Why choose Windows 10: After 10 years of honored career, even for Windows 7 the time has come to enjoy the well-deserved “retirement”: starting from January 14, 2020 , in fact, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for this version of its operating system and will no longer update it , not even for security reasons. This means that all current Windows 7 users, if they want to avoid ending up with a PC vulnerable to malware and hacker attacks, will have to upgrade to Windows 10 .
As you probably already know, Windows 10 is the most recent and modern version of Windows, which brings with it countless advantages: in addition to being actively updated and supported by Microsoft (therefore at the top, in terms of IT security), it is much faster than Windows 7 and facilitates user work thanks to a series of exclusive features and characteristics. Among these, it is worth mentioning the search bar integrated in the taskbar (for quick access to programs, files, settings and online resources), the Activity View panel (to find out immediately what has been worked on recently, without having to remember of course where the various files were saved), integration with OneDrive(to synchronize all data with the cloud) and the possibility of placing windows side by side , for a quick overview of all open applications.
In addition, Windows 10 takes advantage of the design and features of the most modern computers, providing full support for touch-screens , digital pens for writing and drawing on the screen and biometric scanning , for unlocking the PC with fingerprint or fingerprint scanning. face instead of entering the classic password. In short, if I were you I wouldn’t wait any longer: take a few minutes of free time, find out why choose Windows 10 and let me guide you in the “move” from the old to the new operating system. I assure you that everything will be much easier and faster than you imagine.
Why switch to Windows 10
Why it is important to switch to Windows 10 I already told you in the introductory lines of this guide; however I want to go deeper into the topic and help you clarify any points that may still be obscure to you.
We reiterate, first of all, what the end of support for Windows 7 means : starting from January 14, 2020 , Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for any problems, software updates, security updates or corrections for Windows 7. This means that your PC will continue to work but, without software and security updates, it will be more vulnerable to viruses and malware . To solve the problem, you need to switch to a recent and updated version of the operating system, i.e. Windows 10 .
I already know what you are thinking: you have been using your current computer for years and you are afraid of “jumping” to the new operating system, above all because you are afraid of not knowing how to use it and / or losing your data. Did I guess? Well, then know that your fears are unfounded!
Switching to Windows 10 is really a breeze, you can also bring all your data with you and you will not have the slightest difficulty in learning the new operating system features, which are all extremely useful and intuitive.
Then think about it: how many times have you complained about the slowness of your current computer? And what about its autonomy, now far from what it had in the first months of life, what about? By switching to Windows 10, you can enjoy a stable, fast system and you will have the opportunity to take advantage of all the comforts offered by the latest generation computers: compact and light format ; use of super fast SSDs instead of the classic mechanical disks, which make the startup of operating system and applications extremely quick; support for touch-screen and digital pen to interact with the screen using your fingers and write on the screen as if it were a piece of paper; biometric scan, to unlock your PC by fingerprint or face scan, and much more.
The synchronization with the cloud ( OneDrive ), the Cortana voice assistant and the quick search functions included in Windows 10 allow you to have your data always safe synchronized on all your devices and to quickly search for applications, documents and information on the Web.
Also noteworthy is the presence of the Microsoft Store , to download applications to the PC with a click (as is done on smartphones and tablets); that of a complete end-to-end security system with antivirus, firewall, Internet protections and much more, and the many functions related to productivity, such as Activity View that allows you to find out which documents and programs have been opened in the last 30 days and to quickly resume work on them.
In short, there are many reasons to choose Windows 10 and, in the next chapters, I will explain how to do it. Good continuation!
Windows 10 versions and requirements
Before going into detail in this guide and explaining how to switch to Windows 10, it seems right to tell you which versions of Windows 10 are commercially available and the hardware requirements necessary to run the operating system.
Let’s start by saying that there are three editions of Windows 10: Windows 10 Home , ideal for personal and family use and Windows 10 Pro (also declined in the Workstation version), which offers all the features of Windows 10 Home plus some features dedicated to the professional sphere, such as BitLocker, Remote Desktop and Domain addition. More info here .
All editions of the operating system share the same minimum requirements , which I report below.
- Processor: 1 GHz or higher.
- RAM: 1GB for Windows 10 32-bit or 2GB for Windows 10 64-bit.
- Disk space: 16GB for 32-bit Windows 10 or 20GB for 64-bit Windows 10.
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Screen: at least 800 x 600 pixels.
You can purchase your copy of Windows 10 directly from the Microsoft website or in all major electronics stores, both physical and online.
If you were wondering, it is not possible to update for free from Windows 7 to Windows 10 : at the launch of Windows 10, there was a free update offer but it expired on July 29, 2016.
How to switch to Windows 10
Without the aforementioned premises, I would say that we can roll up our sleeves and see how to switch to Windows 10 . I will guide you, therefore, in the process of backing up data on your current PC and then I will tell you how to choose your new computer with Windows 10 or how to update to Windows 10 what you have now.
In most cases, the purchase of a new PC is recommended, as the computers originally produced with Windows 7 use technologies from 10 years ago and therefore are now unsafe and performing, but obviously case-by-case assessments must be made . For more details, read on.
Whether you intend to buy a new PC with Windows 10 or to upgrade your current PC to the new version of the operating system, you must first make a backup of the data you have on Windows 7.
You basically have two ways to do this: backup your data on the cloud (therefore on the Internet) or perform a classic offline backup , on an external hard disk .
Personally, since Windows 10 integrates “standard” OneDrive , the Microsoft home cloud storage service (which offers 5GB of free space), I recommend you rely on the latter: in doing so, as soon as you log in with your Microsoft account on Windows 10, you will find all the files you had on Windows 7 on the new system.
Comfortable, right? Then get to work immediately! Provide immediate installation of OneDrive on your current PC and upload all the data of your interest to the cloud: the operation is disarming simplicity.
To begin with, connect to the OneDrive website and click on the Download button , to obtain the installation file of OneDrive. When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and wait a few moments, then fill in the login form by entering your Microsoft account data .
Once logged in, choose the location where to host the OneDrive folder, go ahead and select the folders to be synchronized on the cloud, for example Documents and Images , by placing a check mark next to their icons. Finally, go ahead and consult the information that is provided on the screen, to find out how to get the best out of OneDrive. In the meantime, the software will already be uploading the files to your cloud space (you can consult the synchronization status at any time, by calling OneDrive from the Windows notification area).
If any passage is not clear to you and / or you want more details on the operation of OneDrive, I invite you to consult the tutorial I have dedicated to the service and this page of the Microsoft site , which explains how to use OneDrive for the passage of data on Windows 10.
If, on the other hand, you want information on how to synchronize your browser’s favorites , consult the guide that I have dedicated to the matter.
Purchase a new PC
If you have chosen to switch to a new PC with Windows 10 , you just have to analyze the various models on the market, choose the one that best suits your needs and proceed with the purchase. Fortunately, there are computers for all budgets and numerous stores, both physical and online, from which to buy them.
For example, Unieuro on its official website (also available as an app for Android and iOS / iPadOS ), offers a large selection of notebooks with Windows 10 and desktop PCs with Windows 10 that can be filtered according to various criteria: price , brand , HDD / SDD capacity , RAM , graphics card brand , processor , wireless etc. Just select the options of your interest in the left sidebar and, in a few moments, the list of products corresponding to the preferences set is provided.
To proceed with the purchase, just select a product, click on the Add to cart button , after which you must indicate the preferences relating to the guarantee (if available), press the Go to checkout button and complete the order, by logging into your account (or creating your own a new one). For payment, credit and debit cards from the VISA and MasterCard circuits , PayPal and Apple Pay accounts are accepted .
If you need a hand in choosing your new PC, I invite you to consult my guides on how to choose a notebook and how to choose a desktop PC . And if you need targeted advice on the models to consider, you can consult my buying guides dedicated to notebooks and desktop PCs .
Update your PC
If your PC is capable of running Windows 10, you can switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 by performing an update or a clean installation of the operating system.
As easy to understand, the update procedure allows you to install Windows 10 on Windows 7 keeping the data in place; clean installation, on the other hand, involves the complete erasure of the data on the disk and the installation of the operating system from scratch.
In both cases, to proceed, you can rely on Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool : a free software that allows you to download the ISO image of Windows 10 from the Internet and install it directly on your computer or copy it to a USB stick or DVD.
To get the tool in question, connect to the Microsoft website and click on the Download tool button . When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, wait a few moments and accept the conditions of use of the software; then choose whether to update the PC or create support for the installation of Windows 10 , go ahead and follow the instructions on the screen.
For more detailed instructions on how to update Windows 7 to Windows 10 , consult the guide that I have dedicated to the topic.
For more information
If you want more information on Windows 10, and more specifically on the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I highly recommend you consult the Microsoft and Unieuro websites , where you can find all the answers to your questions.
Another page that I recommend you visit is the one called Microsoft Tips , which hosts, in fact, a series of tips that the Colossus of Redmond offers regarding various products, including Windows 10 . To view the suggestions relating to a specific product, all you have to do is locate it and click on the xx suggestions item under its name: you will find so many useful ideas to start your work with Windows 10, Office 365 and other Microsoft-branded solutions.