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Windows 10 vs Windows 7: which one is better?

Microsoft made so many radical changes to the desktop version of the Windows 8 operating system that many users chose to keep it on their Windows 7 computers. We explained why it was time to upgrade for all of them to Windows 10, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

Should I buy Windows 10?

Windows 7 continues to be a very stable and reliable version of the operating system. However, general support from Microsoft has ended and security updates are scheduled to cease in 2020.

Given this scenario, you may not want to upgrade to Windows 10 right now if you still have a computer with limited hardware resources. But if Windows 8 generally left a bad taste in your mouth, the time has come to take the step to the latest edition of Windows 10, the one that will make it possible for you to be much more productive.

Windows 10 analysis

Windows 8 was a radically different version of the operating system from its predecessor Windows 7, which caused some suspicion among the user community when carrying out the update.

With the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft brought back the legacy look of Windows 7, also improving the performance of computers and adding new features. As a result of these differences, we have decided to develop this article that clarifies what the real differences between the two are.

From the outset, it should be known that Windows 7 security updates will continue until January 2020, although Microsoft offers another formula so that professional users can pay for updates additionally until 2023, something that will not be an option for home users.

In this way, it is convenient to consider making the jump to Windows 10 on the basis that January 14, 2020 is the date set by Microsoft to somehow put aside the support and the most relevant updates to this operating system.

Currently, Windows 10 comes standard with countless new PCs and laptops, although some continue to be marketed without an operating system or with free software alternatives. You can choose to buy a license in the Microsoft online store, although as an alternative, it is usually cheaper to obtain a computer with an OEM version.

You should know that Windows 8.1 is still being marketed at a price of € 60.

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The start menu

The Windows 7 interface has always been simple and user-friendly, with the natural evolution that was expected by making the leap from its predecessor Windows Vista or Windows XP for many users.

Just click on the ‘Start’ menu in the lower left corner to start browsing the operating system options. When the Windows 8 engineering group decided to supplant this main-button-centric approach to the toolbar, it soon became apparent that not many users wanted large icons (tiles, as they were called), nor did menus that move. From top to bottom or laterally.

In fact, many people chose to resort to tools like Classic Shell or Start8 that allowed to skip and skip this procedure to return to the usual desktop mode of previous Windows editions with its simple start menu.

Windows 10 didn’t make the same mistake. In fact, Microsoft was quick to listen to feedback from the user community to return to offer what was really in demand. With successive versions of Windows 10 we have been able to verify how new very useful features have been added to the fundamental essence of use.

Windows 8 Active Tiles are now included on the right side of the menu, so if you prefer not to show them on your desktop, you can easily remove them. Additionally it is also possible to run the ‘Start’ menu in full screen mode.

The left side of the menu provides a continuation with Windows 7 in the sense that it maintains the presence of the applications that are used more regularly, the file explorer, the settings and the search bar.

With the update to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the so-called Live Tiles take on greater prominence by offering information in real time, instead of taking you to the home page of each application.

More important still is the ‘All apps’ list, which has become the default view when opening the ‘Start’ menu. This also changes the position of the power button, which now resides in the left corner. All of this adds up to a better Windows 7 experience through the ‘Start’ menu.

Search the web from the desktop

One area where the changes between both versions of Windows 7 and Windows 10 are more tangible is in the search section. In Windows 10, the search bar not only searches for folders, apps or files on your PC, but it is also linked to the Windows Store and browser so you can also search the web directly from your desktop. It is something that many people are unaware of.

It is not necessary to navigate to the right tab when you want to search for something, since you just have to press the Windows key, start typing and the results will be displayed in a browser window. There is also another very relevant difference such as the presence of Microsoft’s personal assistant, Cortana.

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Windows 10 or Windows 7? Which one is best for You

Although most users think of each Windows release as a single operating system, the truth is that it comes in several versions, aimed at different types of users. Now we are going to answer the question of which version of Windows is the best, so that you can decide which one should install, or choose a new appropriate computer.

Let’s take an example: Windows 10 offers several versions, such as Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Windows 10 Education. Almost everyone has the Home version installed, but that does not mean that it is the best, nor that there are no users with specific needs. Also, there are options to upgrade to a better version of Windows 10 easily.

A web page can block your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 completely

So we are going to analyze which version of Windows is better, in which there may be a subjective component, but which is mainly based on the different characteristics between them. It is not a highly publicized topic, but it is worth knowing it to take better advantage of our operating system.

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Windows 10 or Windows 7?

It is beyond the scope of this article to choose the best edition of Windows, something that we have already covered, but it is an issue that we must consider first. Obviously, there are many Windows released over the years, and it makes no sense to analyze dozens of versions that, in reality, do not represent a good alternative today.

So we are going to focus on the existing versions of Windows 10 and Windows 7, because they are the operating systems that users are currently considering. Windows XP is a real danger at the moment, as it no longer receives even security patches, while Windows Vista and Windows 8 have never quite convinced the majority of consumers.

WhatsApp for Windows 10, soon to download in the store

Windows 10 is the latest version, offers many unique features, and is generally more secure. Despite this, Windows 7 is still a reasonable option, which many users prefer, and some even keep it due to compatibility problems with certain programs. Also, Windows 7 will have security support for a few years to come. So let’s see which the best versions of these Windows are.

Windows 10, which version is best for me?

The world of Windows licenses is complex, but it has been simplified over time, especially for the end consumer. We are going to know the versions of Windows 10 to know which is better. We must bear in mind that they all allow downloading new languages   for the system, in Windows 10 this possibility is no longer limited to certain versions. Here are the details:

Windows 10 Home: It is the basic version, suitable for the home user (although it will serve many professionals and companies), which brings the star features that have made Windows 10 so popular.

It is the one that most PC manufacturers include and, if nothing is clarified, it is usually understood that Windows 10 refers to this Home version.

Windows 10 Pro: has a professional orientation, and allows us to join a domain, something that is necessary to work in the network of many companies and organizations. It enables data encryption using Bitlocker, works on our computer remotely and makes it easier for us to create virtual machines to test other operating systems, a kind of virtual Windows that does not affect the rest of the system. Also, with the Pro version we can delay certain updates if we are not interested.

Windows 10 Enterprise

Adds advanced features for business, such as remote machine management and superior security. The Enterprise LTSB version doesn’t come with the talkative voice assistant Cortana, the Edge browser, or the Windows Store, and it doesn’t get updates, only security updates.

It is not easy to get an Enterprise license, they are only sold to companies from certain quantities, and through Microsoft partners.

Windows 10 Education: similar to the Enterprise version (but it does have Cortana), it is designed for educational organizations, as it allows remote management of student computers.

The Pro Education version excludes Cortana and the Windows Store. Again, it is not easy to get these licenses if we are not part of a college, institute or university.

Windows 10 S: The new Windows 10 S was introduced a short time ago, also oriented to education, but which will be easier to acquire by the average user.

Its novelty is that it only runs applications from the Windows Store, which increases its security, but greatly reduces the number of programs it lets us use.

Windows 10 Pro

The official price of Windows 10 Home amounts to 135 euros in Spain, while Windows 10 Pro costs 279 euros, although it is true that cheaper licenses can be found in alternative stores. PCs for the professional segment usually include the Pro version, but those designed for consumers (the majority) opt for Home.

Since the Enterprise and Education versions are designed for large organizations, it is clear that Windows 10 Pro is the best version. However, many users will not need it.

Perhaps the most critical issue is the option of being able to join a domain, which we will need to work in certain business networks. Bit locker’s extra security and remote login are helpful, but not differential.

Windows 10 S will not allow Google Chrome to be installed

To create virtual machines there are better solutions than Windows 10 (even free) and the option to delay operating system updates will only be interesting for certain user profiles.

So Windows 10 Pro is the best version, but many consumers do not need to pay more for it, and the Home version will be suitable.