ReactOS ReactOS 0.4.6 for Windows

by ReactOS Project

Avg. Rating 4.5 (364 votes)

File Details

File Size 9.8 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 12,616
Publisher ReactOS Project
Homepage ReactOS

Publisher's Description

ReactOS is a free open source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT architecture (Windows versions such as Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 are built on Windows NT architecture). Written completely from scratch, ReactOS is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the UNIX architecture.

The main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows. This will allow your Windows applications and drivers to run as they would on your Windows system. Additionally, the look and feel of the Windows operating system is used, such that people accustomed to the familiar user interface of Windows would find using ReactOS straightforward. The ultimate goal of ReactOS is to allow you to use it as alternative to Windows without the need to change software you are used to.

Latest Reviews

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.4.3 on Nov 17, 2016

Interesting as a research project, but Linux + Wine is a far more robust and stable platform to run windows apps on than this ever will be.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.3.16 on Feb 6, 2014

And I thought the development pace of linux desktop was glacial, this one is moving 10 times slower than that.

tomkelly

tomkelly reviewed v0.3.15 on Aug 22, 2013

reactos is solid

wogget

wogget reviewed v0.3.14 on Sep 23, 2012

Pretty awesome for a free OS that can run Windows programs and still be fast with 1 GB RAM in VirtualBox. Works great!

drkstlkr

drkstlkr reviewed v0.3.13 on Nov 29, 2011

Many of you who wonder why ReactOS is still using an "outdated Windows XP" interface are completely missing many valuable points of ReactOS. For one, most of your novice Windows users are very comfortable with Windows XP, and HATED Vista's newer interface, let alone trying to learn a new OS, such as Linux. ReactOS is a viable option for people who are still using an older computer, possibly who's hard drive crashed, and can no longer order recovery discs from the manufacturer. Most people could afford another new hard drive for around $70, but don't want to spend $200 for the retail version of Windows Vista/7. Many users and companies still use software tailored for Windows XP that have known issues running in Vista/7. Most advanced users wouldn't run ReactOS, so stop looking at it from that narrowed perspective.

ender  ossel

ender ossel reviewed v0.3.13 on Sep 27, 2011

SUPER!!!! BUT NOT IF YOU INSTALL VISUAL STUDIO 2010
only it is a beta but it idea is MEGA SUPER ;)
A REAL GOOT IDEA

wuahn

wuahn reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 30, 2010

I applaud the effort. I really really do. Unfortunately it just crashes every five minutes with no explanation. I understand that it's alpha though and as such it deserves a appropriate rating for what it is.

mikeeberhart

mikeeberhart reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 30, 2010

I agree with every one else reviewing this operating system (attempt): it may have been interesting 5 years ago or more. Bluntly put, the developers behind this project are wasting an incredible amount of talent they could be directing elsewhere. There are so many wonderful open-source projects, including Linux derivations, the OpenJDK, and even things like more modern experimental OSs like Genode to work on... or heck, even Android OS.

I understand, on a fundamental level, why software developers persist with projects like ReactOS; they simply can not let it die since they have so much invested in it emotionally and time-wise. But, there is a time to cut one's losses and move on. This is the last time I will ever even read the release-notes of ReactOS, as I have moved on to more interesting and modern projects like most others.

bittermann

bittermann reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 29, 2010

Really slow development cycle. Might have been interesting in 2003. Is there a point in developing this anymore? It wants to mimic the outdated Windows XP!

roj

roj reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 29, 2010

I've been watching this for a year now.

Awesome project - ten years ago.

Dead issue because of glacial progress. Ubuntu 10.10 is more viable than this dead horse as a Windows alternative.

Just shut it down and let it go since it's obvious the heart and the drive just isn't there.

ONE star for a great idea with NO execution.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (364 votes)
Your Rating
Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.4.3 on Nov 17, 2016

Interesting as a research project, but Linux + Wine is a far more robust and stable platform to run windows apps on than this ever will be.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v0.3.16 on Feb 6, 2014

And I thought the development pace of linux desktop was glacial, this one is moving 10 times slower than that.

tomkelly

tomkelly reviewed v0.3.15 on Aug 22, 2013

reactos is solid

wogget

wogget reviewed v0.3.14 on Sep 23, 2012

Pretty awesome for a free OS that can run Windows programs and still be fast with 1 GB RAM in VirtualBox. Works great!

drkstlkr

drkstlkr reviewed v0.3.13 on Nov 29, 2011

Many of you who wonder why ReactOS is still using an "outdated Windows XP" interface are completely missing many valuable points of ReactOS. For one, most of your novice Windows users are very comfortable with Windows XP, and HATED Vista's newer interface, let alone trying to learn a new OS, such as Linux. ReactOS is a viable option for people who are still using an older computer, possibly who's hard drive crashed, and can no longer order recovery discs from the manufacturer. Most people could afford another new hard drive for around $70, but don't want to spend $200 for the retail version of Windows Vista/7. Many users and companies still use software tailored for Windows XP that have known issues running in Vista/7. Most advanced users wouldn't run ReactOS, so stop looking at it from that narrowed perspective.

ender  ossel

ender ossel reviewed v0.3.13 on Sep 27, 2011

SUPER!!!! BUT NOT IF YOU INSTALL VISUAL STUDIO 2010
only it is a beta but it idea is MEGA SUPER ;)
A REAL GOOT IDEA

wuahn

wuahn reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 30, 2010

I applaud the effort. I really really do. Unfortunately it just crashes every five minutes with no explanation. I understand that it's alpha though and as such it deserves a appropriate rating for what it is.

mikeeberhart

mikeeberhart reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 30, 2010

I agree with every one else reviewing this operating system (attempt): it may have been interesting 5 years ago or more. Bluntly put, the developers behind this project are wasting an incredible amount of talent they could be directing elsewhere. There are so many wonderful open-source projects, including Linux derivations, the OpenJDK, and even things like more modern experimental OSs like Genode to work on... or heck, even Android OS.

I understand, on a fundamental level, why software developers persist with projects like ReactOS; they simply can not let it die since they have so much invested in it emotionally and time-wise. But, there is a time to cut one's losses and move on. This is the last time I will ever even read the release-notes of ReactOS, as I have moved on to more interesting and modern projects like most others.

bittermann

bittermann reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 29, 2010

Really slow development cycle. Might have been interesting in 2003. Is there a point in developing this anymore? It wants to mimic the outdated Windows XP!

roj

roj reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 29, 2010

I've been watching this for a year now.

Awesome project - ten years ago.

Dead issue because of glacial progress. Ubuntu 10.10 is more viable than this dead horse as a Windows alternative.

Just shut it down and let it go since it's obvious the heart and the drive just isn't there.

ONE star for a great idea with NO execution.

LakotaElf

LakotaElf reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 29, 2010

A very good idea that has missed its time. The development of this OS is much too slow to even begin to keep up. A good try I might add, but much too slow.

bobad

bobad reviewed v0.3.12 on Nov 28, 2010

I would love to see competition for Windows 7, but is competition to Windows NT really useful? I believe ReactOS is nothing more than a hobby or educational OS. Development is far too slow to be of any real value to users. By the time it reaches stability, there will be no programs to run on it (unless you resurrect old floppy disks on a dusty shelf).

dracodos

dracodos reviewed v0.3.12 on Oct 22, 2010

The idea of an open source windows OS is just too much to pass up. But the reality is that this projects progress is just way to slow to really serve as a true Windows Alternative. I praise the effort but hey are still stuck on Windows 2000 while we are already in the 2nd iteration of the new kernel (ie Windows 7). By the time it catches up with the 1st iteration of that Kernel, aka Vista, we'll already be at Windows 10 with something probably completely different.

If they truely want to offer a great ground up open source Windows they need to be more aggressive with coding and release schedules. It shows promise bit sadly right now that is all it shows.

In response to Hilbert saying Linux is a go nowhere OS may i remind that although Linux will probably never be a mainstream replacement desktop OS for Windows it thrives very well in the Server space, and on smartphones in the form of Android.

Hilbert

Hilbert reviewed v0.3.12 on Oct 22, 2010

The Forth Millennium will arrive faster than v1.0 of ReactOS.

If you look at the changelog you'll see this project has been underway for at least 12 years. Obviously, it's not a real project which is very unfortunate.

Theoretically, for Windows users wishing for an alternative to M$, an 'open' version of 'Windows' running genuine Win32/64 APIs would be a much better proposition than having to switch to any version of that other going-nowhere operating system, Linux, as existing code would be running naively, and for Windows users, years' worth of programs would be preserved not to mention continuing to working in a familiar environment. But don't hold your breath.

Given the huge desire of millions to rid themselves of having to rely on M$, you'd think thousands of programmers would be queuing up to join this project and that after a decade-plus we'd have real product, but alas ReactOS is still little more than a joke.

Anyone really know why this project has been so moribund for so long--is it perhaps a pet project of a few who won't let others in or something similar? (I've watched it going nowhere for years and I'm curious as to why it's even still around.)

In the meantime we've:

- going-nowhere ReactOS super-early alpha
- going-nowhere Linux, or,
- going-somewhere Windows (even if we don't like where it's going).

Right, it's a no-brainer (even if we don't like the choices).

mrpowerup

mrpowerup reviewed v0.3.12 on Oct 21, 2010

ReactOS maybe the future of windows ?
considering the way windows is coded

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