Windows 7 has been around for a long time, and it’s one of Microsoft’s most popular operating systems. But its time has now long passed, and Microsoft no longer officially supports it for the general public. It’s essential to lớn move on khổng lồ something more secure and modern.


If you’re still concerned about the move, though, here are a few ways in which Windows 10 is better than Windows 7.

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The look: Start menu và apps

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Windows 7 holds on to tradition from previous releases, such as Windows XP và Windows 98, & features a familiar, simplistic, và easy-to-understand user interface. Want to find your program? Hit the Start button and find it on the list. Want to add a printer or visit the control panel quickly? Click the links to the right side of the Start Menu. Aside from a fancy Aero Glass look, there are no distractions that get in your way. All the essential information và settings you typically want are right there, front and center.

Along with changing its colors và further customizing Start thực đơn elements, Windows 10 shakes up things và reintroduces a feature from Windows 8 known as Live Tiles. Some Windows 10 apps can install directly as .exe files and download through the Microsoft Store platform. These apps will have Live Tiles on the right side of the Start menu.

By default, some Live Tiles are pinned next to lớn the danh sách of your desktop apps and intend to lớn show you quick information about weather, sports, & more at a glance. Windows 10’s Start menu và Live Tiles are also heavily optimized for newer touchscreen devices, & Microsoft is planning some improvements for the experience.

Like the tiện ích Store on your iPhone, you can download Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, & more lớn your PC from the Microsoft Store. These make accessing some of those popular services quicker and easier, & the overall UI is a bit more optimized for newer touchscreen devices. That’s something Windows 7 can’t vì at all.

The features: Notifications, search, & Cortana

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Also slightly similar to your iPad, Windows 10 has a dedicated notification center known as the action Center. If you’re on Windows 7, notifications typically appear in the taskbar, but Windows 10 steps that up và puts notifications in one clean & concise environment. The action Center in Windows 10 will show notifications about important system information và emails. It also has quick toggle switches for screen brightness, sharing files, network settings, & more.

Another significant difference between Windows 7 & Windows 10 is the addition of Cortana. This Windows 10 voice assistant is more or less equal to Apple’s Siri và can assist you in specific tasks lượt thích keeping up with sports scores, weather, và sending emails. Cortana is a big part of the newest version of Windows và comes integrated with several core areas, including the Microsoft Edge web browser, exclusive khổng lồ Windows 10. That website browser is also more modern than mạng internet Explorer 11, which was bundled in Windows 7. It comes with tư vấn for ad-blocking extensions, continuing website pages from your phone, and more.

As for searching for your files, Microsoft is separating Cortana from search in the current of Windows 10. This makes the search experience in Windows 10 more lượt thích Windows 7, but with the bonus of having it search the internet and the website for helpful information, along with your files.

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Support và security

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As mentioned above, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7. That means that upgrading Windows 10 is your best bet lớn stay safe from the ever-evolving threats from viruses. However, unlike Windows 7, which only received one major Service Pack update, Microsoft frequently works on significant updates khổng lồ Windows 10. Additional features are always making their way into the newer Windows OS. It gets major updates twice a year, và in the past few years, Windows 10 has received extra features, like the ability to lớn sync your activities across devices with Windows Timeline.

Unlike previous versions (including Windows 7), Windows 10 isn’t a stand-alone product for Microsoft. It’s more like a service. The company releases updates twice a year and intends to keep supporting the OS shortly. If that plan works out, that means you shouldn’t need lớn buy a new version a few years from now. The Windows 10 October 2020 update brought features including the ability khổng lồ pin websites to the taskbar, removed the need for passwords using Microsoft accounts, modified text and cursors for easier visibility, added the ability to lớn quickly create events, and more. The Spring 2021 update is anticipated lớn arrive in May and will include updated settings pages, tweaks to lớn the search box & Cortana settings, và new icons. There are also work-from-home improvements, lượt thích Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updates, multi-camera support for Windows Hello users to select external cameras in integrated displays, & optimized document-opening scenario times for Windows Defender Application Guard.

Compatibility và gaming

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Despite all the extra features in Windows 10, Windows 7 still has better phầm mềm compatibility. While Photoshop, Google Chrome, và other popular applications continue khổng lồ work on both Windows 10 and Windows 7, some old third-party pieces of software work better on the older OS. That can include software for printing mailing labels, managing point-of-sale systems, và more. This is often a reason some businesses have been reluctant khổng lồ update.

Still, Microsoft is taking steps khổng lồ kill off compatibility in Windows 7. As an example, Office 2019 software won’t work on Windows 7, nor will Office 2020. There’s also the hardware element, as Windows 7 runs better on older hardware, which the resource-heavy Windows 10 might struggle with. In fact, it was almost impossible khổng lồ find a new Windows 7 laptop in 2020.

As for gaming, Microsoft bundles an Xbox ứng dụng with Windows 10. This allows you to stream content from an Xbox One over khổng lồ your PC và keep tabs on Xbox Live content. You also can find popular Microsoft games like Forza 7 or State of Decay for download right in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. Outside of that, Windows 10 supports DirectX 12, which is a công nghệ that helps render đoạn clip and audio in Windows 10. It is often a requirement for downloading và playing newer titles. However, Nvidia is working to bring real-time ray tracing tư vấn to Windows 7 through Direct X 12 for those still holding onto the old OS. So, all hope is not lost.

It’s time lớn upgrade to lớn Windows 10

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Although the miễn phí upgrade path to lớn Windows 10 ended a long time ago, it is time khổng lồ let go of Windows 7 và move khổng lồ Windows 10. While Windows 10 isn’t perfect, và many believe it poses privacy concerns for its data collection, it is the more secure OS. Sure, there is the occasional bug, but Microsoft is always patching things quickly & working on updating Windows 10.

There are plenty of reasons for Windows 7 to hold a soft spot in our hearts, but in a world where malware and viruses are always attacking computers, going with the safer and more secure version of Windows is the better bet now rather than later. It’s also worth switching lớn avoid paying the charge Microsoft will start applying, if for no other reason. Besides, there are always ways to lớn make Windows 10 feel like the old system you love.

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