Switching from Windows 11 to Linux or Mac always gets attention, so why not when it's in reverse?

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I use Windows 11 every day, obviously. But I also use Linux and Chrome OS pretty much every day, too. I don't use macOS because as much as I've tried, I can't find anything to like about it. I do this in part to keep abreast of the competition, but also because I actually enjoy using these different platforms. 

Windows 11 is far from perfect, I and the rest of the Windows Central team will happily admit that. We often hear tales of people ditching Windows for Mac or for Linux, but rarely the opposite. 

So I wanted to take the time to highlight this Reddit thread where someone has done just that. They've dropped Linux for Windows 11, and they're extremely happy with their choice. See for yourself. 

Windows 11 is amazing, I left Linux from r/Windows11

As a Linux user myself, I appreciate why some people would switch and why they'd be happy switching. I'm a tinkerer, and one of the attractions of using Linux to me is being able to essentially create an environment that is entirely how I want it to be. But with that there are drawbacks, and as the OP of that thread points out, generally in Windows 11, things just work. 

You could call it a compromise since you don't have the freedom Linux offers, but it's the truth for the vast majority of PC users. If there's an app you need, it's probably available on Windows. There are no issues with game compatibility, drivers for hardware are always available and tailored to the system, and Microsoft is constantly updating with new features and security patches. 

I think a lot of potential converts also don't realize just how good the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is. 

Fedora Remix for WSL on Windows 11

WSL is extremely good and can help bridge the transition from Linux into Windows.  (Image credit: Windows Central)

WSL uses a proper Linux kernel and despite being a virtual machine on top of Windows 11, it doesn't feel that way. It's also seamlessly integrated into the host, allowing for interoperability with the Windows file system, as well as supporting GUI apps. You can't do everything you can on a bare metal Linux system, but you can do a hell of a lot. 

This type of relationship, whether you're a casual user or a developer, is something that you don't even get on Linux. To use Windows there, you have to run a full virtual machine, it's not the same as running WSL on Windows 11. Microsoft has made a big push for developers with WSL, and there's an argument to be made for using Windows with Linux instead of just Linux.

The Reddit thread linked above is full of interesting discussion, but it definitely got me thinking. We never really look at people switching to Windows, perhaps because it's still the dominant platform. But it's still probably the best platform for most, even if they don't know it yet. 

So if you've got some handy hints for converts, or some transition to Windows stories of your own to share, hit the comments below and tell us all about the what, the why, and how it's gone! 

Richard Devine
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Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine

  • fdruid
    Tinkering is fun and all, but at some point you'll just get tired of the hassle and just want things to work. So switching TO Windows makes more sense than the opposite, because of what you're leaving behind.

    Same with switching from MacOS. It just opens up your possibilities, and you free yourself out of a very elitist and closed ecosystem.
  • Hanley Gibbons
    Yeah, I exclusively use Windows on my daily drivers.

    The only thing I run native Linux on are my home server (obviously) and Raspberry Pi.