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Lesson 2Choosing the operating system
Objective Select the proper Windows operating system for your organization.

Choosing Windows Operating System for your organization

One of your first tasks as a Microsoft Windows support professional may be to install or upgrade the operating system.
You can install Windows in several different ways, and there are multiple options and system requirements for each method.
Familiarity with the available options and setup procedures will help you roll out Windows efficiently.
Installing Windows requires a certain amount of preparation, because when you run the Windows Setup program, you will need to provide information about how to install and configure the operating system.
Thorough preparation will help you avoid problems during installation, and troubleshoot problems after installation.
When planing for a Windows installation, start by selecting which Windows version to use.
There are four versions of Windows, each targeting a unique class of user. Take a look at the following SlideShow to get an overview of each.


Operating System Advice

Although this module presents the tasks for installing or upgrading to Windows 2003 Advanced Server, these tasks are similar for all of the Windows-based server operating systems.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is the successor to Windows Server 2012, Microsoft's enterprise server operating system. Developed under the Windows Server Blue codename, Windows Server 2012 R2 made its official debut in late 2013.cIn the next lesson, you will learn how to define Windows hardware requirements.