Windows 10 Review: My First Thoughts After Upgrading

Windows 10 reviewI’ve decided to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10. It’s taken me some time to agree to it and some deliberating with my husband, but we finally agreed that the only way we can definitely say for sure whether it’s good is by trying it.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews about it already. Because of that, I decided to only put it on the laptop. The main computer will continue to run on Windows 7 for the time being. If we decide we like Windows 10, then I’ll upgrade the computer while the free offer is on.

One thing that I was worried about was that it was just for a limited time only, and I’d be either stuck with paying for it or have to go through difficult steps to reinstall Windows 7—losing all my files. Microsoft says that this isn’t a trial and that it will be permanently free as long as I don’t uninstall it, so I decided it was worth taking the plunge.

Stylish Look With the Start Menu

Windows 8 removed the start menu and that quickly put me off the idea of upgrading to that. Windows 10 on the other hand has a computer version. While I think mobile devices are great, there are still many benefits to opting for a laptop or computer. For our main device, I think we’ll always have some sort of computer. At the moment, we have an All-in-One and I love it. I also still very much love my laptop.

There is a stylish tablet mode, which can be pulled up on the computer if I want it. It’s great for those who have gotten used to the tablet mode and want to use it. This is also great for those who are updating on devices like the Surface or their mobiles.

The only thing that has really changed from Windows 7 is the taskbar and some of the Start Menu. The Start Menu is now a clear alphabetical order. I know it’s always been like this, but it separates the letters, making it so much easier to see where the next section starts. The taskbar is also much more stylish, with smaller apps.

I Haven’t Lost Anything

When upgrading to a new operating system, the computer is usually wiped of all programs and files. I hate the process of putting everything back onto my computer, especially when I know most of my discs have gone missing.

There wasn’t any of that headache opting for the free Windows 10 upgrade. Everything I have has been kept on my computer. I’ve even been able to keep all my pinned items on my taskbar, so Word, Firefox and Spotify are still there, among others. All my files are also still in place, meaning I don’t have to transfer anything across from the main computer.

The upgrade didn’t take too long. Most of the time I was able to keep using my laptop—although I didn’t need to as I was working off the computer. The only point that I needed to stop using it was when I actually opted to do the full upgrade and put Windows 10 on my computer. Before this I’d decided to put a copy of it on a USB stick, since that was an option. I’ve now got it just in case something goes wrong.

Started Up Much Quicker

I had to do a restart after upgrading because another program required it. I found that restarting my computer went much quicker than it used to. It could be because before the upgrade I decided to remove a program, but the operating system update possibly had something to do with it.

Remember, I was using Windows 7 rather than Windows 8. I know that by next year, the support for Windows 7 will likely end. If not next year, then the year after. Microsoft can’t keep offering support for all Windows versions, especially not when so many newer versions are now available. It makes sense that things start to run slower as newer operating systems are released.

I’m more likely to turn my computer off now. Usually I leave it on standby, which isn’t good for it. But I just don’t have time to wait 5 minutes for the computer to start up again!

The Terms of Service

There are a few things that I’m worried about. I’m sure I read somewhere that Windows Media Player won’t work with Windows 10. So far, I haven’t noticed that but I don’t use it that often. I just opened it and it worked.

The main issue I have is the terms of service. It looks like Microsoft is becoming more like Big Brother. You can read about that in an article called Windows 10 Can Invade Your Computer. While I believe in those who aren’t doing anything wrong shouldn’t need to worry, I also believe in everyone deserves some privacy. This treads too much into breaching privacy, and I do wonder whether there will be court cases in the UK/EU in the future with people saying that it breaches the Human Rights Act.

Overall, I like the look of Windows 10. This is just an initial look, though. I’m going to play around with this operating system for a couple of months before I decide if I’m going to upgrade the main computer or not. Right now, I possibly will do but it’s also something I’ve got to discuss with my husband since we both us that on a regular basis. The laptop is mainly mine.

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