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2023/05/10

ReactOS: Free operating system with Windows look and feel

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ReactOS is a free open source operating system based on the best possible design principles in the Windows NT architecture (versions of Windows such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 are based on the Windows NT architecture). Written entirely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux-based system, and it shares nothing of its UNIX architecture.

The main goal of ReactOS is to provide an operating system that is compatible with how Windows works. This allows your applications and their drivers to run as they would on a Windows system. 

Additionally, the look and feel of Windows is used so that users who are used to the familiar Windows environment will find ReactOS easy to use.

The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow it to be used as an alternative operating system to Windows without having to change the programs you use and are used to. 

ReactOS is derived from an older project called FreeWin95, which started in 1996. In 1998, the developers revived the project and renamed it ReactOS. 

Some of its most important features are that it has a similar look and feel to Windows, so most users will not face any problems while using the operating system.

Another interesting feature is its very low hardware requirements. A simple Pentium processor, 256 MB of available RAM and 500 MB of hard disk space is enough to run decently.

Of course using better hardware you will see even better performance. This fact makes it ideal to install on older computers that we probably don't use anymore.

But let's see how we can install it on a computer. The method is simple and fast. However, you should be aware that the hard drive you will install your new operating system on must be configured in Fat 32. In by clicking here of it you will find two versions, you will download the version BootCD. Once you've downloaded the file, unzip it.

Now burn it to a CD and once it's done burning, take out the CD and put it in the computer you want to install your operating system on.

It is important that ReactOS is translated into many languages ​​including Greek, so during installation select your language and simply follow the instructions. 

Finally, after completing the installation, as soon as you enter your new operating system through the Application Manager application, download your favorite applications and games. 

Before proceeding with the installation of your new operating system, you can if you want to try the Live version to see how it is, or install the ISO through VirtualBox.

However, we should clarify that this is an operating system that is in development, so if you wish to install it, prefer an old computer or laptop that you do not use and you do not care if you lose the data on it since during the installation it will erase being in it.

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