As time changes so do operating systems.
In the past, we have seen the rise and fall of many different editions of the Windows operating system. Now it’s time for Windows 7 to say it’s fair well to the stage light.
Back in 2015, mainstream support for Windows 7 had been suspended and with 2020 approaching the extended support package will be terminated leaving consumers in no man’s land. Thankfully, Microsoft has an extended business and enterprise support package until January 2023. It’s not all bad though, along with the changes in time Microsoft have created Windows 10 and we can expect W10 to be with us for quite some time.
Windows 10 is all the best parts of Windows 7 but with new and improved features giving the consumer a familiar experience with greater customisability, performance and productivity. This is true not only for general consumers but also for consumers who are at the top of their field no matter what their role may be.
Thankfully Windows 10 isn’t all too different in appearance to Windows 7, it offers a warm and inviting User Interface for those that are familiar with Windows 7. Thanks to the similarity’s to Windows 7, Windows 10 is nice and easy to learn with helpful tips that pop up alerting the user of new ways to navigate and interact with the system.
At an estimate, we can presume that Windows 10 will be with us for at least another 10 or so years. The estimate of 10 years is still only a very rough estimate as it is very difficult to predict the End of Life of Windows 10 due to its continuous updates.
Windows 10 is not a desktop or laptop only Operating System. Windows is compatible with a range of devices such as desktops, laptops, touch screens and hybrid devices such as the surface. Across all these devices the experience is very much the same with some devices benefiting from the capabilities of Windows 10 more than others such as the surfaces touch screen ability.
Unfortunately, upgrading to Windows 10 is not as simple as it may seem as you may need to take into consideration the hardware and storage requirements of Windows 10. As when Windows 7 was released it wasn’t as simple as upgrading from XP or Vista to 7; there was a hardware limitation that would prevent Windows 7 from running correctly.
Why should you even upgrade? Good question. With Windows 7 becoming unsupported by Microsoft, this results in your operating system having no updates to protect it. Just as your body fights off viruses and continually adapts itself to prevent the same virus from infecting you. The updates to an OS add new ways to prevent viruses and hacks just like antibodies. Without these vital updates, you are leaving hackers wide open to your data. Hackers can create backdoors into your PC and can gain access to your data and any personal information on that PC.
How do I upgrade?
We offer an in-depth and professional audit to your systems and ensure that there are no software or hardware conflicts or issues with upgrading to Windows 10 if there are issues found we will offer solutions.
Office PCs have a recommended lifespan of 3 years and due to this, and the intensity of windows 10, older PCs may struggle to run windows 10. For this, we would recommend new PCs and will provide solutions for this.
In upgrading your system there are hardware and software limitations as there are some legacy programs that may not run on the newer operating system. Legacy Programs (programs that are designed to run on the older operating system).
We will investigate the best solution for this and will make an informed decision on what the best course of action would be to resolve this issue. The solution could be one of a variety of solutions with Virtual Machines and sourcing newer software and programs as a few examples.
Features of Windows 10.
With Windows 10 you now have access to the Microsoft store where you can find hundreds of useful and interesting applications. From this store, you can install all of the Office 365 collection and many other apps and customisation tools. The is a large variety of totally free applications ranging is almost every possible genre of application and software. (extra edit needed here)
Multi-Tasking in Windows 10 makes productivity much easier allowing you to have multiple programs running at the same time and snap them to different parts of the screen. with the snapping ability, you can have up to 4 programs on screen at the same time, but you can technically have as many as you like and position them manually across the screen. The shortcut for this is holding the Windows key and press an arrow key in any direction.
Multi-Desktop is in the same vein as Multi-Tasking, allowing you to have multiple instances of a desktop each with a separate list of applications open that you can move between desktops. You can add, remove or move desktops in different orders. You can use this function to have multiple desktops open. With Microsoft office applications open on one desktop, the internet opens on another and a third open with social applications for ease of communications.
The “Smart” Menu
The “Smart” Menu is the Windows start menu, but I call it smart as Microsoft has put a lot of thought and effort into this new and improved start menu. The new and improved start menu allows you to pin and resize the application you want.
Say you use all the Microsoft office programs frequently but want to keep your taskbar clan. Instead of pinning them to the taskbar you just pin them to the start menu and organise them under a category, so you can find them much easier. With a high level of customizability, you can create categories, resize application or move them into a specific order that you like.
Benefits of upgrading to Windows 10.
The benefits of upgrading to Windows 10 can be quantified into a few points: Security, Shortcuts, customizability and accessibility.
Windows 10 puts your security and protection at the forefront of its jobs ensuring your safe and secure while browsing the internet and carrying your daily tasks on your PC.
Windows 10 has added new features that will allow you to use your PC with ease. Some features of accessibility are Cortana, Narrator, Magnifier, High Contrast, Closed Captions, On-Screen Keyboard, Mouse Pointer Customisation.
If you have ever heard of Apples, Siri Or Amazons, Alexa, Microsoft have Cortana. Cortana is an ever-evolving smart helper, the more Cortana is used the more she learns and can assist you in more relevant ways. With each command given to Cortana, she learns if the response given is useful or not and what response is more relevant or useful and can help speed up your daily life. A way to summarise Cortana is that she is a personal assistant who can create meetings. Search online for results and even execute commands given to her and she will learn from commands and become smarter and faster.
When active, the Narrator will read out everything that is on the screen so even if you have visual impairments you can still use a PC by auditorily means.
When active, High Contrast alters the visuals of the PC making them brighter and much more contrasting allowing you to easily differentiate the items on the screen.
Closed Captions allow you to modify and customise where the subtitles and closed captions appear on the screen. This also allows you to alter the colour and size of the Closed Captions to make them easier to read.
On-Screen Keyboard is very useful for those who use the Windows surface tablet. Allowing you to press the On-Screen Keyboard as if it was a physical Keyboard.
Mouse Pointer Customisation
You can change the size and colour of the mouse pointer to allow you to see the pointer easier. Having it stand out of screens that it would normally be difficult to differentiate the pointer from the screen.
Windows 7 had some good features that would let you change the wallpaper of your desktop. With Windows 10 you can change the entire colour scheme for almost everything. While selecting a wallpaper you are also given an option to set a colour scheme that compliments the wallpaper. Even if you change the wallpaper the system will automatically change the colour scheme.
Windows 10 was released with a few shortcuts that help improve usability and productivity. These shortcuts aren’t used by everyone but if you don’t use them you should give them a try and see how it helps you work. Shortcuts will be listed below.