Adding to the posted title=> IF one is open minded AND desires this goal strongly enough. (That is - when one actually desires this goal, of course - and if NOT, then - good for you !!) There is already a terrific thread here for folks who just hate any ideas of leaving the M$ OS realm: "Why moving to Linux to avoid Microsoft spying is impossible for most people" Which was started by Roga in August of 2015 - and has grown to almost 60 pages of assorted replies since. This newer thread is intended as a space for good, helpful info that may be useful to encourage folks in new & possibly better adventures rather than a dumping ground for naysayers & why-notters. Speaking as someone who has spent over 20 years as a PC tech, working both with windows & mac systems, yet all the while keeping an eye on as many alternate OSes as possible... I say that for a great many folks it is totally possible to leave products of Microsoft and most of the new breed of SAAS centered or aimed products behind as well. I have done this myself, and helped quite a few totally non-technical folks to get to this goal as well. By way of contrast - if one is closed to such a movement, or firm that Microsoft products are the ONLY way to go...or if one simply despises alternatives OSes - please seek elsewhere & do the rest of us the great favour of NOT posting a snarky and/or argumentative reply here. The best BAD example of an alternative OS IMO is React OS; a really terrific idea, but also one with no emphasis upon being ready for mainstream usage in this lifetime - so it is not worth more than a quick peek. 2nd to that are things descended of BEOS (i.e.: Haiku) - which may or may not be helpful for very many folks. The thing which is considered to be the MacOS is very useful for non-techies with deep pockets - vs. the lower budget method to get it called 'hackintosh' which requires time, effort & the willingness to jigger around technical aspects in being certain it will work as it should. (Given that my clients are regular folks with slender budgets, I am very seldom exposed to this anymore.) ChromeOS may be a valid choice for some folks, but again - none of my clients desire something quite so limited as well as being mostly internet dependent to do many tasks. For the largest number of folks then, this leaves finding a suitable 'nix variant, usually either a flavour of BSD or Linux. Trimming the choices down a bit farther...most who wish to avoid anything suited for a higher tech level will also wish to avoid the BSD family, most likely. So basically this leaves finding a suitable Linux variant that is easy enough to get into, along with the needed additional software to accomplish everyday tasks. (For folks who MUST use specific windows-only s/w for their work, gaming, etc. - well, you've already read too far.) My personal choices, very briefly: I use & recommend Ubuntu Mate simply because it is easy to give it a minimalistic classic desktop look, which is what I prefer for my normal, daily tasks. It is also very easy & quick to install with a very active community making it easy to find solutions for any problems which may arise. I recommend against ZorinOS simply because it is less reliable and made mostly to attract refugees from newer versions of windows (yes, they have a classic theme, but it is not in their free version). Having paid for this once, I will not even consider doing so again. There are many, many flavours within the broad category of Linux OSes - too many to try listing or describing here, many of which are purpose-centered, technically-centered, or simply not made to accomodate anyone seeking to get started with a different OS. The largest distinctions between those 'flavours' is the look & feel of it 1st, and the ease of finding & installing additional s/w, 2nd. It can be almost as simple as windows, but also not the same. I will not make any other specific suggestions here as that topic has been flogged endlessly for years already. Many websites have been made upon the subject of Linux for windows users & those are easy to find. One strong advantage for anyone starting out at making such a change is the ability to use live booting media (CD, DVD or USB) to test drive many of the available flavours (I prefer that term to 'distros' as it seems to confuse a great many folks). In the distant past (the DOS only era), Linux was too similar (non-graphical), yet more complex than DOS, and very few even knew of its existence. That time is long since past. Linux has become 1000 times more user friendly; even if one omits mention of all the devices running Android - which of course is also a flavour of Linux. Lastly for this initial post I will only mention that for those who have a very strong preference to keep using non-demanding windows apps specifically, this is often accomplished pretty easily under a Linux OS in a number of different possible ways. (For anyone who already uses portable apps under windows this is especially simple...) I'll stop here - perhaps some other folks may chime in here with even more encouraging info ?? Happy Holidays to All !!