What’s the Difference? Why Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Feeling wary that installing it will cause nasty computer problems? Here’s the breakdown of benefits and downsides.  

Have you upgraded your devices to Windows 10?

Feeling wary that installing it will cause nasty computer problems? Here’s the breakdown of benefits and downsides.  

Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

In this case, the short answer to the question of “Why upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?” isn’t why, it’s when. Windows 7 is going away. Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in January 2020. Once you have installed Windows 10, it will be free to update for the life of your device. The upgrade to Windows 10 offers more benefits to mobile devices and newer PCs. If you have a modern Windows laptop or 2-in-1 with UEFI firmware, the upgrade is more attractive. That’s because this upgrade is designed for mobile devices first, everything else second. Microsoft is working on making Windows increasingly mobile and cloud-aware. They are building an ecosystem that supports both on-premise and cloud operation, and that runs across Microsoft, Google, and Apple. It has dozens of apps for Android and Apple’s iOS, and is increasing its support for Linux in Windows 10 and Azure. Windows runs on most devices including USB sticks, games consoles, smartphones, giant server farms, and there is an internet of things version for the Raspberry Pi.

What Benefits Do I Get When Upgrading to Windows 10?

Depending on your devices, an upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 will offer some benefits. You will have:

  • Smoother and (sometimes) faster operations
  • More economical use of memory and disk space
  • Increased security including SmartScreen, Windows Defender, encryption
  • Integration of OneDrive cloud storage
  • File Explorer manages files better
  • DirectX 12 offers better gaming
  • Task View offers easier access to running programs
  • Virtual desktops are built in
  • System refresh and reset options
  • Edge browser

Built-In Support for Newer Hardware

Windows 10 provides better support for newer types of hardware such as secure boot capabilities with UEFI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth adapters, high-definition screens and solid state drives.

Does Windows 10 Have New Features?

Windows 10 has new features starting with Cortana, the AI personal assistant, Windows Store apps, and notifications just like on mobile. Others are Windows Hello (automatic login from face recognition) for PCs with cameras that are compatible with Intel’s RealSense.

Windows Store apps are written to a new application programming interface which is called Windows RunTime. The apps are remotely installed and updated, similar to Android and iOS apps, can be cleanly uninstalled, and run in secure sandboxes. “Universal” apps run on PCs, the Xbox One games console, and Windows smartphones.

Which Apps Run on Windows 10?

  • RunTime apps for Mail, Photos, Maps, Calendar, Groove Music and more
  • 700,000 apps in the Windows Store
  • Free Microsoft Office apps
  • Adobe Photoshop Express
  • AutoDesk Pixlr
  • Code Writer
  • Dropbox
  • Flipboard
  • Fresh Paint
  • Line
  • Netflix++
  • OneNote
  • Shazam
  • SkyScanner
  • TeamViewer Touch
  • Trello
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Viber
  • Wunderlist

Windows 10 tries to cross the boundaries between PCs and mobile devices. Only by using them both can you see if they have succeeded.

Are There Any Negatives to Upgrading to Windows 10?

Not all PCs will get all the benefits listed above due to their hardware. The same goes for strategic ecosystem benefits. Most people won’t upgrade every PC they own. For instance, if you have a desktop without a microphone, camera, touchscreen, UEFI, and you leave it on all the time, especially if used primarily for Microsoft Office, web browsing and photo processing, Windows 10 doesn’t change much. But if you own any touchscreen devices such as tablets or laptops, you will see much improvement with Windows 10.

Ultimately, it is your choice whether to upgrade to Windows 10. New PCs will have the latest software when you buy them, and that includes Windows 10. Of course, new PCs will also have the proper hardware to take advantage of the software upgrade.

When Does Microsoft Support End for Windows 7?

Windows 10 will continually get better over time, due to updates and fixes. Just remember that Windows 7 will only get support through January 14, 2020. By that time Windows 10 will have worked out its kinks. You can opt-out of the Windows 10 upgrade. If that’s your choice, then you should follow Microsoft’s opt-out instructions.