10: 0 in favor of Windows 10. Why switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is still worth it

Passion and controversy between fans of various operating systems never subsided. But, probably, the most difficult were the transitions from Windows XP to Windows 7 and from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Intermediate versions in the form of Windows Vista and Windows 8 (8.1) were also received with hostility and did not gain much popularity (and in vain, but this already a separate topic).

Clickbait lovers add fuel to the fire. Which headline will attract more people: “Two inexperienced users with outdated hardware did not start Wi-Fi on the PCI adapter” or “Users are furious: the next Windows 10 update left millions of computers without the Internet”?

Today we will talk about the reasons that induce / force a common user to switch to Windows 10. Of course, all reasoning is subjective, and those who wish to argue can take part in the discussion.

For seasoned sysadmins and other corporate enikeyschikov, please do not worry. The author perfectly understands that it is at your enterprise that there are ten machines that simply need Windows 98 / ME / XP due to the special software of your machine / ATM / sewing machine.

From the personal experience of the author. When I bought “a very cool 2K monitor for a lot of money” in 2011, I slightly overestimated the capabilities of the OS. Suddenly hitting with scaling, I had to look at small icons, then at blurry windows and fonts for two years. The problem partially went away in 2013 with the release of Windows 8.1, which is why I feel so warm about it. Windows 10 coped with the task in just a few updates.

Since January 2020, Microsoft has completely stopped supporting Windows 7. Over time, the OS will become more and more vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks. Moving to an up-to-date Windows 10 will help keep your PC safe. And the built-in antivirus program will also not be superfluous: it does not slow down the computer and is automatically activated in the absence of third-party solutions.

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fault tolerance
A full-fledged argument in favor of the top ten is phenomenal resiliency. I would have given dearly for such a system in the distant 98th, when the parent computer “crashed” every week after my experiments.

If we talk about the “seven”, you can drop it with various tweaks with a probability of 50%. “Ten” is incredibly stable and patient to the playful pens of the actions of an inexperienced user. If the need to reinstall a clean system still arises (for example, before selling a computer), in the case of Windows 10, this is done in a couple of clicks: “Settings” – “Update and Security” – “Reset the computer to its original state.”

Hardware and drivers
And here is the main reason for the transition. New hardware simply does not support older operating systems. In the era of capitalism, component manufacturers do not consider it necessary to maintain a staff of additional programmers to write software for three and a half crippled outdated operating systems. Mikey officially say that starting from the 7th generation Intel “seven” works in emulation mode, which reduces performance and has a bad effect on Wi-Fi.

Secondly, Win 10 is able to automatically find and install drivers itself, which the G7 has not learned so well. Remember the times when, after installing fresh Windows 7, you had to spend another 2-3 hours installing software for the motherboard, ports, sound card and other equipment.


Direct X
Microsoft has worked out an action plan for transferring users to a new OS for a long time: you need to hit the sickest one – games! It is enough to abandon the release of Direct X 12 for the “seven”, and lovers of graphonium will meekly move to the new operating system. Similarly, video card manufacturers operate: support for ray tracing is declared only for the DXR API included in DirectX 12. Modern game developers also focus primarily on Windows 10.

Recently, HDR monitors have become more and more popular . Connoisseurs of an extended color range have no alternatives – only “ten”. And not older than 1803: it was in it that full support for all the lotions of this technology was brought.

Interface and design
Design is, of course, a matter of taste, but in 2020 fluent design and metro ui delight much more than the classic START menu, not to mention the author’s favorite black theme. You can also send many small pleasant moments to the Windows 10 piggy bank in the form of window interaction, an extended clipboard, virtual desktops, convenient search, night light mode, side window notifications, etc.

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC
Opponents of constant updates and unnecessary software junk will be helped by four magic letters – LTSC (or LTSB). In a nutshell, this is the tenth Windows with stable updates without Cortana’s voice assistant, app store, cloud, Edge and XBox. It will allow you to survive the transition to a new operating system in the least painless way.

Compatibility of programs
Win 10 has backward compatibility with the “seven”. The situation when you do not have any software or game that runs on Win 7 is unlikely.

On the other hand, Windows 7 will gradually stop supporting modern programs, as most software manufacturers focus exclusively on current operating systems. For example, Chrome will stop updating at 7 in 2021.

Free transition
An opportunity, which, by the way, Microsoft has not yet fully covered. All the owners of the “seven” were once offered to move to Windows 10 absolutely free of charge. What is not an argument for you? Moreover, without losing data and with the ability to roll back within 10 days.

Alternative point of view
Windows 10 also has its drawbacks. Her sore spot is constant updates that come out at the most inopportune moment. As soon as the “ten” learns not to hammer the user and will automatically install reliable updates in the background, making it possible to completely disable them at will, it will be the day of the complete surrender of Win 7.

The author has a negative experience of updates on both operating systems. The sound of a discrete Creative card once disappeared on the “seven”, and the “ten” after installing the cumulative update (КВХХХХХХХ) went into a long reboot. Finally, the one-minute loading of the browser with three tabs finished off. It turned out that the update fixed the processor clock speed at 900 megahertz, and my six-core beast turned into a pentium 3 pumpkin . In both cases, rolling back the systems and removing the last update helped. Of course, this situation is absolutely unacceptable for the corporate sector, and therefore the sysadmin must work out his salary to check and run the update on a separate machine.

The main arguments in favor of the “seven” – it takes up less space and eats less memory – are irrelevant for modern hardware. If you are afraid of telemetry, the first thing to do is to part with your smartphone. The purchase of another piece of hardware, as well as the purchase of a new laptop with a ready-made OS on board, will sooner or later lead the user to Windows 10.