Linux is certainly handy. I run Linux Mint on 2 of my machines. It is basically Ubuntu with a KDE front end. It is a great way to repurpose an old laptop. I have been messing with Linux since 2003. Anyone who would recommend Linux over Windows is not doing anyone any favours. If you think Win 10 is bad. Just install Linux. You'll be crying through your beer. It is not for amateurs. Yes it does a lot of things very well but the fact that one prefers windows 7 over 10 tells me that the same person is not a good candidate to be running Linux. It takes a bit of effort to run some things outside of things designed specifically for it. Sure people will brag about how good it is. Those people have an enchanced ability with computers and operating systems. People who would choose to stick with win 7, perhaps, may not. There are a lot of things that will not run on it. Direct X based things for instance. Yes, there is a way. It is not for the meek. Windows 10 is fine but you have to go through all your settings and turn a lot of stuff off. It's kind of snoopy. If you want Cortana to work, some thing s need to be left on. There is all kinds of literature on how to tweak Win 10. I never did have Windows 7. I went straight from vista to Windows 10. I do, build, repair and upgrade many computers per year. I have dumped the one program that wouldn't work on win 10 and it is Rockin'. I have been running it since Dec 2014. Threads like this make me shake my head at all the very bad advice that people give other people regarding computers and operating systems. Microsoft has forums where their techs respond to posts. Check them out. If you want to remain in the past, do some research and deny the update. Yes windows 10 will be an automatic update. If you are having trouble with Windows 10, Linux is not the road to take. You may not have the ability to get things working right. You will mess it up. I will say in my humble opinion that Linux is as good as ios Apple machines. They are both originally based on Unix anyway. If you were good at command line computing like the old DOS, you may stand a good chance at getting Linux working well if you are willing to spend the time. Snag someone's old laptop. They are a dime a dozen. Install Linux on that. Make the decision on your own experiences there. Windows 10 doesn't support a fair bit of hardware on older machines like the cam and mic on my 2 laptops running it. Linux still does. Test Linux on a machine you don't care about. It will appear great in the beginning and don't get me wrong, it IS great but there will come a time when you will find that something you Love, will not run on it without major tweaking and expect lots of headaches there. There are tons of different distributions of Linux available with some designed fror music creation. Don't be fooled into thinking that it is easy to work with. It really depends on your needs and your ability. If you switch to Linux and then decide to go back to windows, you'll find out that there is no free update path from Linux to Windows 10. It's only free if you are running win 7 or 8 That means you'll have to buy it. That means you'll have to buy it That means you'll have to buy it. One critical thing regarding upgrading is that your version of windows MUST have all it's other updates in place. Enjoy the ride people. It's a brave new world.