7 Reasons Why Microsoft Windows Is a Disaster
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Back in August 2017, I wrote a piece called Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows Don't bother with Linux, unless you know what you're doing. Windows is the more convenient choice for the majority of users. Read More . Indignant Linux users flooded the comments section. Some made valid rebuttals of my points, others accused me of being a blinkered Windows fan.

In the interests of fairness — and to prove Microsoft did not pay for last year’s article, despite the allegations — let’s take a look at the other side of the coin.

Windows is far from perfect. Nay, Windows sucks (at times). It’s a bloated mess that’s confusing to navigate and prone to crash, right? Join us as we count down seven reasons that expose the disaster called Windows.

1. Windows Updates

Where to begin? There’s so much wrong with the Windows approach to updates that it’s mindboggling. From the ridiculous way updates are delivered to how the operating system handles old update files How to Delete Old Windows Update Files How to Delete Old Windows Update Files There is still one part of Windows Update that needs your attention: the old files that are left behind. They can take up a lot of space. Read More — the problems are endless.

Let’s start with the most obvious: the Windows approach to downloading and installing updates. Yes, the forced restart issues How to Prevent Windows 10 Restarts When You're Actively Using It How to Prevent Windows 10 Restarts When You're Actively Using It We've all been hit by the sudden "Windows 10 restart" and it can be a nuisance at best, a devastation at worst. Here's how to prevent it from interrupting you ever again. Read More are mostly gone, but the active hours feature is restrictive, and the reboot choices are still limited.

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For a more nuanced approach to managing the updates, you need to use the Group Policy Editor 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better The Windows Group Policy grants you advanced control over your system, without having to mess with the registry. We'll show you how to easily customize Windows in ways you didn't think were possible. Read More . But for an average user, it’s a difficult app to understand. And worse still, it’s not even available in the Windows Home edition without some serious tinkering How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try Group Policy is a power tool that lets you access advanced system settings. We'll show you how to access it or set it up in Windows Home and 5+ powerful Group Policies to boot. Read More .

2. Microsoft Cortana

Cortana feels like Clippy Office Assistant 2.0. Is it more useful? Sure. But it’s annoying as hell. It’ll pester you with setup notifications until you finally relent and cave in.

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The smart assistant even plays a significant role in the operating system-wide search feature, offering supposedly useful websites and additional information about whatever you’re looking for. And no, we don’t need Cortana to help us order a pizza or find a plumber.

Why does Microsoft think Cortana needs to be central to everything in Windows 10? And anyway, what could it possibly do with all that data that Cortana is collecting? After all, it’s not like the company is a big, evil corporation.

3. Microsoft Is a Big Corporation

Capitalism stinks and corporations are evil. Okay, that’s a bit extreme, but there’s no doubt that Microsoft’s intentions aren’t always pure.

Take the Windows 10 telemetry Don't Let Windows 10 Spy on You: Manage Your Privacy! Don't Let Windows 10 Spy on You: Manage Your Privacy! Windows 10 is watching you. Microsoft's latest operating system is undoubtedly harvesting more of your personal information than ever before. We'll show you how to get a better grip on your privacy. Read More . Never before has a desktop operating system reaped so much information about its users. And to Microsoft, that data is precious. In their eyes, we may well have become the product.

The company has tried lots of other sneaky tricks. What about the Windows Update Delivery Optimization? The technology essentially made your computer a server that could deliver (and receive) updates from other PCs. Microsoft claimed it made updates run faster. Conveniently, it also saved the company millions in server space.

4. Bloatware

Windows machines have always suffered from bloatware.

PC manufacturers load both their own apps and third-party apps onto the operating system before it hits the stores. Tech-savvy users would be forced to perform a clean install immediately. Less technically-aware people would leave it all installed forever.

Today, Microsoft takes a stricter line with manufacturers Microsoft Removes Bloatware From Windows 10, Apple Hates Trump... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Removes Bloatware From Windows 10, Apple Hates Trump... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft helps you get rid of bloatware, Apple doesn't approve of Donald Trump, PlayStation VR is coming to a city near you, check for free Ticketmaster tickets, and Lonelygirl15 makes a comeback. Read More ; they are more limited in what they can add. But if you think that means bloatware has vanished, think again.

On Windows 10, it’s now Microsoft who is responsible for all the junk Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps Tired of Bloatware? How to Purge Windows 10 Store Apps For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a cash machine. With future updates, more apps will be pre-installed and promoted on the Start Menu. Let us show you how to easily remove pre-installed Windows Store apps. Read More . After every single major upgrade, it’s come under fire for reinstalling previously-deleted Windows Store apps (like Candy Crush How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with several pre-installed apps that take up space on your device and aren't easy to remove. Sounds like bloatware, doesn't it? We show you how to remove these apps. Read More ), along with ads-disguised-as-apps for everything from Office 365 to its latest features.

5. Closed Source

Possibly the most significant advantage that Linux has over Windows and macOS is that it’s open source.

For some users, this is an important ethical point. It’s “computing for everyone” at its finest. It’s also important from a security standpoint. If you’re so inclined, it means you can dig down into the code of the operating system to make sure it’s not carrying nasty malware or spying on you.

But closed source is about more than ethics and security. It has a direct knock-on effect on end-users. One only has to look at the bitter war between Google and Microsoft during the launch of Windows 8. It meant users couldn’t effectively use their Google Calendar in the Windows native calendar app.

6. Crashes

All operating systems crash occasionally, it’s just one of those things. But for Windows, “occasionally” can mean multiple times per week.

But here’s the rub. Often the crashes are caused by a problem Windows has created for itself, without any user input. The update issue we mentioned earlier is a great example.

I speak from experience when I say a clean install of Windows that’s correctly maintained will hardly ever crash. However, most users aren’t in the same boat. Many have upgraded from Windows 7. The upgrade has left far too many “loose ends” in the code, and the platform can’t handle it. Cue the inevitable blue screen of death.

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7. Boot Times

A Chromebook boots to the Chrome browser in under 10 seconds. Macs are in a ready-to-use state in about 15 to 30 seconds. Windows takes a lifetime.

Even if you meticulously manage your startup list 5 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10 5 Tips to Fix Slow Boot Times in Windows 10 If your Windows 10 boot time is slow since the Anniversary Update, your're not alone. We have compiled the most common solutions to help you fix this issue fast. Read More , the boot still takes an eternity. And if you try and launch an app or open a document before it’s “settled down”? Congratulations, you just added at least another two minutes to its total startup time.

On a couple of occasions in the last few years, Microsoft has offered grandiose promises about improved system boot times. It’s yet to deliver on any of them.

Why Does Windows Suck?

Windows is such a disaster because the update system is ridiculous, Cortana is annoying, Microsoft is evil, it’s overrun with bloatware, it’s closed source, it crashes all the time, and it’s slower than a Trabant 601. We all agree on that.

But why else does Windows suck? Which of the other 7,195,054 Windows problems deserved to make this list? Or do you disagree with everything? We can’t wait to hear from you!

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  1. Eddie G.
    February 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Being a Windows SysAdmin from since '99 I can say that Windows truly IS a horrible operating system. Maybe in their current state they're a little more tolerant of open source, maybe its because they realize that with the shift to all web-based apps the "desktop" as we know it might go the way of the dinosaurs, but they are infamous for being a very "demanding" company and operating system. The ailments of the past aren't as prominent as they used t be, where when an update installed you didn't HAVE a choice as to whether or not you rebooted, All your work was halted and your machine "went down" to come back up in an updated state. Now? they're giving you the option to reboot on some kind of schedule, they're trying to convince the consumer that they're in "Love" with Open Source software, and while that might be true on the surface, there are still patent lawsuits going on against Linux for issues that date back for a few decades. All in all I don't use Windows, I stopped using it since Windows NT4.0, and I've been with Linux since then...and I've gone through the "growing pains" , the dependency hell, the kernel panics and all the other issues that plagued Linux and open source back then, but you know what? in its current iteration? Linux is actually easier, than Windows is!.....easier to install, easier to use, easier to "afford"....etc...etc. So while I might not call it a disaster?...its definitely a big no-no for the "average" PC user....and for Power Users and SysAdmins? Well it should come as no surprise that most if not all of them don't use it. That's saying something....

  2. Alec Heesacker
    February 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! We’ve been caught within The Windows Trap!

  3. Wesley
    February 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I must have a different Windows 10 OS than you do.
    1. Updates download in the background; I'm unaware of them until I shut down my system, when they seem to install. When I boot up they sometimes complete their installation. I have no forced restarts.
    2, I don't use Cortana. I don't recall it ever popping up to volunteer to do something for me or interfere with a search.
    3. Microsoft is a big corporation. Yes, that's how I got my Windows 10 as a FREE update. I heard Apple and Google are big corporations, too.
    4. Bloatware comes with pretty much every new PC. Go to Uninstall Programs & they're gone for good. Does your PC update with bloatware?
    5. Closed source? I don't care, I'm a consumer-level user, as are the vast majority of users. I'm not a coder.
    6. Two years, no crashes. Maybe if I needlessly fiddled with it or downloaded goofball apps it would crash.
    7. My boot time has been dropping since I installed Windows 10 a couple of years ago. It rarely takes more than 30 seconds. If had ADHD that wouldn't be fast enough, but I don't.

    • Silvio Basilis
      February 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Well said Wesley. This guy is obviously biased. Also, people should stop saying that Apple is open Source. Darwin which is the OS X Core is open, but not the layer on top. I took the next paragraph from the website below it.

      "Apple does maintain some open source projects, but for the most part, everything besides the core kernel is closed source. For example, WebKit (the HTML rendering engine behind Safari, Chrome, and other browsers) is open source, but the Safari browser itself is not. Finder, Spotlight, and most (if not all) of the applications that come with the OS are closed source."
      https://superuser.com/questions/19492/is-mac-os-x-open-source

  4. Cecil Britton
    February 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Poor article of very little substance.

  5. Oom Padda
    February 16, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Dan,
    What planet are you on, the last semi decent version of Windows was XP, 98 before that was not to bad.
    I gave up on MS 100% when Ununtu first came out, messed about with compiling Redhat in the early years.
    I read your earlier piece on Linux and it made me wonder what planet you were from (btw I am a 76 year old fart who worked on computers when they used vacuum tubes).
    With programs like LibreOffice I can read and save documents in any MSoffice format it is also available for MS & Mac. I can do as much with the Gimp as I used to do with Photoshop.
    I now live in a Seniors 55 and older residence and have installed Linux Mint on 21 tenants machines, they all love it.
    By this current piece it looks as if you might have seen the Open Source light.
    Regards
    Oom Padda

  6. John
    February 16, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Most of us run Windows because it came with the PC we bought and basically had no choice. While I find Windows 10 a decent OS to use, the spyware is alarming and the updates can be annoying. I first started using Linux Mint several years ago and use it on my laptop on which it runs great. So I now only use the desktop PC (my Windows 10 box) for graphical software and Visual Studio work. Linux has really made incredible strides so I anticipate the move to web-based applications will allow even more people to make the switch.

    • djk
      February 16, 2018 at 5:25 am

      One always has a choice. Left windows years ago when I made my choice - Linux.

      • Budsby
        February 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm

        Likewise, I abandoned Windows more than a decade ago. I opted for Mac - a very advanced OS that can do many things that are in built and so well integrated. Yes the hardware is expensive, but felt it's worth it. After using Mac for several years, I cannot think of changing back to Windows.

  7. cybervulcan
    February 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I find elements of truth in this article, first Windows 10 is the most stable secure and fastest version of Windows I say that as a Windows 10 insider. I experienced no major crashes in my testing of beta builds and RTM builds of Windows 10 only minor errors that were easily fixed in the interest of full disclosure I was a Windows support tech for some time so I had somewhat of an edge there (no pun intended). I switched from Windows 10 to Linux for the sole reason I did not want my operating system sending information back to Microsoft and other privacy concerns. To sum up both operating systems have advantages and disadvantages for example the hardware compatibility of Linux and the abundant software library of Windows. Modifications to both can be easily done on software and hardware.

  8. Pete
    February 15, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    "Windows is such a disaster because the update system is ridiculous, Cortana is annoying, Microsoft is evil, it’s overrun with bloatware, it’s closed source, it crashes all the time, and it’s slower than a Trabant 601. We all agree on that."

    What blithering rubbish this dreadful sensationalist article contains.

    The update system works fine for me. No problems at all. Nothing ridiculous about it. Some people may feel they want other facilities but that does not make it ridiculous.

    Cortana was never a top priority facility for me but what is annoying about it? It's there if I happen to use it and otherwise is no more trouble than any other app that is not being used.

    Microsoft is no more evil than any other giant corporation and a lot less evil than many such as the money grabbing, greedy, non-philanthropic, overpriced Apple Corporation. However their evil has never touched me and I am grateful for the operating systems that have run my businesses over the years right from Windows 3.1. I am also very aware that the extra no charge software they include and have increased on every OS release has inspired and helped me and hundreds of thousands of others in many ways.

    Try as I may I cannot see more than a few items of what the miserable hack responsible for the so-called article needs to refer to as bloatware. Others may find this software useful and entertaining. Certainly it is a lot less than the manufacturer injected bloatware on any new machine. In any case it does no harm just sitting there unused and can be easily removed.

    Windows 10 does not crash all the time. This is a blatant lie. I upgraded my 10 year old Toshiba laptop from Vista to Win 10 via Win 7 (to get Win 10 free) and the only problems I experienced were due to Intel drivers which they officially acknowledged having ceased support some years ago. Since retiring that laptop my new Acer has experienced a zero failure rate. Windows 10 has proved to be a most reliable operating system, so reliable that I deleted my Linux partition.

    Is it a slow as this pathetic article suggests? Of course not, like everything this sad author wrote, this is lies, exaggerated to make a sensationalist point. By the time I upgraded my old laptop Vista was taking around 13 minutes to boot. This was reduced incredibly by Win 7 and then Win 10 with the original hard drive. Having installed a Samsung SSD on my new machine, boot time is a few seconds. Everything I run appears to run speedily and reliably and certainly as fast as I need it and a damn sight faster than I can type. And before Dragonmouth leaps up saying the average user is too thick to install an SSD, even for those who do not wish to attempt this quite simple task, most computer shops will fit and transfer everything for a nominal cost.

    Not everyone is a top level power user requiring to save nanoseconds and I think a good challenge for writers who come up with ridiculous articles like this would be to supply statistics, measurements and facts for every nasty exaggeration and lie in this worthless piece.

    • TheRaven
      February 16, 2018 at 1:35 am

      It's official --Apple sux.

    • ryan
      February 16, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Whoever wrote this reply is a blow-hard and knows way less than he thinks he does about computer systems. Been involved with computers since the 70s and the foremost thing I recommend to my clients is to never allow windows to automatically update because of the MASSIVE amounts of failures and crashes associated with automatic updates. I recommend that they update a single PC after hours so that when a failure does occur, which is often, the whole office is not down for a day or two.

      While corporations are not evil (ONLY IDIOTS AND LOSERS THINK THAT) Microsoft has a terrible history if you were around to watch the company from 1986 going forward and watched its methods for growth. The facts are out there. If you dont have them, go look them up. I am not your mommy.

      I am continuously waiting for my pig computers to respond to the keyboard. I have nine microsoft sytems and they not only boot slow, they constantly choke on anything - for no good reason; usually it is because an update hosed a driver and it is no longer compatible with the turd files that were updated.

      Clearly wrong info

      Author is correct in almost every statement in this article

  9. Phoebe Wetherbee
    February 15, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Anybody experienced the Windows 10 and MS Office debacle? Everything shuts down when you try to use any office product (Word, Excel, powerpoint.)

  10. Mike
    February 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Running Win10 untweaked on an under-powered PC is my definition of hell. Properly personalized, and with the right resources, it becomes transparent and completely predictable. I boot it from a SSD, quad-processor and 12GB ram. I've yet to see a blue screen - 15 months - and the thing runs about 20hrs a day. Best OS ever from Msft. My laptop runs Ubuntu which i like a lot - but - the real blood and guts work happens on the Win10 machine.

    • Jay Tardif
      February 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Agree with you Mike. Windows 10 works very well for me except for these sooo frequent updates. I use Microsoft Office 365 for work. It is not perfect but I remember the graph paper, pencil, slide rule and typewriter of 40 years ago. It took much longer to put things on my desk every morning than to load Windows and then MS Office.
      What a change also from the first PCs with the MSDOS and PCDOS. Count your blessings.
      Thank you to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

  11. Lars Nielsen
    February 13, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Nice article!
    But when we agree that Windows is so rubbish, why is it still used so much? There are serious alternatives to windows.

    • dragonmouth
      February 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Because Windows comes pre-installed on the vast majority of commercially available PCs and that is all that the "average user" sees. If you build your own PCs and/or use Linux, you are not an "average user". If you are aware of those "serious alternatives", you are not an "average user".

    • EvilChemist
      February 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Software for hardware.

      The lab equipment I use can only be run using the software and drivers provided by the vendor.

  12. Excellink
    February 13, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Windows 10 is a pig with way too much lipstick. Everything is more complicated and time-consuming, from simply opening a recent file in Word to figuring out why last week help article is out of date because Microsoft has changed the names and locations of applications that used be called something else, and used to be located somewhere else. I’ve had Windows 10 and Office 365 for six months, I’m computer savvy, and it’s still a balls up every day.

    • Hal
      February 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly, and suggest there is another problem: Windows 10 is incompatible with older, still great hardware (like scanners and printers). Every time I find a workaround to make one work , another Win10 Update comes along and breaks the workaround. It then takes the better part of a day to fix what the Update wrought. Those fixes get even more difficult when Win10 makes the changes you mentioned, so that references to how to fix something go out of date. I would happily stick with a fixed version of Win10 and a reference manual that used the nomenclature of that fixed version!

  13. Fulcanelli1987
    February 13, 2018 at 6:09 am

    The writer of this "piece" is so biased. I have been using Windows 10 Home for almost a year, and it is the best OS I have ever seen.

    • dragonmouth
      February 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      "I have been using Windows 10 Home for almost a year"
      That is a long time to use an O/S.

      "it is the best OS I have ever seen."
      Have you seen/used any other O/Ss besides Windows on which to base your opinion?

    • Rudy Johnson
      February 15, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      That is sad if you think Win 10 Home is best. Either you have no experience or have been drinking the kool-aid. Windows has never been a good operating system, but one I have had to tolerate because I have not found acceptable alternatives elsewhere. Other Windows OS have been better, but the amount of data they collect on you is intolerable, but so is Google. Try another OS. I do not care for Apple products because of the huge upfront costs. However, Linux has really come a long way over the past 20+ years. It would be good to see some more and better commercial client software for Linux. Plus, there are so many flavors of Linux, see how one tastes.

      • Diana
        February 17, 2018 at 12:27 am

        Can you imagine an average user with Linux lmfao yea right. I have lots of students on my course trying to tell me how great Linux is, and always when I ask the question each year "how do you install a program on a Linux operating system?" I get the same blank silent look. Out of 80 students none. That's right not one single student has a clue including the ones trying to tell everyone Windows is useless and Linux is way better hahaha they actually do not even know how to install a program on Linux. Isn't that a joke in itself. And if you say they just need to educate themselves on how to do it then my reply is then first educate yourself on how to use the tools on the current operating system your using first. Most probably Windows 10 now days and you'll have no issues. I certainly don't.

  14. Andreas
    February 13, 2018 at 5:31 am

    I completely agree with Mr. Price.

    I was a beta tester for the original Windows 10, until I started reading what I actually gave Microsoft permission to. One thing is that Google has control over my phone, but my computer is completely different. It contains personal information and data that is mine. I don't need Microsoft to collect meta data from my computer.

    That said, I have massive reservations to the way the system is designed to begin with. It is designed to spy on you. Cortana can listen to you all the time, meaning recording private conversations at every time of day. Windows Hello is just another gateway for Microsoft to record your webcam feed at every time of the day.

    Just let me pay for my product, I don't want to be your product.

    Microsoft says that all the data they collect is anonymous, but I am having a hard time believing that. The fact that it took them almost 2 years to actually tell the public what they collect is a deal breaker for me.

    If anybody wants to try and fathom what they collect: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields (Link to docs.microsoft.com)

    Note: Sufficed to say, I am not running Windows 10, and never will.

  15. Radu
    February 13, 2018 at 5:22 am

    If you have Windows 10 installed on a SSD drive your boot time will be under 10 seconds, guaranteed.

    There are uninstallers and tools to disable bloatware and if you really care, you can do some workarounds to turn off Windows Updates.

    Buy a SSD, use Windows 10 cleaned of bloat and it is going to be much better than article suggests.

    • dragonmouth
      February 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      An "average user" who plays games, does a little email and posts on Facebook does not have the skill to do a HD for SSD swap and do a clean install of Win 10

  16. Chris Maten
    February 13, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Lol my windows laptop boots up in around 10 seconds including steam, discord, and google backup on my humble sata 3 samsung ssd.

  17. Paul Quirk
    February 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I always hate how a Windows notification can steal focus unexpectedly. So rude!

  18. DanteZ
    February 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Technically these days of importance of OS is seriously overrated. Cloud is ruling the world.. Some clouds and setups on Win, most and best on linux of course. Windows NT basically and finally came up with use and kernel spaces. Of course Microsoft stole it from *nix. But why not. We all are people and live on planet earth. We should allow ideas all around to be improved and concurrency fights going on. Improving each party.
    But yes Windows sucks less than 5-10 years ago. But it still sucks.
    As backend developer with "some" knowledge about kernels. I would say - never put serious backend on Windows. Windows is for Directx and playing games.
    That's about it

  19. Joshua Hillerup
    February 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    A big problem that you left out is that you have to reboot so much from updates. Because of the archaic nature of how file handles are done you can't update a running process, so the system needs to reboot before applying any update to something that runs normally.

  20. Notasheep
    February 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    My Windows PC with a sold state drive and quick boot turned on in BIOS only takes 10-15 seconds to boot. Although the only reason I use Windows is because of the games I play won't run as well in Linux.

  21. Sam Dey
    February 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    The bottom line is that Windows is a tool. It's got it's pros and cons like any other car or the limitless derivations of Linux.

    And it's come a LONG way from Windows 98. Remember when the BSoD was triggered by simple memory leaks? By and large, Windows 10 just works. It's even got (limited) support for native Linux apps.

    And let's be realistic. Easy as distros like Ubuntu are to setup and use, they can be a nightmare for an average user to maintain.

    Microsoft is running a business to make money. You don't make money by giving away your product for free. For awhile you got the whole thing for free. Now they're working to provide updates and fix problems for their users AT NO EXTRA COST. Can you go into your car dealership and ask them to slap on the latest model updates? No. So for now I can live with having to restart once a month.

    • dragonmouth
      February 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      "The bottom line is that Windows is a tool. "
      You're right. But not every tool is of the same quality. I'd much rather have a tool made by SK than one that says Made in Taiwan.

      "Easy as distros like Ubuntu are to setup and use, they can be a nightmare for an average user to maintain. "
      The proverbial "average user" doesn't know enough to get a Linux PC. (S)he uses whatever (s)he can buy in WalMart or BestBuy.
      Please define what you mean by "nightmare to maintain".

      "You don't make money by giving away your product for free. "
      Maybe not but as of this morning, Distrowatch lists 307 ACTIVE distributions, of which at least 275 are completely free.

      "Now they're working to provide updates and fix problems for their users AT NO EXTRA COST."
      Finally. Linux developers have been doing that since Day One.

  22. Hildy J
    February 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I am a Windows fan and I don't see most of your problems as significant and Windows allows you to resolve most of them through settings.

    First, as you point out, crashes almost all come from in place upgrades. Users should always backup their data and do a clean install. If you didn't originally, do it today.

    Second, you should uninstall any bloatware you don't plan to use (you can always reinstall it) and turn off all the live tiles and notifications you don't need.

    Third, while you're stuck with Cortana, I'd turn off the always listening mode which can be a resource hog.

    Fourth, change whatever telemetry settings bother you and turn off update optimization.

    • dragonmouth
      February 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      I don't think you and users such as yourself are the target audience for this article. I bet that short of literal hardware meltdown, you could fix any PC problem. I believe Dan is targeting the proverbial "average user" for whom a PC is a black box, no matter what color the case is. Dan is also trying to show that he is neutral in the Windows vs Linux debate.

      • Hildy J
        February 12, 2018 at 9:32 pm

        You're probably right that the average user might be better off buying a Win10 PC rather than dealing with a clean install but the rest of the suggestions are well within the capabilities of anyone who can right click EXCEPT I used Dan's terminology of "telemetry". The average user should look for "privacy" in the settings search box (and shutting off Cortana's nosy ears is in the privacy microphone tab).

  23. Slotty
    February 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Five of the seven things listed are easily fixed. I could point out twenty reasons why Linus sucks and fifty for Apple. It all depends on how much time as a user, you are willing to put into learning about your OS.

    • Richard
      February 13, 2018 at 11:12 am

      You are probably right. I' m a windows certified engineer and still using g linux What drove me away from windows is Microsoft privacy policy. Basically "you payed but don't own it."
      Ie. Try to set some privacy settings. Do an update and find your settings against.. Don't be surprised all your settings have vanished

  24. William Vasquez
    February 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    You probably don't want to hear this, and I am a long time Linux user and lover, but nothing beats Windows for the games; driver support for sound cards and video cards and older printers. I have both an old Canon Pixma iP1700 and a Lexmark all-in-one x8350. There is nothing wrong with these printers and frankly I prefer them to new printers because they do not have the electronics that prevents refilling cartridges or buying lower cost generic brands, but I can not use them on a Linux machine, no drivers to be found to this date. And any time I want to buy any internal hardware to upgrade my computer, I have to check if is compatible with Linux. Sadly, most of the time the answer is 'no'.

  25. Aaron
    February 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I am all for Linux and I only use Windows for gaming, but I have a problem with his statements on boot times. I don't think Chromebooks use spinning drives. I know Macs use SSDs. And my Windows computer boots in less than ten seconds on an SSD. Of course Windows is going to lose if you compare a system with a spinning drive to one with an SSD. That's not the fault of the OS.

    • dragonmouth
      February 12, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Dan likes to set up straw men just so he has something to knock down. His 10 Reasons to Stick with Windows were just as shaky as his 7 Reasons Windows is a Disaster.

  26. Davin Peterson
    February 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    This is probably why Windows Phone sucked and is not popular.

  27. Sigitas
    February 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Huh. Most of these reasons changed my mind to switch to linux.

    • jon
      February 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      You should have read his reasons for switching from linux in the article from August 31, 2017.
      Some of the numbing reasons: code is bad being closed-source, coming from a corporation that is also big, bloatware( only to be found on dirt cheap laptops), cortana behaving the only way such a program will ever behave, regardless of corporation and platform.
      Wait not long until he finds reasons against Chrome OS.
      Unreasonable!

      • Sigitas
        February 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        My english is not good. I just wanted to say, reason number 6 forced me to change windows into linux.