If start-up speed matters to you, then Windows 10 ought to be an easy choice. Compared to Windows 7 or 8, Windows 10 is faster all around. It boots faster, it goes to sleep and wakes faster,and it starts most programs faster.
The security vendor Webroot has tested Windows 10 vs. Windows 7 and found that 10 was “twice as secure” as Windows 7. One of the big reasons for this is the program Windows Defender, Microsoft’s own anti-virus that is built into Windows 7, 8 and 10. As adoption of Windows 10 has risen, so has the Defender anti-virus use. It’s important to note that in Windows 7 Defender only acts as a spyware scanner, not as an anti-virus. Additionally, after the January 2020 end-of-life date, Windows 7 will no longer receive patches or updates preventing malware from taking advantage of any weak points in the system.
The start menu for Windows 7 and XP was beautiful, well designed and easy to navigate, but Windows 8 abandoned it for a more touch screen-themed approach. A large segment of users decried the “Start” button being cut and the confusing desktop navigation. Windows 10 has brought back many of the features that people loved in Windows 7 and 8 and built on them. When you click on live tiles, they take you to what’s displayed on them. The “Start” menu is back and though it is still touch screen friendly, it is much easier to navigate than Windows 8.
With Windows 10 you get access to Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play store. From here you can get the latest games, music and movies as well as paid and free apps that work with Windows.
Enabled by default on your computer, the Windows 10 Action Center is where you go to get notifications and access quick actions on your desktop without the hassle of having to dig into your settings. With features ranging from brightness to Wi-Fi connections, you can quickly access many of the features critical to your computer.
The “Get Windows Free” tool from within Windows isn’t an option anymore. However, there are a few different ways you can pick up Windows 10 for free or cheap. If you have a Windows 7 or 8 key, then you can always enter the code in your registration option under settings and it should accept it just as it would a normal key for Windows 10. Many websites sell Windows 10 keys for under 10 dollars. If you do decide to use one of these sites, make sure you do your research and check their validity and use PayPal or some other form of payment option that will let you dispute the charge if there are any problems. Also keep in mind, you can always download Windows 10 and not enter a key. Yes, the nagging is a pain, and you can’t change theme options on your desktop to make it more personal. But if those two things don’t matter to you then it is an option.