What Would It Take for You to Switch OS? [Poll]

We recently ran a poll where we asked about Microsoft’s announcement to not have any more versions of Windows. A lot of readers responded that they might switch OS because of it. This caused us to wonder on a wider scale what it would take for you to switch OS.

There used to be a bigger battle between OS, and it seemed switching was a huge decision. It was just between Mac and Windows. But now there is so much more. Linux has been added to the mix, and there are mobile OS as well that includes iOS and Android. But they are far from interchangeable, and people still have their favorites that they prefer to use. However, there are occasions where a user might want to switch. They might want to switch from Windows to Linux or might want to switch from iOS to Android. Again, it’s not like it used to be as people are quite as married to their OS. Many people even use multiple OS. Forget that most people have a desktop OS and a mobile OS, but sometimes they use Windows and Mac or Windows and Linux or even Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Regardless, there are still reasons someone might want to switch their main OS, no matter if they are using multiple systems. Will you really switch OS if you are unhappy with its current development? What would it take for you to switch OS?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. The biggest problem is that my work requires certain software to be installed to sign into work from home. Luckily the software can be found on both Windows and Mac (it is Rapport and Citrix). Currently found that Rapport sucks and I have notice a pretty big slow down on my Window’s Laptop. I have installed it on my Mac and have also seen a slow down as well…. but the good news is that I can always easily remove Rapport from my Mac where it is not really that easy to remove from Windows. So, when it comes time to replace my Windows PC… I am going to seriously look into maybe switching to Macbook… though the price kind of deters me from this purchase (though I’ve heard that they last alot longer).

  2. I am still a die-hard Windows fan, but I switch to Linux every 2-3 years to try it out. Usually I only stay for 2-3 months and go back to Windows. But when I switched to Linux Mint last November, I noticed that the OS has matured. Yes you may still need to use the terminal and edit configuration files to fix some nagging issues, but it has been minimal. The apps themselves are more stable and less prone to crashing. It has been seven months now and I don’t see myself switching back to Windows in the near future. For the first time in a very long time, I am not missing Windows (well, my workstation in the office still has Win8.1), and I haven’t even installed WINE in my laptop.

    As for OSX, I will never switch to that platform unless someone gave me a Macbook Pro for free.

    1. If someone gave me a shiny new Macbook Pro, I’d wipe it and install a Linux distro on it!

  3. In 2008 I switched from Windows to Linux. I do not foresee switching again unless it is to BSD which is even more secure than Linux.

  4. I would consider it if I knew of an easy way to install dual boot software on my Win 7 and Vista PCs.

  5. Dan don’t do dual boot, instead get a virtualization software to allow you to boot up pretty much any OS and for free (can’t beat that can you? well for some like VM Player is free) Here a ref. for it : http://lifehacker.com/5714966/five-best-virtual-machine-applications

    As for switching you shouldn’t really need to unless your OS isn’t doing for you what you need to get your work done. I do have to say I switched from Mac to a Linux/Windows combo years a go because Mac has a low software range and pigeon holes you to use what they put their stamp on and also switch at the drop of a hat and leave you out in the cold. Windows/Linux has very long range software meaning you can buy something and you know it will last you for a long time, not just till next year and have to spend again. One key example is Microsoft Office, sure you can buy the latest and greatest but Microsoft is still supporting Office 2007, that’s a software package that’s 7+ years old and your money spend is still going strong. So don’t switch just because of this article lay out what you need to convert and if its worth your time and money (and headaches).

  6. I switched OS’es a long time ago (2004) when I lost every bit of data on my WinXP hard drive, and I mean lost as in unrecoverable. I vowed then and there to never use an OS that was totalitarian in it’s nature. I stumbled upon Linux after doing MUCH reading, and decided to make the switch after I learned all that I could about packages, distros, desktop environments etc. Since then I’ve never looked back at Windows and missed anything. I have a web browser, an email client, an office suite, and all manner of media players and the like. Not to mention a free PDF viewer! SO yeah…for me I’m not switching my OS ever again…not now that I’ve found one that does EVERYTHING I need it to!

  7. If I didn’t need Windows for work, I wouldn’t have it at all. My personal laptop is Linux only, and I have two desktops that dual boot Linux and Windows. When I retire, good-bye Windows!

  8. If Windows keeps moving in the direction of a walled environment and a service that must be paid for, I will move to anything else but Apple. Android is maturing, Chromebooks are becoming a viable alternative and Linux will always be there. No worries as far as I am concerned.

  9. I am currently using Ubuntu 14? something new. I was using 12.10. I am still trying to learn my way around, it has been interesting. I use silverlight program due to my work. If there was something that I could replace this program with, then I would continue with Linux permanently. I tried something a while back that was supposed to be equivilent to silverlight on Ubuntu, it didn’t work. Any suggestions???

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