How to move from Windows 10 to Linux

Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses at the end of January 2023

Microsoft announced that at the end of the year will stop selling Windows 10 licenses. This means that if you want to buy a perfectly functional computer but that does not meet the technical characteristics of Windows 11, you should think about other operating system options. Because, You may want to know how to switch from Windows 10 to Linux.

The grandmothers used to say that the cat scalded by cold water flees. Microsoft made the mistake of launching Windows Vista having a fully functional product (Windows XP) Beyond the operating system's defects, and the fact that much of the supposedly compatible hardware was not compatible, Redmond never knew how to give users a valid reason to quit Windows XP.

The not so slow goodbye to Windows 10

Determined not to make the same mistake, they gradually withdraw internal competition. That's why on January 31, 2023 they will stop selling Windows 10 licenses on their website. On January 10, security support for versions 7,8 and 8.1 was discontinued.
The reason is not a mystery to anyone. Windows 10 quadruples the user base of Windows 11.

The measure does not affect current users who they will continue to receive updates until October 14, 2025. And, it is likely that activation keys will be available from third-party vendors for a while longer. It is not clear what will happen to the free versions of the Insiders program.
Hardware requirements for Windows 11 are a minimum of 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of disk space; The computer will need to have UEFI Secure Boot enabled and come with a DirectX 12 or later compatible graphics card, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.

Up to here are requirements that any modern computer could meet. If it weren't for the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.

TPM is the acronym for a module that creates and stores cryptographic keys and allows verification that the operating system and firmware have not been tampered with. This module may be on a separate chip or integrated into the microprocessor.

How to move from Windows 10 to Linux

In short, the problem (at least until 2025) will be for those who want to buy or rescue equipment that is not compatible with TPM 2.0. These are perfectly usable equipment with just a change of operating system. 

In general, most of Linux distributions will allow you to take advantage of both desktop computers and laptops. In the case of some brands of notebooks, you may have difficulties connecting to a WiFi network, but this can be solved by connecting a mobile phone to the USB port, activating it as a modem and connecting it to the desired wireless network.

A good measure if you are going to install Linux on a notebook is to Google the make and model of the computer + Linux. There you will have an idea of ​​which are the compatible Linux distributions and what problems you might encounter.

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On desktop computers you will not find too many problems. In notebooks (especially those of brands it may take a bit more work to know how to select the boot device to read the installation media for you. But this is not hard information to find on Google.

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A topic that we are asked a lot is that of software compatibility. In the case of games, everything will depend on the hardware configuration. Many of the older Windows titles can be used by installing additional programs, and quite a few of the newer ones have Linux versions.

The online version of Microsoft Office (now called Microsoft 365) works well under Linux (especially if you use the Edge browser). You also have options like LibreOffice or Softmaker FreeOffice that have excellent compatibility with Word and Excel files.

In terms of entertainments, major streaming services run on Linux and some of them, like Spotify, have native clients.

Both in this blog and on the web you will find many tutorials that will teach you how to install Linux on your new old computer. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get to know an operating system that lets you decide when to change your equipment.

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  1.   James said

    How to move from Windows 10 to Linux?

    ok.. and how did it happen to me…..?
    I have read the article and I have only read propaganda... but not... the "how".
    ale... to fill in the gaps...

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Have a little patience. Tomorrow I continue the series.

  2.   James said

    Nothing... you don't explain the HOW... you only do linux propaganda... weekend filler article... come on...

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Contrary to popular belief, Linux bloggers have lives outside the terminal and we take the weekend. Today I continue with the series

    2.    vicfabgar said

      Let's see, insolent brat, this is not the forocoches. Look for a life and if not buy another junk that meets the requirements of Windows 11.

  3.   employee said

    Easy, do like me, say goodbye to windows and install a linux that you like and easy to work with, Mint for example or ZorinOS which is also very good for those who leave microsoft, regards

  4.   german klenner said

    In general, what happened before will happen, an important part of users will insist on staying with Windows 10, despite the costs that this means.
    It is not so easy for most people to switch to Gnu Linux, despite the great advances that it has experienced in recent years in terms of ease of use.
    The problems are limited to the following aspects:
    Hardware: driver issues.
    Software: the non-existence of commonly used programs in Windows (Office and Adobe, among others. It is true that there are equivalent programs, but they are not the same.
    Games: it is true that the catalog of games has increased (thanks to Steam, for example), and you can use programs that facilitate their installation (Lutris, for example), there may be problems in their execution.