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Maybe this is happening as you’re buying a new computer: One devil urges you to buy a Mac 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac I've been using Macs for about 5 years now, and before that I was a 100% Windows and PC guy. What happened exactly? Why did I switch? Without wishing to start a flame war, here... Read More or at least get a Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More , while the other insists you try Linux The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees Read More . And here’s me explaining why you should stick with good old Windows.

Windows remains the dominating desktop operating system. Windows 7 is found on more than half of all PCs and Windows XP still runs on almost a quarter of home computers. Overall, more than 8 out of 10 desktop computers is a Windows machine and notebook sales are recovering; guess why.

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You Already Know How Windows Works

If you don’t like change or learning new things, you can close this article after reading this first point and be happy.

You’ve been using Windows for years, you have a selection of favorite software, and your external hardware, like your printer or scanner, is working just fine under Windows. Basically, you invested many hours to adapt to the Windows environment. If you can’t be bothered to re-learn basic tasks or find alternatives and workarounds under a new operating system, why would you?

Windows XP Bliss

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Even if you needed to upgrade your current computer, it’s probably easier to adjust to a new version of Windows, than to learn a completely different operating system from scratch. Despite what everyone is saying, Windows 8.1 isn’t all that bad. In fact, the desktop interface is almost the same as Windows 7. With the 8.1 upgrade How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More and Update 1, Windows will boot your PC to the desktop by default and the missing Start Menu is easily replaced 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now Windows 8 won't get a native Start Menu after all. But why wait on Microsoft? Here's how you can help yourself with third party tools like Classic Shell or Start8 and other workarounds. Read More . Heck, you could even play it safe and stick with Windows 7 4 Cheap Ways To Obtain A Legal Copy Of Windows 7 4 Cheap Ways To Obtain A Legal Copy Of Windows 7 It seems like Microsoft is hitting the nail with Windows only every other version. Windows 7 was one of them. Thing is, Microsoft doesn't sell Windows 7 anymore. Here are your options. Read More .

Check-In: Are you with me on this one? Then you’re almost done. Just leave a thank you comment and you’re good to go.

Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System

If you use your computer for more than accessing a browser, you need a proper operating system.

Whether you’re getting a Windows 8 tablet or a Windows desktop computer, you’ll be working with a powerful operating system. Even though it was designed for tablets, since the introduction of Windows 8.1 and its first Update Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative update that comes with useful features. It can also be removed in case it causes issues. Read More , the latest version of Windows is incredibly desktop-friendly.

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By design, Chromebooks depend on Internet access. While you can connect external storage devices Two Hardware Hacks to Improve your Chromebook: SD Cards and USB Modems Two Hardware Hacks to Improve your Chromebook: SD Cards and USB Modems What's the best way to super-charge your Chromebook's functionality? Try out these two hardware hacks to make your device do more. Read More and use offline modes of web-based tools, local storage is about as generous as what you’ll find on an average smartphone and you can’t install Windows software Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More . Period.

Check-In: The Chromebook is eliminated based on its many limitations, but Linux and Mac remain in the race Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore [Opinion] Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore [Opinion] It matters less and less every year what operating system you use, because every year we all spend more time on our computer using nothing but the browser. And browsers are cross-platform. Want to have... Read More .

Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware

A ready-to-use Windows laptop or desktop computer can be had for under $300.

This price is comparable to a Chromebook or Android tablet and if all you do is use your browser and the Internet, by all means, get a mobile device. If you’re expecting to multi-task or install software, however, you already know better.

You can buy a cheap laptop that comes pre-installed with Linux Three Awesome Linux Laptops You Can Buy Right Now Three Awesome Linux Laptops You Can Buy Right Now Linux is amazing, unless it won't install. Then it just hurts. Fortunately, a number of laptop makers build Linux laptops that don't suffer from any driver or software faults. Read More , but the choice is limited and it would require that you adapt to a new operating system. You can also install Linux for free on any Windows hardware you already own or dual boot Windows and Linux Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu If you discover that Windows 8 isn't quite your cup of tea, and you have no feasible path to downgrade, it may be a good idea to dual boot with Linux to have an alternative... Read More , but it’s something you have to spend time and energy on to set up. Windows comes pre-installed on most hardware and works right out of the box.

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Linux is a free option that, with some work, can be optimized to replace Windows Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement With Windows 8 casting a long shadow over the PC industry and Valve committing to create Linux-based gaming PCs, there's never been a better time to start using Linux. For many users, the Linux desktop... Read More . Investing in the Macverse, however, is a whole different ballpark. Moreover, despite the inflated price and walled nature of its environment, Apple supports its operating system with updates for a much shorter time than Microsoft Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More .

Check-In: If you’re looking for the best value, Macs are out.

Many Developers Support Windows Only

Because Windows remains the dominating operating system by far, developers often don’t bother with supporting other platforms.

You may find alternatives, but if you depend on specific software or want to play a particular game, you’ll have to use workarounds like running it in WINE on Linux Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect While desktop Linux may be a tempting platform, there's one thing stopping a lot of people from making the plunge: PC gaming. Like it or not, Windows is the de facto platform for PC gaming.... Read More , which can be difficult to set up and buggy. On the bright side, Steam made a commitment to support more Linux games Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here's Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here's Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now In the last couple of months, Steam has been getting a lot of attention. Not necessarily because of the games that it's been carrying, but because of its expanding support of different operating systems. If... Read More , which led to a great influx of new games, but big publishers are still ignoring the platform. Likewise, hardware developers refuse to support a fraction of the PC market. That’s unless it comes at a premium, which is why you see a lot of Mac-specific software and hardware.

Linux Gaming

Even our resident Linux writer Danny recommends you to check for hardware compatibility, software needs, and gaming preferences before you decide to switch to Linux The Ultimate "Should I Use Linux?" Checklist The Ultimate "Should I Use Linux?" Checklist Deciding whether switching to Linux isn't so easy, because Linux isn't perfect and sadly not for everyone -- although we'd like to think that. Is it for you? Read More .

Check-In: If you’re happy to compromise on software and games, you’re a Linux person. Otherwise you’re not and you know what that means.

Which Operating System Do You Choose? Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Buying a new PC? You have more operating system choices than ever. Which should you choose? We'll give you an overview, along with advantages and disadvantages. Spoiler: There's no one best option! Read More

Nobody can give you a one size fits all recommendation. I’ll try anyway: If you have to listen to one of the silly imps, then try Linux Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Want to check out Linux, but fear you might wreck your existing Windows installation? Don't. There are plenty of risk-free ways to try Linux, from live CDs to USB keys to virtual machines. Whether you're... Read More . It’s free, open source, and you can easily dual boot it, while still running Windows. You won’t lose anything and you might find that you like it.

In the end, only you know what you really need and which features you most appreciate. All things considered, leaving Windows behind and switching to a different operating system might be best for you. Or maybe you’re considering a return to Windows after all. I hope this article helped you figure it out once and for all.

Where do you stand? Which is your favorite operating system, why do you stick with it, and which other ones have you tried?

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