Pros and Cons of Windows Operating System

An Operating System is mainly system software. It is installed on a computing device to run both hardware and software of the device. It is the most important software. Because it performs all the fundamental operations such as input, storing, processing, controlling, output, etc. Almost all computing devices have an OS (operating system) in them. There are also different types of OS. In this article, I will discuss WOS (Windows Operating System). Hopefully, this article will help you to learn the pros and cons/ advantages and disadvantages of the Windows Operating System.

What is Windows OS?

Windows OS is a type of OS which is developed by Microsoft Corporation. So, it is also known as Microsoft Windows. Microsoft Windows was first launched on November 20, 1985. Recently, Microsoft has launched Windows 11. Windows 11 was released on June 24, 2021. Now Windows has 11 versions since 1985. Among all of those versions, Windows 7 & Windows 10 are the most popular version. It is widely used as a computer OS. Now, you may wonder what makes Windows so popular. I will answer your question later. At first, I will discuss different types of OS.

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Types of OS

I have already said that there are many different types of OS. In fact, almost all computing devices have an OS installed on them. For example, smartphones have iOS, Android OS, as well as desktops, laptops have Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS, etc. All of these OS have both advantages and disadvantages.

Windows OS is best for personal and official tasks. Because it is very easy to use Windows OS. You can simply use Windows OS. You don’t need any prior knowledge of computer commands to use it. But, Windows OS has some security problems. I will discuss it in the Cons of Windows OS section.

Mac OS has the best security. You are fully secure here. So, if you need strong security for your computer OS, you can go for Mac OS. But, both the hardware and software are expensive here. Besides, Mac OS does not have as many software and games as Windows OS.

Linux OS is highly customizable. It is the fastest and lightest OS. Basically, it is a command-line-based OS. And so, without the required knowledge, it is very difficult to use Linux OS. Actually, It is best for those who like to operate computers through command.

According to GlobalStat’s Statcounter, Windows holds the highest market share in the desktop operating market share. It holds 74.96% of the market share where Mac OS X holds 16.02% and Linux holds 2.18%.

Desktop OS Market Share
Desktop OS Market Share

Again Windows OS is also the second-highest market shareholder in the OS market share. It holds 31.94% where Android OS (Mobile OS) holds 40.63% (Android is the highest market shareholder in the OS market share. Wanna know about what makes Android OS so popular? Read pros and cons of Android OS), iOS X holds 16.26%, mac OS X holds 6.83%, and Linux holds 0.94%.

Operating system market share
Operating System Market Share

I have already mentioned before that anyone can use Windows OS so easily without any prior knowledge. And that is the reason which makes Windows OS so much popular.

Now I am going to share the pros and cons of Windows OS. Let explore more about it.

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Pros of Windows OS

Windows OS has lots of advantages such as usability, customization, productivity, games, automatic driver-update-utility, support base, reliability, compatibility, etc. Below I have described these features in brief.

Usability

When I bought a pc for the first time, I barely knew how to use it. Believe me, in that case, I found Windows OS a very useful one. I have already told you that Windows OS is the most popular OS. Actually, the main reason for its popularity is its ‘usability’‘ features To use Windows OS, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge of command. You can simply use it with your basic computer knowledge. Here, you can do both personal and official tasks very easily and smoothly. And that is why people love this OS.

Productivity

You may like to use your pc to produce documents, databases, worksheets, presentations, files, etc. So now, you may need software to perform or make ready your tasks. In that case, Windows OS is the best option. Because Windows OS has a huge collection of productivity software. There is both premium and free software. You just need to choose the right software for your task.

Games

Do you want the best OS for gaming? Do you want to play the latest and trending games? Definitely, Windows OS is the best choice for you. Because it has lots of collection. There is no OS that has a huge collection like Windows OS. And that is why Windows OS is an all-time favorite for gaming and also the first choice of a gamer.

Customization

Linux OS is the best OS for customization. Because Linux OS is fully customizable. Though Windows OS is not customizable as Linux OS, still pretty good. Because there are still lots of things that you can customize easily. For example, you can change the desktop background, system color, theme, etc. You can also able to customize the lock screen, start menu, taskbar, etc.

Automatic Driver Update

Basically, a driver is a software. It permits your pc to connect with hardware devices. Without drivers, a pc won’t work properly. Because without drivers, pc can’t communicate with hardware devices.

But, I often forgot to update the driver of my pc. To update the driver, first I had to check whether there were new drivers available. I found this task very irritating. However, Windows 10 brings a solution to lazy people like me who often forgot to update the drivers. The solution is Automatic !!! Here, Windows 10 will check for available drivers and keep them up-to-date.

Support Base

Windows OS has a great support base. While using Windows OS, you may face lots of problems. You may need solutions or supports to solve those problems. If you are a Windows user, there is a high chance that your doorstep neighbor is also a Windows user. Because Windows users are everywhere. This OS is really so much popular. In that case, you can get help from your doorstep neighbor.

And thus, Windows OS users get better support than any other OS users.

Reliability

Imagine you are working on your pc or laptop. Now if someone disturbs or interrupts you, how will you feel? Won’t you feel so much annoying? I don’t know what you will feel. But definitely, I will feel so much annoying.

Similarly, imagine you are working on some important tasks. But your pc isn’t responding well. Obviously, you will feel so much irritating. And here, Windows OS can provide you a reliable service.

An OS will be called a reliable OS if it can perform expected tasks without any interruption. Undoubtedly, Linux OS provides a better reliable service than Windows OS. But, Windows OS is also providing a quality reliable service.

Compatibility

A long time ago, while working with one of my clients, I had faced a new problem. The files I delivered to my client weren’t working on his computer. The client sent me some screenshots and said, “Hey, David. See your files aren’t working.” At first, I thought that I did some mistakes. So, I was rechecking the files and trying to find the errors. But I didn’t find any errors in the files. After that, I made some searches on google to know more about the problem. Then, I found that it wasn’t a new problem. Actually, my client’s computer wasn’t compatible with those files, and therefore, the files weren’t working on his computer. Do you know what is the compatibility of an OS?

Compatibility of an OS means files will be compatible with other versions of this OS. Windows 10 has a compatibility feature. That means your files may slightly modify on different versions of OS. But it will definitely work on those versions.

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Cons of Windows OS

Apart from the pros of Windows OS and its popularity, it has some disadvantages too. Below, I have discussed the cons of Windows OS in detail. Have a look.

Poor Security

Poor security is the main disadvantage of Windows OS. There are many reasons behind this poor security. In the desktop market share, Windows has a 74.96% market share (according to GlobalStat’s Statcounter). So, it can be said that the number of Windows users is also greater than any other OS. And so, tons of viruses are made for Windows. More exploits and vulnerabilities are researched to break Windows Security and hijack users’ information.

Tons of Viruses

In the pros section of Windows, I told you that Windows has a huge collection of games and software. But, there are also tons of viruses that are made to attack this OS. So, you have to use quality anti-virus software to protect your pc or desktop from viruses. In that case, you have to pay money to third-party apps for quality protection.

Hackers’ Issues

Hackers usually hack a system and hijack its information. Often black hat hackers target Windows OS. Because there are many users and this OS has a good market value. Besides, Windows OS users are not proficient users. They have very little knowledge about cybersecurity. Therefore, it is easier to hack Windows OS than other OS.

Closed Source

Windows OS is a closed source OS. There are lots of disadvantages of closed source OS. First of all, its price is higher than an open-source OS. And more importantly, you don’t have full access to the software’s code. As a result, you can’t alter it without permission from the developer.

High Requirements

Wanna install Windows 10 on your computer? Wait !!! Wait !!! First, have a look at the Windows 10 system requirements:-

Latest OS: Make sure you’re running the latest version—either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1
Update.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM : 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 800 x 600

Definitely, it is a very high requirement. And that’s why I listed it as a disadvantage of Windows OS.

Long Installation Time

Imagine you meet all the system requirements of Windows OS and are ready to install Windows OS on your PC. Do you know how long does it take to install Windows 10 on your PC? It takes a long time to install Windows 10. Because there are several stages of installing Windows OS.

First of all, it will collect the necessary files. If you don’t have a good internet connection, this process will be a long one. Then, there are also more stages to go such as preparing to install, installing, getting everything ready. All of these stages will kill your valuable time badly.

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Conclusion

Windows OS is the most popular OS. There are many pros and cons of Windows OS. In this article, I have tried to provide you basic information about OS and discuss some of the pros and cons of Windows. Windows 10 has slightly overcome some of these disadvantages. Hopefully, in the future, they will fix its security issues and other problems too.

Do you still have questions? Below I have added some FAQs answers. Check it.

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FAQs

  • Which Windows is the latest?

    Windows 10

  • How do I check the active status of Windows?

    To check activation status in Windows 10, select the Start button, and then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

  • How do I activate Windows in Windows 10?

    To activate Windows 10, you need a digital license or a product key. If you're ready to activate, select Open Activation in Settings. Click the Change product key to enter a Windows 10 product key. If Windows 10 was previously activated on your device, your copy of Windows 10 should be activated automatically.

  • Is Amazon safe to buy Windows 10?

    Yes.

  • Which Windows is best for gaming?

    Windows 10.

  • Is it worth getting Windows Pro?

    You will get all the features of the Windows 10 Home operating system plus Remote Desktop, Windows Information Protection, BitLocker, and a suite of tools designed for business use.

  • Why is Windows 10 so awful?

    The main disadvantages of Windows 10 are its price and poor security

  • Can I buy Windows 10 online?

    Yes. You can buy Windows 10 online

  • What are the minimum requirements for Windows 10?

    Latest OS: Make sure you're running the latest version—either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
    Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
    RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
    Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
    Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
    Display: 800 x 600

  • Which version of Windows 10 is best?

    Windows 10 Pro (For work)
    Windows Home (For personal)

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