Best Windows 10 Alternatives in 2021

    Windows 10 is described as 'personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systemsTo encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Windows 10 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows, BSD and Mac. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows 10 are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Debian (Free, Open Source), Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source) and Windows 7 (Paid).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 28, 2021

    Platforms

    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Windows
    • BSD
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Linux kernel
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Android
    • AROS
    • MorphOS
    • Scratch
    • KDE
    • Chromium OS
    • Xen
    • Mandriva Linux
    • Docker

    Features

    • Operating system
    • Linux-based
    • Based on Debian
    • Based on Ubuntu
    • Lightweight
    • Customizable
    • KDE
    • Linux
    • Rolling release
    • Unix-like
    • Package Manager
    • Privacy focused
    • Security focused
    • ARM support
    • Community based
    • Configurable
    • User friendly
    • Windows-like
    • Debian package compatible
    • Educational

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • Ubuntu is a Debian Linux-based open source operating system for desktop computers. View 156 alternatives to Ubuntu
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      Ubuntu vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Easiest to get up and running OOTB, even for newbies. It's also the most widely supported Linux distro in existence.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      16
      It's open source, easy to use and more powerful than Windows 10.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      8
      ab1 Far worse at many trivial things, many useful application just don't support Linux at all. Seriously bloated with few options.
      Top negative comment  6 months ago

      -2
      OgMaster Is from the family of GNU/Linux with everything is opensource
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      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.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      rasser01 Extremely user friendly. A very good Windows alternative for non-tech savvy people.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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    • 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: Ulyssa (20.1). View 186 alternatives to Linux Mint
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Linux Mint vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE!
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      18
      theedev Windows like UI, easy to use, Free and open source
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      14
      OgMaster Is begginer friendly very lightweight doesn't need so much ram like Windows and respect your privacy.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

      0
      kylepiira Similar user interface to Windows 10.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      2
      Great if you want a Windows 7-like experience, but with all the features of a linux distro.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      altenativeto It is the closest Linux to windows good if you just want an alternative to windows and not really something new
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      1
      daviwalle In my opinion, it is the best alternative, since for less experienced users, its graphic environment is very similar to Windows
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • WHAT is Debian? The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. View 194 alternatives to Debian
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows S
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      Debian vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      12
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      0
      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.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

      12
      it's not functional without user coding
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      -4
      OKTAYMERCAN Like a vanilla linux os and most large packe library. also you can run windows games and other programs on linux.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      3
      vazirified You can do whatever you did on Windows, plus much more, plus freedom in every aspect!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      5
    • Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. View 205 alternatives to Manjaro Linux
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Arch Linux
      Manjaro Linux vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Arch Linux but friendly both for experienced Linux and normal Windows users.
      Top positive comment  10 months ago

      3
      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.
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      3
      burkerude easy to use, never had it break on me once.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      0
      User friendly. Great entry to the Linux and Free Software world. Best hardware support out of all Linux. Rolling release. Fast updates.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      2
      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      4
    • Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. View 131 alternatives to Windows 7
      Most users think Windows 7 is a great alternative to Windows 10.

      Discontinued

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

      • Windows
      Windows 7 vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      beat_truck Less spying, no forced updates, less useless features like Cortana, overall less dumbed down
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      10
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      5
      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.
      Top negative comment  9 months ago

      0
      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
      Positive comment 4 months ago

      0
      it's better in every way except that we can't buy it anymore
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      2
      Is the best system of the world
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      -2
      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
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    • Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. View 180 alternatives to Arch Linux
      Some users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Arch Linux vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Nearly any Linux distro is better that Windows 10
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      5
      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
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      1
      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.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      59
      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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      0
      easy to use and adaptable to your liking
      Positive comment 3 months ago

      0
      Unlike Windows 10, Arch is not a mainstream everyday OS.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      -6
      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.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      3
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    • elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu . View 193 alternatives to elementary OS
      Most users think elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      elementary OS vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Similar UI to MacOS, but free and can run on any computer that runs windows.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      0
      SimoneStarace If you want to switch from Windows 10 to something more similar to macOS then this is the best alternative for both OS.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      2
      Really easy to use and a very simple interface. And, obviously a nice look!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      0
    • The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by http://alternativeto. View 186 alternatives to Fedora
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Fedora vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      4
      Easy to use and really good performance. In my I haven't experienced errors with it.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      3
      cycroenerugi Its easy to use and its much faster.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      5
    • 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. View 162 alternatives to macOS
      Some users think macOS is a great alternative to Windows 10, some don't.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      macOS vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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.
      Top positive comment  11 months ago

      1
      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
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      0
      You can't install it OFFICIALLY on any device. If you want macOS OFFICIALLY, you need to buy a Macbook or iMac. Pretty limiting.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      21
      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
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      0
      in every way it is better. except price.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      2
      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
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      -7
      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
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    • 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. View 156 alternatives to Xubuntu
      Most users think Xubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Xubuntu vs Windows 10
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Stable, easy to use, lightweight on even lower spec/older computers.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      4
      OKTAYMERCAN Good linux alternative for windows lightweight and ubuntu base.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      2
      altenativeto Extremely fast, stable reliable and fully compatible to Ubuntu.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      0
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