Don't-Miss Operating system Stories

3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era

You can still buy or build a PC with Windows 7, or possibly downgrade from Windows 8. It just takes a little extra legwork.

Switch to Mac: How to find your favorite Windows features in OS X

Moving to the Mac? OS X can do everything your Windows machine can—the trick is knowing where to look. In this Macworld video, PC World associate editor Alex Wawro explains where you'll find your preferences, how to access familiar programs, and more.

Make your website stand out in Windows 8

New features in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 help you integrate your website and attract visitors to it.

Make your PC kid-friendly with four custom operating systems

Parental controls are outdated. Make your PC fun for all ages using operating systems designed specifically for tech-savvy tykes.

The ultimate Linux starter kit for small business

Linux machines can save your business cold, hard cash. Here's how to pick the best OS and apps for yourself, your workers, and your IT pros.

The Ubuntu guide for displaced Windows users

Scared of Windows 8 and thinking of switching to Linux? Here's the definitive guide to making the transition.

How to make Ubuntu Linux look like Windows 7

Are you ready to make the jump to Linux, but scared of learning a whole new interface? Here's how to make unfamiliar Ubuntu look and feel like the familiar Windows 7 desktop.

5 excellent uses of Windows 8 Hyper-V

With virtualization in Windows 8, you can create an app sandbox, run a test machine, launch a VHD appliance, and more.