Windows7 is the OS developed by Microsoft. Linux is also standing in the market as one of the competitors of Windows. This article compares both operating systems on basis of their pros and cons.

After the failure of the Windows Vista, Microsoft OS developers pulled all their efforts in the development of the Windows7. Windows7 was released late in 2009. At the same time Linux was getting matured in Ubuntu lab. It was also released in short duration after launch of Windows7 in market. Release of these simultaneous OS versions gives birth to quiet obvious question that which is better to use. Here are few criteria that can be considered to compare these OS.

When Windows7 beta version was released in market, users were happy with what it was offering. Many were ready to accept the beta version as ‘stable’ which was good indication towards its success. In case of Linux it was their state of distribution which was standing strong. Few pundits claimed that it can be termed as Mac-challenger.


It is very difficult to compare these two systems on same criteria as both come with their own merits. Some applications of one OS may override applications of other OS but both stand strong on some fields.


  • Available resources are used in better fashion. Complaints about Memory requirements of Windows Vista are solved in Windows7.
  • Usability is associated with slicker looking presentation.
  • Use of newer technologies like virtualization has added to its performance.


  • You have to pay very low cost of purchase as most of the software comes free of cost.
  • Less hardware requirements reducing complexity.
  • Not much efforts required to check if it compatible with system hardware.

Hardware Requirements:

Memory requirements increased with the evolution of new versions of Windows. It was 128 MB for XP. Now minimum requirement for 7 is 1GB, where it actually runs consuming 500MB. Thus, if you have PC with not much advanced hardware, you can run Windows with little difficulty.

In case of Linux, hardware requirements differ with distribution. It’s different for Ubuntu and RedHat. To check if your system works with particular distribution, just make use of live-media.ISO file. Windows make use of closed-source device drivers. They are most of the time provided by manufacturer or Microsoft itself. In Linux, scenario is different due to open-source drivers.

Compatibility with programs:

If after installing OS your routine programs are not working then installation is in vain. Thus, compatibility is very important issue. It is very well taken care of in Windows7. You may face compatibility issues for some programs but it can be corrected from compatibility-mode functions.

Distribution is the heart of Linux and compatibility varies with it. Linux applications are not available in market for sale. They are redesigned from existing applications. You can also run Windows applications on your Linux system with the help of an emulation layer called as Wine. If you find it better than Widows the go for it by skipping Widows.

Both the OS have different milestones which are considered separately. If you are using particular OS and are comfortable with it the stay with it. Merits are followed by demerits. Thus, before switching to any OS, reconsider it asking yourself if it is really worth for it.