Hundreds of millions of users around the world have already gotten the news: upgraded to the new system, Windows 10. Should we upgrade, and what exactly is waiting for us there? We are here to explain
Long before 10 left the market, we were informed of Microsoft's decision to provide the new system for free for a full year for those who have a license to one of its previous 7 and 8 systems. The reason for this marketing move by Microsoft is clear: to drive as many users as possible to its new operating system.
With the controversial release of 8 into the market, Microsoft has tried to emulate the environment of smartphones and tablets and to upgrade the faces of windows accordingly, through drastic changes, such as permanently removing the start menu and replacing it with tile interface, extensive touch screen support, and converting the rest of the overall system Mobility - possibly the biggest hallmark of 8.
But despite their great fondness for the devices Mobile, The users proved that they preferred their PC as it was, and pointed out in mice: 8's market share was only about 3.8%, located under old operating systems or also controversial Vista, Making it the most unprofitable Windows version of all time, despite improved system performance, improved computer hardware utilization and better support for weak and old systems compared to 7. Also, updating the large version, 8.1, where the operating system was improved based on the reviews did not change the situation.
Now, after its profitable and even image damage and its operating system, the company launched a month and a half ago Windows 10, where it not only returns to the sources and returns the initial menu, but also offers great improvements to the interface and is not afraid to give it all for free. This presumptuous approach shows that Microsoft is convinced that it now has the next operating system for the masses, and is confident that its users will continue to choose it as their new operating system.
As mentioned, each of us can now upgrade in just minutes to the new free version for a full year. The generally accepted approach is "are you giving? Take it", but when it comes to upgrading the workspace to which we are accustomed things are slightly changing. Although 10 windows already Recorded an impressive number of upgrades From its launch, many users are still debating: upgrade or not upgrade? So this review is dedicated to you.
The upgrade process
For this review, we upgraded to the new operating system from a valid and stable version of Windows 8.1 Pro, to reflect how to upgrade the smoother way to the average user. In addition, this review will review only the new corners. The 8.1 version used was updated in Hebrew, and 10 was automatically upgraded to the Hebrew-compatible interface. The upgrade process begins immediately after the upgrade process automatically verifies that the computer hardware meets the minimum requirements of 10. From there, the download and upgrade process functions and looks like installing a standard update for everything.
The upgrade itself is then performed when you exit the operating system, and the installation process itself begins. After a period of about half an hour, held on a drive SSD Average, the installation is complete and the process of selecting the initial and familiar settings familiar from previous versions has begun. Like its predecessors, it allows us to choose a quick or manual automatic setting. This process ended very quickly and Windows 10 was fully functional and ready to use, along with the settings and files we left on 8.1.
The rather impressive work environment, it should be said, directly raises some obvious changes. The first of these is of course the good old start menu that has come back big with some cosmetic changes. Next to it, you can see a search field that also operates Cortena, Microsoft's answer to Sirius' s Dark. Also, for the standard resolution of Full HD, the taskbar was slightly eye-catching. A new pair of removable shortcuts has now been added to the taskbar: browser Microsoft The new Edge (which we will discuss later) and the Microsoft application store. In addition, a window allows you to work with multiple desktops at the same time (which we will also discuss later).
In the system tray, you can see a permanent shortcut leading to a "center of operations" similar to established systems Android and-iOS Which we will elaborate on below. In addition to the new background, a whole new set of icons, and small neonans such as an underline that symbolizes an open program instead of a rough emphasis like the previous ones. At first glance everything else is identical to previous ones but is presented in a comfortable and elegant way. Also, here you can fully customize the taskbar, remove or attach specific shortcuts, change their location in real time and more.
Comeback of the Start Menu
Naturally, the highlight for this operating system for most users is the Start menu returned from Underworld with a new and improved look. The new menu not only brings back the good old accessibility to our personal folders and files, but also incorporates a live tile menu as it appeared in the 8 windows. In this case, as the 8.1 menu from which the version was updated. They now function as "on the road" gadgets, such as weather forecasts, news, and more. The Microsoft Store can be downloaded Apps Add to the tiles menu.
You can set the width and length of the Start menu with the mouse, with the tiles adjusting to the specified size. Like 8.1, certain tiles can be grouped into very small or very large sizes. For those who are interested in the traditional start menu, you can of course remove the tiles completely. In their place, or with them, it is also possible to attach unlimited shortcuts to any software and to define them, if we wish, under a certain heading.
On the right hand side, we'll get the old access to our files in a slightly different way, as well as new shortcuts such as Settings and File Explorer. Through the settings, which we will discuss briefly below, you can choose which folders appear regularly in the Start menu. Above, we can find frequently used programs, recently installed or recently used programs. For the discreet among us, even these lists can be removed, of course.
The natural transition from the Start menu will be to the second renowned feature, Cortena, which appears in the search bar. In theory, Cortena allows to do the same things that Siri does with instruments Dark Sorted by voice commands, such as "How's the weather tomorrow?" Or random knowledge questions. In practice, we were not allowed to use Cortana, when at the very beginning a message appeared saying that the use of Cortana is not currently supported in the Hebrew version, even if we try to communicate in the English language - which is puzzling to me, but the support for Cortana will probably come eventually.
Therefore, the Cortena interface is used in our case as a standard search interface for everything, centering search results from within the system itself and the network. The search from the web will be done through Microsoft's search engine, Bing. You can turn it off through the settings in the window and enable local search only. In addition, you can shorten the settings in the taskbar to the search field for a tiny icon, or completely hide it. In this mode, you can search normally by typing keyboard characters while the Start menu is open.
As explained above, Windows 10 gives us a new and interesting feature: Working with a number of virtual desktops. Using the taskbar icon, we get into a situation where we can create as many desktops as we want, and associate each one with the open programs, thus organizing our workspace more effectively. This is welcome for users who need a number of virtual desktops, but there is always room for improvement - as the only change between desktops is the programs that are open to them. Hopefully Microsoft will develop and streamline the idea in future updates.
What works in the 8 windows as the hotbeds, which can be accessed by a very uncomfortable mouse transition at the edges of the screen, has now become the center of action: a similar but much more elegant line that appears when you click a simple icon in the system tray. In the center of the operations are alerts, updates, tips and shortcuts to the system settings, VPN, wireless network connection, and so on. Also, mobile devices will show additional settings such as battery, screen brightness, Bluetooth And more.
Alerts in this area are partly based on the state of the system, critical computer software installed such as antivirus and live applications that the user is connected to such as e-mail, messaging software, social networks and more. You can set "Silent Hours" mode, where the system will not display any alerts. You can also find "Tablet Mode", a situation where the Start Menu and the interface itself become tile-based only - and even more, like all Operating System Portable.
Design and settings
The main design lines of Windows 10 goes for the modern concept of no-frame and soft layers - what started as early as 8 but in my personal opinion reached the maximum at 10. Although it goes back to its sources - Windows 10 does not give up the modern show, it is important to clarify. And it looks good. But despite these small design changes, except for the new icons, there is no drastic change in the desktop windows interface, but all the good parts from 8 are there.
The small changes we can find are in the file explorer, which will now open in the "Quick Access" center. As its name implies, it can be reached very quickly to the places and folders we frequently enter, and even to see the latest files we accessed. Of course we can turn those options off, and even decide what we want to appear in our quick access window. I personally found the above area useful.
If we ask, as in all Operating System On any existing platform, to custom design our operating system, we can do that here, too, of course. In fact, from now on, this part, including themes, screensaver and more, belongs to the new settings menu that we will immediately visit. The area where the "Customize" interface opens via the desktop is the area where the background image can be set. With the exception of a redesigned design, there is no change.
The color scheme can be managed immediately after the menu. After a slight impression - it seems that this is the weakest link at the moment Windows 10: Not only did the Aero interface not return to its full transparency, it was also possible to select one shade from a limited number of 50 shades only, unlike the previous versions where we could choose from any color spectrum. In addition, we will have to choose whether we want to select the above shades for highlight colors, or alternatively for the main color. We will have to play with the option to display color outside of the black hue or allow the operating system to select highlight colors based on the background.
Dark control is limited to the background colors quite puzzling, but is expected to change in a major update called TH1 that is due out in the coming months. Microsoft promises that the major enhancements to this update relate quite a bit to the system's theme design options - a part that was supposed to come out with the operating system itself but was later postponed for deadline reasons.
The other items you can manage in the Personalization menu are the lock screen, including the background and the appearance, selecting and saving themes and other familiar old areas such as mouse pointers, icons, sounds, and more. Also, at the end of the list, we can customize the Start menu and appear in it as noted earlier.
Whether we select the desktop in "Display Settings" for resolution and screens or enter the settings page, we will more or less get to the same wizard, which, as mentioned earlier, also contains the customization menu. The new settings menu is a combination of what we saw on 8 and the traditional control panel. It is important to clarify that the traditional control panel still remains in place, and for the more advanced options available through this wizard, the Start menu, the File Explorer and other places. Though, I personally would love to see a noticeable shortcut in the new settings wizard.
The new settings wizard is divided into categories and subcategories, and is very easy to navigate. For practical reasons, we will not go over the whole, but we will cover the more prominent areas. Let's start from the system category, monitor subcategory - which we will access through the desktop control panel. Windows 10 now makes it easier to increase the interface and menus - to match screens with huge resolutions such as 4k.
In this category we can more advanced control of the installed software - from full monitoring of their usage and volume, through the alerts and actions they perform behind the scenes to a convenient concentration of the default software for a variety of file formats in the entire system.
In the category Privacy Of the Settings Wizard, we can review in depth how the operating system is running against the network, such as location and cloud detection. Although there is talk that 10 is compromising the privacy of users, this wizard can disable any unwanted setting and actually remain completely anonymous.
Finally, we will not forget the additional innovation that Microsoft has included with Microsoft Windows 10, which is Microsoft Edge,Internet Explorer. Although Edge is installed and ready to use, Explorer is still installed with the operating system. But of course - we're going to focus our gaze on Edge.
The new browser opens at a higher speed than Explorer, and at first glance it even looks light. Now the browser aligns with chromium And Firefox, and it displays more screen space for the pages themselves. In fact, it is built in a way that resembles the interface of chromium, With the settings and other bars placed in small icons on the left side. When you open a new window or tab, we'll get a homepage made up of top sites and updated news in our language.
Fast browsing between pages brings a very interesting conclusion: Edge is usually faster than Chrome and Firefox, and of course its successor is Explorer. Controls and techniques such as AJAX work well and quickly, even when the page is loaded with content and the browser itself contains several tabs. We were quite impressed.
In the menus themselves, Microsoft added a pretty nice feature to the new browser, along with previously missing things such as changing the source page in real time: the ability to mark items and draw freely on web pages. After all this, you can save these scribbles to your Microsoft account connected to the browser, or keep it in favorites and access the page at any time with these marks stored on it.
Windows 10: Conclusions
In the end, Microsoft managed to do it again. In my personal opinion, after the huge fall of 8, we are finally getting the next and right reincarnation of the operating system Windows. True, small parts of it are not yet completely intact, but this is only the beginning, and this is a particularly promising start.
All along, 10 did not disappoint, not really. It also performs better than 7 and is quite identical to 8.1, sometimes even faster. My personal opinion is that Microsoft created a perfect hybrid between everything that was good on 7 and 8, and combined them into one successful, and mostly modern, operating system. And with few shortcomings in design, it gives the user complete control over how they want their operating system - based Windows Traditional, or compatible devices Mobile.
The updates for 10 are streaming, with the promise of more new features and improvements from Microsoft. It is important to note that during the use of the previous operating system for this review, I did not encounter any bugs or software that did not work or function correctly as a result of the upgrade. The operating system maintains a stable stability throughout the working hours with it - which is not a matter of doing so, as it is another fairly virgin system.
Should you upgrade? We think so. If you use any of the latest systems, the practice time that 10 will require is extremely short as the OS brings with it a bit of all the latest versions. Then, based on personal opinion alone, it's going to feel particularly comfortable. And true to those lines - it's free.
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