Windows 7 Alternatives

    Windows 7 is described as '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' and is one of the leading apps in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Windows 7 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 7 are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Debian (Free, Open Source), Arch Linux (Free, Open Source) and Windows 10 (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 10, 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 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Ubuntu has everything and more then a user needs. Plus.
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      Because of it's ease of use :)
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Jonathan_Mckanna Windows 7 is slow now but it was fast then and Ubuntu is nothing like Windows 7!
      Positive comment 14 days ago

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      dharaandharia It is very great and nice
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      Ubuntu is unix based system not similar to windows at all...
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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 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Very good alternative to Windows. Very easy to learn and very stable
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Mint might be more suitable for the type of person who stuck with Win7 even after Windows 10 came along.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      it easy to learn. safe. no update he#$.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Very friendly, easy and light.
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      Fast, fluid, low need for ram and free
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      Easy to install and set up
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      User-friendly windows-like operating system.
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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 7 opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Debian respects their users' privacy and right to control the software that they use.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      Unlike ubuntu and windows 7 you can completely customize your os by changing various different desktop enviroments, icons, cursors and more.
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      it's free software, and contains a gazillion of packages with usable software, ready to install.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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    4. 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 7 opinions
      Most users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      vivekvaishya Its a rolling release distro, so you get to see stuffs ahead of other distros.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      karaboungalos It is the best for those who know what they're doing.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. 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 would be made available free of charge to users...
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      Windows 10 vs Windows 7 opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Windows 10 is still a legitimate alternative to Windows 7, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      AnthonyMoose i upgrade from windows 7 to 10
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      Windows 7 is an NT based operating system, Windoge 10 is NT base spyware
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      Windows 10 is full of bloatware
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Full of bloatware, advertisement, spies on the user and can be easily obtained by Windows 7 users, who wouldn't be searching an alternative for their current operating system if they wanted to use Windows 10.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      The interface is terrible, you have less control over it and it spies you even more than the previous Windows.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      More secure, faster, and newer.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    6. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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      Manjaro Linux vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      Very easy to use for new Linux users and (because it's based off Arch) has pacman which is the best package manager in my opinion
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Gruak Has a linux kernel which is superior to windows NT kernel
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      NickFreeman Software always up to date and easy to install latest kernel/drivers
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    7. 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 7 opinions
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      karaboungalos It is user-friendly, but not enough for people who don't know how to use PCs properly.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Great distro for beginners
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Combines ease of use with solid software backed up by Red Hat Corporation. You don't have to hack around the system, but when you want to – obscure solutions (i.e. Mir and Unity in Ubuntu) don't stand in your way
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    8. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
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      elementary OS vs Windows 7 opinions
      Almost everyone thinks elementary OS is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      AlbertWang User friendly, private, secure, and open source.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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    9. ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).
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      ReactOS vs Windows 7 opinions
      Most users think ReactOS is a great alternative to Windows 7.
      liljjh 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.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      KuboFHromoslav As ReactOS is still in alpha stage and not suitable for everyday use, it is not very good alternative yet. Also, now (2017) React OS makes effort to be compatible up to Windows Server 2003, while Windows Vista is in higher class. But as soon as React OS became more stable (supposedly in version 0.5) it will became more serious alternative for everyday use for usual users.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Despite it being 100% compatible with windows xp, not many apps run on it and has a lot of bugs.
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    10. 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 7 opinions
      Some users think macOS is a great alternative to Windows 7, some don't.
      In my opinion if you're to this day using Windows 7 (or even older) you have no business with macOS. Trying out Linux (like Mint, Manjaro, MX or Fedora) is a much better idea and investment (for your knowledge and skills, money and privacy).
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      The apps used on macOS are not compatible with Windows 7, and vice versa
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