Many people, including myself, believe that this is the best operating system that Microsoft has released so far. I think this free upgrade–with the right optimizations–can extend the usable life of your old computer by years and allow you to put off making the purchase of a new pc. Not to mention that there are several new features. Here are a few of the bigger benefits:
The operating system loads very quickly. Even on a computer with a limited processor and RAM. My Samsung Netbook with Intel Atom 1.67 GHz processor and 2.0 GB of RAM was practically useless when running Windows 7 Starter Edition. I could barely access the web and there were frequent crashes. I had relegated its use to word processing only and was ready to scrap it.
Now that I have upgraded to Windows 10 and optimized the Windows 10 environment, I am able to do everything that I can do on a desktop. Windows 10 has completely revived my Samsung and I should now be able to use it for another 3 to 4 years before needing to buy its replacement.
Multiple Sign-in options
You can link a Microsoft account to your computer running Windows 10 or you can sign in with an account that is local to your pc. You can sign-in with a password, a PIN (a shorter 6 character password) or a picture (for those with touch screens).
You can create logins for family members to access your computer and control the content that they are allowed to access. Great for setting up young kids or a spouse with access to your computer.
Snap to Corners
This doesn’t sound like much but this is a huge deal for workflow and productivity.
I rarely have one window open at a time. I will often be working on one document while reading one of two others. The “Snap to Corners” feature allows you to snap a window to the left or right of the screen and you can also move a window to one of the four corners. This can all be done with the mouse but for real precision, hold the windows key and use the cursor buttons.
Customize the Start Menu
For those of you who are upgrading from Windows 8, the start menu is back and its better than ever.
You can pin app tiles to the Start grid and rearrange and resize those tiles so that you have easy access to the programs that you use most often. Also from the Start menu, you can pin to the task bar or uninstall apps you don’t use, with ease.
A Better Web Browser
Microsoft Edge is the new web browser for Windows 10 and it blows Internet Explorer to pieces. This is a proper modern browser than can compete with Chrome and Firefox. A couple of the more notable features included are the ability to annotate web pages and then save those annotations or share them, and and e-reader feature that allows for distraction free reading by getting rid of ads and letting you focus on the article that you are reading.