Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 went public a few months ago, so we’ve had time to test it and see if it really is worth upgrading.  With the free upgrade only being available for short time, should you get Windows 10?

With many new features and better system performance, it’s definitely worth considering.

The Start Menu Returns

One of the biggest improvements made to Windows 10 in comparison to Windows 8, is that the Start Menu has been brought back by default.  This new start menu is filled with even more functions than its previous versions.  Even more interesting is the implementation of Cortana, the personal assistant built into the operating system.  This and many other daily functions are built into the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Better Performance

One of the best gains of the new operating system, compared to its predecessors, is its increased performance.  One of the biggest performance related improvements is the decrease in boot time.  Even without a Solid-State Drive, boot time is significantly less than what it was previously.  In addition, power management has also been improved.  This means mobile device battery life has increased so you spend less time on the charger.  Aside from these attributes, Windows 10 has been designed with many other small improvements that will keep the system running smoothly.

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Design and Functionality

Many believe that Windows 10 is the most aesthetically pleasing Windows operating system yet.  It combines many characteristics of Windows 7 and 8 to create a new operating system that is modern and functional.  It maintains a minimalist, yet functionally superior look that has the great qualities of the previous operating systems, yet has many things that make it unique.  Windows 10 also gives many more options when it comes to personalizing the user interface.

Notifications

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Windows has always had a way of informing you of when something is going on with your computer.  Whether it be a new process running or even an issue that needs to be looked at, Windows has always attempted to make it clear when things were happening with the system.  Windows 7 and 8 didn’t really accomplish this goal very well, unfortunately.

The System Tray had always been the way of seeing the main programs and processes running on the computer, but it wasn’t great at informing you of changes that needed to be made.  The Windows 10 Action Center is a new, easy way of seeing all notifications (Error messages, app messages, update notifications) and acting on them.  With this new feature, keeping up with everything happening on the system has never been easier.

Small Learning Curve

One of the major reasons many Windows users have neglected to update to Windows 10 is the fear of not knowing how the operating system works.  With the Windows 7 to 8 change, many users were confused as to where all of their applications were located, or even how to access their files.  Luckily, the transition from Windows 7 to 10 is fairly seamless from the viewpoint of user learning.  While it is a new operating system with new functionality, it was designed so that someone coming from any previous version of Windows could jump right into their daily operations without issue.

Windows 10 is a great operating system that, in my opinion, rivals that of Windows 7.  It provides everything a system needs for business and personal use, in addition to providing more security and performance features.  Aside from the fact that it’s a newer operating system with newer features and a cleaner look, it has such a small learning curve that an upgrade is virtually seamless.  Windows 10 is a great operating system that is only free for another couple of months, so now is the time to upgrade.

2018-05-24T07:45:23+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Applications, IT Management|Comments Off on Upgrading to Windows 10