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Windows 10, Windows 8 & Windows 7 in large comparison

Michael Rupp, Panagiotis Kolokythas

Is it worth switching to Windows 10? We compare the new Windows 10 with the two previous versions.

EnlargeWindows 10 compares favorably with 7 and 8.1.

Windows 8 was certainly one of the most ambitious Windows versions of all time, but ultimately fell short of expectations. Microsoft's attempt to extend the supremacy of operating systems to mobile devices with a new interface failed not only because of the superiority of Google Android and Apple iOS, but above all because of the half-baked operating concept with its confusing juxtaposition of classic desktop and tile surface.

The Windows app store was not able to impress most users either. Due to the clearly audible criticism, Windows chief developer Steven Sinofsky lost his job, and then Microsoft tried to make up for some of the worst mistakes with version 8.1. Nevertheless, the group has not yet been able to finally reconcile its users.

But the company is not giving up. With Windows 10, she continues on the path she has taken and continues to try to create a single, usable surface for PCs and mobile devices, which has also succeeded surprisingly well in many points. However, it is not only the user interface that counts for users, but also points such as functionality, performance and security when it comes to the question of whether they should stick with their old Windows or upgrade to the new one.

A first major update followed in November 2015. This updated Windows 10 Build 10240, released on July 29, 2015, to Windows 10 Version 1511 (Build 10586). With the November update, Microsoft not only added a new activation routine and, in addition to many minor bug fixes, also donated some new functions and interesting improvements to the operating system.

The number of Windows 10 users has grown to 350 million worldwide within one year. Since August 2, 2016, the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 has been delivered in waves, which adds many new features and improvements to the operating system for its one-year birthday. Above all, user feedback is taken into account.

Windows 10 Creators Update will be released in spring 2017

In spring 2017, the next big update will appear with Windows 10 Creators Update, which will have Paint 3D and many, many other innovations on board. The update will primarily be aimed at users who want to be creative on the PC or who like to play on the PC.

By the way: Microsoft plans to release two major updates per year.

Reading tip: Windows 10 in the test

Is it worth switching to Windows 10? In this article we compare Windows 10 with its predecessors 8.x and 7 and provide you with an answer to this question.

I'm using Windows XP - should I switch to Windows 10?

Yes! However, a direct upgrade is not possible. So you have to completely reinstall the operating system. There are a few things to consider, which we explain here in this post. However, it is important to check beforehand whether the computer meets the system requirements for Windows 10 at all. As for security, Windows XP is completely out of date. It is better to change the computer (if an upgrade is not possible) or rather to switch to Linux.

Switching to Windows 10 doesn't have to be expensive. The full versions cost a lot, but the OEM versions of Windows 10 are also available for little money, as a look at the PC-WELT price comparison shows.

I'm using Windows Vista - should I switch to Windows 10?

At least Windows Vista will receive security updates until April 2017, otherwise the same applies as for Windows XP. A computer that was purchased with Vista should also be more suitable for switching to Windows 10. But that should also be checked beforehand.

Windows 7 or Windows 10: I'm using Windows 7 - should I switch to Windows 10?

There aren't many reasons to stick with Windows 7. At most if you absolutely want to continue using Windows Media Center, which was deleted with Windows 10, but even for this there are numerous and sometimes better alternatives. It was understandable that many users had rejected the switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (keyword: tile surface), although Windows 8.1 brought many improvements. Windows 10 actually contains the best of Windows 7 and many other advantages, which we will discuss in detail in the rest of the article. So it is worthwhile to access the free upgrade.

High software or hardware compatibility problems could speak against an upgrade. For example, Office 2003 cannot run on Windows 10. Likewise applications that require the "XP mode" of Windows 7. Older hardware could also cause problems. It is worth checking the compatibility of the hardware with Windows 10 in advance.

I'm using Windows 8 / 8.1 - should I switch to Windows 10?

Yes. As with Windows 7, you might be very attached to Windows Media Center and therefore not want to upgrade. Or that it bothers you that it is not possible in Windows 10 Home to decide for yourself when Windows Update may become active .

After switching to Windows 10, some manual work is also required with the data protection settings. Otherwise, Windows 10 is superior in all respects. But read for yourself :

Operation: Microsoft has listened to the criticism of Windows 8

The most common criticism when Windows 8 appeared was the lack of a start menu. Microsoft had unceremoniously built in the tile surface designed for mobile devices as a kind of replacement, but that didn't really satisfy anyone. Many users are still using Windows 7, the last Windows with the classic desktop interface. With Windows 8.1 at least the start button came back, which presents a rudimentary menu after a right click on the Windows button.