7 Good Things About Windows 10
Windows 10 has been battered in the trade press lately. While some of the criticism has been justified, much of it is overblown and distorted. The truth is that tens of millions of people are happily using Windows 10. So just to balance things, here are seven good reasons to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Win 10...
Windows 10 Has Some Good Stuff Inside
Any new operating system is bound to have a few kinks and bugs. But some in the tech press really went overboard, spouting and magnifying wild rumors about Windows 10. You've probably seen some of the stories... Windows 10’s “telemetry” tells Microsoft everything that you do with your computer and secretly sends your personal files to MS HQ! No, it doesn't. And exotic bugs in updates that afflict half a dozen users temporarily are no reason to eschew Win 10 forever.
Yes, the constant nagging to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer can be annoying. I've already covered how to prevent that in Is Microsoft Forcing Windows 10 on You?. But there are plenty of good features packed into Windows 10. Aside from the fact that it's the most security-conscious version of Windows, here are seven that deserve to be highlighted:
#1: It’s free, at least until July 29, 2016, the first anniversary of Win 10’s release. It’s also easy; in fact, one of the humbuggers’ complaints is that it’s too easy to accidentally upgrade your system to Win 10. Just surf on over to Microsoft’s Upgrade to Windows 10 page to get started.
#2: It’s easily undone. For up to 30 days after you upgrade to Win 10, you can roll back to your previous version of Windows with just a handful of clicks. Just type “Recovery” in the Start menu search box and find the page shown below; click the “get started” button under “Go Back to Windows X.” The process takes only about 15 minutes. Yes, you can upgrade and downgrade multiple times; I’ve done it on my test machine without issues. See my article How to Undo a Windows 10 Upgrade.
#3: It rejuvenates old computers. I have been very impressed by Win 10’s performance on a six year-old Acer laptop. I keep my machines tuned up with Advanced System Care Pro and other utilities, but Windows 10 makes everything happen significantly faster than it does under previous versions. If your computer is irritatingly slow no matter how much you tweak it, Windows 10 may be the shot in its arm you need.
#4: The Start menu is back. Its absence from Windows 8 caused worldwide angst, and rightfully so; Start is the comforting home base of Windows, the point from which many essential tasks can be launched no matter what else is happening on your screen. Windows 10’s Start menu has more features than ever in a new, three-column format. The left column displays most-used apps, power, user settings, quick links and a button to see all your installed software. The middle and right columns are made up of pinned apps and "Live Tiles" -- Windows apps that dynamically give you information, such as weather, stock information and sports scores.
#5: Continuous updates. Windows 10 is the last major overhaul of Microsoft’s operating system that you will ever need to learn. Henceforth, changes will be introduced continuously and largely automatically, much as Google products continually evolve without upending users’ worlds.
#6: Cortana, Win 10’s personal assistant is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri. Cortana’s search box, sitting in the taskbar, can answer many common questions, find files stored locally and on Microsoft OneDrive, set reminders, send emails with voice commands, and much more.
#7: The new Action Center in Windows 10 organizes all your notifications from apps (i. e., “you have new email from...”) and the system (“Enable some sort of antivirus program”). It provides access to Quick Action buttons to control system settings that users frequently want to adjust.
There’s a lot more good about Windows 10, but these are my favorite improvements. Is there anything else you particularly like about Windows 10? (If you're a W10 hater, feel free to chime in too.) Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 14 Mar 2016
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