. 

Do you prefer a simple interface versus lots of control over how things look and function? These factors should all be taken into account before choosing an OS best suited for you or your family’s needs.

5. Does it have enough storage capacity? 

Depending on how much content is stored on your machine, either locally or via cloud services, different amounts of storage space will be required by various operating systems for them to work optimally without slowing down due to lack of resources available. 

Consider getting an external hard drive if more storage capacity than what comes included with the machine’s default specifications is needed down the line so that no issues arise from limited storage capabilities later.

6 . What type of software programs can I run on it? 

Different types of programs may require particular kinds of specifications from an operating system in order for them to run properly. 

For example, some Windows programs may not work well on macOS, while other Apple-specific applications may struggle to run on MS Windows. 

Make sure you check this information beforehand so that you know which programs you will be able to access with whatever operating system option you choose.

7. Is multitasking possible? 

Multitasking allows users to access multiple applications simultaneously, letting them switch quickly between tasks without too much lag or slowdown due to its resource-hungry nature. 

If this feature is something you require, make sure that what you choose supports it; 

Sometimes certain ones do not allow multitasking even though they may be quite popular among consumers.

8. Are updates automated? 

Major updates often come out regularly, with newer versions being released each year in most cases. 

This means that staying up-to-date with these modifications might require manual intervention from time-to-time if automatic updating isn’t available on the chosen system. 

Ensure this feature exists so you don’t have headaches caused by forgetting about such maintenance in future periods.

9. Can I access my files across multiple devices?

If using multiple computers, tablets, phones, etc., then being able to access all files across all platforms seamlessly becomes quite useful instead of spending time transferring content between each device manually. 

Some operating systems offer great tools that allow data synchronization across multiple gadgets, allowing end users to enjoy greater convenience when dealing with important files, both personal and professional in nature.

10. What kind of customization options does it offer?

Along with providing users with basic customization options like wallpapers, screenshots, etc., certain OS choices give people better control over how their machine looks. 

They offer additional features, like changing entire themes, color schemes, font types, and icon sizes, depending upon individual preference.


Author: quincy harley jr

Quincy is a technophile, coach and Learning Development expert. He has an extensive legal IT background and is practiced in MS Office application support and product development. As a project leader he has been integral in numerous new application rollouts. Whatever spare time he has, is spent with reading, archery and watching his young sons grow.

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