Small business with tight budget, and/or business without knowledgeable IT staff, tend to buy consumer-class PC mainly because they are cheaper. They soon realize they need to upgrade OS, because the OS that ship with all cheap consumer PC is the less expensive version of Windows – either Windows 7 Home edition or Windows 8.1 Standard edition.
Consumer-class laptop and desktop PC shipped with Windows 7 Home or Windows 8.1 Standard edition so that they can offer low price to attract the price-conscious consumer market.
Business-class laptop and desktop PC, on the other hand, always shipped with more expensive version of OS – either Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for reasons.
Windows 7 and 8.1 Professional edition are targeted towards businesses and “enthusiast” geeks that like taking advantage of more advanced features. Many of these features are not available in Windows 7 Home edition and Windows 8 Standard edition.
Hare the main reasons why you need Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Professional edition for business PC:
- Domain-Joining & Group Policy: Organizations using Windows Server domains and Group Policy will need the Professional edition of Windows 8.
- Remote Desktop Server: You can connect to remote desktop servers from a Windows 8 PC, but you’ll need the Professional edition of Windows 8 to host a Remote Desktop server.
- BitLocker and Encrypting File System: Windows’ encryption features are only offered on Windows 8 Professional.
- Hyper-V: The Hyper-V technology found in Windows Server can be used by Windows 8 Pro users to run virtual machines.
- Virtual Hard Disk Booting: Windows 8 Pro can boot from a VHD file. If this means nothing to you, you don’t need this feature.
OS version is not the only difference between business PC and consumer PC. There are many factors that make business PC a better investment for business, and even home users who are looking for a personal laptop. Read also Why Business Laptop Cost more than Consumer Laptop?
It just does not worth buying consumer class PC for business environment. Time spend on OS upgrade is not just time consuming, an expensive labor intensive task, but also unproductive.