Microsoft’s announcement of discontinuing support for its 9 years old desktop OS Windows 7 in 2020 has left its users concerned and apprehensive. But you can easily upgrade to Windows 10 now and forego its Start menu tile appearance too.
Read on to find out how.
Windows 7 without any doubt was an iconic update after Windows XP. Its popularity was proved by the large market it had gained.
As shown in the data collected by the California based internet data analytics firm, Net Applications, Windows 7 still continues to be heavily used around the world. It was still running on 50% of all PC’s four years after the launch of Windows 8.1. Its love, admiration and acceptance were characterised by its new features, compatibility, easiness-to-use and affordability.
But we cannot neglect the growing cyber threats and technological frauds occurring all over the globe. In the light of this Markus Nitschke, Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany passed on a statement quoting “Windows 7 is slowly advancing in years. Already, it neither fits the requirements of the users of modern technologies nor meets the high-security requirements of IT departments. As earlier with Windows XP, we recommend that companies should take early steps to avoid future risks or costs.”
Hence, the need to upgrade to the powerful Windows 10 operating system software, which is the deep-dive approach by Microsoft to counter all the limitations of previous versions. Keeping in mind all the needs, wants and feedback surveys, Windows 10 is a power-packed system for its users.
To easily list down the 10 core values incorporated in Windows 10, here’s the list of major advancements –
- Free new feature updates of Windows 10
- The new Windows assistant, Cortana
- Ensuring compatibility to Tablet mode through Continuum
- A lucid way of listing Notifications in the Action Center
- Snap View for higher productivity
- Greater security on log-in via Windows Hello
- Compatibility with Xbox One game streaming
- Simple ways for Storage Management
- Settings App having both the features of Settings as well as Control Panel
- The new Microsoft Edge web browser which is much more efficient than the older Microsoft Explorer browser
Last but not the least, the Start menu which had a bumpy ride in the Windows 8.1 update is totally revamped. The modified version of the Start Menu is a combination of the style of Windows 7 on the left side with options like Settings, Most Used Apps, Most Recent Apps and Power options.
Whereas, on the right side there are the Live Tiles from Windows 8.1 which can be resized, bringing best of both the worlds.
For some who still find the new Start Menu of Windows 10 a hassle, there are customised third-party solutions to help you with your customisation.
‘Classic Shell’ is one such software which helps improve productivity through customisation of the Start menu. It can be completely personalised to suit your requirement with multiple style and skins. Moreover, it provides a quick access to key productivity enhancers finding documents, files, and folders to the frequently used and pinned programs.
If you are a gamer or tech-savvy individual, upgrading to Windows 10 will also give you access to some amazing graphics technology and other features. Transition to Windows 10 has already exceeded 53 million PC installs already, with less than a year and a half until Windows 7 becomes end of life.
Are you ready to join them?