Top Ten Best Operating Systems

ie. Linux - fedora, ubuntu etc..., Mac, Windows - XP, Vista etc...
The Top Ten
1 Windows 7

Windows 7 is the best OS from Microsoft I have ever experienced...
Easy to install... Crash free... Fabulous Graphics Support for HQ Games.. And more...
Windows Vista is the worst OS from Microsoft...

I think it was the second OS I used, and I continued to use it until about a year ago. There are no words to describe the beauty of this operating system. Companies tend to get the seventh iteration of their product right - Mario Kart 7, Final Fantasy 7, iPhone 7- and Microsoft proved that they can do it too.

Very simple to install and better UI also best security.
Very good themes.

I tried 10, too many bugs for a system that is out for over a year, Wasted untold hours trying to get sound back over and over, it changed it back to no sound. Files couldn't be deleted etc etc etc. all bugs that developed after a few months use. MS apparently really wants you to use 10 and end your privacy and tell you the news and not have any way to rid yourself of one infringement after another of your privacy and control of your own OS, which apparently now you are only renting. Try to go back to 7 but newest hardware is compatible to load 7. You will see more and more of this as they try to regain the power they gave away with individual control. I have to figure out how to load 7 on a Samsung 950 pro, apparently no one really knows or cares how this can be done. The future looks grim you will be forced to use 10 on coming intel systems.

2 Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a mixture of Windows and Macintosh. Looks like Mac but shortcut keys is similar to windows. Great work, I love it.

For me, this is the only operating system I can get any real work done on. It's free, fast, reliable, stable, secure and has everything I need as a developer. Everything that windows has is also available for linux under a different name. All free, All legit. It's as easy and simple as windows to use and also gives you access to the more powerful features if you wish to use them, unlike windows which shields or plain prevents you from doing what you want. No constant updating, no trying to force you to do everything a certain way (their way). Looks nice too. Why more new computers don't ship with linux ubuntu installed? I don't know. 10/10

As a Linux operating system, Ubuntu is completely free to download, install and use. Out of the myriad of Linux OS out there, Ubuntu is generally considered the most user friendly and stable, especially for new users (partly due to a simple instillation process). It uses less system resources than many leading operating systems so you can use it on an outdated or budget PC and often seems faster or more responsive than other OS. Other pros include better security, plenty of customization options, community support, and a regular OS update schedule. It's my primary Operating System on my home and work computers.

I've been using it for years, even it changed like all other OS the interface (now Unity) I like it. Just some difficulties because of the company I'm working for, uses some custom applications designed just for windows. Except for that... Is better and secure than Microsoft products. Less time to update (2h maximum vs 1day that windows need... - except the old legendary XP), almost everything is free (like every Linux) but If you're an advanced user or take a learning course about it, you'll know how to modify after your needs and how easy it is the modification of interface and even use on it applications designed for windows. Feel the freedom from an OS and... Remember that computers are made to run after people needs and not people to run after applications designed from the needs of the companies that made them.

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3 Microsoft Windows 1.0

I'm not sure which window is the best. So far I like 7 the best but I haven't even tried 8 or 8.1 as they seemed like a step backwards for a gaming system. I have tried windows 10.
At first it seemed OK but in a few months it developed so many bugs that were out of left field and left me spending hours trying to get my sound back, or just stupid things like you couldn't delete files you put in certain folders. I hated it. All the bugs sneak up on you, and they are not the kind that are easily traced down and fixed. Windows has made it near impossible to install 7 on my Samsung 950 pro the procedure is apparently unknown buy anyone. They really want you to switch to 10 to totally end your privacy and not be able to control your own OS. People who like 10 are either forced into it by hardware demands or are imbeciles.

Awesome and best of all Windows I ever had, I used Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Win7, and Win8. I have to say Win10 is the best Windows right now because of awesome new features.

Win10 is like upgraded Win7 and XP.

I love Cortana thing that I don't have to open file explorer anymore. Cortana will know what you are looking for. When I want to look for something on internet and I type it in, internet browser pops up. When I want to open a file or app, I type in Cortana then file or app pops up.. You don't have to type in "internet," "file" or "app." Cortana will take you where you want to go, it is WOW!

So, I have to say Windows 10 is the best of all Windows

The future coming OS! There are lots of great features in Windows 10! Some of the great features are combined old start menu + new metro apps, tablet mode, continuum, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, notification center, multitasking desktop and many more... And there are coming developing technologies which will work with Windows 10 like Microsoft Surface, HoloLens. The best thing is the same OS will work on all platforms whether it is phone, tablet, Xbox, laptop or desktop! All data will be syncing.. Transferable data across all platforms! The future is here!

There are so many reasons why 10 is the best. Though many windows apps lost support when upgrading to 8, all the newer application support (And the windows store) makes up for it. Because of emulator support, you can run:
-wii games
-android OS
-virtual machines of other operating systems such as OS X, Ubuntu, and other versions of Windows (with ease of file transfer)

Support isn't the only reason you should get 10, though. The start menu is easy to manage, and the filing system is extremely productive. You're not making a wrong move by getting Windows 10 at all.

4 Windows XP

Given that Vista was so universally panned, I stuck with my XP system... even after support ended. (I was of course extra careful to ensure adequate malware and firewall protection.)

When eventually forced to buy a new system, I managed to obtain an already-out-of-date Win 7 Pro system and was *very* careful to ensure that it didn't auto-update itself to the loathsome and privacy-breaching Win 10...

This didn't alter the fact that to one who knows XP well--and has extensively customised it to his satisfaction--Win 7 is pretty vile, lacking many of the best features of XP and imposing some of the worst elements of Vista. In fact its only advantages are (a) easier networking and (b) it's not as bad as Vista, 8, or 10.

I feel nostalgia plays a big role on how a lot of people this about this OS. Yes, it was revolutionary, and security was great too, but the UI was a turnoff for a lot of people, it might look nostalgic but the reality is that it was just, terrible! I think a lot of people referred to this as the "little tikes" Windows. Server 2003 fixed this problem though. Maybe this would be good for your kids?

I have tried nearly all the OSES available, Windows all versions of it from 3.1 to the current Windows 10, and Linux (that includes ubuntu and Mint of course and the other flavors), then Mac OS and Android. I love and like Windows XP (WinXP3 the last one), because I can run all nearly all of my older collections of Windows software that can no longer run on later versions of Windows. Windows 7, sort of annoys me when I tried to copy a 20GB folder of Music MP3 and it starts an extended calculation run and then tells me that it will take 2-hours & 18-minutes to copy that long. Same folder copied on WinXP gives you a flat 18-minutes or less. I had been using Windows for not less than 40-years!

If you want a low-end spec computer for business and low-end gaming for a good price and an amazing stable performance experience, this operating system is definitely for you! Most companies/public places cannot afford so much ram for each Windows 7/8 computer, therefore, and adding so many security features, making them extremely slow. But with Windows XP on the same specs with security, it will perform just fine! Windows 7/8 are mostly truly good for personal use.

5 Android

Other devices with Android include Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Wear OS for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android can also be found on game consoles, digital cameras, PCs and other electronics. Most Android applications are written in Java and as of August 2020, the Google Play store has over 3 million Android applications published.

Android has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release. Each version has had a code name and these are confectionery-themed and in alphabetical order; the first one was 2009's Android 1.5 Cupcake and the latest version of Android is Android 11, that was released in September 2020.

Just like Ubuntu: Simple, pretty, reliable, and open source.

It's also much more feature packed than the competition (yeah, good luck finding emulators, Linux terminals, custom launchers, or alternate app stores without jailbreaking your iPhone).

Google Play is the Android storefront where you can shop for apps, games, music, videos and books for your Android device. It offers both free and paid apps. Any items you download from Google Play will also be available on other compatible Android devices you've connected to your Google account.

6 Windows 2000

As opposed to the makers of other operating systems, Microsoft requires its customers to invest the most in their computer hardware: a faster processor (the CPU), more internal memory and a larger hard disk. Microsoft have always maintained that this is due to all the extra functionality that they've added, as demanded by their customers. Actually, few people make use of many of those features, yet everyone is still forced to contend with the additional overhead that is the result.

This was the OS my first computer used back in the late 2000s (it was used at the time). More stable than its predecessors, it has the perfect amount of "old-school cool" from a modern standpoint but was nifty as heck at the time, and there are still some features I miss as of this writing in 2020. I love how simple everything looks as opposed to the flashy, "mobile optimized" operating systems of today. I also like XP and 7, but I have to give 2000 the gold.

Honestly the best Windows OS. Yes, better than 7, XP, and 98. It was stable, had an awesome UI (though kind of replicated from 98) and lots of support and good drivers. NT did this OS perfectly, and helped a lot with the Y2K scare.

A lot of home users had it even though it was meant for business use.

Why? It was very good for its time, while its home equivalent, Windows ME, was as far from stable as you could get.

Even though 2000 came first, support for it lasted until Windows 7 became popular. Windows ME support was given the axe by the time Vista came out.

7 Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a Underrated OS. Windows 8.1 is what Windows 8 should have been.

The biggest complaint from people that dislike this OS is the Metro Start Menu. MS made a big mistake by not having a ditching there classic start menu for the metro start menu. By then the high ground was lost in public's mind to extent majority never gave it a fair trial. Most people don't even realize that you can install 3rd party programs like classic start and never see the Metro Menu again.

Windows 8.1 is more stable and bug free than Windows 10 and it handles Memory and Disk Management much better than Windows 10 from my experience. These factors make me still run Windows 8.1 today and I'm not planning on upgrading until MS stops supporting it.

Windows 8.1 got a lot of flak, but it is better than what I expected back in 2013. In fact, Windows 8.1 is one of the most underrated Windows, besides Windows 1.01 (which did not get the love, but deserved them). And to make this even better, Windows 8.1 is even more stable than Windows 10, which came after.

It's the best ever. I still can't figure out what all the bad press is about. I right click the little window in the lower left corner and I have the menu that is so missed. I love the tile page I have everything I need right there set up the way I like. NOW here comes the best part of all. In get a tablet or laptop with windows 8.1 on it and I sign onto my account and there is all my setup just waiting for me and it is great. I was never a windows fan but 8.1 got me hooked and win 10 looks like it will be a winner as well. Thanks MS

So easy to navigate! Everything you want is accessible right at your fingertips!

Can't find it? Search it by typing right on the screen!

Need fun? Check out the 500+ windows games that comes with it!

Need tools? The included windows apps is right on your start screen!

Too slow? Simply navigate your way around your PC world by a swipe and a click with your mouse!

It may seem different at first, but isn't that with all the new tech stuff?

You control it, you own it, it's the all new latest windows!

8 Windows XP Professional

First off, Stop telling me how old Windows XP is and how I should upgrade to the latest OS when you know Windows XP is the best operating system Microsoft ever created aside from the security issues it always had. If you keep it clean, and updated, it works. Then Microsoft started making really crappy software. You already know about Vista. Then they tried a little harder with Windows 7. Windows 8 is just pure junk. It's actually another laughing imitation of Windows XP with annoying tiles and missing a lot of XP's convenient configurations. I would rather upgrade to Ubuntu, but they are lacking on the the software side, and let's not even talk about Apple, Inc right now. People are going to continue to use XP, just like there are still people who use Windows 3.1, Windows 95 & 98. They need to START MENU to the creation of software like the stability and usability of XP, take away that tile junk like in Windows 8.

Runs outdated software that I have come attached to. For example Finishing Touch (Primax) TIFF editor from the 1990s which gives me functions and results that are not achievable in Photoshop; and if they were, Photoshop is more complicated. As I edit a lot of images and merge and make collages of images, I want to keep Finishing Touch, so I can continue to work with this simple but effective software that does not work on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Furthermore the ability to format text using Outlook Express (no need to be connected to the web) is great. I did not discover this ability on Windows 7 and 8. There are even more advantages. But these are the main points for me why I will keep running XP on a separate, isolated PC for the next 10 years. XP beats Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 which were conceived because Windows had to renew itself. Yes, for the average PC owner these later operating systems are OK, but if you are daily working for hours with many different programs (and ...more

I agree with just about all comments. XP is by far the best OS Microsoft has developed. XP was stable and easy to use, OK it maybe have been based on a old base, ie DOS, but what the hell it worked and worked well. With Windows 7, which I upgraded to a couple of months ago due Microsoft stopping all Support and updates for XP, I get freeze ups, loading things takes longer, it's Needs an idiot guide open 24/7 to really get round it and find things which were easy to find in XP, many progtramms and games I#ve used daily on XP I can't even load them let alone use them.

Microsoft would rather get People to spend Money unnecessarily than look at what their users really want, not what they (Microsoft) want.

Bring back the Support and updates for XP and activate it again!

Yes. XP (Pro or not) is the best for me. And yes, it can be hacked to death if you let it but it suits me just fine because I'm just an old fart who likes playing "back in the day" games and using software of my time. I think the best option is to have an "as up to date" machine as you can and run (the main drive) with Win 10. I don't like it and I agree with every bad comment that's said about it but it is the future (good or bad). I just partition the drive and run them under XP. Best of both worlds. Anyone agree?

9 Mac OS X Leopard

Mac OS X Leopard is a MAJOR leap for Apple. It's very good! The only problem I have with it is that Apple doesn't support it anymore; so I updated to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It's almost just like Mac OS X Leopard and best of all, it's not obsolete!

Very easy to use and it even supports adobe flash which is very nice this is the best one yet!

Awesome very simple and reliable better than windows
I like it ver

It's a pity no one uses it anymore. It was v. good. Apple has discontinued Leaopard. So sad. Sierra is bad.

10 Arch Linux

Arch Linux is an independently developed, x86_64-optimised 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. Operating on a rolling release system, Arch can be installed from a CD image or via an FTP server. The default install provides a solid base that enables users to create a custom installation. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.

Arch Linux ARM carries forward the Arch Linux philosophy of simplicity and user-centrism, targeting and accommodating competent Linux users by giving them complete control and responsibility over the system. Instructions are provided to assist in navigating the nuances of installation on the various ARM platforms; however, the system itself will offer little assistance to the user.

Other OS' customizability pale in comparison to Arch Linux's customizability; you only have to install what you need, making it the most versatile modern operating systems you can run. Pacman provides a fantastic experience for installing applications without the need to scour the internet in search of a download. The likelihood of getting a virus on linux is practically nonexistent, and Arch Linux can run lightning fast. The OS is also updated frequently via a rolling release, and the process of updating one's system is quite unobtrusive.

A nice and stable Linux OS, it is like a Lego game. You can build around your kernel what you want, without the need of major hacks. Indeed, not desirable for beginners, but also not so unstable and complicated like Gentoo. I was trying Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Gentoo, Suse and Arch - Arch was the winner for me. I hesitated between Arch and Gentoo a time, but finally found Arch repos more consistent and up to date

The Contenders
11 Windows 95

The UI was very revolutionary, and I still consider it one of the best if not THE best Windows UI. Every Windows OS after this has a UI inspired from this one. The rest wasn't really great though. Installing drivers and plug and play was not made easy at all, and wasn't very stable.

Hell yes, what happened to the original windows? The start menu was the best invention ever by Microsoft and they took it away in windows 8, I mean I'm a computer tech and ill be doing something in windows 8 and hit some random key that brings up that dumb ass tile crap. I Despise windows 8, almost as much as I hate Vista and Windows Millennium Edition

The first ever operating system in the Windows series to introduce a simple but very useful and working component called the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, now ridden of and put into damnation by Windows 8...

I really don't know what's wrong with you people. Windows 7 and 8 best OSes ever? 95 and XP were the best, and 95 beats XP.

12 FreeBSD

FreeBSD is one of the best OSes out there, able to rival the likes of Ubuntu and Windows 7.

It takes a bit of effort setting it up since it has no UI at first and needs drivers set up for it, but let me tell you it's well worth installing.

Though it doesn't have much compatibility with apps, that's mostly because it's fairly esoteric in comparison to more mainstream OSes like Windows. Just install Wine and those apps will work fine.

FreeBSD is an operating system used to power modern servers, desktops, and embedded platforms. A large community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. Its advanced networking, security, and storage features have made FreeBSD the platform of choice for many of the busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.

One of the absolute best Operating Systems. It just works no matter the load. In the runnings now also is an illumos based OS called OmniOS

The most stable Unix variant compared to RedHat and Solaris (quite good too).

13 Windows 98

Windows 98 is generally the best OS in the world from Microsoft because you can do with it anything you want. It's totally open, understandable and fact is that all other windows OS have this core inside it with new features more-less. Also, it's hard tracking over internet and you can also install it with a few tweaks on any other modern computer.

It was a great OS for the longest time, and is still my default MS OS to run on older machines. Downside is, just like its previous generations, all it is, is a fancy GUI for DOS (7.10 IIRC) The nice thing about the DOS based OSes, is you have full direct access to all of your hardware with basic command prompt or basic code. Anyone remember "restart in DOS mode?"

A basic OS that gets stuff done without a load of eyecandy. I prefer that in an OS. If it was interlaced with NT type security, it would most likely be the best OS you could use. Microsoft forgot how to built a good, functional OS that just works without a bunch of goofy features and complicated menus.

It is the operating system that brought revolution. Introduced cursor, graphics and the gaming system. It is without a doubt the best operating system there is. So my vote goes to windows 98.

14 Windows 8

Windows 8 is a SUPER fast and very elegant operating system. It runs all of "my" XP software even better than XP EVER did! (Although apparently there are legacy programs that it does not get-on with. ) One gets all the new features of a touch screen (or just click on it or swipe with your mouse) and iPad-like apps along with virtually every familiar & useful ability that you've known from Win 3.0 through Win XP. (Yes, there is a desktop! ) As with every new interface, some humans need to learn that it takes a little effort and a little time to access all the new features and find where all the old standards are tucked away.

I got used to the new user interface pretty easily, but I can see how many people wouldn't like it, but if you don't like it stick with Windows 7 which is also a very good operating system. Windows 8 does have many improvements over Windows 7 under the hood if you can get past missing the start button. Better features include better recovery options, storage pools, and video compression and smaller footprint than Windows 7. If it still had a start button or if people could choose which interface option they wanted in a setting, no doubt it would be number one on this list. I own a PC tablet, and laptop all running Windows 8.1 upgraded from Windows 8. It's the best on the tablet, but good on the PC and Laptop also.

Sacrificed some of windows 7's beauty, to be faster... yes it is faster than 7 and vista... the only cons,1- the metro thing, but all what you need to make it user friendly is to install Classic shell... I prefer it to windows 10 as well (I don't need Cortana or the other new services of windows 10), 2- unfortunately won't support many old games, which run easily smoothly in windows xp, without any trick.. Even if you get into compatibility mode, reducing resolution etc... they will never play... on the other hand it worked much better with me on emulating PlayStation and cube box...

It does everything windows 7 can and more. Compared to windows 10, 8 is simpler and to the point-essentially it's windows 7 with the extra option of apps if you wish to use them, although you do not have to, and a focus on multiple screen output. It is far less of a mish mash of options (as 10 is, which has an unnecessary tablet and desktop mode with limited customisation).
Most importantly, 8 is also far more compatible with your hardware and software. Windows updates in 8 (unlike 10) can actually be customised, and you are in control of them. The start menu (start screen) is also more slick with a finished feeling, and so simple even my gran could use. Without a touchscreen, as with 10, all you need is a scroll wheel, or classicshell for a classic menu.
I find the new interface colorful and not an issue, it may be an acquired taste, but everyone has their own. I install my favourite programs to the desktop

15 Mac OS X Lion

Unlike windows it just works, is relabel and easy to use. Also unlike common belief it can run most popular games such as most of the Call of Dutys. It can do this better than windows only because its apple!

Most stable, powerful, and intuitive interface in the world. Smartest computer, easiest to use, and just the best around. Nothing beats good ol' Apple!

Great version of OS X! It's great in many ways, although they shouldn't have gotten rid of Rosseta (the ability to run PowerPC apps on Intel).

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16 Slackware Linux

I have been using many varieties of Operating systems in my work and lifetime, from early CP/M days, through IBM DOS, MDDOS, OS2Wrap, Mac OS, Windows, Free BSD, and Linux, and all have an application to match the need of a user type...

Slackware has been around longer than most OS out there, and not it come not with a fancy GUI etc., but it forces you to think, learn to build a tight, faster than most OS and define it as you like it to become. Slackware is not for new comers to linux that have migrated from windows (where it gets it reputation of being hard to deal with), but if you seeking to understand the nitty-gritty of Linux, get a book, ebook on linux administration and a copy of Slackware, by the end of the book you will understand Linux, can esicly pass the Linux Admin Test, and manage a system inside out from the custom build of the OS to the graphical interface details.

if you a user looking to "use" an alternate MS windows or MAC OS, then this is not the Linux ...more

I have no idea how Slackware earned its reputation for being difficult.
If you know anything at all about Linux or any Unix Slackware isn't difficult at all.
It's amazing how many people are scared off by booting to the command line initially.

Linux for non-dummies. Climbing the learning curve to get it running forces you to know Linux from the inside out and to know Linux 100 times better than most people.

Best OS (LINUX) and best LINUX distribution ever. have started with it (so not true it's not for beginners) and even tried other distributions always returned back to SLACKWARE as it seems to be only distro that's easy to administrate and use

17 Microsoft Windows 3.1

Aside from MS Dos 6.22, this is the first operating system I've learned and loved. It is a great leap from Dos or even windows 1 because its multitasking capability and it is not limited to 640 kb of memory, taking advantage of Intel 386 microprocessor. You can't appreciate this unless you live back in time.

This where it started, true you had to upgrade Windows and DOS separately but you had fewer crashes and was easier repair, Win 95 and 98 weren't bad then we got xp through 8.1 with each getting more and more bloated requiring huge amounts of RAM just for the OS.

The last Windows which didn't claim it's more than what it really was: a fancy toy. Lack of applications, crashes, loads of viruses, bugs, no real support, waiting years for device drivers... Win 3.1 was the most perfect reason to create Linux!

I love this OS because I started there in my professional. In that time some of few peppole has computer no internet no serch engins you shout learn from your fails so I love too

18 Chromium OS

Chromium OS is a free and open-source operating system designed for running web applications and browsing the World Wide Web. It is the development version of Chrome OS, a Linux distribution made by Google.

Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people...

Can't run it on my 64 bit but looks good, fast, secure and crash free. Also chromium is better than chrome.

You can only access the internet. But that good for browser gamers!

19 Windows Vista

Amazing operating system. Most people who used Vista and hated it were using it on underpowered computers. If you use it on adequate hardware that can take advantage of Vista's features, it's an amazing experience.

Vista was also very important; it created the path for other, newer version of Windows, many pieces of the path still seen to this day. 7, which is #1 of course, would be very different without Vista.

Vista is also quite stable and can perform very well, on adequate hardware. With Service Pack 2, it became a great replacement for XP, and an awesome OS in general. Unfortunately, it was slammed by critics and techies when it first came out, for good reason. It ran slow on most hardware, it was buggy and was overblown with features. Things were patched and streamlined, and in the end, it became a great OS for just about anything.

All in all, Windows Vista is an amazing operating system that was sabotaged by a mediocre launch. I would definitely give this ...more

Vista 64 is my first and only positive experience with a Microsoft OS. The week it released (Jan '07) I purchased the retail box version 64 bit home premium. OS installed in 15 minutes and had perfectly working 64 bit drivers for every piece of hardware in the system without update or need of component-included driver/install software to operate at full capacity updated to proper drivers shortly after. I didn't have the problem that most complained about. I suspect not enough consumers understood the difference between 32 and 64 bit processing/hardware and its ramifications. My Vista system has been in daily use for the past 8 years without a single software crash. I really don't understand why Vista is generally thought of so poorly. I don't know if I trust this survey considering 2 different versions of Windows XP are on the list bloated, unstable, patch-happy, and slow. I haven't seen a BSOD in a decade, can any XP user claim that?

Don't be confused about this version of Vista. Microsoft Windows Vista Business Download edition is commonly called Windows Vista Professional. It has the feature level as of Windows XP Professional and the Succeeding OS is also called Windows 7 Professional, with the same feature set. Vista is a very big upgrade from Win XP.

Those who had trouble with Vista were trying to use it on inadequate hardware. I have been using Vista since its inception. It is stable and fast. Unfortunately many software vendors are neglecting Vista when making upgrades. I have used every version of Windows beginning with Windows 2.0. I have Windows 7 on my notebook but prefer Vista. Windows 8 (all versions) sucks. How can they call it Windows when the applications all run full screen?

20 Google Chrome OS

My Chromebook boots in 7 seconds, so the difference between starting from off and from sleep is imperceptible. It's an ASUS C100PA-DB02, so it weighs less than 2 pounds, has a great touchscreen, flolds into a tablet, accepts freehand text input, and rotates the display as I rotate the screen. The screen is beautiful, and the keyboard only has keys for operations that I'll need to use. I can easily go for 2 days without having to charge it. I don't have to worry about virus protection or installing OS and application updates. Switching between apps amounts to clicking on a different browser tab. Any printer visible on the network can be used as a cloud printer. I get 100 GB of free Google Drive for 2 years. My SSD is silent and cool and is far superior to a magnetic disk drive. Very high quality apps are available, and they're usually free of charge. Best of all, it's so pleasant not having to constantly fight and fix Windows.

Boots in 7 seconds. Incredibly stable. Lowest cost speed and power. No need for virus-ware. Never lose stuff -- it's in the cloud. Software updates don't require user to download/install. Device performance doesn't degrade over time. Google Cloud Print eliminates the need to download/install printer drivers and works from any device. Great support for Google Remote Desktop and Chromecast. No Windows registry.

HDMI cable, full length camera, two USB ports and many more on my mother's chromebook that also boots in 2 seconds.

The only downside is that you can really only download stuff of the google play store and the chrome web store.

Hate Cloud Technology, Google Microsoft etc. are all the same... They collect all important data & are thieving, too much stupid ads to confuse & make people buy third party wares.

21 Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I tried all of the top ten right now and mountain lion is the best, there is this bootcamp feature and you can install any operating system that you want, but you must make a second mac you can do that using disk utility. (If you want mac and the other OS).

More stable, more reliable than XP, and fun too. So far the best system I have tried. I liked Snow Leopard but this is a definite upgrade. Using Mountain lion with Parallels for Windows applications is smooth as silk.

Although I like OS X Mavericks better it was a great leap from lion which was definitely necessary or OS X Mavericks wouldn't be here.

Mountain Lion was a great update for OS X. It added Messages and more, so it was one of the best Apple systems until Yosemite's release.

22 GM-NAA I/O

The GM-NAA I/O input/output system of General Motors and North American Aviation was the first operating system for the IBM 704 computer.
It was created in 1956 by Robert L. Patrick of General Motors Research and Owen Mock of North American Aviation. It was based on a system monitor created in 1955 by programmers of General Motors for its IBM 701.The main function of GM-NAA I/O was to automatically execute a new program once the one that was being executed had finished (batch processing). It was formed of shared routines to the programs that provided common access to the input/output devices. Some version of the system was used in about forty 704 installations.

23 Macintosh OSX

If people were to do an honest review of which operating system is the most stable, easiest to use, most visually appealing and well. Most complete, you just don't get better than the Mac. I use both XP and Mac at work and there is no comparison. However, there are thousands more programs for Windows than Mac, which is the only reason we use Windows at work - no useful Mac software to cover our specific business needs. Most people I know buy a lesser OS for this reason - gamers for example have to use Windows to enjoy the full range of offerings. But the fact that you are forced to use an OS, doesn't make it better. If only more people would try out OSX, you would never look back.

Em, with respect, the person who wrote the paragraph staring "Yea the whole reason why macs never get viruses... ' knows nothing at all about Macs. As someone who has been using them for over 25 years (alongside Windows and Linux) I DO! So, you can only do "graphic arts, music, design and so forth..."? Actually these days you can do whatever you want on a Mac and in a far simpler, more logical way than you can in Windows. And faster. This person is living in the past and has obviously not used a Mac recently. You CAN play games on them brilliantly! Or perhaps I am imagining that?

As for users having to "run to the Apple Store because they don't know squat on how to resolve the issue", that's totally inaccurate as well. I fix all my Macs if they go wrong (which they hardly ever do). I still have a 16 year old Bondi iMac that runs OS X and has never caused me a day's trouble. A bit slow now, of course, but my point is I've never had a Windows machine for more than 4-5 years ...more

Mac OSX is worthy of number 1 or 2 (maybe behind) NOT NUMBER 7! This OS has been a trail blazer for MANY YEARS and will continue to do so! This OS has got great design aesthetics compared to its rivals Windows and Linux. Those who dislike Mac are to busy caught up in the world of "well Mac is so Expensive"... Yeah that may be true but with cost comes great quality. Mac harness' the thing which Windows and Linux still haven't got a hold of - Simplicity with the opportunity to have complexity when it is needed. Yes, if you are a gamer, mac may not be for you but if you are a student, a businessman, a programmer, a designer, a musician, a internet surfer or anyone else, MAC OS X IS right for you. The only advantages with windows is the fact that it is widely used so many know how to use it (but Mac is so simple to use regardless)

The earlier versions? Honestly some of the worst OS's of all time. I know some of you Mac fans will get mad at me but, they were just slow, ugly, and didn't look very professional at all. The newer versions are better though, a bit faster and a lot more beautiful looking, I'd just wish they would move on from OSX and its UI. Security might be good but I can get the same amount of safety with Linux.

24 DOS

The successor to CP/M (Control Program for Microprocessors), and the first OS to achieve wide-spread popularity on personal computers. Small and lean. Not so much an "OS" by todays standards, but more of a collection of services subservient to the running application (which is a *very* good thing). DOS allows the application to be king, instead of the OS being ultimately in charge such as is the case with Windows. A developer's dream, complete control of the computing system without a bothersome, buggy, or overbloated OS getting in the way. Still being used in industry in many different ways, including as an embedded system OS. Development tools are mature, and nearly all are free. Utilities, software, and games for DOS are plentiful and most can be downloaded for free. There is even a great free version of DOS itself (FreeDOS). If you only need to run one application at a time, especially if you are on a budget, DOS is the way to go.

If you don't know why, you won't understand why. But I'll just say this: It set the non-unix standard for all personal computers since the eighties... And is still embedded to some degree, in almost all of the OS's in use to this date. Those who love sheer computing power, are not swept away with interface graphic B.S. and... REALLY know how to use it... Realize that among robust light-weight OSs, NOTHING else has come close to matching it! (Or lasted as long! )

MS-DOS must be good because it is still used the the US Navy and
The greatest games ever made like fore examlpe DOOM, QUAKE and Wolf3D were made for MS-DOS and if you try to get a doom launcher like gzdoom it is a load of crap! MS-DOS is the best!

It is the best OS ever and if anyone don't like it I will smack them in the face over and over again intill they die, then I will knife them!

25 Linux Mint

I have most of the top 20 O/Systems that I run on VM's to play with, but Mint is still my choice for everyday work. And you can load different desktop environments on most Linux Operating Systems. And tweak it to fit you...

My cloud servers are Ubuntu. It also helps a lot that Mint is hugely based on Ubuntu, and there is such a huge support base for all major Linux distributions, that I will probably never go back to something other than Linux.
I didn't switch to Linux because it was free, I switched over because of stability and speed. It is rock solid, and don't tell me... yea, but what about software...? I can do everything from Linux that I need, and it is better. You just need to apply your mind, and be open to investigate better options to do a task.

What You can do, since most of Linux OS are free, make a small donation every now and again to them. Or get involved by doing a bit of coding and publish it back, or Open-source some of your work. Then everyone ...more

Linux Mint 16 installed easier and faster than any version of Windows. I like the Cinnamon desktop interface better than Ubuntu, and it just runs better on my old laptop than XP. Best of all, it's Linux and not Windows, so you don't need to hassle with things like registries, the constant streams of security updates, and maintenance. And, all the software that I need is available for free. It breathed in new life into a struggling and insecure laptop.

The industry doesn't want the general public to know about offerings like Linux Mint. Every old PC running XP can be brought back to life with Linux. Instead, the industry wants consumers to trash their old PC's and either buy a new Windows machine or a Mac. That may be money wasted for those who can't easily afford it, or who really just need the basic functionality that any flavor of Linux can give them. For them, I recommend Linux Mint 16. It's more secure and can run the older hardware better.

Installed the long-term Linux Mint 17 Qiana along with Windows 7, the latter for legacy programs. Easy to use, fairly intuitive interface, lot of additional functionality, control and flexibility. Faster than Windows 7 on many tasks, and very stable. Excellent support and updates available from a lot of repositories. I love the ability to update most packages and other updates without having to reboot the computer time after time. I spend 95% of my time in Linux and use Windows only for legacy programs like TurboTax, Quicken and a few others, not yet ported for Linux. Great operating system and the installation and configuration are easy.

Using Linux Mint 16. Very stable, fast, can be downloaded for free or pay about $8.20 for a DVD, can be installed alone, along with Windows or in demo mode. Has thousands of printers listed, comes with a fully functioning system and the package manager makes installation and removal of programs (technically packages) a snap. Highly customizable. Has a lot of internet support, chat, DVD/CD burner, very easy to update programs and fast. The vast majority of installations require NO reboot. Shutdown of the system is on the order of a couple of seconds. Has a Terminal (Windows type command line) and follows most Ubuntu terminal commands. There are many repositories available to download additional packages. This respondent has been around since CPM and DOS 1, so no stranger to Windows. Except for a few legacy programs, I now use Windows Mint almost exclusively. Great operating system, open source and little to no cost for most packages.

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