At my house we’re OSX except for one machine where like @FoolishOwl I keep a dual boot for games. But I’m old in my game tastes, and the games I enjoy settle for XP SP2. I just played a bit of Banished which is the newest game I have and other than that thanks to allocating not very much space for the Win partition I have Caesar 3, Ultima up to 7, and Eve Online loaded up.
But all our 3 macs are aging and I just got a new ASUS laptop specifically for a work project over the next few months. I turned off everything it is possible to turn off, and gave it only biz related identifying info.
I can tell you this, 8.1 was my first experience whatsoever since XP…WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT THAT WAS. Despite my loathing all things MS, I opted for the upgrade to 10 specifically because I’d read/heard that interface wise they’d stepped backward/forward/AWAY from the 8.1 BS.
And it is better. You get prompted constantly to violate yourself tho I’m learning to ignore it. So far the worst thing about 10 was the upgrade experience. 3 days it took to get it right. I d/l 10 4-5 times including a try at using the media creation install, which wanted a product key, which I found in my bios, which MS rejected (Fuckers! It is a Legit Key You Fucks!)
When it finally installed online, it killed my touchpad, that was easily fixed in half an hour but it was the thought that went into releasing an OS that upon install on probably tens or hundreds of thousands of laptops immediately disabled the primary interface that impressed me.
Then there was the usual 12 hours of removing bloatware, bullshit and BS, realizing I didn’t want to fuck with Java to force Open Office to work & settling for renting the Office 365 suite for a month or 3 using a work CC and no real info. Gritting my teeth setting up everything I would need.
It was like stepping back in time for me. Everything I hated about all of the 90’s & early teens returned in stark, vivid, amplified detail. All so I could temporarily save two grand and have a throwdown work machine I’m not committed to.
If you have the option, go OSX or any of the other suggestions. 10 is an upgrade, but it’s still just the top of a pile of shit.