Should you upgrade Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10
PCFixShop believes that Windows 10 is a good deal better than Windows 8.1 for all desktop PC users. But what if you’re still using Windows 7?
Microsoft were offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users
That offer has now expired. But should you still pay to upgrade, or should you stick with what you know? Here are some facts to help you decide.
Windows 10 vs Windows 7/8 – Performance
One of the least talked about improvements of Windows 10, is that it does include a raft of performance upgrades.
Chief among these is bootup time, which is markedly quicker, while better hardware acceleration and a host of other tweaks mean general navigation feels nippier, too. Power management has also been improved, so mobile device battery life tends to be a little longer.
Gaming performance is much more evenly matched, but with Windows 10 comes exclusive access to DirectX 12, which unlocks more performance from your existing hardware.
It may seem like trivial stuff, but if there’s one single thing that's generally at the heart of the upgrades we make to our computers, it’s performance. So the fact that Windows 10 offers
a noticable improvement on top of all its other features is definitely something to be happier about.
Windows 10 vs Windows 7 – Design
Windows 8 marked a stark departure from the styling of Windows 7, with flat windows and bold colours taking over from 3D-looking icons and round-edged and transparent windows.
Windows 10 continues this change, with the flat and bold styling now taking over desktop icons and other core system features. It looks great and modern.
Windows 10 Start Button Return
For Windows 8.1 users we finally have a working start Button without patching our Windows 8 systems.
The single most important addition to Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu, particularly for regular desktop and non-touchscreen users. The fullscreen Start Screen of Windows 8.1 never made sense when using a mouse and keyboard and thankfully Microsoft has addressed this. Windows 10 features a Start Menu that incorporates the Live Tiles of the Windows 8.1 Start Screen and it can optionally be made to fill the whole screen. It’s much more intuitive and simply makes using a mouse/trackpad and keyboard much easier.
Windows 10 vs Windows 8 – Cortana
Now we’re getting to the new features that will benefit all users. Cortana is the powerful search and personal assistant that Microsoft first introduced on its phones, and now it’s arrived on your PC.
Cortana can be used to search your PC for files and apps and launch web searches, but more importantly it also tracks your interests and monitors things like your calendar and regular places you visit. Combining all this information it can provide useful stuff like weather reports, alerts for meetings and directions for where you need to go.
is also integrated into the new Edge web browser where it will provide relevant information for the site you’re looking at, such as reviews and directions for the restaurant you’re viewing. It also supports natural language input, so you can talk to your device quite causally and it will understand what you mean. This will be particularly useful for tablets and other touch devices where voice input can be that much quicker than typing on a touchscreen. Some may not care too much about Cortana on desktop, though the addition of a big search bar on the desktop taskbar is certainly useful
Should I upgrade now or Wait
It really wasn’t much of a competition. All the mistakes that Microsoft could make, it had already made with Windows 8.1. Windows 10 has only improved things in our experience.
Is Windows 10 perfect? No. But is it the much better choice if you’re thinking of buying a new version of Windows in the near future?
Windows 10 has proven that it's a serious step forward from Windows 7
PCFixShop would reccommend a
paid update to Windows 10 today - PCFixshop can still perform the update at a very reasonable charge. The worst bugs have been dealt with by windowsupdates.
The last major update was the 1809 update in September 2018.
PCFixshop would advise all users of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 should
pay to upgrade to Windows 10.
Older systems would not benefit at all from a paid Windows 10 upgrade at all, especially at £99.
So if you currently have a Vista or older computer, I would get the upgrade only with a new PC
Upgrade your PC Today.