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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       24 Jan 2015 #1

    Why would I change from Windows 7 to Windows 10


    I have now been playing around with the 10TP for quite a while. It is a nice system and with the latest January edition it seems to be pretty stable - although some of the OEMs seemed to not have caught up yet. But that is not a Microsoft problem.

    The question I ask myself is why would I give up W7 and go with W10 on my desktop. I have not yet discovered any facilities that would make me swing to W10. The Cortina voice I have switched off and I have no use for OneDrive in that form. What else is there that would be a strong incentive to switch ?? Opinions are very welcome.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 677
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       24 Jan 2015 #2

    Can`t beleive you opened this can of worms Wolfgang

    Excellent question though.
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Houston
    Posts : 1,394
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       24 Jan 2015 #3

    Dang sure is a good question and on the why part and Cortana/ Onedrive stuff/.....
    Settings wise it still seems scattered
    Changes require a restart which is annoying as hell
    Customizations is still very limited
    Spell check seems to leave the room every once in a while :/

    beta is still the term that should be used but obviously Microsoft is listening to the wrong people ?
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Texas
    Posts : 7,529
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       24 Jan 2015 #4

    You're asking about the preview edition. When it's finished it will be different. They will fix things for some peoples likes, and others wont like it.

    Some will hold out (Like XP users) but eventually you wont be supported any more. By then you will either take what is, or get something else.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2013
    Houston
    Posts : 1,394
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       24 Jan 2015 #5

    For me personally 10 is a great improvement from 8-8.1 and well worth upgrading that os imho
    7 not so much and it will take allot to show it's in anyway shape or form an improvement,
    1 basic would be to give back aero glass
    2 would be stop scattering settings around the control panel show have everything or nothing at all.
    3 start menu should have allot more customization options,
    An awesome improvement would be to have an easy way to change the start button
    That alone would get my attention
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       24 Jan 2015 #6

    I am really not talking about the nits and lice that are to be expected with a beta version. I am talking about functional content. The only app I have seen up to now that is better than what I have in W7 is the weather app. But that is the same in 8.1. As far as basic system functions go I could only identify Cortana and OneDrive. And those I would not use. So what else am I missing as an old fashioned desktop user.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Texas
    Posts : 7,529
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       24 Jan 2015 #7

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    For me personally 10 is a great improvement from 8-8.1 and well worth upgrading that os imho
    7 not so much and it will take allot to show it's in anyway shape or form an improvement,
    1 basic would be to give back aero glass
    2 would be stop scattering settings around the control panel show have everything or nothing at all.
    3 start menu should have allot more customization options,
    An awesome improvement would be to have an easy way to change the start button
    That alone would get my attention
    I completely agree in a way. What i mean is everyone wants the OS how they are comfortable with it, the way it used to be back in 7 or xp so to say.

    I totally felt that way before, and did not like W8 at first. Then I used it, figured things out and like it better than 7(8.1 that is, not 8).

    My idea, which I'm sure others already had is lets have a W10, with W7 mode(remember when we had that for xp) or is that a bad idea?

    I am content with 8.1 now, but I will move on to W10. Sure some things will bother me, but I will adapt
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  8. Joined : Aug 2014
    Florida
    Posts : 430
    W10 AU & W10 Insider
       24 Jan 2015 #8

    I am with you whs. The programs I am running, MS office, Quicken, all the AV/MW still function the same way they are in W7. At this late stage going thru 8, 8.1 and now this latest release, I find myself trying to figure out how to do really simple things, rather than do some productive? work. Some things I noticed, and do not understand, are like I have quicken 2015 on the task bar, when I select it, I get a message that says something like "I've got an app that can do that for you"?? Yet if I select quicken from the "all apps menu" the question does not come up and it goes rightly to quicken. The apps like quicken and MS office still have the red "X" in the upper right corner, W7 style, nothing like the w8/10 apps that just stay open. The windows key makes them go away. Speaking of "all apps", IMO, scrolling the long vertical list arranged in various ways irritates me. But I have noticed, nothing significant yet to make me change my W7 machine. My 8/8.1 I will change because I have been updating the releases on that machine ( I have a clone) to make it back if necessary. My 8.1 tablet will hold off a while until W10 final release, same with my w8.1 phone. I wish W10 had a windshield wiper on the screen that would take all that "metro" stuff off. :-)
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  9. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       24 Jan 2015 #9

    whs said: View Post
    The question I ask myself is why would I give up W7 and go with W10 on my desktop. I have not yet discovered any facilities that would make me swing to W10. The Cortina voice I have switched off and I have no use for OneDrive in that form. What else is there that would be a strong incentive to switch ?? Opinions are very welcome.

    That's the wrong question to be asking. When a new model car comes out, do you ask yourself "Why would I give up my current car to get this years model?" No. You just say, "those are nice features, wish I had them" and go one with your day until your car starts to break down or it gets old enough to be out of warranty or whatever reasons you have to buy a new car.

    The same is true for an OS for most people. There are people who always have to have the newest model. There are people who just get whatever is the latest when they're buying a new one (computer that is). There are people that have spent damn good money and will not give it up until it's driven into the ground.

    The question is, which are you?

    We still have not seen all the new features that Microsoft has planned for 10. So saying that it doesn't have anything you want at this point is premature. New releases will bring new features and by the time the release is out, you may well change your mind.

    As of right now, if you're using Windows 8 or 8.1, then it's a no brainer. You can think of 10 as 8.2 really, it's a progression along a path that started with 8 and it won't be complete in 10 either. So if you've moved to 8 you should probably move to 10 as well (especially since it will be a free upgrade in the first year).

    If you're on 7, well, here are a list of features that I find useful in 8-10 that are not in 7. You may not find them useful, or like them, but just because you don't find them useful doesn't mean others don't. Microsoft cannot appeal to everyone completely as it's a general purpose os. Some features will delight some and annoy others, that's just the way of things.

    * Windows Runtime Apps (WinRT.. ie Metro.. Modern.. Windows Store Apps, etc..). This is really the future of Windows, and eventually it will be the primary mode of Windows. You might as well get in on the ground floor rather than be a "Get off my Lawn API" holdout.

    * Storage Spaces - For some uses, like large media libraries, it totally beats RAID. Much easier to manage and use.
    * Task Manager - the new Task manager is awesome if you like control over your system
    * File History - Maintains versions of files so you can go back in time.. ala MacOS Time Machine (but not as pretty)
    * Windows To Go - Nuff said, if you like a USB bootable windows
    * Client Hyper-V - No need for third party virtual machine software
    * Virtual Desktops - At first this wasn't very usable, but it's getting more and more so..
    * Support for new hardware - Of course new hardware will only really be fully supported in the new OS, so stuff like NFC, Wireless projection, etc.. you won't find on Windows 7.
    * Faster, uses less memory, uses multiple cores better, uses SSD's better, etc.. (I love my 3 second boot times)

    I'm an early adopter.. I like to stay on the bleeding edge. In part, because i'm a software developer, and I need to develop on these systems to ensure compatibility. But also, I buy new hardware all the time, upgrade, and generally want my OS to take advantage of it.

    If you like your 2007 era Honda Civic, then by all means.. I'll wave to you as I pass you by
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  10. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,934
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       24 Jan 2015 #10

    Wow.. hard to answer but I'll take a stab .. Caveat,, My 2c.. YMMV..


    Case for keeping Win7:
    First off, Win7 is a very good OS and it just lets you get your work done with no muss or fuss so that's a big point for it, IMO. And for many that's all that they need or want. Getting work done.

    Second, since it's going to get security updates until 2020 there is no rush for anyone using it to upgrade.

    Third, and I think the most important is many users don't upgrade OS's. They just live with the one that came on the PC. Just look at the situation with Xp. Need I say more??

    Case for upgrading to Win10:
    First, given it's still in Tp it's a very good start to a new OS.

    Second, I for one like the new start menu and when we can switch to the start screen it's going to be perfect.

    Third, I like some are early adopters and given the price there is no reason not to upgrade. Also, I like the features it keeps from Win8.1. So it's a “win” “win” for me at least.

    Conclusion:
    For me at least I no longer have my copies of Win7. I gave them away to members of another forum I'm a member of to individuals that need it. So, right now I have a copy of Win8.1 only. I like it but the features of Win10 are far better for me. Now if I were using Win7, not an early adopter and I just wanted to get work done I would stick with Win7 for some time until the support ran out and then I would upgrade.

    Jeff..
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