📅 September 10, 2019•
⏱️4 min read
Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but extended support won’t end until January 14, 2020. So it’s not a good news for Windows 7 users, 34% PC powered by Windows 7 today that’s make 2nd most popular OS after WIndows 10. There are lots of people asking themself Why should i use Windows 7 in 2019. We did a face to face Comparison with Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Early on in 2015 Windows 7 was superior to Windows 10 but not by a wide margin. It was a mature operating system that ran software well, in a predictable manner and was more stable than Windows 10.
Fast forward 3 years. It’s 2018. Windows 10 is overall better than Windows 7. Yes, Windows 10 does have some distinct flaws but they’re not show-stopping flaws.
#1. The update mechanism is smoother and more robust than in Windows 7. Far, far, far fewer updates have caused me corruption or incompatibility problems under Windows 10 than under Windows 7.
The updates mechanism does have an Achilles heel in that updates are forced on you and there is no way to prevent the installation of an update if you really don’t want it (this can cause problems in terms of compatibility with software or hardware). But, in recent months Microsoft has made an effort to ensure that updates aren’t as disruptive as they were in the early years of Windows 10.
#2. Stability. Right from the beginning Windows 10 was as stable as Windows 7. Now it’s distinctly more stable in terms of the dreaded BSOD.
#3. Windows 7 software runs well. What more can I say? Windows 10 does a great job of running Windows 7 software. Heck, it does a great job of running Windows 98 software! Backwards compatibility is impressive.
#1. Spying. Windows 10 spies on you all the time and you can’t disable it. Microsoft’s much vaunted privacy disclosures are as opaque as mud. I recall once trying to find out what Cortana information was used for and ended up going in a circle. The privacy disclosures disclosed nothing.
#2. Advertising. Windows 10 advertises IN THE OPERATING SYSTEM. It’s the ONLY modern OS that does. Your PERSONAL computer is one of the most intimate of all computing devices (now superseded by the smartphone). There are ads on the lock screen. There are ads in the Start menu. WTF?!?
Apple does not do that with any of its products, and, even Google, the company built on ads does not do that in its mobile operating system.
#3. Control Panel. Windows 7 never was anything special in terms of control compared to contemporary Apple products (contrary to popular belief Mac OS X was more open and transparent than Windows XP/Vista/7), but, it does offer distinctly more control over the experience than Windows 10. Many valuable settings have disappeared from the move to Windows 10’s Settings app.
#4. Choice. This isn’t a Windows 10 problem per se, it’s a consequence of UWP/Windows Store policy but it only affects Windows 10 (does anyone still use Windows 8?). You can get your browser in any color you want, as long as it’s black!
Chrome, FireFox and every other non-Microsoft browser are banned from the Windows Store. Windows 7 suffers from no such problem. Microsoft did not play favorites—harming customers in the process—with its own software in Windows 7 like it does in Windows 10!
#5. Interface stability. Windows 10 may be rock-solid stable for Windows 7 applications, but, try running UWP/Windows 10 applications and you’ll find lots of strange things happening. UWP/Windows 10 native apps are definitely not particularly mature.
#6. Interface. Windows 10-native applications are poorly designed and executed. They all feel like poor clones of iPad software (which themselves are limited compared to desktop versions of iPhoto/Photos and iMovie). Take a look at Photos or Movies in Windows. They are not at all pleasant to work with. Add in Paint 3D and you’ve got a recipe for mediocrity.
Of course, Windows 7 can’t even run UWP apps so it’s not an issue, but, sadly, some of Microsoft’s own apps (e.g. Photos, Movies) are UWP apps so you’re forced to use them :(.
Judging by the length of my list of cons for Windows 10 you’d think I like Windows 7.
To the contrary: despite the list of cons I am firmly of the opinion that Windows 10 is the superior operating system. I cannot think of a single usage scenario where I would recommend anyone install Windows 7 instead of Windows 10.
If you have a Windows 7 install that’s working for you in a static situation (e.g. you use Chrome for web, Office for productivity) then I honestly don’t see a particularly compelling reason to migrate to Windows 10. But, in nearly all other cases I would recommend migrating to Windows 10.
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