By now you should have noticed the little white Windows icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen by the date and time. It’s there because Microsoft has decided to give away its latest Operating System Windows 10 to all legitimately licensed computers with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, and you’re eligible for the free upgrade. But should you do it? That’s definitely something you’re going to have to decide, so I thought I’d share about my 48 hours with Windows 10.
Windows 10 was released to the public just 6 days ago, and over all the reactions seem to be… Positive. I personally installed it right away on my business laptop using the free upgrade that showed up in the lower right hand system tray. The upgrade process went really smooth. It took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. Almost all of my programs are still working, I did have a problem with my old HP OfficeJet 6800’s software but the printer still worked and downloading the updated driver software from the HP website fixed the issue. All of my printers were still there and printed just fine. The computer booted and rebooted without any problems, so it’s functionally still a very usable computer.
Look and feel
It still has the same trusty Desktop area and software opens on the Desktop just like we’re used to. The Start Menu is back in kind of a mix between the early Windows Start Menu and the Windows 8.1 Metro Live Tiles.
One thing I really like about Windows 10’s appearance is when my laptop is docked and I’m using dual monitors, I get two different Desktop backgrounds (Wallpapers). That’s a neat improvement for someone like me that likes to get beautiful scenic backgrounds from sites like Interfacelift.com.
I don’t like my Operating Systems built-in search being married to Bing, and the integrated assistant Cortana will only use Bing, for now. I tried using Bing at the beginning of the year, but it just didn’t give me as accurate a result as Google.
I’ve never been a fan of an Operating System upgrade. While this upgrade was really easy and nothing really broke, when you upgrade you take the quirks of your last OS with you into the new OS. So, yesterday morning I wiped the computer and installed Windows 10 fresh, and I have to say I can definitely see a performance improvement. Now that could be from all the Startup programs being cleaned out more than a true Windows 10 improvement, but that just reinforces why I like a fresh install.
I’ve also always been a user of the Aero Snap feature. It’s the only way to size windows when you’re trying to multitask. Windows 10 has a new improved Aero Snap that makes it a lot easier for two programs to share desktop real estate. Simply open the programs you want side-by-side, click and drag one window to the side of your monitor and it will show you the other windows you have open, then simply click on the other window you want to share the remaining space on your monitor. Very handy!
After you upgrade your computer to Windows 10 using the free upgrade you won’t need one of those long random character key to get your OS running again. This means should you have to wipe your computer clean, because of a virus or something, you don’t have to enter a Windows key to re-activate Windows.
Are you thinking of taking Microsoft up on the free Windows 10 upgrade? Have you already done it? What do you think? Let us know!