Wait until Windows 9 comes out rather than using Windows 8.x
Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit) is best for most installs.
Understanding The Windows Family Of Operating
What operating system should you install?
As a server product,
XP Pro can support up to 8 workstations.
As a workstation
product, XP Pro offers many extras that some
network technicians might find desirable.
Since updates to XP
have been discontinued as of April/2014, if you
plan to use integrated card processing, XP is
Windows 7 Pro (32
Windows 7 is
available in a 64 bit edition as well,
however, it is less compatible with POS
peripherals than the 32 bit edition.
In general Windows 7 Pro 32 Bit Edition is
the most feature rich and reliable for point
of sale applications.
Avoid Vista - it was
a very buggy Windows release.
If you can live
without a START button (we can't!) Windows 8.x
is okay. Because it emulates tablet
features at the OS level, it has been a bit
buggy... especially with touch screens that
support multi-touch and gesturing. We
recommend using Windows 7 or waiting until 2015
for Windows 9.
Summary - What To Do?
The way we look
at Windows is that "less is more".
Windows 7 is best if you want tested &