Don’t Quit Windows! 12 Big Reasons to Keep Using It
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Naysayers love to tell you why you should drop Windows like it’s out of style. They tout macOS’s great features 7 Features You Will Love When Switching to Mac 7 Features You Will Love When Switching to Mac I used to be that guy who rolled his eyes at MacBook users, then I bit the bullet and bought an iMac. Read More or how easy it is to switch to Linux Switch from Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes Switch from Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes Switching from Windows to Linux might seem complex, but it's easy! Here's how to your get important data and programs from one OS to the other. Read More . And while there’s nothing wrong with those operating systems (OS), sticking with Windows if you’re an existing user is still a great idea.

Let’s take a look at why you shouldn’t say goodbye to Windows in 2018.

1. Windows 10 Is Always Improving

Windows 10’s new update cycle means that it regularly receives feature updates. Prior versions of Windows rarely received makeovers and new features like Windows 10 has. Remember all the fun new apps that Service Pack 1 brought for Windows 7? Probably not, because there weren’t any.

In 2017, we received the Creators Update Do This After Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update Do This After Installing the Windows 10 Creators Update The Windows 10 Creators Update will soon roll out to a computer near you. Once you've upgraded, go through these settings to configure new options and restore your privacy preferences. Read More in the spring and the Fall Creators Update 9 New Settings Features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 9 New Settings Features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Does the Settings app seem to change every time you use it? We'll show you the most important features you may have missed since the last Windows 10 update! Read More near the end of the year. Microsoft will continue to prune Windows 10 and introduce new features, as it’s a constantly evolving product. That makes it fun to use and keeps it from getting stale.

2. You’re Already Used to Windows

It’s hard to quantify, but there’s a real value to keeping with what you know. Even if little quirks about the Windows operating system annoy you, it becomes practically automatic to work around them. Muscle memory helps you blow through tedious tasks. But if you’ve used Windows for years 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You Getting a new computer? One devil urges you to buy a Mac or Chromebook, while the other insists you try Linux. And here's me explaining why you should stick with a Windows device. Read More , suddenly switching to something new will require a lot of work.

What happens when the keyboard shortcuts ingrained in your head Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More don’t work anymore? How much time will you have to spend finding replacements for your favorite software The Easiest Way to Run Windows Programs on Mac The Easiest Way to Run Windows Programs on Mac Running Windows software on your Mac isn't as tough as you'd think. Here are the most popular ways to run Windows programs on macOS, including the best method for most people. Read More on another OS? And what about the quirks of your new platform 11 Quick Fixes for Common Mac Problems and Quirks 11 Quick Fixes for Common Mac Problems and Quirks Did you know many of the common Mac issues and quirks that users report can be fixed simply by changing a few settings? Read More ? All those efficient ways of getting work done go out the window on a new platform.

If you really want to make a change, it could be worth adapting to a new platform. But you should weigh the familiarity you’re giving up as quite valuable.

3. The Microsoft Ecosystem Is Growing

Sticking to one ecosystem Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget You love your Android phone and want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet, and it really is the best; but you should still buy an Android tablet. Read More makes your tech life a lot smoother. With a Mac, iPhone, and Apple TV, for instance, you can enjoy your purchased content and access your messages on any device. Until recently, this was a pain point for Windows because so few people used Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile.

But now? Fans of Microsoft products have a lot to get excited about. You can now load your Android device up with Microsoft apps How Android Became My New Windows Phone How Android Became My New Windows Phone Sad to see the death of Windows Mobile? Well, maybe all you need is an Android device. Read More . iOS users have lots of Microsoft apps to choose from, too. On both platforms, you can use Microsoft Edge This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For Microsoft Edge is way better than Internet Explorer. It's time to become browser agnostic. We'll show you the unique features that make Edge worth using, even if it's not your main browser. Read More and Cortana and sync them with their desktop equivalents. That’s pretty cool, and it offers a reason to try the mobile apps.

Now you don’t have to be limited to using your Microsoft account on just your desktop. In today’s mobile world, this is a big win for Windows and its expansion great to look forward to.

4. Windows 7 and 8.1 Are Still Available

Hate Windows 10? For several years, you still have options for using a supported version of Windows.

Windows 7 will receive extended support This Happens When Windows 10 Support Ends This Happens When Windows 10 Support Ends The original version of Windows 10 is not supported by Microsoft anymore. Here's everything you need to know about the Windows lifecycle, including how you can upgrade and stay secure. Read More until January of 2020, and Windows 8.1 is just ending mainstream support in January 2018. It will enjoy extended support until January 2023. Neither one will receive the major feature updates that Windows 10 users enjoy, but they’ll still get security updates.

If you’re a Windows 7 lover and your PC is still solid, why not stick with what you like for a few more years? You can reassess as 2020 approaches and consider upgrading to Windows 10 when Windows 7 is on its deathbed Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Eventually, support for every Windows version expires, leaving PCs full of holes, entry points for malware, and opportunities for hackers. Windows 8 recently reached end of support status - we show you why and how... Read More .

By the way, if you’re still using Windows XP or Vista, you should upgrade to a supported version How to Upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7 or 10 How to Upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7 or 10 If you're still running Windows XP, it's high time to upgrade! Whether you want to move to Windows 10 or Windows 7, the process is mostly the same. We explain it step by step. Read More as soon as you can.

5. Gaming Isn’t as Great on Other Platforms

In case you weren’t paying attention, 2017 was an amazing year for video games. Most of 2017’s biggest hits 2017 in Gaming: New Releases You Must Know About 2017 in Gaming: New Releases You Must Know About 2017 is going to be a big year for gaming. Here are all the game releases you need to know about! Read More were available on PC (though some were exclusive to the Nintendo Switch 7 New Nintendo Switch Games You'll Want to Play in 2017 7 New Nintendo Switch Games You'll Want to Play in 2017 The Nintendo Switch is off to a great start, and 2017 holds many more great games. From Mario to Sonic to Minecraft, here are the games coming to the system before the year ends. Read More or PS4), but you couldn’t play them on Mac or Linux.

Here’s just a sampling of 10 big games from the past year:

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (January)
  • Sniper Elite 4 (February)
  • Nier: Automata (March)
  • Sonic Mania (August)
  • Cuphead (September)
  • Destiny 2 (October for PC)
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (October)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (October)
  • Call of Duty: WWII (November)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (November)

These were all big hits in 2017, and all available on PC. But not a single one of them is playable on Mac or Linux. Sure, there are lots of great games available for Mac 8 Essential Mac Games That Cost Under $20 8 Essential Mac Games That Cost Under $20 Looking to play some great games on your Mac but don't have a lot to spend? Here are eight awesome titles you can get for under $20 each. Read More and even some free games that work on Linux Top 10 Free Steam Games You Can Play on Linux Top 10 Free Steam Games You Can Play on Linux Looking for some awesome Linux-compatible games on the cheap? You're in luck! Here are Steam's finest Linux-ready titles, available to download to your PC at no charge. Read More . Yet neither can come close to the Windows OS for playing the newest releases.

Plus, Windows 10 has tons of great features for gamers Windows 10 Is for Gamers: 6 Features You Will Love Windows 10 Is for Gamers: 6 Features You Will Love You will want to use Windows 10 for gaming! Whether it's streaming your Xbox One games to your PC, using the Xbox app, or enjoying high performance gaming with DirectX 12, Windows 10 enhances your... Read More .

6-12. And Many More Little Reasons

Not every reason for using Windows need be a huge one. Here are some smaller grounds for staying with your Windows operating system:

Windows and You: 2018’s Perfect Match

Of course, the Windows operating system isn’t for everyone. But for the majority of its current users, Windows is enough and is the best choice for their computing needs. Some people keep Windows around because they need it for a specific purpose 5 Reasons Why You Still Need Windows 5 Reasons Why You Still Need Windows Today, platforms are as diverse as the devices they run on. Why is Windows still relevant and why should you still own a Windows PC? We explain. Read More , but we think it’s worth more than that.

If you’d like to try Windows 10 after reading this, check out how to install it on any computer How to Install Windows 10 for Free on any Windows, Linux, or OS X PC How to Install Windows 10 for Free on any Windows, Linux, or OS X PC You don't have to upgrade to Windows 10 to try it. Whether you qualify for the free upgrade or want to try Windows 10 on Linux or OS X, you can evaluate it for free. Read More .

Will you stick with the Windows OS in 2018? Why or why not? Tell us why you like Windows or why you plan to ditch in down in the comments!

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  1. dragonmouth
    January 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    "1. Windows 10 Is Always Improving"
    That's because it's so bad that the only way to go is up.

    "2. You’re Already Used to Windows"
    IOW, you've been thoroughly brainwashed.

    "3. The Microsoft Ecosystem Is Growing"
    That should be 'Microsoft walled prison is growing'

    "4. Windows 7 and 8.1 Are Still Available"
    For how long?!

    "5. Gaming Isn’t as Great on Other Platforms"
    I'll grant you that one.

    "6-12. And Many More Little Reasons"
    COPOUT!!! Title says '12 BIG reasons', article gives 6 arguably big ones and a bunch of iffy ones.

    “Here are some smaller grounds for staying with your Windows operating system:”
    Will you enjoy how dumbed-down Windows 10 is?
    There are very few pre-built Linux PCs on the market because it is so easy to build one.
    Macs and Chromebooks ARE NOT meant to be upgradeable. A self-built PC certainly IS upgradeable.
    You may save money on dongles but you pay through the nose for Windows software. I save money on dongles AND software when I use Linux.

    There is one BIG reason not to continue using Windows. Whether because it has the most users or because it has so many exploits, Windows is the most insecure O/S around.

  2. isse
    January 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I clicked on this article because I knew the comment section would be the best part. I was not disappointed. I learned quite a bit, and will look into making the switch to Linux before Win 7 support ends.

    • isse
      January 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I meant Ubuntu. Still learning.

      • dragonmouth
        January 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        Don't limit yourself to only Ubuntu. Ubuntu is not the only Linux distro. There are many others that are as good or better. Just because all the tech writers are pushing it doesn't make it the best. Try PCLinuxOS. It is as easy to install. It has just as much software available. The best thing about PCLinuxOS is that it is a rolling release which means you do not have to re-install it every six months like Ubuntu.

  3. Vas
    January 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t think this sweet talk here will convince users who like to OWN their PC versus giving ownership up to microsoft. “Owning” my PC includes I decide what I upload, and when I do it. What you call “fun app” others consider useless annoying crap shoved on my, personal, PC. The policies attached to Win 10 are an outrage, so is Microsofts assumption that They will decide whT features or so-called “improvements” people wish to include in updates. updates should be limited to security features, period!

    I’ll stick with my Win 7 and XP devices, and my Apple devices, that new Win 10 PC unfortunately just serves as a dust collector at this point until I have time to figure out what alternatives I have to use my GBs once they are disconnected from Microsoft dictatorship.

  4. Coen
    January 9, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Halfway reading through the article I looked up at the calendar and was amazed that it is not April Fool's day...

  5. Coen
    January 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Halfway reading through the article I took a look at the calendar and was amazed to see it is not April Fool's day...

  6. AD
    January 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Apart from some of the games, your argument is not valid. Payola rediviva, maybe?

  7. Anon
    January 9, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    SWBF2, COD WWII, and Destiny 2 should be removed from that list of 'biggest' games.

  8. alex
    January 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    blah, blah, blah

  9. Harald Sommer
    January 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Best of both worlds! I mostly use Ubuntu (Linux) as it allows to access Windoze folders and files (actually all partitions can be accessed by Ubuntu). I save all files and folders I work with on Windoze, not on Ubuntu. - Using WINE certain Windoze programs run on Ubuntu, too. Besides, Ubuntu starts up and shuts down much, much faster than Windows.

  10. Paulo Camilo
    January 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    And the price is?

  11. James Bruce
    January 9, 2018 at 8:37 am

    The constant major upgrade cycle is not a good thing, it just means every time I turn on my PC they've broken something else. New features that just need to be disabled. Game bar? Sure, I didn't need those 10FPS for gaming anyway. Updated my gfx driver without asking? Oh, that's another two hours of life wasted trying to track down why my Vive is suddenly broken. I need to keep a list of settings to change back each time! And even on Pro, I find a new stupid app or game installed / listed on the start menu without asking for it. And no, I don't want to try Office 365!

    And to really take the biscuit, you can't turn off updates. You just get them, or you suffer the giant blue box every start up. Update now, or in two minutes when it's more convenient? You might as well, we'll just ask you again tomorrow!

    • Isaac Newton
      January 9, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thank you very much for this post! I couldn't emphasize it better than you did!! A single thumbs-up is not enough!!!

      I want to be in charge when updates are to be installed, because I have to re-do a software validation each time after a change in the software occured in order to keep the certificate for our laboratory. With Windows the only chance is to isolate these computers from Internet and only occasionally update if a real benefit is the result.

      UNIX/LINUX/MacOS is so much better. There you can have automatic updates if you want and generally do these OSs what you want. In Windows we suffer from really bad functionality, especially regarding the network.

  12. Eddie G.
    January 9, 2018 at 8:11 am

    This is HILARIOUS! I actually PRINTED this and placed it in the office on the bulletin board for all the IT techs to see!....Ha ha! "Reasons To Stick With Windows"......They forget to add a few more reasons:
    Even after over 30 years thee's STILL a BSOD!?
    The plentiful and almost ludicrous amount of Trojans, Viruses, Ransomware etc.
    The limited ways in which it can be customized.
    The worst security,
    Cortana

    this really is too funny! LoL

  13. Ian McCain
    January 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    My main reason for moving to Linux finally is nothing to do with it being easy or not, although I am finding that it is. If you are aren't bothered by all of your private information and activity, including browsing history, application usage, which files you have opened, etc, being logged and inspected by Microsoft, then be my guest and use Windows 10. the privacy situation is even worse if you use Onedrive. The EULA that you agree to to use this service explains that the data that you upload can be freely used by Microsoft. Sorry, I am one of those people who have nothing to hide, but I am not prepared to pay this price to be able to use Windows 10. plus, compared to Linux Mint, Windows 10 is heavy and slow.
    There are some beautiful free software packages available for Linux. take a look at WPS Office as a prime example of a well designed piece of software that is free to use.

  14. Ken Mitchell
    January 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    What a laugh!

    1. Windoze is always improving! No, it's always CHANGING, and not all the changes are improvements. Which brings a lie to Point 2, "You're already used to Windows".
    "3. Microsoft ecosystem is growing", except that Windoze Phone is dead, and Cortana is either dead or being folded into Amazon Alexa. WHAT is growing there, besides mold?
    4. "Windows 7 and 8 are still available", except that they aren't; you can't buy either of them.
    5. Gaming; well, you've got me there. But when World of Warcraft is available for Linux, all bets are off.
    6-12 means you couldn't even think of any more.

    On the flip side, the "Creators Update" breaks stuff dependent on SQL Express. Functions in MS Office keep moving around with every new version, and old functions that I've used for years simply disappear.

  15. Mike
    January 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Counter article, 6 Things Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows.

    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-things-ubuntu-better-windows/

  16. David Chaille
    January 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    In all candor, this article wins the top prize for "pure dumb." I have used both Windows and Mac operating systems. There is virutally no comparison between the two systems. Mac OS is easier to use and straight forward (user-friendly). Windows is awkward and buggy. When I was a school administrator, I had two different computers on my desk. One was a Windows system and the other was a Mac system. I used the Windows computer to check the schools budget in the antiquated main frame computer in the school district. Some other school administrators were stuck with a Windows computer. They would come to my office complaining that they had been struggling for several days trying to create a program flier. I took the information and finished their flier on my Mac computer within 10-15 minutes.

    In another school disitrict, I kept the school's budget on inter-locking Excel spreadsheets. I had the costs down to the penney. At one point, the district level business manager told me that he trusted my Mac developed budget more than his Windows-based calculations. He gave me a blank check to do whatever I decided based on my Mac financial system.

    Friends often call on me to figure out what is wrong with their Windows computer. Although I can usually diagnose and fix the problem(s), I feel sorry for them. Windows is such a convoluted system. I believe that there is a solid reason why, in my opinion, Windows is so inferior. Microsoft has little to no control over the various hardware configurations. The company has to deal with countless computer models from different companies. On the other hand, Apple has control over both the hardware and the operating system. The Mac hardware and software are well integrated.

    I must admit that the competition on the Windows side results in lower hardware costs. You can buy a Windows laptop for much less than a Mac laptop. Sometimes, however, the cost comparison is somewhat unfair. Some of the Windows computers do not come as fully equipped as a Mac computer. When you figure the price of add-ons, the cost difference between a Windows computer and a Mac computer is not as great.

    My best friend has a Windows computer. He is constantly struggling with some problem. I let him finish his work on my Mac. In all candor, he has never got used to the way the Mac operates. Psychologically, I think that he is extremely resistant to anything new. Similarly, I don't think that he understand his Windows system very well. Whether Windows or Mac, he would probably benefit from a good orientation class.

    Since the beginning of personal computers, there has been an angry fight between Windows users and Mac users. People tend to be opinionated about the system that they use. The bottom line is that you can do word processing, spreadsheets, email, Internet and graphics on either platform. A person tends to stay with the same type of computer as they were exposed to initially. Often there is an investment in one's understanding of one particular system. in the files saved and in the software purchased. Despite these facts, people who do switch from Windows to Mac are usually very happy after the initial 2-3 day in transition and learning curve. Still, the competition between Windows and Mac is good for us consumers. it keeps both companies refining and innovating to the benefit of the user.

    • Buckmeir
      January 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      MicroSoft is heavily invested in Apple. I have heard it is to keep from being a monopoly.

  17. Paul
    January 4, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I have been using Linux for over ten years. The seven different distributions I have used were not perfect in some respects. I have learned that when I have the opportunity to use friends, relatives "just don't work right" windows and fix them, the support is plentiful. The only plus I have for Windows is that if the masses have an issue, there are many sometimes good and bad fixes which may cost your data or your wallet.

  18. Blake
    January 4, 2018 at 6:44 am

    These have got to be the stupidest reasons ever to stay with such a buggy and exploited operating system. Last year I switched to Ubuntu and I haven't looked back. Everything I need is available and if I ever need Windows I can spin up a virtual machine. And if you're that big into PC gaming then just dual boot your computer. It's super easy. Windows 10 and it's start menu advertisements, auto installing apps without my permission. Just a terrible environment. I mean maybe this article was written to demonstrate Cunninghams law but if you're thinking about switching, switch.

    • Adyel
      January 4, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      If you can take your time to learn to use a new OS then you can also learn how to disable these issues (Auto install / Ads in Start menu) in windows. And Windows is the least buggy system out there and that's why it's popular. Don't get me wrong, Ubuntu is a good operating system but it is nowhere comparable to Windows 10.

      • Shnarp
        January 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

        BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!

        "least buggy system out there"? LMFAO!!!!

        People who can't get their Linux system to do *anything* a PoS Windows system can do, shouldn't own a computer in the first place. You seem to be a prime example of this.

      • Mike
        January 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

        "Least buggy system out there"? Um, no. The reason Windows is "popular" is because it comes pre-installed on virtually all PC hardware available. Most people don't care what OS they're running as long as they can surf. Linux would be just as "popular" if it came pre-installed.

        • simon
          January 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm

          "Popular" works pretty much the same way with all things. "Popular" does not equal "good".

        • Vas
          January 10, 2018 at 12:23 am

          Exactly my thought! And it’s time to ask the big PC manufacturers like Dell and HP to give people a choice which platform they want to have installed. Any ads for new computers with Win 10 installed is a waste of poststamps to me.

        • dragonmouth
          January 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

          @Vas:
          You can ask HP and Dell to offer private users a choice of platforms but they will not offer it. They do not want to lose their 'preferred' rating with MS. If HP and other PC manufacturers sell too many PCs with Linux, MS will not give them volume discounts on purchase of Win 10. When you're selling millions of PCs, paying full price for each copy of Windows gets very expensive very fast.

          HP, Dell, Acer, etc do sell Linux computers, but only to corporate customers, If you or I want one, we have to jump through all kinds of hoops.

  19. charlie bright
    January 3, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    i wouldnt switch to apple ever. Ipods are junk always have been. a million or so refurbished ones in the dollar general. everybody with eyephone has to buy a new one 6 months later if their luck. apple is the best salespeople to sluffe off half finished products on advertising hype. Macs I agree are very good if in was a teacher would be the only reason id have one. Windows has had super Os's Win95,98, etc. true they have quirks not in Linux which i use as a business platform. They 90% of important things well and they deserve my business for inventing plug and play, getting GUI's to interface with text, etc. Just dont get to Greedy Bill.

  20. Shane
    January 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    This article ignores that one can easily dual boot two operating systems on one PC. Though honestly I don't even recommend that since I only go to the Windows system in the odd event I play a game on Steam that isn't available on Ubuntu. Many of the arguments put forward equally apply to Linux machines; like building a brand new PC where you can save a good chunk of money by not opting for Windows. And then some of them don't make sense, like the keyboard shortcuts where you can usually customize them on your system.

  21. Hildy J
    January 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    One other thing - almost all peripherals can run on Windows (assuming you have the cables to connect them). One of these days I'm going to home build a conversion/storage machine and get my old 5 1/4" floppy drive (that I pulled from an IBM PC a decade ago) hooked up.

    • Rob de Koter
      January 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      your drive will run under linux :-)

    • Ninja250
      January 8, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      That is the only reason I keep one Windows 8.1 box - to run my Canon Pixma Pro 100 printer (since Canon does not provide Linux drivers). Otherwise, my main desktop and laptop run Ubuntu Linux with only 10% of the maintenance needed to keep my "printer driver" running. By the way Canon, love the printer, but it's the last of your products I'll be buying unless you take a few minutes to port your Mac drivers to Linux.

      • Michael
        January 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

        Hey Ninja250
        You need to try again. Got my Canon printer drivers from Canon and they work just fine will Linux Mint.

        • Ninja250
          January 8, 2018 at 10:06 pm

          Michael, I just checked both Canon USA and Canon Europe and both sites recognized that I was running "Linux (64 bit)" but both sites said there were no drivers for the Pixma Pro-100. If you have a link, please post it because there are a lot of Linux users out there that are as frustrated as I am with Canon.

  22. steveb
    January 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Bit of a cheat saying " If you’re a Windows 7 lover and your PC is still solid, why not stick with what you like for a few more years?" When Microsoft has announced a change to its support policy that lays out its plans for future updates to its older operating systems, and the new rules mean that future PC owners with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will need to use Windows 10.

    • KwaK
      January 8, 2018 at 7:01 am

      Pretty certain you can't get a new PC (the said "next-gen") with Windows 7 pre-installed ... it's all Windows 10 now. You can still find standalone install media (or you probably still have the old one) and some left over licence keys somewhere, but frankly - that's more hassle than it's worth compared to just swallowing your pride and accepting Windows 10 (and there's always the option to throw it out the window and installing one of the many Linux-based distros).

      • steveb
        January 8, 2018 at 10:19 am

        Frankly that's a sh**ty response, you have no idea of what O/S I have installed - It's not a question of swallowing my pride, the article implied Win7 was an ongoing option until 2023 but did not clearly articulate the issues associated with such an approach including the fact that all the latest processors will not allow Win7 to be installed, thus forcing a move to Win10 or out of the Microsoft world without any option if one is to upgrade to the latest hardware, rather than at a time of ones choosing. That BTW sees this typed on a Chromebook and the original typed on a Mint based setup.

        • KwaK
          January 8, 2018 at 10:54 am

          My point was that this is a moot point: "... future PC owners with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will need to use Windows 10."

          Those next-gen PCs will either come with Windows 10 (or in rare cases - one of the Linux based distros) pre-installed or no OS at all. If they'll come with no OS pre-installed you won't be able to acquire anything else but Windows 10 install media anyway (unless you still have your old one along with an unused licence key). Admittedly, the author didn't point out which users were they addressing, but I imagine that the part about being able to keep using Windows 7 was to imply that the existing users don't have to immediately drop their current computer system or OS and rush out to buy the latest and greatest (meant sarcastically) PC/Laptop/???/SmartChair and etc.

          And neither did I assume what 'Operating/System' are you currently using on your current computer system, nor did I specifically said that you *must* upgrade to Windows 10 - I specifically mentioned the option that you always have the choice to run one of the many dead or alive Linux-based distros. What I did, however, imply was that in the event of upgrading to the said "next-gen" systems just to accept Windows 10 as the optimal Windows OS (emphasis on the "Windows OS" to imply that this is what would probably be the best option to run Windows-specific software on the computer system, and not to try to peddle Windows OS's as the "one-size-fits-all" solution for every and all computer systems) for those systems ... similarity to how Windows 98/XP/Vista/7 & etc were the optimal Windows OS's for the time period when new computer systems came out with support for them.