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 systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10 would be made available free of charge to users' 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).

    This page was last updated Aug 26, 2021

    1. 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.
      Ubuntu vs Windows 10 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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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  about 3 years ago

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      It's open source, easy to use and more powerful than Windows 10.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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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.
      Top negative comment  5 months ago

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      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.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      OgMaster Is from the family of GNU/Linux with everything is opensource
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      rasser01 Extremely user friendly. A very good Windows alternative for non-tech savvy people.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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    2. 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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      Linux Mint vs Windows 10 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Windows 10.
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      theedev Windows like UI, easy to use, Free and open source
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      It's very windows-like without the bloat and spyware of windows.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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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).
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      OgMaster Is begginer friendly very lightweight doesn't need so much ram like Windows and respect your privacy.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      kylepiira Similar user interface to Windows 10.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Great if you want a Windows 7-like experience, but with all the features of a linux distro.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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

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    3. 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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      Debian vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      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  over 1 year ago

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      Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      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  about 4 years ago

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      it's not functional without user coding
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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

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      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 over 4 years ago

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    4. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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      Manjaro Linux vs Windows 10 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      Arch Linux but friendly both for experienced Linux and normal Windows users.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      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  about 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment 25 days ago

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      burkerude easy to use, never had it break on me once.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      User friendly. Great entry to the Linux and Free Software world. Best hardware support out of all Linux. Rolling release. Fast updates.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      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 over 3 years ago

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    5. 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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      Windows 7 vs Windows 10 opinions
      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
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      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

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      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  12 months ago

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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
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      it's better in every way except that we can't buy it anymore
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Is the best system of the world
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      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

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    6. 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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      Arch Linux vs Windows 10 opinions
      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
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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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.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      easy to use and adaptable to your liking
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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

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      Nearly any Linux distro is better that Windows 10
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    7. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
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      elementary OS vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      Similar UI to MacOS, but free and can run on any computer that runs windows.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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

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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.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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    8. The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.
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      Fedora vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      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 about 1 year ago

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

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

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    9. 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.
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      macOS vs Windows 10 opinions
      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.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      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  almost 2 years ago

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      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  almost 2 years ago

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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
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      in every way it is better. except price.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      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 about 3 years ago

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      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 about 3 years ago

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    10. 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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      Xubuntu vs Windows 10 opinions
      Most users think Xubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 10.
      Stable, easy to use, lightweight on even lower spec/older computers.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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

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      altenativeto Extremely fast, stable reliable and fully compatible to Ubuntu.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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