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Windows 10 has been available since 2015 and has become one of the most used operating systems in the world. This is not without reason. Windows 10 offers numerous advantages over Microsoft’s previous operating systems. But are there reasons why you should not upgrade to Windows 10? Read on and discover all the pros and cons of Windows 10!

The main advantages of Windows 10

1. Return of the start menu

The ‘well-known’ start menu is back in Windows 10, and that is good news! In Windows 8 the start menu suddenly disappeared, which caused a lot of disturbance. In Windows the start menu and the start button are back and work as you are used to in Windows 7. However, the start menu has been given a new and modern look. Because of this, working in Windows 10 feels familiar and modern.

2. System updates for a longer period

System updates regularly determine how long an operating system can still be used by the consumer. For example, the operating systems Windows XP and Windows Vista have been phased out and Microsoft is officially no longer offering any updates or extended support. For Windows 7 and Windows 8, the mainstream support has ended. This means, among other things, that no new functions are added to these operating systems.

With Windows 10 this problem does not exist yet. For example, Microsoft will provide mainstream support until October 2020. As expected, the extensive support will not end until 2025. You can enjoy the latest security updates and improvements within the Windows 10 environment for many years to come.

3. Excellent virus protection

With the arrival of Windows 10, the quality of the antivirus software has greatly improved. New and improved applications make it more difficult for malicious parties to infect Windows 10 computers with malicious software. Consider, for example, the new functionality Windows Hello. This allows the computer to be unlocked with a fingerprint, iris scanner or face recognition. This is more difficult to hack than a standard password.

Windows 10 can further encrypt files automatically when it notices that a computer has been infected with malicious software. This is done with the BitLocker encryption program. In addition, Windows Defender Antivirus is included and activated with every license of Windows 10. This advanced software protects your computer or laptop even better against digital threats: a clear improvement over previous Windows versions.

4. Addition of DirectX 12

An improvement within Windows 10 that will be especially welcomed by gamers is the implementation of DirectX 12. This allows the computer to deal more efficiently with the calculations that are performed during gaming. The processor and video card will greatly benefit from this within Windows 10. This ensures that computer games are graphically displayed in a brilliant way and that less power is used. DirectX 12 is not available on older versions of Windows.


5. Touch screen for hybrid devices

Are you using a hybrid device such as a Microsoft Surface tablet? Then the upgrade to Windows 10 is more than worth it. An exclusive touch-view is activated when the users use the touch screen. This makes it easy to switch between devices that have both a laptop mode and a tablet mode.

In tablet mode, even the start menu, the start button and the taskbar are available. These functionalities are customized so that they are easy to operate.

6. Full control over Windows 10

The Control Center of Windows 10 has been updated. Switching applications on and off is greatly simplified in Windows 10 compared to older operating systems. This allows you to decide for yourself which programs start automatically when the computer is switched on. Or switch off certain programs that you normally do not use.

System administrators within large organizations also benefit from these functionalities within Windows. This makes it easier to offer help at a distance. And specific applications can easily be removed or added to the user’s working environment.

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7. Lighter and faster operating system

A last important advantage of Windows 10 is the improved speed of the operating system. Not only does Windows 10 look more modern, it also functions much faster than older Windows versions. The operating system is more efficient and therefore requires less processing power from the hardware. The start-up time, time to load applications and the battery consumption on laptops have all improved compared to Windows 8 and other former iterations.

DIsadvantages of Windows 10

1. Possible privacy problems

A point of criticism on Windows 10 is the way the operating system deals with sensitive data of the user. Microsoft is mysterious about the user-data that is collected in Windows 10. It is known that there are analysis tools that track computer behavior. These applications are automatically installed in the standard installation and can be disabled during an advanced installation. The question remains however, which information Microsoft exactly collects and how they use this data.

2. Compatibility

Problems with the compatibility of software and hardware can be a reason to not switch to Windows 10. Especially older programs and games may no longer work on this latest operating system from Microsoft. Do you use certain (old) software intensively? Then first investigate whether the applications work in combination with Windows 10.

Microsoft has minimum and recommended system requirements online. View this to ensure that Windows 10 works correctly on your computer or laptop. It takes a lot of time and energy to find out after the installation of Windows 10 that things do not work anymore.

3. Lost applications

Windows Media Center enthusiasts might be slightly disappointed with Windows 10. This popular program is no longer available on Windows 10. Furthermore, there is no standard DVD player available after the installation process. Also Windows Photo Viewer is removed in this version. Of course, substitutes such as VLC exist and can be downloaded easily.

Whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10?

Some minor disadvantages are certainly attached to the latest operating system from Microsoft. However, these disadvantages of Windows 10 do not outweigh the advantages of this stunning operating system. Functionalities like virus protection, graphics and the speed have been greatly improved in comparison to previous Windows versions. As long as the hardware and software of your computer is compatible, an upgrade to Windows 10 is always the right choice.

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