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Pardon my jumping in here, but this seems to be right on topic for my needs. I have an MSI GE72 2Qc Apache Notebook PC. On my old Notebook I use Apache Open Office and Libre, SRWareIron Browser, Notepad++, WinSCP, Gimp, Thunderbird, NitroReader, etc. with absolutely no problems. Now, with Windows 10, I'm screwed.
From what I can tell, OpenSUSE seems to be my best choice. Unfortunately, MSI is not forthcoming with any help. I can either ditch Windows 10 and install Linux, or return the MSI Notebook to the retailer for a full refund. I prefer keeping it, but am lost right now as to what to do.
Just to add my oar in, it really depends on what you use Windows 10 for.
Personally, I've been running Linux Mint KDE for a few months now, but I have specific demands for which I need to maintain a VirtualBox Windows 7 Virtual Machine on my Linux laptop which I run from time to time.
When I started off, I decided to run Windows and Mint KDE on dual boot, but to set up the VM so that any time I had demands for software that were easier to fulfill on Windows, I just added that software to the VM, after ensuring I had exhausted all the Linux alternatives. My idea was to ensure that if I ever had to actually boot up into my dual-boot Windows 7, it would be the last time I would have to do it for that specific purpose. I still have dual-boot, but I haven't actually booted up into the Windows 7 partition for 2 months now and am now ready to delete it.
Don't worry if this sounds complicated - just be reassured that if you have specific demands that do need Windows, you can still run Linux with a Windows VM in most cases.
I would certainly say give it a go. It's admittedly a different way of working and thinking, but it has been a completely refreshing change for me.
My first computer was an Interact model J, OS was loaded from tape and based on BASIC.
I transferred to CPM, MPM-II, MS-DOS, VSPC, VIC-20/C=64, MS-DOS, SOLARIS on SPARK, HP-US, AIX, Windows (several versions), RH 4 linux (pre enterprise), and then exploded into more Linux distros than I could name. I have settled on RHEL/CentOS, Debian (mostly VSIDO and Sparky), Mint, KolibriOS, Freedos, and ReactOS. I also need to run Win10 on a corporate laptop.
Each of them was a replacement for the earlier ones. None of them were exactly the same as any other. Every one of them served the need I had to drive the machine and get work (and play) done.
The OP CAN replace Win10 with Linux, but how well either will serve him depends upon HIM! What is he going to DO with it, and how well doing that is supported on the OS on that hardware is key. (and he has not told us enough to make that clear, but cut some slack, he is new)
OP: lay out your gig, and your rig. What hardware do you have, and what do you most need it to accomplish? What is your major use of Win10?
With more detailed information we can give more targeted advice. The short answer is "yes", but that assumes a LOT.
I up graded to windows 10 from windows 8.1, I have a lot of problems, I was thinking of installing linux completely , is this a difficult procedure
NO and YES! it all depends on the Distros install they picked to use and the person using it aptitude.
And yes it can and does replace windows OS completely. Because it is in itself a completely different OS. Just like OS2 is a completely different OS, and Unix is a completely different OS, and Solaris too is a completely different OS.
It's not off topic. The title of the thread is "can I completely replace windows 10 with linux". This is a two part question:
1) Can he literally wipe windows and install Linux in its place.
2) Is linux a viable replacement for windows, in other words can he still do what he needs to do with the machine after he has performed #1.
Answering #1 without even mentioning the potential pitfalls with regards to #2 is being short-sighted.