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Can You Tell Me Why You Like Microsoft Windows?

Laptop With Windows 11

I will begin by saying, “This is not a blog post that is intended to insult people for using Microsoft Windows but to understand the reasons why they use it.”

Those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time would know that I use Linux for all of my computing tasks and that I would not be caught dead using any version of Microsoft Windows.

As a matter of fact, we Linux users (the hardcore ones) use Linux because:

  • It respects our privacy.
  • It is free for anyone to use.
  • It is not as resource intensive as Microsoft Windows or macOS.
  • The software repositories within most Linux distributions contain lots of free and open-source software.
  • It is highly compatible with a lot of computer hardware.

Okay, enough about us Linux users.

It is time for you Microsoft Windows users to tell me why you use Windows 10, Windows 11, etcetera.

I am sure that some of my fellow Linux users are wondering the same thing.

Do You Like It Because It Is The Only Operating System That You Know How To Use?

Now, I would not be shocked if someone told me, “Renard, I have used Microsoft Windows all of my life and I have grown to love it.”

For starters, it is a well-known fact that if you walk into a typical computer store you will find computers with only the following operating systems preinstalled on them:

Most people will probably go with Windows 11 because that is the operating system that they use at both work and home.

A small bunch of people will go with macOS Monterey because they are professionals and they use it in their line of profession.

Those who cannot afford to buy a computer with Windows 11 or macOS Monterey, will most likely go with ChromeOS because it is affordable (Especially if they are on a very tight budget).

The average person will gravitate toward Windows 11 (Besides, it is way less expensive than an Apple MacBook Pro with macOS Monterey on it).

Therefore, if you have only used Microsoft Windows, it is impossible for you to like any operating system that is outside of the Windows ecosystem.

So, my friend, is that your current situation?

Do You Like It Because You Are A Gamer?

Gamers love using Microsoft Windows because they can play all of their Triple-A games on them.

For the record, it is possible for someone to do a bit of gaming on Linux. The truth is that they may have to use workarounds like Proton and Steam.

By the way, Whitson Gordon’s article, How to Play PC Games on Linux, will teach you how to go about gaming on Linux.

Another sad fact is that you would not be able to play all of the games that you are accustomed to playing on Windows on Linux (That is no fault of Linux; it has a lot to do with the majority of the game vendors creating their games to run on Windows).

Are you one of those people who like using Windows 10 or Windows 11 because you are a gamer?

Do You Like It Because Your Favourite Software Is Available?

It should not come as a secret, that a lot of people like Windows because of the availability of software for it (Both proprietary software and free and open-source software).

Do you know that there is a free and open-source software alternative for almost every piece of proprietary software on Windows?

Those of you who use Windows 10 and Windows 11 and are interested in using free and open-source software, should have a look at Sabarinath’s article, 25 Best Open-Source Alternatives For Expensive Applications (Updated 2022).

One of the main reasons why some people are not into free and open-source software is because it requires that they open up their minds to learning something new.

If you were fortunate enough to get yourself acquainted with the usage of free and open-source software, there is a high probability of you being comfortable with using Linux.

However, if you are heavily addicted to proprietary software, you will not want to sever ties with Microsoft Windows.

So, which camp are you in? The free and open-source software camp? Or, the proprietary software camp?

Do You Like It Because Of The High Level Of Available Technical Support For It?

To be honest, most computer technicians will be able to rectify any technical issue that you have with Windows 10 or Windows 11.

However, if you were facing a technological issue with Linux, the computer technician will be unable to help you (Unless he or she is a Linux user).

In most instances, you are on your own when you are faced with a technical issue with Linux.

On a positive note, you can acquire help by looking for a solution via your search engine of choice or by searching the forum for your particular Linux distribution for acquiring help with your technical issue.

The truth is that a lot of people are not willing to take that sort of risk and they prefer to play it safe by using Windows 10 or Windows 11 (Those are the operating systems that most computer technicians know how to fix whenever something goes wrong with them).

Hey, it is a pity that the masses have not figured out that Linux on the whole is less stressful.

Anyway, are you one of those people who like it because of the technical support it has?

Do You Like It Because It Is Easy To Use?

Many people will admit to you, that Windows 10 and Windows 11 are easy to use.

Okay, I will not dispute the fact that those two Windows operating systems are easy to use.

However, I would like to bring it to people’s attention, that they took the time to find their way around Windows 10 or Windows 11 and learned how to use one or the other.

So, from a logical perspective, everyone had to learn the workings of their operating system; whether it was:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • macOS
  • ChromeOS
  • Linux

Once you have learned your way around your chosen operating system, you can proudly admit to anyone that it is easy to use.

Final Thoughts

People like using Microsoft Windows for many different reasons.

If you use Windows 10 or Windows 11, please tell me your reason for liking it (That is provided that you genuinely liked the operating system that Microsoft created).

I also ask my fellow Linux users to be kind to the Microsoft Windows users via my blog’s commenting section (No harassment or heckling allowed).

Now, let the civilized discussion begin!

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73 thoughts on “Can You Tell Me Why You Like Microsoft Windows?

    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Oh, I am sorry to learn that you are having trouble with learning how to use a MacBook. I suggest reading the manual for it.

      Judging by your answer, you have only used Windows until you chose to venture into the area of macOS. Is that right, Sadje?

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. There are no manuals with products anymore!!!!
        Yes, Iโ€™ve only used windows on a laptop before buying this laptop. ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿฅฒ

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        1. ๐Ÿค” I suggest that you go on YouTube and search for a tutorial that pertains to the model number of your MacBook.

          In most computer stores, you are allowed to play around with the model on display to see if you actually like it.

          So, my guess is that instead of going to a store, you actually bought it online.

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          1. I got it in a store but things are different here so there wasnโ€™t a live computer on display. Furthermore, I thought that it would be similar to iPhone system, but it isnโ€™t ๐Ÿคจ

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            1. ๐Ÿ˜ The iPhone’s operating system is iOS, whereas the MacBook’s operating system is macOS.

              You were probably disappointed when you found out that the MacBook does not have a touchscreen.

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    2. Sadje, look at your MacBook, what do you see? Display, keyboard and touchpad/mouse, right? Same as in Windows, same as in Linux. With the touchpad/mouse you can click on stuff on the display, either menus or icons, again same as in Windows.
      You can’t expect everything to work exactly 1:1 as in other systems. But I remember after using Windows for along time I got used to Mac in a matter of hours. Almost like Linux, it is a lot more simple and logical than Windows.

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      1. Perhaps Iโ€™m suffering from a mental block and finding it frustrating to have to learn new things at my age. But your advice is heartening and Iโ€™ll try to do as youโ€™ve advised. Thanks

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        1. Even better, Sadje. As tests have shown it is particularly the untechy people, elders, housewives, toddlers, who come up with results and finished tasks much faster in Linux/Mac environments than with Windows.

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  1. I have always used Windows OSes…since January 1992, but have tested all kinds of other OSes with the exception being any Apply/Mac OS.

    Here is one example of why: WAVLINK USB WiFi Adapter 1900Mbps Dual Band USB 3.0 WiFi Dongle, Wireless Network Adapter with High Gain Antenna and Cradle Included for Windows Vista /7/8/8.1/10,11, Mac OS 10.4-10.15

    For years Linux didn’t work with 99.9% of Wireless USB adapters; however, I finally found one some years ago that was made by Panda Wireless (I have 3) that came with a Linux driver (works w/ most Linux OSes), but is too old to use now with modern Windows OSes. I also have 3 really old Linksys USB Wireless AC 1200 adapters that have never worked with Linux, but are also too old for a modern OS like Windows 11. I usually have a few test computers, that I built on a budget, so MoBo’s are cheaper w/o WiFi chips on them which one of the reasons I have used Wireless USB adapters.

    The new WAVLINK offers better speeds than the Panda & Linksys, and it is 3.0 USB. Try to use Ethernet connection mostly on my main computer, but have had ISP problems in recent months which required me bringing out my old Verizon Jetpack device as a 2nd ISP option to the Verizon LTE Home internet.

    It is almost impossible to find a Wireless USB adapter, or printer, or scanner, or router, or mouse, or etc. that doesn’t work with a Windows OS…which is just the opposite of my experiences with Linux. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, Karmi.

      I am deeply surprised that you have never used macOS (In all honesty, macOS just works; but unfortunately, Apple is a bloody walled garden).

      Oh, well. You have had a much better experience with Microsoft Windows (I am not going to nail you to the cross for that).

      Linux requires additional steps to get things working at times.

      In regards to Internet Service Providers, I suggest dropping the troublesome one (provided that you are not stuck in a contract) and sticking with the one that is giving you worthwhile service.

      Remember, good internet service is needed for everyone; whether they use:

      โ€ข Microsoft Windows

      โ€ข macOS

      โ€ข ChromeOS

      โ€ข Linux

      Do enjoy the rest of your day!

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      1. Yeah, internet is certainly needed in this modern era. I live in a remote area with options being Verizon wireless or Satellite. Verizon wireless phone service is also the only reliable option in this area…and mine isn’t that great w/o having to use the WiFi calling option. The Jetpack gives me total mobility, but is old and not as fast as LTE Home internet when it is working right…mainly a $30-month backup ISP option right now. Windstream’s Kinetic Fiber is headed this way, and I am on their notify list. Elon Muskโ€™s Starlink may be in this area next year and I may try it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ditto on the enjoy the rest of your day!

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    2. All the routers I’ve ever used – and that was quite a bunch – worked flawlessly with all sorts of Linuxes. What are you talking about Karmi? It’s plug’n’play, LEGO for adults. Plug it in, type in your credentials and … surf’s up!

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  2. I only ever used Microsoft until three months ago I got a MacBook. Thankfully itโ€™s the same as using an iPhone but I can see why people struggle to switch especially if they arenโ€™t very tech-y

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ That is most interesting, Emma.

      My friend, Sadje (whom you will find in this very comments thread), has a bit of trouble using her MacBook because she thought that using macOS would have been almost the same as using an iPhone; which runs on iOS.

      Well, I am happy to know that you are using your MacBook with ease.

      You also mentioned that you have only used Windows until you switched to using a MacBook.

      Do you ever get the urge to return to using your computer with Windows on it?

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  3. All the applications I use regularly come with Windows support, therefore I find it handy to have stuck with Windows although I am quite familiar with Linux (as a former techie๐Ÿ˜Š) I am not a big gamer.

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  4. I stay with windows as well as using Linux, as the software range is far larger with windows. I have also invested many years learning some software.

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      1. We are sharing three computers, with two of them dedicated to business, and one to my work. I have to be able to get through to his Quickbooks from my laptop, since I help him with invoicing and billing.

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  5. I have to use it because I work for a Microsoft partner. ๐Ÿคฃ However in my personal life Iโ€™ve been using Macs for many years (although that took months of relearning how to use it because itโ€™s very different). Thing is, for business and enterprises, Windows and Microsoft365 are the leaders in this space. You simply cannot work without it as itโ€™s locked down by IT Administration to ensure compliance and security of enterprise systems. Personally though, yes, you can use anything else. All my other family members use Linux.

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    1. Cool family you have there, Helen. And they didn’t kick you – a microserve, the bane of humanity – outta the house? See what great and fair minded human beings Linuxers are? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Apparently, for most people, there is no getting away from Windows where work is concerned.

      An entire family of Apple users sounds interesting.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  6. Sorry, Renard, but I use iOS almost exclusively because I use my iPhone for most of my computing needs. While I do have a Windows laptop (Windows 10), I hardly use it.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜„ Fandango, I already know that you use your iPhone (which runs on iOS) for blogging on WordPress.

      That Windows 10 laptop of yours is probably backed up with a ton of Windows updates.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  7. I guess I’m just so used to it and I don’t like change. I don’t have to think when using my computer, it’s like second nature, so I can focus on what I’m doing and not how to do it. But I can see how people find many negatives with it.

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  8. Mrs. Robin is a “strictly Windowsยฎ” user and it’s all my fault. She sees me tinkering with my Linux, maybe complaining about something I can’t adjust right away or something and thinks, “I don’t need that kind of trouble!” It isn’t “trouble,” it’s just me tinkering and learning as I am wont to do sometimes. I don’t think she would even switch to Mac at this point, since she’s a heavy gamer. She finds Windows “familiar” and she doesn’t tinker with it, so no amount of my “Linux evangelism” will work on her. But I must admit to having strong temptations to try again when her OS gets in her way, which is a lot.

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    1. ๐Ÿค” Hmm. Maybe, you can try again; this time around, go with a Linux distribution that does not need much tinkering.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  9. I use windows, but it does not necessarily mean that I like it! I would welcome trying out linux, but yeah, it’s that first step that seems to be the hardest. Not having another computer is not a good enough reason because you can try linux out with something as inexpensive as a flash drive. Great post!

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  10. My first encounter with Windows is Windows 95 which was the system used by my employer. In fact, all of the corporations I worked for used Windows. What’s interesting, back in the day, a prerequisite to obtaining a position with a company was that one was knowledgeable about Windows.

    My newest laptop came with Win 10, and I was able to install Win 11. I just bought hubby a desktop that has Win 11 because he’s not a computer person so he needed an operating system he was familiar with.

    I don’t mind Win 11 and find it simple to use but since I haven’t used any other system except MS-DOS, I can’t compare it to Linux or Mac products. I attempted to install Linux on my older laptop but without success. Perhaps,
    my old lappy is just too old, however, I’m not one to give up easily and eventually will make the effort again.

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  11. Renard I am in the same boat as Eugenia & her hubby. started out using MS-DOS & then went to Windows 95……
    Windows is all I know & understand. I am still using Windows 10…I dread Windows 11….
    I would like a Chromebook with the Chrome OS. However, it does not support keeping lots of photos ON the PC. I do not want thins in THE Cloud! Not for my blogging anyway!
    I know you love Linux….I wish I was brave enough to try it!!!
    Thanks for another FAB post!
    ((BellaSita Sistur)) aka Sherri-Ellen & ***purrss*** BellaDharma

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  12. I definitely just use Windows because that is what I grew up with. I thought about learning Linux many times in my life but I have never carved out the time to set it up or get through the learning curve of how to use it. Although every year it seems to get easier so maybe my time will come sooner than later.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for letting me know the reason why you use Windows.

      Linux is not that all difficult to use.

      Hopefully, you will find the time to give it a try in the near future.

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  13. I haven’t used Windows since Windows 8 was a thing. I went all in on Linux when Microsoft decided to try to make it look like the X-box home screen. Now with them trying to turn it in to a subscription service, and putting ads in everything… I have 0 interest in even being a casual Windows user.

    If you’re interested in knowing, this comment was written in Librewolf browser on Vanilla Debian with KDE Plasma DE.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was most impressive!

      It is always nice to have a comment from another Linux user.

      You are pretty hardcore for using LibreWolf (Most Linux users usually stick with Firefox).

      Vanilla Debian with the KDE Plasma desktop environment sounds cool.

      By the way, I am using Vanilla Arch Linux with the MATE desktop environment.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. I left Firefox when they started collecting telemetry, and it was my go to browser for many years. I use Linux and FOSS for the “Free as in freedom” aspect of it, not the I’m super cheap and need all the free (price) software I can get aspect. I chose Vanilla Debian because of it’s stability. Arch is awesome, but I’m a carpenter and don’t always have the time to fix my computer when an update borks something.

        For those reading this, that are considering switching to Linux:

        Vanilla Distros are great for experienced users that know EXACTLY what they need for software. Not something I’d recommend for beginners that have no clue what they are looking for in a Distro. My Recommendations for you are MX Linux or Linux Mint DE, especially if you are coming from Windows. For Mac converts Zorin OS, Elementary OS, and Solus OS are my recommendations for you. Welcome to the dark side! I apologize, we are currently out of cookies.

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