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Operating Systems

For servers, we recommend Microsoft Windows 2016 Server. This is inherently a 64-bit OS. The question then becomes do you fuss with buying multiple licenses for standard server or do you just buy a datacenter license. As a rule of thumb, if you are going to have 7 VMs on a server, then you should just buy datacenter licensing.

For desktop PCs and notebooks, we recommend Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit. The vast majority of business applications will run on it. If you have a business critical application, like practice management software, be sure to check with the application vendor for OS and hardware compatibility requirements.

Many people have wondered if they should upgrade their existing systems to a new OS. We don't recommend installing any OS on hardware that was not designed to run it. If your system was designed to run Windows 10, you will know that by checking the manufacturer's website and seeing if they have drivers available for the OS you want to upgrade to.