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#46 +Frank B.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:21

Application availability and the high entry cost to the OS X ecosystem.


#47 Ethere

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:22

As others have stated, I use Windows because it does work well, and I know the ins and outs of the OS. Games just work. I know WINE is a work around for some games, but I don't want have to go through that hassle. I'm perfectly content in running Windows 7.

#48 Jimmy422

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:30

Program compatibility - if I want almost any kind of program I can google it, install it, and be done with it. None of the apt-get, repository, command line bull like with *nix, just click and run.

Games - that's a given.

Ease of use - There's no click-and-hold to open a menu or any of the complicated stuff like Mac OS - everything just works. Aside from Windows 8, everything's been pretty much the same since Windows 95.

Speed & Design - Windows doesn't feel clunky and bloated like the gaudiness of Ubuntu or OSX. Everything is fresh and modern.

Hardware - it's pretty hard to find a modern day computer that can't run some version of Windows - be it CE, RT, or just plan Windows.

#49 +MikeChipshop

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:30

Having worked a great deal with both I always found Windows to be the most efficient and a nice blend of ease of use with power.

#50 Konstantine

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:38

Linux is complicated. I don't want to learn commands to do simple things. That just sucks.


Oh, surely a prick will quote this post and say something idiotic.

inb4, I like Linux.

#51 Max Norris

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:41

inb4, I like Linux.

Some of us do actually like Linux ;) Just not for a desktop.

#52 Aergan

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:44

Because the Mrs tells me off for spending more than half an hour at a command line console.

#53 OP Nothing Here

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 18:47

Some of us do actually like Linux ;) Just not for a desktop.


I agree with every thing everyone has said so far. Bar the one post by someone who called this a "troll post". Which in fact it is not. I like hearing people's reasons for staying on Windows. I used to make a thousand and 10 excuses not to stay on Windows. So I want to hear people's thousand and 10 reasons for staying.

#54 yowanvista

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:05

1. Easy to use, the interface is so simple, so polished, so ingeniously designed,
2. I don't have to use any command line terminal to install/configure anything
3. First-grade quality drivers unlike those bs rubbish linux display drivers especially AMD drivers.
4. Everything can be installed with simple user friendly installers, I don't have to mess up with tar.gz files. An .exe program on windows with a one click install, won't be the same on Linux.
5. Unified UI, unified Kernel unlike the fragmented Linux kernel and X-window system, the latest release of Ubuntu for eg still uses 3.5.x, others are stuck with non-mainline variants of 3.6.x
6. I don't have to add/modify/configure software sources.
7. Professional grade software unlike the poorly designed bad UI and ugly linux software
8. Gaming
9. It takes me 20x longer to find or do something in Linux than Windows.
10. Linux is a royal PITA to use full time, Windows is easy and works fine without having to trail through endless forums looking for a way to make it do the simplest of tasks

#55 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:09

Monopoly. I have to use Windows to play the latest videogames.

#56 LaP

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:11

Games. I cant think of any other reason why i pay.

This said Windows 8 price was more reasonable so things may change we'll see if MS keep the same price for upcoming versions of Windows or the low price was just to give people a reason to upgrade to the new UI.

ib4 linux is complicated but the last time i installed it was 15 years ago.

#57 simrat

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:13

Applications I use feels and works better for me on Windows than their OSX versions. Games, I am a PC gamer and Windows is the only choice here. Compatibility and Availability of software are reasons too. I am using Windows from past 7 years, I am familiar with its interface and know how to troubleshoot when something goes wrong. And Every hardware i have owned works great with Windows.

#58 Kami-

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:59

Enterprise...

#59 compl3x

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 19:59

Every so often I will download Ubuntu and promise myself I will use it more and maybe one day migrate over to it, but after I install it, I would be lucky to boot into it more than twice before uninstalling it. I hate going to play music and finding out .mp3s aren't supported natively so I have to go download some pack (don't know if that is still the case), then display drivers aren't supported properly/experimental, blah blah. I admire the hard work a lot of people put into the different linux distros, but I'm just not that into it to put in the extra effort. That might change in the future.


When you use an OS for a long time you get used to it. You know all the software you need: browser, music player, video player, image editing software, gaming, etc.. You set up your back-ups and understand how to diagnose and resolve issues. Despite what people say, I have been using windows for over a decade and haven't had lots of major problems. In my experience, people **** things up when they are downloading cracked software, "free porn", stupid toolbars, opening attachments from unknown sources etc. Essentially, being ignorant about security and keeping their systems up-to-date. Or perhaps I am just one ofthe lucky ones?

#60 Billus

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 20:06

Games, Office, dual monitors and the fact that it just works. Linux is far too much of a pain to get it configured to my liking and feels far too much like OSX when I do. Another thing is that drivers are shockingly bad compared to their Window counterparts. It has improved over the years but it is far from equal from their Windows counterparts and yes I know, vendors are to blame but why bother if there is a severe lack of market. OSX is not a bad alternative and I love it on my Macbook Air but for desktop use, you just can't beat Windows IMO. There are some things I like about Linux like customisability and err, that's about all. I also enjoy using Visual Styles which makes it probably the most balanced when it comes to looks and ease of use.

Saying that, I enjoy Android on my phone as to me, it feels like a much more improved Windows Mobile 6.xx. It's what Microsoft should have done instead of what they have now.