Things to Know Before Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system, and it brings a lot of new features with it while also removing or replacing a few. Probably one of the biggest things it did was bringing back the fan favorite start menu that had been replaced by live tiles in Windows 8. Given the amount of changes Windows 10 brings it can be hard to find them all and even harder to adjust to them. So here is what you need to know before you upgrade as well a brief description of a few of the changes brought by Windows 10 as well as how it compares to both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

New Features

Many of the new features Windows 10 added in brought the best parts of Windows 7 & 8 and pushed the two together, such as the new start menu which works very much like the old one with a few new tricks like having live tiles being built into it. Windows 10 also comes with a new browser called Microsoft Edge which is meant to replace internet explorer, as well as a new pre-installed windows store that can be used to download apps, games, and a variety of other types of media. Another new feature that Windows 10 brings to us is Cortana and she is basically a virtual personal assistant who can do a good bit of stuff from setting up reminders, sending emails, and various other things that could prove tedious otherwise. Cortana can also accomplish a few of your other basic needs such as searching the web and giving you information when you need it.

Windows 7

Windows 7 is still in most cases the most used operating system in the world of business as many people did not respond well to 8, they don’t want to use up the time and resources to upgrade, or have some kind of software they need windows 7 to run. Overall windows 10 and 7 are not really that different from each other, they have the same basic structure with a few changes to the layout here and there. Windows 7 had a much simpler start menu and allowed people search for any file or program they are looking for and then presented the results to them in a simple way. Windows 10 on the other hand took out certain things that could be searched for in Windows 7 such as command prompt which is still in Windows 10 but is now accessed by pressing “The Windows Key + X” which brings up a menu with command prompt and other administrative tools on it. Windows 10 can do basically everything that Windows 7 could but also offers a little bit more customization such as the live tiles in the start menu which can be changed to whatever you want.

Windows 8

Windows 8 has gotten asomewhat bad reputation since its release as it was a very drastic shift from what many people were used to and expected. One of the biggest complaints was the removal of the start menu which was replaced with a live tiles screen that could be changed and made into basically whatever the user wanted but many users found this change to be confusing and overall made navigating their system a lot harder. The start menu issue was somewhat remedied with the Windows 8.1 update from Microsoft which added the start button back and allowed users to boot straight to their desktop rather than the live tiles screen. Many businesses did not upgrade to Windows 8 when it came out due to the bugs and various complaints that people had about it and the sheer amount of change it brought would be a disaster for many workplaces as they would have to teach their workers how to use Windows 8. Overall Windows 10 seems to be doing better than Windows 8 did and seems to have fixed many of the things people disliked about Windows 8 and has taken the best parts of it and made a pretty decent operating system.

Overview

Windows 10 is definitely not perfect but overall it offers a good deal of new features and options for the user to customize their computer with, as well as some overall performance and security improvements. Windows 10 is by no means perfect but overall it captures what a lot of users liked about Windows 7 & 8 and then adds in some new features.

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