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Best Windows 10 Alternatives

Windows 10 is described as 'personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems' and is a very popular operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Windows 10 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions and Electrum. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 10 are Linux Mint, Debian, Manjaro Linux and Windows 7.

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  1. Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    • Linux
    • Ubuntu
    177 alternatives to 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 messaging and much more.

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    1.  Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsUbuntu can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  LightweightUbuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  PortableUbuntu can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    5.  Privacy focusedUbuntu is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    6.  Ad-freeUbuntu doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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    Guest

    It's open source, easy to use and more powerful than Windows 10.

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    linuxien

    Ubuntu is free of charge but you can support them by buying a cap, polo, shirt etc. It is a light OS, not buggy, no virus, a beautiful philosophy! No spyware etc. You can remove the Amazon plugin with the Synaptic Manger.

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    JackVegas

    Ubuntu is only a good alternative for Windows users open to a new OOTB experience and likely power users. For users who want something easy to use and familiar, Linux Mint, Pop_OS and Elementary are better alternatives by far.

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    Guest

    Because while Win10 is buggy shit with a lot of bloatware and spyware in it with horrible UI/UX... Ubuntu is FOSS, privacy focused, without bugs and anoying things, without bloatware and spyware, and with much better UI/UX. Still it has some shortcomings but it's one of the best systems and Linux distros at all.

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    OgMaster

    Is from the family of GNU/Linux with everything is opensource

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    Emiran

    Ubuntu Is One Of Beautiful Linux Distros Out There That Many People Choose As Their OS, With It's Customizable Source Code, KDE, Debian-based, You Should Try It.

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    rasser01

    Extremely user friendly. A very good Windows alternative for non-tech savvy people.

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    Linux Mint

    • Linux
    203 alternatives to Linux Mint 

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

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    1.  Ad-freeLinux Mint doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  No TrackingLinux Mint will not track you or use your personal data.
    3.  Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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    Guest

    Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE!

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    Guest

    It's free, open source, user-friendly, based on the LTS (stable) versions of Ubuntu but better, fully configurable and really fast and lightweight.

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    Viktor31

    Friendly, stable and windows like UI operating system, one of the best for begginers on Linux.

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    projjal

    Linux Mint is far ahead of Windows 10 in terms of customizability, performance, privacy, stability. This OS is lovely, therefore give it a try, you'll not be too far from home with it's Windows-like Interface (Cinnamon DE).

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    OgMaster

    Is begginer friendly very lightweight doesn't need so much ram like Windows and respect your privacy.

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    kylepiira

    Similar user interface to Windows 10.

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    Guest

    Great if you want a Windows 7-like experience, but with all the features of a linux distro.

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  3. Debian icon

    Debian

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    212 alternatives to Debian 

    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No TrackingDebian will not track you or use your personal data.
    Debian 9 gnome.
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    Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Guest

    Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software

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    Guest

    No SPYWARE- Not COLLECTING personal data. And not WORKING with their fellow NSA and CIA for the world domination of the internet. Open Source will eventually prevail, and GAFAMs will fail.

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    Guest

    Debian is a not so good alternative for those who cares about updates. We know that to maintain the stability, the distribution (at least his stable branch) doesn't have the latest updates firstly. This way, some users won't feel truly fulfilled by the distribution.

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    Guest

    it's not functional without user coding

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    Guest

    i have linux mint 19.2 cinnamon and i find it very easy to operate windows always change desktop also my wife woke up to use her computer with windows 10 when she turned on it was completely wiped out her browser was not there all icons etc.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Like a vanilla linux os and most large packe library. also you can run windows games and other programs on linux.

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    vazirified

    You can do whatever you did on Windows, plus much more, plus freedom in every aspect!

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  4. Manjaro Linux icon

    Manjaro Linux

    • Linux
    • Arch Linux
    223 alternatives to Manjaro Linux 

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting...

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track you or use your personal data.
    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
    Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara (KDE)
    Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara (I3)
    Manjaro Linux vs Windows 10 opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Guest

    Arch Linux but friendly both for experienced Linux and normal Windows users.

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    Guest

    It's the easiest Linux distribution for newbies: install with a few clicks and ready to go. Plus a rolling release OS with guarantees all the latest updates in time and no complex major upgrades.

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    TheTrader

    There are many reasons why I prefer Manjaro to Windows, e.g. the package management and the performance. If you want a similar interface to windows, you can install the community cinnamon build.

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    burkerude

    easy to use, never had it break on me once.

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    Guest

    User friendly. Great entry to the Linux and Free Software world. Best hardware support out of all Linux. Rolling release. Fast updates.

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    Guest

    Even though its ease of use, the magnificent eye candy that can beat both mac os and windows, and letting you do your work without worrying about the computer internals Manjaro does not have completely free soft-wares as in freedom like other gnu based distributions.

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  5. Windows 7 icon

    Windows 7

    139 alternatives to Windows 7 

    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. Windows 7 is built with the codebase from Vista and is a minor upgrade (6.

    Discontinued

    Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.

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    Most users think Windows 7 is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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    beat_truck

    Less spying, no forced updates, less useless features like Cortana, overall less dumbed down

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    Guest

    it's better in every way except that we can't buy it anymore

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    Guest

    Not nearly as bad as Windows 10, but Windows 7 still is proprietary, not secure (especially since support has ended), doesn't have any package manager, not that customizable and its based on the flawed NT kernel. One advantage is that is still has good app compatibility (the gap is quickly closing, with more software support Linux!), but you'd be better off with using one of the many great linux distros.

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    Emiran

    Windows 7 Comes With New And Exciting Unique Compared To Windows 10 Which Gives Useless Features, Although It Is End Of Supoort, Many People Still Use This, You Can Still Use Windows 7 Untill 2022, When Many Progarms Will Became Incompatible With Windows 7

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    Guest

    Is the best system of the world

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    Guest

    Windows 10 lags most of the time. Never experienced it with Windows 7. No need to sign in. Windows 10 eats data faster then I can eat my lunch.

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    Guest

    Still commercial. Has lots of security issues and still need a commercial anti-virus to be safe. But better than windows 10 in many ways.

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  6. Arch Linux icon

    Arch Linux

    • Linux
    194 alternatives to Arch Linux 

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

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseArch Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    arch with KDE 4.4 desktop
    another arch with KDE 4.3 desktop
    arch for console addict
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    Some users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
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    daviwalle

    I really like its philosophy, as it is the opposite of Windows 10, and if you are tired of Windows (as it is in my case) it is highly recommended, as it is a lightweight and completely modular distribution

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    JackVegas

    I would recommend this for any Windows power user who is sick and tired of how slow and bloated Windows 10 has become. It feels like the polar opposite of what Microsoft has turned Windows 10 into since it first launched.

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    williamneis

    This distributions isn't a good choice if you're used to MacOS or Windows. It's very difficult even to install it. Everything is around the terminal and commands. It isn't for newbies, especially these who are entering on Linux world.

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    Guest

    easy to use and adaptable to your liking

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    Guest

    Unlike Windows 10, Arch is not a mainstream everyday OS.

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    Guest

    Nearly any Linux distro is better that Windows 10

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    if you are a geek, and you bored Windows and MacOS. if you say "want to more customizable and want more more thing". want to useing CLI like a hacker more control and more permission on OS and want open source OS then you should try ARCH linux. I'm warn you, too complicate use and install, not for end user.

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  7. Fedora icon

    Fedora

    • Linux
    204 alternatives to Fedora 

    Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

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    1.  Privacy focusedFedora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No TrackingFedora will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Guest

    Great defaults, good security, and fast updates, thought it does need codecs from a third party to play some media. One of the best OSes for a software developer, sysadmin, or power user.

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    cycroenerugi

    Its easy to use and its much faster.

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    Guest

    Easy to use and really good performance. In my I haven't experienced errors with it.

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    elementary OS

    • Linux
    212 alternatives to elementary OS 

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

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    1.  Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Distraction-freeelementary OS has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
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    Most users think elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Guest

    Similar UI to MacOS, but free and can run on any computer that runs windows.

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    RemovedUser

    If you want to switch from Windows 10 to something more similar to macOS then this is the best alternative for both OS.

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    Guest

    Really easy to use and a very simple interface. And, obviously a nice look!

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    JackVegas

    Has an incredibly easy-to-use interface that makes it so simple to grasp for any new Linux user. Easily one of the top options for a beginner-friendly Linux distro.

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    macOS

    177 alternatives to macOS 

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is designed to run on Macintosh computers, having been pre-installed on all Macs since 2002. Within the market of home computers, and by web usage, macOS is the second most widely used desktop OS...

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    1.  Privacy focusedmacOS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with macOS.
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    Some users think macOS is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
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    kayvonkamyar

    No viruses, cleaner UI, and more accessibility stuff, but you need Ferrari money to use it and there are less games.

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    Guest

    in every way it is better. except price.

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    what

    You can barely play games on it and the graphics ae horrible. If you're used to windows or linux mint and all tjos OS's don't use Mac OS

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    Guest

    You can't install it OFFICIALLY on any device. If you want macOS OFFICIALLY, you need to buy a Macbook or iMac. Pretty limiting.

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    Guest

    Probably the best alternative. All of the software compatability and actually is beautiful and elegant to use. Only con is hardware (ie price and compatabilty-- projectors etc) a mac, all of the yes. Mac book, maybe not

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    Guest

    MacOS is identical to Windows 10 in terms of overall support, which makes it a good choice for someone that doesn't want to run Windows at work, but isn't allowed to use Linux

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    Guest

    Beautiful Design, More Stable, User Friendly, Pretty much virus free, Expensive hardware but you get free software updates and with tricks can install it for free on compatible hardware that is not from Apple

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  10. Xubuntu icon

    Xubuntu

    • Linux
    168 alternatives to Xubuntu 

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.

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    1.  LightweightXubuntu consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Xubuntu 19.10
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    Most users think Xubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
    Guest

    Stable, easy to use, lightweight on even lower spec/older computers.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Good linux alternative for windows lightweight and ubuntu base.

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    altenativeto

    Extremely fast, stable reliable and fully compatible to Ubuntu.

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