This week I decided to upgrade the Windows 7 laptop to Windows 10. (Next week I will upgrade the Windows 8.1 laptop to Windows 10).
I generally use Linux full time at home but the rest of my family like to use Windows and it helps me to have Windows computers available when I am writing guides showing new users how to create Linux USB drives and how to dual boot Linux with Windows.
Before I start I want to assure any Windows users reading this article that this isn't designed as a Microsoft bashing article and there will be an equal amount of positive and negative comments. I try to keep my reviews constructive.
At the end of the day it is important to remember that lots of people have put a lot of hard work into creating the operating systems and software that we use and so calling something rubbish just because we want to be a fan boy of one or other operating system is largely pointless.
So here we go then, The Everyday Linux User Review Of Windows 10.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have been given the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free via the update facility.
I have a terrible internet connection and I know that I am not the only person in the world that is going to have issues with downloading a file 4 gigabytes in size.
Downloading 4 gigabytes on my computer would be an overnight job. If you don't live in a major city or town this is a common issue.
As well as slow internet connections some people will also have download limits with their broadband.
Getting Windows 10 for free for some users is going to be a fairly tricky affair.
I am lucky enough to have in my possession a genuine Microsoft Windows 10 USB drive with a valid key. Lucky if you can consider spending £99 in Currys fortunate. Yes this article has already cost me just short of £100.
The luxury of having the USB drive is that I can go for a completely clean installation and I always have that pen drive to fall back on if something goes wrong. Those of you who upgrade will need to create a system restore and through experience I can tell you this doesn't always go well. I would always recommend a third party tool over Microsoft's built in one.
The installation was a straight forward affair. Insert the USB drive, choose whether to upgrade or install fresh, choose which disk to put it on and let it go.
The amount of time it takes to install Windows 10 is a fair bit longer than most Linux distributions but hey, 99 smackeroonies, I am going to get quite a bit for that aren't I?
After the main installation you get to choose a network to connect to and updates are installed to bring you up to date. You then get to log in using your Microsoft Online password. If you have another Windows computer, an XBOX or Windows phone then you will already have one of these.
That is pretty much it. Windows 10 booted up and away I went.
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Other than the menu system changing to be a more visual affair there isn't much difference for Windows 7 users other than some grand new features.
The best features of Windows 8 and 8.1 remain which includes the powerful search system. You can simply press the Windows key and start typing and the thing you are searching for is returned almost instantly.
The search feature looks everywhere for its results including the local computer and if nothing is available then the web becomes active.
This brings me on to the bit that Microsoft has been advertising so heavily about on television over the past few months. Cortana.