Alternatives to Windows 7 for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Ubuntu has everything and more then a user needs. Plus. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for installation and use. Debian is known for strict adherence to the Unix...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu -based distribution ( so Debian based...

    Open Source Linux

    • User-friendly windows-like operating system. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Very good alternative to Windows. Very easy to learn and very stable Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with...

    Open Source Linux

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    Windows 10

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10...

    Commercial Windows

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    Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community...

    Open Source Linux

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    macOS

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Designed to run on Macintosh computers.

    Commercial Mac

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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work, Xubuntu is prepackaged with all the applications...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM, IA-64, PowerPC, PC-98 and UltraSPARC® architectures. It is...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on...

    Open Source Linux

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    ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through...

    Open Source Windows

    • Although it's in alpha, ReactOS is being built from the ground up to work like Windows. It being FOSS is also a nice touch. liljjhJul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of the default GNOME . This gives it a completely different look and feel. Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide...

    Open Source Linux

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    Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo is a rolling release distro (continuously developing, don't...

    Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

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    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. Given its lightweight size and system requirements, Remix OS for PC is well suited to be installed on a USB...

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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    CentOS

    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform and strives to maintain 100% binary compatibility with its...

    Open Source Linux

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    Chromium OS

    Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. The only application on the operating system is a web browser, which includes a media player. The user interface takes a...

    Open Source Linux

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    Raspbian

    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture).

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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    Haiku

    Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

    Open Source Haiku

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    Ubuntu MATE

    Ubuntu Mate is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest...

    Open Source Linux

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    Red Hat

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary...

    Commercial Linux

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    OpenBSD

    The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. * OpenBSD runs on many...

    Open Source BSD

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    TrueOS

    TrueOS is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD . Known widely for its stability and security in server environments, FreeBSD provides an excellent base on which to build a...

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    SliTaz

    SliTaz GNU/Linux LiveCD operating system. "SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a cdrom or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs less than 30MB....

    Open Source Linux

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    Zorin OS

    A friendly Linux Distro that will make the switch to Linux as seamingless as possible while still innovating.

    Free Personal Linux

    • Can be set up to look almost like Win 7 or XP Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a Linux distro made to be as comfortable and familiar to Windows users as possible. That makes it a good alternative in my book. liljjhJul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Slackware

    Slackware Linux is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu GNOME

    Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavour of Ubuntu , featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME (formerly Ubuntu GNOME Remix) is a mostly pure...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu Server

    The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best...

    Open Source Linux

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    Deepin

    Deepin is a reinterpretation to creativity and individuality. It is not only a rebirth to the system appearance, but also a brand-new upgrade to the operating experience! All of this lets deepin become the best partner of your...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Warning Deepin is an attractive-looking Linux distro, but there have been concerns about their failure to issue security updates, including for some very important problems found in the Linux kernel. See here: https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/58zyqi/deepin_os_gorgeous_de_but_0_security/

Windows 7 Comments

Best operating system ever

Positive Comment by pineapple2011
about Windows 7 Apr 2016

It's faster than Vista
It does support 64-bit (a lot better than XP did)
It feels a lot more comfortable and easy to use than Windows 8/10.
There's no need to explain why it's better than Ubuntu and other linux distros, right?

Beautiful, fast, secure (well, it was a few years ago) and it just works. I love it!

[Edited by pineapple2011, April 01]

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Not so good

Negative Comment by lizhaofeng1998
about Windows 7 and Ubuntu May 2012

Although Windows 7 has a good UI, but it's buggy and commercial. I think Ubuntu is much better.

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Used to like it... 2 Helpful

Negative Comment by User6129169
about Windows 7 May 2012

I used to like Windows but after some time using it, I'm starting to hate it because

1)cannot completely remove Internet Explorer,Windows Media Player,Paint,etc which takes some space in my small hard drive

2)too many maintenance and apps needed to optimize Windows 7

3)a pain to find driver after clean install

In my opinion,Ubuntu is better than Windows 7 (never tried Mac yet)

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I love Aero Snap

Positive Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

I love Aero Snap (it's especially fantastic with two monitors). Just pull down on your browser's taskbar, and woosh! The window is no longer maximized. Holy crap! It gets even better if you're using a modern browser, which allows you to drag-and-drop individual tabs. Combine this with Aero Snap, and pretty soon you're flipping windows all over the place. Wooooooooooo! Want to see your desktop? No problem, just drag that maximized window out of the way. Sick of your stupid desktop? Drag the window back up. Maybe you want to see two windows at once-- no problem. Just flick one window to the left of your screen, and one to the right. Screw keyboard shortcuts, you have a MOUSE! With Aero Snap in Windows 7, window management is simply super special awesome.

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Although Windows 7 does have (decent) backup capabilities i ...

Comment by BadTim
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

Although Windows 7 does have (decent) backup capabilities it should not be tagged "backup".

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Short guide to make this OS leightning-fast: disable useles ...

Comment by Rajliv
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

Short guide to make this OS leightning-fast: disable useless services, disable visual styles, install xplorer2 for file management and bbClean shell.

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I used the demo awhile back and its a great OS. I look forw ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

I used the demo awhile back and its a great OS. I look forward to upgrading to it for my next computer

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Unlike Vista, which only introduced pretty colors and prett ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

Unlike Vista, which only introduced pretty colors and pretty annoying UAC, Windows 7 is clearly better than its predecessor (though the bar may have been set a bit low). UAC can be toned down instead of just plain shut off, though I still prefer to turn it off completely. The new taskbar is a massive improvement of the traditional taskbar of the Windows OS. And there are lots of other cool stuff, too.

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With Windows 7 you do not need a special defragmentation ap ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

With Windows 7 you do not need a special defragmentation application as listed in (3):
One of the aspects that has evolved in Windows 7, compared with Windows Vista, involves the operating system's capabilities to glue back together disparate fragments of files that have become fragmented as a natural consequence of hard disk use. “The defragmentation engine and experience in Windows 7 has been revamped based on continuous and holistic analysis of impact on system responsiveness,” Rajeev Nagar and Matt Garson, both program managers on the Windows 7 File System feature team, revealed.
(1) http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Defragmentation-Engine-the-Evolution-102941.shtml
(2) http://bit.ly/7EInfk
(3) http://alternativeto.net/SearchResult.aspx?profile=all&search=defrag%20defragmentation&category=desktop

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Only One "System Image" with Windows 7 Backup-Function:It l ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

Only One "System Image" with Windows 7 Backup-Function:
It looks in such a way, as if in each case only one (the latter) system image remains. Further past system images are always overwritten by the latter. If one wants to have the possibility of restoring the next to last or before-next to last "System Image" then one must use e.g. a specialized system backup software as "Macrium Reflect Free Edition" or "Acronis True Image Home":
http://alternativeto.net/desktop/macrium-reflect/
http://alternativeto.net/desktop/acronis-true-image/

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PRO:Windows 7 Backup deletes old backup files automatically ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

PRO:
Windows 7 Backup deletes old backup files automatically, if the Backup Hard Disk is 35% full.
CON:
You cannot select, that Windows 7 Backup deletes old backup files automatically, if the Backup hard disk is 90% full.
If you want to configure the automatically cleaning up of old backups very comfortable, you must use Acronis True Image Home or Ghost from Symantec.

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Yes, you can: Access single files from an entire Windows 7 ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

Yes, you can: Access single files from an entire Windows 7 computer backup (VHD File):
Description from http://4sysops.com/archives/mount-vhd-files-in-windows-7-and-vista/

The Windows 7 backup tool, which allows you to create a system image, uses the VHD format. This backup program was introduced in Windows Vista and has been improved significantly in Windows 7.

Normally you can mount a VHD image with Virtual PC.

In Windows 7, you can use the Disk Management applet of the Computer Management tool to attach, i.e. mount a VHD file. This also works with Vista’s backup images. Disk Management can be accessed by right clicking on “Computer” in the Start Menu and selecting “Manage”. In the Action Menu, you will find the “Attach VHD” option. This will mount the VHD file to a drive letter:
http://screencast.com/t/OWNiNTllMTQ
After mounting the VHD file to a drive letter you can restore each file you want from the Windows 7 backup, similar as you can do this from images created with Ghost, Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect Free Edition.

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All editions of Windows 7 can make System Images without ad ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

All editions of Windows 7 can make System Images without additional (commercial) backup programs, which were necessary for this purpose for system backups of Windows XP or Vista.
Details see: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/How-does-Windows-choose-which-files-to-back-up :

If the drive, you are saving your backup on, is formatted using the NTFS file system and has enough disk space, a system image of your programs, Windows, and all drivers and registry settings is also included in the backup.

A system image (VHD-file) is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drive required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files.

You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer, if your hard disk or computer ever stops working.
You have available two options:
(A) Restore the complete partition with Windows 7 (complete Drive C) using the Windows 7 Rescue CD
(B) Access and restore only individually selectable files after mounting the VHD-Backup image to a drive letter.

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I tested and especially like the Windows XP Mode, which You ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows 7 Jun 2011

I tested and especially like the Windows XP Mode, which You can download seperately for free: http://alternativeto.net/desktop/windows-xp-mode-and-windows-virtual-pc/ .
But unfortunately it works only with the expensive editions Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, not with Windows 7 Home Premium, see http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx . Windows 7 is clearly much better and faster than Vista.

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