Windows 8 users may not find much variance in Windows 10. But the Windows 7 users on the other hand, may find certain changes after you get updated with Windows 10. Quite thankfully there are no extreme changes happened to Windows 10, when compared to Windows 7. Now let us look down to the changes happened to Windows 10 over Windows 7.
Microsoft Account Integration
When you upgrade to Windows 10, the first thing that you are asked is whether you would like to log into your Windows system with Microsoft Account. This is same as logging to a Mac or iPhone with an Apple account or it same as entering to Chromebook or Android devices with the help of a Google Account. This logging in with Microsoft account will enable you to establish links of desktop settings with your Personal Computers. This also gives you a chance to automatically log into other Microsoft services like OneDrive which is integrated with Windows.
Microsoft account is essential to enjoy certain new features that are available in Windows 10 such as Windows Store. Provided you do not want to use Microsoft account, then also it is totally fine. There is link, with the use of which you can set up an old local Windows account. Later if you want you can transform it into a Microsoft account.
New Start Menu
When comparing to Windows 7, you may find an entirely different Start Menu on Windows 10. The Start Menu has live tiles which you may find in Windows 8. But there is an option by which you can remove these live tiles from the Start Menu if you don’t like to have it anymore. You can simply remove them by just right clicking on them. The Start Menu may appear to be different but it has certain common features. In Windows 10 you may find a list of already installed applications as well as power options for restarting and closing down your PC. You are allowed to resize the Start Menu by moving the mouse to any edge of it.
Applications and Windows Store
The applications that you may find in Windows 10 are Universal Apps. Most of them are descendants of Windows 8’s Store Applications. If you are interested in more applications, then you may have to open Store App that is included with Windows. Then you have to download them from the Windows Store. Unfortunately you are not allowed to download these applications directly from internet. But you can still download and use traditional desktop applications from the web. Another option available is to download both traditional applications and new applications from the Store, then install and use them both.
Difference in Settings Application and Control Panel
Windows 10 has got a Settings option in Start Menu which ultimately directs you to all new Settings Application. It is an advanced version of PC Settings Application of Windows 8. This is designed in such a way that it could configure your PC in a more user friendly manner. Unfortunately it does not have everything that makes your task easy. It still withholds the old Control Panel in it. This is because, certain old settings are available only in this Control Panel. Inorder to have a quick access to Control Panel, you have the options, either right click on the Start Button or Press Windows Key + X. This option is an advantage of Windows 10 over Windows 8.
The Refresh and Reset Options are present to make the task of Windows users easier. It will enable the users to quickly set back to older positions without uninstalling the Windows and reinstalling them. You can’t deny for automatic updates of Windows in the Home system version of Windows 10. But you are allowed to do so for Windows 10 Professional version.
Cortana and Task View on Taskbar
In Windows 8, Start Button has been removed from the taskbar of Windows 8 and you are able to see only icons of your programs. But when it comes to Windows 10, Start Button made its come back. Along with that, there is ‘Search the web and Windows’ field also can be seen which launches Cortana Assistant of Microsoft along with Task View Button. In toto this one provides you a synopsis of your opened windows and other desktop features. These features are activated automatically. If you don’t like to have them, you can disable them by right clicking the taskbar. There you select the option to hide Search and Task View options.
Internet Explorer is replaced by Edge
For long a period Internet Explorer used to be the default web browser of Windows. This got changed with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a new browser named Edge for Windows 10. Edge could perform better and elegantly than Internet Explorer. Windows 10 no longer supports Active X controls. This may prevent the functioning of Internet Explorer toolbars and Browser plug-ins. So if you are costumed to use Internet Explorer, you may have to change over to Edge. But if you are a Chrome or Firefox user, then you download, install and use those browsers.
Desktop and Security Advancements
The Task Manager was upgraded in such a way that it enabled you to monitor the applications those drain your PC resources. It also helps you to handle startup programs without any aid from third party programs. Windows Explorer retitled as File Explorer and now has got a ribbon. It has a number of additional features. The file copying and moving dialog window has been improved and Windows can mount ISO disc image files without the help of any other outside softwares.
Windows 10 also has got many security enhancements. It includes a Windows Defender, which is a retitled version of Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender is the basic antivirus protection for PC that uses Windows OS. Another security feature is SmartScreen. It prevents harmful and unknown file downloads and protects your PC.
Ceratin other improvements include a notification center, redesigned power, restructured network icons, reframed sound icons etc. It also includes Game DVR functionality which allows you to record and stream PC games. Microsoft also made some basic changes to Windows 10, which reduces disk space, enable faster booting and better protection against attacks. Inspite of all these changes, what you find attractive in Windows 10 is its user friendliness. Windows 10 is much user friendly than Windows 8. This is possible by integrating familiar Desktop interface, perfected Start Menu and Desktop Windows. You need not worry at all even if you are new to Windows 10.