Top 7 Reasons Why People Quit Windows

I always see articles bashing on Linux and decided it was time Windows had a spotlight on it highlighting all of its flaws. Here is a list of the top 7 reasons I personally have found to be the major reason why people say the hell with Windows and find their way to Linux.

7.)Viruses and Malware

It seems that every day there is a new virus out in the wild wreaking havoc or the latest worm (Conficker comes to mind strangely…) spreading like wildfire. I honestly think more CPU cycles are spent scanning for Malware and Viruses than any other activity, that includes gaming. I remember when I was still a Windows user and getting infected by something or another became so common that I started saying the hell with firewalls and AVs and would just wipe my partition and start fresh every 3 months because waiting for my AV to not only update, but attempt to find and delete the Malware just took too damn long and manually removing the offender, while sometimes faster, was still a pain in the ass. Linux has no viruses, adware, spyware, etc. At most, you have to worry about a rootkit finding its way into your system but the occurrence is so rare that it is almost negligible.

6.)Updating an Update

I laugh remembering the sheer amount of crap I used to go through trying to install the freshest “hotfixes” and updates on my Windows box. I’d see the yellow shield and exclamation mark and say to myself, “Damnit, I’ll be updating forever!” How many times have you updated whatever windows told and after rebooting notice that the icon still hasn’t left your taskbar so you click it again and are confronted with yet another update. This ritual of rebooting updating and rebooting once more gets old much too fast and leaves much to be desired. When Linux tells you that you need to update it updates everything it needs in one shot and restarting isn’t even mandatory so you can go on with your daily life while the computer updates in the background and never have to worry about rebooting your box.

5.)Registry Errors

I honestly could not tell you how many times I’ve gone to a customers house to fix their Windows box and the underlying problem is that their registry has been torn to hell. Errors range from their registry being so full that it takes a full minute to just copy and paste a small bit of text, to  thousands of error popups that just crash the system. The problem is that many users do not know how to maintain their registry or even know it exists and leave it untouched until suddenly they are paying GeekSquad $100 an hour to prune their registry and more than likely just end up running a FREE registry cleaner on the system. Linux does not have a registry, or more accurately, it does not have a monolithic registry like Windows does. Different tools manipulate different configuration files on a Linux box.

4.)Blue Screen Of Death (BSoD) and other uber errors

Windows claims to be more an more stable with every hotfix and Service Pack and upgrade and yet the BSoD that windows 98 was infamous for still continues to plague Windows 10 years later. You’d think they would make a more stable OS. With Linux you’ve got a box that is as stable as they get. Most of the internet is run on *nix boxes even if your VPS is Windows, chances are it’s a Virtual Machine being emulated by none other than a *nix box.

3.)Windows LOVES to eat resources

When you look at the system requirements for Vista you’ll notice that while it says the minimum supported requirements are that it the box has 512MB of RAM, and that is just for the Home Edition, the Ultimate Edition wants a minimum of 512mb but recommends 1GB. Why is it then that most computers come with 2-4gb of RAM on a box with Vista pre-installed? Simple, Windows loves to eat as much of your resources as possible in order to stay happy. Wait, isn’t gluttony one of the 7 Deadly Sins? A picture is worth a thousand words so a video must be worth a thousand pictures right? Even if it isn’t I think that this video accurately demonstrates how Linux handles your system resources:

2.)Massive Security Issues

When Vista came out it was supposed to be the most secure Windows yet by having software such as Windows Security Center, UAC, built in AV, Anti Spyware, and yet Vista is just as easy to compromise as XP is. For an article published by on the subject click here. Desktop Linux has a well written article on just why Linux is more secure than than Windows.


As of the time of this posting the price for Windows Shits-ta, excuse me, Vista, is $199.95 for the most basic edition ($99.95 for the upgrade DVD) and can go as high as $319.95 for the “Ultimate” edition ($219.95 for the upgrage DVD). Honestly it is a bit of a rip off. With Linux, you download the .ISO file and burn it to your media of choice, pop it in the CD/DVD/USB drive, reboot, and bam, you’ve got a Linux Distro. And what’s best is that they are LiveCD’s so they allow you to try out that Distro without commiting to it and once you’ve decided you like it you can actually install it. With Windows you don’t have the chance to just test run the OS and see if you like it better than the OS you are already running. Many XP users may have to downgrade to Windows Vista or 7 quite blindly and if they don’t like the OS, eh, tough luck. Good marketing strategy there Bill.


12 Responses

  1. Yup, I got a brand new Dell and it shipped with Vista, straight out of the box (from Dell) it would crash and lock up. Wiped the HD, loaded with Linux, have not had a problem since!


  2. JUST BUY A NEW IMAC and these problems will be like POOOFFF:D

  3. You’re right, they have to blindly upgrade to 7 if they are too retarded to download the RC

    • Even if they get the RC they have to create a new partition on their harddrive, and install the RC to the harddrive. With Linux you just pop in the CD, reboot, and go to town, if you like it, you install, if you don’t, then reboot

  4. I’m open to new technology and I’ve made the jump from Windows to OSX and back to windows and then to various versions of Linux and back to Windows.

    My take on it is this…when another OS can work as well with the wide range of hardware and software that Windows works with then I’ll switch again. Sure it is cool to be able to say you run this OS or that OS, but in the long run it is a pain in the behind to be limited by some obscure OS of what you can and can’t use.

    I’m not saying windows is without fault, but I don’t think it can be beat when you really have to accomplish some work.

    Consider the flames fanned!

    • Honestly, I can do anything a Windows user can do with my Linux box except for playing the latest games; and even then the gaming aspect of Windows is slowly working its way over to Linux as more and more games can either be played with WINE or are pretty simple to get working on your Linux box. I will admit though, for the first time user, finding “alternative” applications to the ones you are used to on Windows is a bit of a paid although there are always VMs 😛

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