On July 29, 2015, the long-awaited release of the Windows 10 operating system took place. And since the system is distributed free of charge, this caused an unprecedented excitement. Moreover, the new product can be obtained without any extra hassle by simply installing the appropriate update on a computer with an existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system. About, how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free, we will talk in more detail below.
Since March 2015, many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have started to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 for themselves: they now have a special gadget icon on the taskbar “Get Windows 10“. Those who did not see this mini-application on their own, hurried to install it manually. As a result, on July 29, 2015, everyone who reserved a free upgrade to Windows 10 received the corresponding files on their computers and an offer to start installing them.
Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 after receiving this offer – as easy as pie… To do this, click on the “Get Windows 10” icon and follow the instructions of the setup wizard: wait for the updates to download and install. The procedure does not require your participation, but it can take quite a long time.
After installing the update and restarting your computer a few times in the process, Windows 10 is ready to go. Immediately you may not even notice significant changes, but later you will find a lot of interesting things in the updated system… What exactly?
Of course, this is primarily Microsoft Edge, which replaced Microsoft Explorer. The new browser allows you not only to search for information, but also to immediately go to work with it. For example, the feature of Microsoft Edge is the ability to write and take notes directly on web pages to share or save later. In addition, you can save the pages you like so that you can return to them later, even without an active Internet connection.
In Windows 10, you are greeted by a whole set of different built-in applications, such as Maps, Photos, Mail, Music, Movies and TV, etc. All applications work on both PC and mobile devices , while downloading applications from the updated Windows Store to the PC is supported.
For a more convenient organization of work on a PC or on a mobile device in the new Windows OS, it is proposed to create virtual desktops. Also, thanks to the Snap function, users of the “dozens” have the opportunity to open up to 4 applications on one screen at the same time and thus more efficiently use the screen space.
Voice assistant Cortana
In Windows 10, the Cortana voice assistant, familiar to Windows Phone 8.1 users, is also available for PCs. True, for now, only residents of some individual countries, for example, the United States, can test the assistant in action. Microsoft promises that this virtual assistant with elements of artificial intelligence will literally predict the user’s needs, will be able to maintain a conversation and even sing songs or tell jokes.
With Windows Hello, a device, be it a PC, mobile phone or tablet, can identify the owner using biometrics, thereby increasing security and usability. True, the use of the Windows Hello function is possible only with certain equipment, including a fingerprint scanner, an illuminated IR sensor.
Other features of Windows 10
The “dozen” have prepared many more novelties and interesting things. However, one cannot fail to notice that this barrel of honey has its own fly in the ointment. So, due to the increased load on Microsoft servers, not all users will be able to receive the update immediately, but due to lack of compatible drivers for some components, some users will have to wait until the developers release the corresponding drivers.
To spoil the rosy picture of using Windows 10 will also mandatory automatic updates system… In the top ten, you can neither cancel the installation of updates, nor postpone it until a more convenient time, nor in any way affect the updates. Users may not even suspect, for example, that updates are being installed on the computer / tablet / phone in the background. However, users still have the opportunity to “roll back” 1 update back.
Antivirus protection in the new system deserves special attention. The fact is that Security Essentials, a “native” anti-malware product from Microsoft, is incompatible with Windows 10, and when upgrading to “dozens”, Microsoft Security Essentials installed on a PC is simply removed. To replace it, the system is supplied by default with Windows Defender (Windows Defender).
So, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can be both exciting and frustrating. Of course, it is too early to draw final conclusions, because even after the official release of the system, the developers still have work to do. But it should be borne in mind that when upgrading to “ten”, there are still only within 1 month there will be an opportunity to return to the old system, and the very possibility of a free update will be valid only for a year – until July 29, 2016.