Question of the Year: Is it worth upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

With the end of support for Windows 7, Microsoft offers all users of the “seven” to upgrade to a more modern version. But is it worth doing?

Windows 10 was born a long time ago, but not all users immediately rushed to update their operating system. Someone complained about the dampness of the fresh product, someone was not satisfied with the abundance of telemetry processes, and for someone poor optimization became a stumbling block. Over the years of existence of the “top ten” its market share has increased significantly, but the ranks of Windows 7 owners, although they are constantly thinning, still confidently hold their positions.

As of 2019, more than 30% of computers were installed “seven”. But, on January 14, 2020, Microsoft officially announced that they would no longer support the operating system released in 2009. Accordingly, you shouldn’t wait for updates. Is this a reason to update to the current version? Has Windows 10 gotten worse or improved over the years? Let’s figure it out.

Reasons to upgrade to Windows 10

As with any question, there are pros and cons here. Let’s see why it is still worth upgrading?

It’s (usually) free

First, there is no cost involved. And there are many ways to update. Therefore, you can easily find a method that is convenient for you without paying a penny. There is even the possibility of upgrading the pirated version – from this, of course, it will not become licensed. If you want to try Windows 10, you don’t need to bother with installed programs and data. They will all be preserved unlike the installation from scratch. And this, by the way, is the second reason. But far from the last.

If you don’t like it, you can go back

For those users who tested the top ten, but they did not like it, the developers also thought. In this case, within 10 days you can easily roll back the system and enjoy the old and proven “seven”. So why not try it then?

Less chance of catching an infection

The next reason is the high level of security. Almost every year we see news that cybercriminals have found a new vulnerability in the brainchild of Microsoft. Satya Nadella & Co. are starting to quickly file an update to fix the flaw. And this also applied to Windows 7, but now there is no official support, which means that those vulnerabilities that are sure to be found in the future will remain open holes. The question is, how many of these vulnerabilities were left there, because over the years, the developers seemed to have licked the system to perfection? Perhaps it is so. Perhaps not. In any case, in the future we will find out the answer to this question. So if you are worried about your cyber security, you have a direct dear in Windows 10 and nothing else.

Updates will definitely be

Another reason to think about the transition is new and improved old features. There are many tools in Windows 10 that are missing in Windows 7. And if they are, then the “ten” offers the user advanced features in these tools. There are a lot of examples. Multiple desktops, easier system recovery, disk space management, improved parental controls, full tablet and touchscreen compatibility, and more. Thus, the current operating system attracts users with advanced functionality. So why give it up?

No problems with software and drivers

Don’t forget about optimization. All modern software and video game developers are guided by Windows 10. And this is logical. It occupies most of the market. Accordingly, it is most profitable for developers to focus on the top ten so that their product reaches the widest possible audience. You have probably come across a situation when the necessary drivers for old operating systems are simply not available in nature. This is precisely due to the fact that everything is written for the current OS. Of course, enthusiasts often come to the rescue who optimize games and programs for the “seven”. But this does not always occur and does not always work correctly. Now the owners of Windows 7 will become even smaller and, accordingly, developers will have less incentive to adapt their products to outdated OS. So that,

Reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10

You can count the number of reasons that will be enough to refuse the upgrade, you can count no less than the pluses themselves from the upgrade. 

Big brother sees everything

You’ve probably heard about the annoying telemetry processes, which are more than enough in Windows 10. Microsoft strives to collect any statistical data about the user and use them at its discretion. On this topic, more than a dozen articles have been written, some of which reach the point of absurdity with worldwide conspiracies and secret surveillance. We will not delve into all this, but we will definitely say that such processes exist in Windows 10. You can, of course, disable them, but is it really possible to disable them all? Many people say that no matter how hard you try, it is impossible to cut out everything that is following you in the top ten. Therefore, if you are intimidated by the collection of statistical information, or you are a supporter of conspiracy theories, it is better to refuse the current OS.

It won’t work on ancient iron

Speaking of processes. There are significantly more of them in the top ten than in any other operating system. Hence the higher requirements for system resources. Only RAM in idle Windows 10 eats 1.5-2 times more than its predecessors. Processes, of course, you can also disable many and reduce the consumption of iron resources, but abandoning all of them will not work. Therefore, if you are the owner of a weak PC, then it is also better to refuse the upgrade. 

It’s a new interface!

People with conservative views may also not like the new interface. The developers, of course, tried to make the appearance of WIndows 10 intuitive for owners of other operating systems. But this is still a new habitat in which many new elements are present. In our opinion, this is a matter of taste and habit. Therefore, we do not consider this to be a big problem. However, there are users for whom this is important. 

I don’t want to touch it while it works

Do not forget about the update process itself. It does not always go smoothly and without errors. As practice shows, the older a laptop or hardware is, the more difficult it is to perform the upgrade procedure. And for a novice user, updating can seem like a real challenge.

Conclusion

If you care about your own safety, it is still better to go to the top ten. You will not experience any discomfort (such as the need to reinstall programs) – unless it takes some time to get used to the new interface. Arguments from the series “they will follow me” in the 21st century, when every iron is already leaking information to its manufacturer, in our opinion, are meaningless. Switching to Linux or other alternatives for the vast majority of Windows users is not an option. Therefore, upgrading to Windows 10 is a completely logical and correct decision for users of the seventh version. Are there any other opinions? 

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