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Windows 10 was introduced in 2015 and has become one of the most popular operating systems ever. New functionalities and a modern design have been introduced in this most recent version of Windows. But still many users do not dare to make the switch from the ‘outdated’ Windows 7. The question is whether Windows 10 is truly better than Windows 7. In this article the two Windows versions are compared with each other.


The design of Windows 7 and Windows 10 is clearly different, but both versions contain recognizable elements. The buttons in Windows 7 have more of a 3D shape and are shining. This is in contrast with many of the Windows 10 buttons that have a sleek and ‘flat’ design. However, not all buttons have this style in Windows 10. Especially within the Windows settings it is possible to spot the ‘outdated’ icons.

Many icons also have a different look in Windows 10 compared to Windows 7. Whether the icons have become more beautiful is mainly a matter of taste. All in all, Windows 10 looks more modern than Windows 7. Based on design, there is no true winner.


Performance is often improved in the latest Windows version. This is no different when switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The boot-time in Windows is faster than in Windows 7. The wake-up from hibernation time is also greatly improved in Windows 10. This can lead to speed improvements of no less than 7 seconds.

The way Windows 10 is compatible with different computer hardware has been greatly improved. Not only are applications running faster and do these programs work more smoothly. The power consumption on laptops with Windows 10 has also become more efficient.

The system requirements of Windows 10 are higher than those of Windows 7. However, this difference is marginal and Windows 10 requires just a bit more working memory. In terms of performance, Windows 10 is the obvious winner.

Start menu and search function

The location of the start menu is the same on both Windows 7 and Windows 10. However, the two menus are different from each other. To begin with, the previously mentioned graphic changes are noticeable. The Windows 10 start menu looks much more modern thanks to the updated icons.

The search function in the Windows 7 start menu works fine. Relevant applications are easily found, and the computer user has quick access to the apps in this menu. Nevertheless, Windows 10 has made improvements. Via the search bar it is now also possible to search online. Furthermore, the start menu in Windows 10 has added the function to display headlines of the most recent news items.

Although both start menus work intuitively and quickly, the menu in Windows 10 has more functionalities. The winner of this round is Windows 10.


Computers with Windows are regularly used to play games. In general, games on Windows 7 and Windows 10 perform almost the same. However, there is one major difference: the presence of DirectX 12 on Windows 10.

DirectX 12 ensures that the graphics card and the processor are less loaded during gaming. DirectX 12 deals better with data calculations. This makes games visually more attractive without the need to purchase new hardware.

Both operating systems offer stability, excellent performance and have hardly any compatibility problems. Windows 7 only has DirectX 10, while the more modern DirectX 12 runs on machines with Windows 10. That is why Windows 10 is the obvious winner of this round.

Microsoft accounts and application

Microsoft wants to promote their own programs and apps via their operating system. This is clearly visible in the Windows 10 environment. To begin with, Windows 10 regularly asks if the user wants to create a Microsoft account. This account can then be linked to OneDrive, a personal calendar and an e-mail application. Windows 10 also offers the possibility to synchronize all this information on other devices.

Of course, this may be useful for some users. At the same time, many users experience it as annoying. The option exists to work on a Windows 10 machine without Microsoft account, but certain functionalities are then not available.

Lastly, advertising appears in the Windows 10 start menu or certain apps from Microsoft are recommended. This function can also be disabled, but this is not done automatically. Windows 7 is just more user-friendly in this area and is therefore the winner of this round.

Windows Updates

Computer security has become an important part of operating systems. Windows 10 has several advantages in terms of security options compared to Windows 7. An important advantage is related to Windows Updates. Windows 7 was introduced in 2009 and received basic support with security updates until 2015. In 2020, Microsoft will even completely cancel the security support of Windows 7.

Windows 10 will be supported much longer by Microsoft. Only in 2026 Microsoft will stop the support for Windows 10. This makes it more secure for a longer period of time to work in a Windows 10 environment. Discovered security leaks can be solved faster and Windows 10 computers are better protected against recently developed computer viruses.

Another advantage of Windows 10 is the presence of Windows Defender. The built-in antivirus software from Microsoft protects the Windows 10 computer or laptop against the latest viruses and spyware.

Windows 7 was relatively safe for many years. However, when the support from Microsoft stops, online criminals have it much easier to develop malicious software. Windows 10 is supported for many years and with Windows Defender is an excellent virus fighter. Windows 10 is the clear winner of this round.

Which operating system is better: Windows 7 or Windows 10?

For years, Windows 7 was an excellent operating system. It is without reason that Windows 7 has become the most used operating system in the world. The operating system is stable, reliable and relatively user-friendly. Nevertheless, an upgrade to Windows 10 offers numerous advantages. Especially in terms of security, performance and functionalities, Windows 10 is better than Windows 7. Moreover, Windows 10 looks more modern and is more future-oriented.

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