Hey guys,

I was just wondering which OS you are using primarily and how it compares to the Steam hardware survey. Hit the poll!

Have a nice day!

1 week ago

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Well.. which is it?

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Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
macOS X
Linux Debian
Linux Red Hat
Linux Gentoo
Linux Other

Windows 10 since release day. Upped from Windows 7. Never had one SINGLE OS crash since I got it. None. Nada. Never.

Guess my friend and I are the lucky ones to never have problems.

Well, we have problems, but that's a completely different matter all together. :P

1 week ago
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I had a few total system crashes, blue screen and everything. But every one of them was running Rise of the Tomb Raider. When not running that? Never one crash.

1 week ago
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Only crashes I ever had, really, were sometimes trying to start Fallout 4 at ultra 1080P settings. (No 4K monitor).

1 week ago
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Same here, Win10 since launch
No problems.. Same on my laptop

1 week ago
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I don't have any problems with Win10 too
Cause I use Win7 xD

1 week ago
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Two Computers both running Win10, absolutely no issues what so ever.

Jumped straight past Win8 without even looking at it

1 week ago
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Three years into W10, i've still yet to experience a BSOD. I'd even say that the system is more stable that 7.
Of course 10 has its problems, but so far, after a few tweakings to make the UI more like 7's, i would never go back, especially when it comes into managing permissions and accounts. Besides, 10 is the only Windows OS that will have the latest security updates in the future and allows for more in-depth app permissions (like access to documents, the microphone and so on). Previous Windows OSes just gave all your personal data without even asking first.

6 days ago
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I have a dual boot on my desktop with both Windows 7 and Linux Mint, but my laptop only has Linux Mint on it so it is a bit hard to say which one is primary for me as I use both a fair amount, but I guess I use Windows 7 a bit more so I voted for that.

1 week ago
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The new Cinnamon Modern theme is very nice :)

1 week ago
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Did they update it with 19.1? I am still on 19 and it doesn't look too much different than it used to last time I used it but it has been quite a long while since I used anything other than one called New-Minty, so I might just have kinda forgot about how it looked like.

1 week ago
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Yes, in 19.1 the new Cinnamon version lets you choose between the Classic theme and the Modern one: the main difference is that the Modern taskbar looks and behaves more like Windows 10... And I kinda like that look. :)

1 week ago
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Hm I don't really like the Windows 10 taskbar, but I should probably get of my ass and update so I can see it for myself. Who knows, I might end up liking it in the end. Thanks for telling me about it ^^

1 week ago
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You can always keep the classic one, after having a look to the modern, yeah! I like updates in general :P
You're welcome! :D

1 week ago
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I didn't know steam have that kind of survey, thank you !

Here is the link (for who are curious): https://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/Steam-Hardware-Software-Survey-Welcome-to-Steam

We are not a lot of Linux User :(

1 week ago
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That's actually quite fascinating. I have a friend that knows a lot about these things so I sent him that link. Thanks.

1 week ago
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0,82% of over 90 million users is more than 700 thousand. It's more than I expected.

1 week ago
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Thanks, that is a really interesting link!

1 week ago
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Dual boot, Linux Mint and Windows 10... Live on Linux, play on Windows.

1 week ago
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Hard to say, as I use 3 different OSes, and use all 3 of them a lot ;p

I just started upgfrading my PC 3-4 weeks ago, so I installed fresh Win10Pro onto it, my laptop (which I use a lot recently, mainly for work) runs Win7Ulti, and I have a secondary PC in other room connected to TV and it runs dualboot with Debian 9 and Win7Home (although when I finish upgrading my main PC I will probably use spare old parts to upgrade or build new secondary PC and I'm not decided on an OS yet, so the last one is likely to change in close future ^^).

Anyway voted Win10, as PC with Win10 is one I most often use for Steam (still use Steam on all 3 machines ;p), and you want results to compare them with Steam Survey so it makes most sense this way :)

1 week ago
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I'm using gentoo as my primary OS since around 2006 I think. Prior to that used slackware since the ancient times. Also remember doing a debian floppy disk network install on dial-up.

As well I also have a windows 8 gaming laptop for steam

1 week ago
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For me it's Windows 10 Pro on home and work PCs, Windows 8.1 Pro and Linux Mint 19 on laptop, which I always carry with me, and also Linux CentOS 6/7 at work. Voted for Windows 10 anyway, because I primarily use it for gaming :)

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Win 10 on desktop, Debian on servers, as it should be.

1 week ago
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Win 7 but going Win 10 once i get the thumb out of my ass and actually reinstall my PC. Was going to do it like 2 years ago.

1 week ago
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I'm using 7. I do have 10 however, so I imagine I'll get around to installing it sometime soon.

1 week ago
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Game on my Desktop running Win 7 - which is the only use it gets. I have no important info on it, so I forego the annoyance of antivirus or any other apps that would just hinder my gaming experience. For everything else, there's my Mac, which I occasionally use for gaming (HOGs, etc).

1 week ago
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Windows 7, until now, no reason to change. ;) Maybe DirectX 12 will force me to change... but for now... no way.

1 week ago
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The poll as of right now, is almost spot on with about the same % of win7 and 10 users. I switched over to 10 myself on a new ssd this new year and must admit I've had about 2 bsods reinstalling things and the OS twice.

1 week ago
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Well, i have windows 10 on my desktop, but windows 7 on my laptop. Couldn't upgrade that one because of a non supported graphics card, or so they said...

1 week ago
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I only have a mac. In all honesty, the only disadvantage I've found with it is the smaller catalogue of games. There are workarounds like WINE for some of the bigger titles. Since Mac OS is even closer to base Unix than modern Linux, pretty sure that Proton will eventually work on Mac OS too. Would certainly save a lot of headaches with having to "hack" stuff to work with WINE. lol.

1 week ago
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I'm at Windows 7 for 8 years now and I don't plan on switching to 10 until the pc breaks (because modern cpus require Windows 10).
Wouldn't want to switch, until I have no other choice. Too many features that I don't feel comfortable with.

1 week ago
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Modern CPU's require Win 10? That's not true though.

1 week ago
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Of course it is. Skylake was the last CPU generation that was supported by Windows 7. Later CPUs aren't recognized by the OS.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3602341/newest-motherboard-cpu-combo-run-windows.html

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No, that's not actually true though. I run Ryzen on Win 7 just fine, but specific Windows updates will not install. Specifically, the updates that install packages loaded with telemetry.

You can run Win7 on the newer chips, just can't install a certain update and there are some tricks and workarounds to it.

Also, you can't install Win7 from scratch on a NVMe drive without a trick, the drivers aren't included in Win7 for it. What I did was install Win7 on a HDD, and then clone the drive over to the NVMe after updating Win 7 enough to get the drivers to work.

1 week ago
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If I install all the 'recommended' updates for Win7 I get a stupid pop-up from Windows saying my CPU is not supported.

If I uninstall that one update with the 'Quality Rollup' then Windows works fine, along with Windows update.

1 week ago
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Win 7 on most my machines, my HTPC is running Win 10 and used to have a lot of issues but have since been ironed out.

Win 10 is better than it was, but I still prefer 7 because everything works on it, especially my really old disc based games. =)

1 week ago
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I see. Somewhat interesting. Ever since I started using Win 10, more and more of my older games like BLOOD, Blood Omen 2 and Strife worked way better than on Win 7.Seems like the experience really differs extremely.

1 week ago
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Huh, yea I guess so. I have a lot of old Win95 disc era stuff, like original Baldur's Gate, Driver, GTA etc

None worked on Win10 but I haven't tried them in some time. I noticed Win10 is now better with a lot of driver issues I was having, so maybe they also fixed the compatibility issues as well? When I test it I will let you know. =D

1 week ago
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Linux Mint on 2 desktops and 2 laptops. Windows 10 on another for VR - yet to try Linux and SteamVR - I've less time for tinkering these days.

1 week ago
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Your choices of Linux distros are a little...odd! I'd have probably offered Ubuntu, Mint, Arch and Other...

1 week ago
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The quantity of poll options only go so far on SG. Also, ubuntu is hated within the Linux community, so I disregarded it.

1 week ago
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News to me...I've been using Linux for over a decade and it's installed base is huge. Sure, Mint has taken a chunk of that away but it's still very popular. Apparently it's the most popular distro for Wikipedia access based on user-agent...

1 week ago
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Being the most popular doesn't equal to being good. I'd categorize by family myself, so I'd put all debian-based distros (including ubuntu) into debian family. And personally I could write whole engineering monologue what is wrong with Ubuntu (being Debian user myself), exactly the same how I could do it with W10 or any other OS, Ubuntu just has far more negatives than positives compared to the rest, so it indeed stands out as inferior Linux distro.

It's alright pick though, but if you've never tried other distros (especially Debian), you might want to check for yourself.

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I didn't say it was "good", but surely the fact it's the most popular is reason enough to account for it in the poll, given the OP seemed to be trying to pick statistically-relevant distros?

1 week ago
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Fair point, although I don't really mind personally which linux distros are available, linux is linux to me, same as OS X. It probably makes far more sense to include several windows versions than several linux distros.

1 week ago
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There are many wrong things about Ubuntu, but it is the most popular distro among Steam users by far, so I was also surprised about your choices.

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1 week ago
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Huh. Never heard of "Manjaro", though I admire them for trying to make Arch more user friendly...

1 week ago
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win 10 for games. macos for work. linux for occasional tinkering.

1 week ago
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Could have guessed W10, then W7 even without looking at the result. But I'm surprised to see that some people are still on W8.1 - I can't think of a reason not to upgrade to 10 when it was offered without charge, since W10 is pretty much a better W8.1.

1 week ago
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Yes, I'm still rocking Windows 8.1, it runs fine and I've never had an issue with it. Is a better Windows 7 with none of the crap from Windows 10. I uninstall the metro apps and it's good to go!

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1 week ago
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Well I chose win10 since it's the OS run by my main gaming laptop, but talking about my other PCs with Steam, one of them (the one I'm writing through right now xD) has win7 and another one has winxp (which by the way ran games like final fantasy 7 and 8 perfectly, I was able to complete them without any graphical problem or such =P)
Anyways definitely win10, never kept win8 for more than a day =P I never really owned or tried in a serious way Apple products, I'm often against them and prefer Creative, Samsung or other brands, while Linux has always been too complicated for me.. xD

1 week ago
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Windows 10 for sure. Always on the newest system, since windows ME having lots of issues, but newer systems are always tiny bit bettter (or as i getting older, i do less on PC). I was betatesting Windows 7 and i used Windows 10 almost year before it was released (Windows Insider). Because i play games, i would never go to Linux and i even bought box version of Windows 10.

1 week ago
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I'm on Windows 10 and I'm really happy about that. The big quarterly updates tend to introduce some "you need to fix it yourself" annoyances, but there are a bunch of features which are a great improvement over Win7 (mainly the new, quick search bar - I pretty much stopped using the start menu altogether which is a big overhaul of my workflow) and now I'd never want to go back.

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