I did not switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Let’s face it, it sucked. I tied it on a coworker’s computer and my reaction was “No way”. Going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was not an active choice but came with a newer laptop. It happened! Oh no! Wait, it wasn’t that bad. It took a little getting used to and I had to spend time “exploring”; and I’m not done with my exploring; but it really is working out very well. So, here are some things that might help with making the leap from Windows 7 to Windows 10:
- If you switch by July 29th, 2016 it is still free.
- Switching is a simple upgrade rather that a full blown installation so all your files and documents will stay right where they are now.
- Transitioning from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is much easier than the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8. (see #2)
- The start menu has been brought back in Windows 10 with a different look including simplified icon that are still recognizable. You also have the familiar software lists and files.
- Windows 10’s start menu now includes “Live Tiles”. Live Tiles are small square interactive tiles where you can load apps that you use frequently so that they are a touch away. I keep a current weather app there so I can check temperatures.
- Printers – I love this. I attached my printer to the computer and Windows 10 searched the net, downloaded and installed the program for my printer in seconds. I was printing in under 5 minutes. No disk needed and no time consuming download.
I am having no difficulty navigating the Windows 10 operating system. I find that I can easily learn what I need as I go along. My work is getting done and as I learn new things I am finding that the Windows 10 operating systems is a very useful tool. I really don’t miss Windows 7 at all.