Why you should be running Windows 10 rather than Windows 7

There’s no doubt that for many years, Windows 10 has been a vast improvement over Windows 8 and anyone still using Windows XP should have upgraded their computer years ago!  But what if you are still running Windows 7 on your computer and happy with it?

Windows 7 is widely regarded as one of the most reliable, fast and stable versions of Windows that has been released and I would agree that it was for many years the best operating system.  But in the IT world, things change quickly and now it is slowly getting left behind.

Here are some reasons why you should be running  Windows 10:

Multi-tasking

Yes since the dawn of Microsoft Window multi-tasking has been built in but Windows 10 now takes it to a whole new level.

It is much easier to juggle multiple open windows when you’re working and not only does Aero Snap now offer both half-monitor and quarter-monitor sizes when you drag a window to one part of the Desktop, but it will also offer other open windows to fill any open space automatically.

Even better, press [Windows] + [Tab] or the Task View button on the task bar and Task View shows a much clearer thumbnail overview of your open windows, which makes Windows 7’s take look primitive in comparison.

Best of all, Windows 10 supports multiple Desktops, which makes working with full-screen windows much easier when you don’t have multiple monitors — or even if you do.

Improved Windows Updates

There has been a lot of complaints online about the way in which users can’t opt out of Windows Updates with Windows 10, but that’s hardly a bad thing. While a rogue update can certainly cause problems, these are minor when compared to the benefits this new approach brings.

With Windows 10, it’s no longer possible to forget to run Windows Update, which means you’re much less likely to miss a critical operating system patch that fixes a serious security problem.

I have had so many clients not installing Windows 7 security updates and fixes which then lead to more severe issues.

By forcing all Windows 10 users to stay up to date, everyone’s online safety is improved, since it reduces the risk of a PC being compromised by a hacker and becoming part of a botnet that could be used to attack your PC.

Increased Security

Windows 10 also improves the safety of your PC in other ways. Its alternatives to a simple password, such as using a familiar picture, make it much harder for anyone to sign into your PC without your permission.

Windows 10’s new PIN system also means you can protect your Microsoft account with a long, strong and very secure password, but still use a simple PIN code to sign into your PC which only works on your PC.

Switching to a Microsoft account also means any settings and saved passwords are also synced automatically to any other Windows 10 PCs you sign into using the same details. That means once one of your Windows 10 PCs is set up to your liking, your others computers will be too.

New Features

Windows 10’s built-in support for things like the Microsoft Store for safer software installations, along with its new web browser Edge which is faster and more secure than the older Internet Explorer.

Digital assistant Cortana is gradually improving with every update, while the Action Centre is a neat and tidy place to keep all your notifications.

Anyone with an Xbox One games console in their home will also appreciate Windows 10, since it allows games to be wirelessly streamed and played in other rooms in the home using a PC. That means no more clashes with your kids when you want to watch a programme — or that you can play your favourite games on a laptop in the garden.

Performance Improvements

Performance tests have shown that Windows 10 is overall faster across the board than earlier versions of Windows. Windows 10 boots, goes to sleep and wakes from sleep marginally faster than Windows 10 on a PC of the same specification, which means less waiting around when you want to do something.

Application performance is more of a mixed bag, with tests showing Windows 10 to be faster than Windows 7 with some apps and slower with others. Bear in mind that Microsoft will update Windows 10 regularly, though, while Windows 7 is now essentially frozen in its current state after ‘mainstream’ support ended in January 2015.

There is no doubt that Windows 10 will get faster once developers learn how to exploit its new features and optimise their software, too. Windows 7 won’t get this sort of attention for much longer, of course, not least since developers have already wrung out every drop of performance from this six year old operating system.



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