You don’t necessarily need to buy one, but you do need to have one, and some of them cost money.
The three major choices most people go with are Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Windows is, by far, the most common option, and the most simple to set up.
macOS is the operating system developed by Apple for Mac computers.
Can you buy a computer without an operating system?
Your computer would stop working without an operating system, but there are alternatives to Windows, says Rick Maybury. You can, but your computer would stop working because Windows is the operating system, the software that makes it tick and provides a platform for programs, like your web browser, to run on.
What happens if you don’t have an operating system?
A computer without an operating system is like a man without a brain. You need one, or it won’t do a thing. Still, your computer is not useless, because you can still install an operating system if the computer has external memory (long term), like a CD/DVD or a USB port for a USB flash drive.
What operating system is free?
Linux Mint is a popular, open source Linux operating system based on Debian and Ubuntu OS used by millions of people. While it is based on Ubuntu, this operating system works much more like Windows or Mac OS, hosting a familiar interface.
How do I get operating system?
Method 1 On Windows
- Insert the installation disk or flash drive.
- Restart your computer.
- Wait for the computer’s first startup screen to appear.
- Press and hold Del or F2 to enter the BIOS page.
- Locate the “Boot Order” section.
- Select the location from which you want to start your computer.