What is your review of Microsoft Windows 10?
Im a very experienced developer on MSFT platforms having worked on them practically since Bill Gates was still living in his parents garage. Those who blindly bash Windows and everything MSFT does aren reasonable and often not rational IMHO (not referring to you though - I don know you). Their views are usually unfair unsound and biased for a host of reasons. If the world largest softwarepany with many of the world smartest people and billions of dollars spent developing Windows (over many years) can create an operating system that people like then what would they like. Do they really believe someone else can do it better. Who would that be exactly and what could they bring to bear on the situation that MSFT couldn. After countless billions spent and an army of experts who have worked on Windows for a generation now (including an enormous amount of ergonomic research) do users really believe someone has more money and even smarter people that can do it even better? Where do these smarter people exist and where will the moneye from. Sorry but anyone who thinks that Windows can be rewritten and it would magically trounce the current version doesn understand software development or itsplexities (including the need to maintain backwardspatibility with earlier versions of the same operating system and the inevitableplications that arise). Windows is almost as good as it gets for today technology. Future operating systems relying on quantumputing virtual reality etc. will do better but that technology is still in its infancy. That being said it doesn mean that Windows (Windows 1 specifically) is perfect couldn be improved in some ways or can be all things to all people. Obviously it can and people will about this and that and much of it will be according to their own personal likes and dislikes. You can never escape that for any product especially one with a user base the size of Windows. Overall however for whatever imperfections people will argue about Windows 1 is an excellent product by any reasonable definition. It well designed reasonably stable (perfectly stable is nearly impossible for any program its size) and does its job very well all things considered. You really can do much better no matter what anyone tells you. If I had to cite one significantt about it however (well two - forcing updates on people was a very bad idea) it isn about the interface itself but about its privacy. This is where MSFTpletely fails IMHO because the situation (lack of privacy) is by design. Customers should be able topletely disable the OS from sending *any* information back to MSFT but unfortunately we can. That MSFT own decision as apany of course and it ultimately their call presumably ged by their customer reactions though (many of them negative). People don have to use their OS if they don want to because of the privacy situation but in the real world there no viablepetition (for businesses in particular). Home users can always turn to Linux or Apple for instance but it not realistic for most businesses and even most home users (and Im not even clear what Apple privacy situation is). The ecosystem for desktopputing world wide is Windows and it very difficult to escape its influence. MSFT effectively has a monopoly on the desktop market and they know it. The privacy situation in Windows 1 however is widely disliked (often hated) by many people and I count myself among them.
How do I install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7?
Update 22 Well Microsoft has released a separate version that runs on Windows 7 and 8. Now you can just download and install it like any other program. Im keeping the original answer below You don't. It's simply impossible . Microsoft Edge is built entirely on the Universal App platform which was introduced in Windows 1. The platform is based on Windows 8's Windows Store platform formerly known as Metro so theorically it could be possible to port it to Windows 8 but you could only run it in full-screen mode just like every Windows Store app in Windows 8. However the Windows Store platform was created from scratch and had nothing to do with Wi2 framework which is used in previous versions of Windows. That makes it impossible to port such applications to previous versions without eitherpletely re-programming the whole interface (which would basically result in the same Internet Explorer that you already have) or porting the whole Universal App platform to Windows 7 - which would take a whole Microsoft team and several months worth of work.
Which is better: Windows 7 or 10?
I don use Windows much these days but if I do it still Windows 7. The reasons? Well tons of them. Ive tested Windows 1 and it gave me the first error within less than 1 minutes. And during a really special task too. I tried to open an image. This is something that has been working flawlessly for like 3 decades. Not on Windows 1 though. Turns out that was a sign of what was about toe with Windows 1. Obviously not the only problem found with Windows 1. Also obviously getting rid of it and sticking with Windows 7 was a good choice. But there are tons more reasons to stick with Windows 7 less privacy concerns less problems with upgrades even though Windows 7 had a lot of problems with that coincidentally since Windows 1 came up less overall problems. I can see questions on Windows 1 problems popping up here EVERY DAY! Unlike Windows 7. it has done the job reliable on my PC for more than 12 years reasonable arrangement of settings no Microsoft account necessary no ads inside the operating system has been developed in a time when developers cared more has been patched for 1 years never deleted user data without a reason lower CPU load better menu better backwardspatibility less annoying during installation lower load on the network upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 1 trashed my sister system I guess that enough for a start. Discontinuing upgrades is not reason enough to leave Windows 7. Microsoft has always had poor versions between. But Windows 8 didn do much for people and Windows 1 is a disaster. Having some problems can happen. But problems being reported almost every day after years deleting user data for no reason that not solid development. That junk. Just to have said it many people around me refused to use Linux for long time. Meanwhile they switch one after the other. My mother and her husband have been using Ubuntu for years. My mother husband politely declined to use Linux a number of times before the switch. My sister had trouble with her PC. Windows gave her a lot of trouble before and due to the issue was shot. Since Im the repair guy in the neighborhood she started using Arch Linux in the past weeks. Even though she had to switch to slower RAM her PC is still faster than it was with Windows. Her words not mine. My father was militantly against Linux and didn even want to hear about it. Last time I visted him around beginning December he said we are going to make one of his PCs a pure Linux PC now. My uncle for example has been using Windows for decades. I think it was Chrismas two years ago when I asked him and he said he tried Linux before and it not for him. We left it at that and never talked about it since. Christmas 219 he said he now going to switch to Linux because he won install Windows 1. That ain going to happen. So this is not about Linux. But Im mentioning this because Windows 1 gave many people a reason to find other options and alternatives and to switch to Linux. This is not necessarily about Linux. This is about Windows 1. According to statistics 16% users stuck with Windows 7 at least until Windows 7 support ended. Many others switched becaused they feared Windows 7 is not going to be working anymore. Tons of questions on the matter popped up before the Windows 7 support ended. And many of the last 16% are likely still using it. According to statistics Linux desktop users increased depending on the statistics you look at 144% to 333% since Windows 1 came up! To wrap this up here are votes pros and cons and ranking for best OS on Slantn Slant - 43 Best desktop OS as of 22 s~desktop-os Yes Windows 7 and Windows 1 are somewhere in this list. Find them and try to match that with your opinion. This is based on 16 votes. Look at the ranks of Windows 7 vs. Windows 1. Look at the numbers of upvotes vs. downvotes. Look at the number of pros and cons. Note 3 of (six) the cons for Windows 7 are about being outdated (for a discontinued OS?) and one con states that it is for typical PC users. Really? Is that so? Who else would it be for? Compare with the 35 cons of Windows 1 and ask yourself which ones are real concerns. Top con for Windows 7 it proprietary Really? Suprise! In fact for long time it was surprise Windows 7 being outdated. Just now Ive seen the non-free as top con for the first time. Top con for Windows 1 privacy concerns. Which one sounds more serious to you? Developers these days are all about making money and features. They are not concerned with the basics working anymore. Back in the day they cared about quality. Not today. Not overdoing perfection is one thing. Butpletely switching to not caring at all is a whole new problem. Take a look at polls where 9 out of 1 developers state they prefer to release it with errors and to correct them later. Well that what the users experience. Problems over problems over problems! Wee to Windows 1!
How does Windows 10 compare to the latest Linux versions for the typical computer user?
Since you mention Windows 1 specifically Im going to restrict this discussion to the desktop. The perception italic of the typical average and majority user of desktops is that Windows 1 is superior to OS and that both are superior to Linux. This is verified by user polling and market share. There are several reasons for this. Linux came to the desktop with nopelling story at a time when Windows due mostly to earlier illegal marketing practices by Microsoft dominated. People put effort into learning how to use systems and they will only abandon them if the new system offers an advantage topensate for having to learn how to use it. The single biggest reasons why Linux market share remains tiny is that it has never offered apelling advantage. italic The next reason is one user perception. It doesn matter what Linux fans think the perception italic of the majority of people who use desktopputers is that the applications available on Windows are better and that Windows systems are better supported. Linux applications are not seen to be as good as Windows applications. Linux driver support is not seen to be as good as Windows driver support. italic Et cetera. This perception is supported by the reality of market share. More money is spent developing applications for Windows than for Linux. More money is spent by hardware vendors to write drivers for and test and integrate Windows than for Linux. The final reason is that open source programs andmercial multiplatform programs almost always run as well on Windows as on Linux. Even before Windows subsystem for Linux open source provides wrote portable codes and Windows was sufficiently Posixpliant to run them. Even GNU Emacs over Stallman personal objections runs well enough on Windows. horizontal-rule Now I switch to my developer hat For typical users Windows is italic superior. I say that having spent 2 years developing Linux and 2 before that developing Unix. Hardware integration for a typical user is better. Hardware support for a typical user is better. Application used by a typical user are at least as good as but usually better. System administration requires less overhead from the user.
What is the difference between Windows 10, Windows 10 KN, Windows 10 N, and Windows 10 Single Language?
You can choose your version. Most users will approach Windows 1 or Windows 1 Single Language ISO. (Remember the KN and N versions are because of the media due to legal problems in South Korea and the European Commission on Human Rights since 24. It is better to miss.) Briefly about Windows 1 (N and KN) Additional Windows 1 editions specially destined for the EU Switzerland and South Korea (though South Korean editions have KN) have the letter N (for Not with Media Player) suffixed to their names (e.g. Windows 1 Enterprise N) and do not have media-related technologies like Windows Media Player or Camera. There are N editions for all Windows 1 versions except Mobile Mobile Enterprise and IoT Core. Microsoft was required to create the N editions of Windows after the European Commission ruled in 24 that it needed to provide a copy of Windows without Windows Media Player tied in. The costs of the N Editions are the same as the full versions as the Media Feature Pack can be downloaded without charge from Microsoft. Those editions lack at least the following functionalitycitation needed Play or create Audio CDs Video DVDs Create playlists View artist and title information of digital media files Transfer music to personal music players Internet Explorer does not include playback for Digital Rights Management (DRM) ordered-list It is possible to add the missing functionality with third-party software or with the Media Feature Pack Groove Music and Xbox Video from Microsoft. Windows 1 Home Windows 1 Home is designed for use in PCs tablets and 2-in-1 PCs. It includes all consumer-directed features and is the equivalent to basic Windows 8 8.1 Windows 7 Home Basic and Home needed In Windows 1 Home it is not possible to make changes to how the Windows Update works - it is automatic and one cannot choose which updates will be downloaded and installed. It is possible to postpone the restart of the system but after some time the system will restart on its own. By contrast the Windows Pro and Enterprise editions both have an option to postpone updatespletely which can be further customized so that the system will ask the user which updates they wish to download. Windows 1 Home however does not support this feature. Other restrictions include the inability to use remote desktop to access aputer that is running home edition (however one can remote desktop out of such a machine).citation needed Windows 1 Pro Windows 1 Pro isparable with Windows 8 Pro Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and Windows Vista Business and Ultimate. It builds on the Home edition and adds features essential for businesses and functionally equivalent to Windows 8.1 needed Windows 1 Enterprise Windows 1 Enterprise provides all the features of Windows 1 Pro with additional features to assist with IT-based organizations and is functionally equivalent to Windows 8.1 needed Windows 1 Enterprise LTSB Windows 1 Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) is similar to Windows 1 Enterprise but will not receive any feature updates givespanies more control over the update process and is the most stripped down edition of Windows 1 available. It lacks the following applications and featurescitation needed Store including most modern apps like Xbox Contacts etc. There are only four remaining modern apps Contact Support Search Settings and Windows Feedback It is also not possible to reinstall the Store Cortana Edge The following applications are replaced with their old counterpartcitation needed Modern Calculator is replaced with the original Windows 1 Education Windows 1 Education provides all Windows 1 Enterprise features designed for use in schools colleges and universities. It will be available with Microsoft's Academic Volume Licensing in a manner similar to Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Windows 1 Mobile Windows 1 Mobile is designed for smartphones and small tablets. It includes all basic consumer features including Continuum capability. It is the de facto successor of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT. Windows 1 Mobile Enterprise Windows 1 Mobile Enterprise provides all the features in Windows 1 Mobile with additional features to assist with IT-based organizations in a manner similar to Windows 8.1 Enterprise but optimized for mobile devices. Windows 1 IoT Enterprise Windows 1 IoT Mobile Enterprise Windows 1 IoT Core Windows 1 IoT Core is a version of Windows 1 designed specifically for use in small footprint low-cost devices and IoT scenarios. It is a rebranded version of Microsoft's earlier operating systems Windows Embedded. Windows 1 IoT Core Pro
Why is Linux so unfriendly?
As someone who has dabbled in Linux since the turn of the century I can tell you that it was very unfriendly at one time but isn today. The main reason people still perceive Linux as unfriendly is because most people have lived their whole life running Windows and some version of MacOS and probably did so on prebuiltputers. All they did was sit down and go. After a while you get used to the look and feel and how it works. This is why Microsoft faced a near-revolt when they dramatically changed the desktop paradigm in Windows 8 and then had to backtrack. You can buy prebuilt PC running Linux but that a niche market and most people who use Linux are enthusiasts who have the technical knowledge to install their own OS. Most people have never even installed Windows themselves let alone anything else. The first time I attempted Linux was around 21 with the old Mandrake distro that was then considered the most user-friendly. I was able to get it installed and running but it always had problems even though there was nothing all that unusual about my hardware configuration. The problems were just serious enough to make Mandrake not very much fun to use. Im sure that an experienced user could have fixed it but I wasn one and I really didn have the time in those days to devote to learning it myself. This was a recurring theme with me and Linux for several years. The first really useful distros for me were Puppy Linux (see above) which I used successfully in the 29311 time frame on several older machines and the now defunct Zen Mini derivative of PCLinuxOS which was ironically a fork of Mandrake in the same time frame. It was during this time that I for the first time booted into Linux by preference and considered switching over. However my job at the time required the use of Windows software and so I stayed on Windows XP switching to 7 in 21. However my laptop did switch to Linux as its primary OS in 213 and exclusively in 214. I switched to Linux as the primary OS on my desktop in October of 215 shortly after changing jobs. One recurring theme in the last decade is that people in the Linuxmunity are making a serious effort to make the OS more user-friendly. One great example I can give is when I handed my laptop to a 64-year-old friend of mine about a year ago. She was using an awful Windows Vista PC that was about a decade old. I handed my laptop to her running (at the time) Mint Cinnamon 17.3 She took to the laptop like a duck to water. In fact after a few minutes she asked me if this was the new Windows she heard about referring to Windows 1. I told her it was Linux to which her response was that stuff that Red Hat sells? (She lives about 1 miles from Red Hat headquarters.) I ended up building her a new desktop PC using the same configuration as mine with Mint Cinnamon and the Windows-based theme. She has never had a single issue with using it. The only thing I ever taught her was how to use Mint Update Manager. The Cinnamon desktop was self-explanatory to her. The problem wasn Linux it was awareness of Linux and having a version of it available to her which fit herfort zone as a decades-long Windows user. I facilitated things by building her a new PC and pre-installing Mint but that no different than if she bought a cheap box from Dell with pre-installed Windows. There are millions of people who could run Ubuntu Mint Manjaro or ElementaryOS today if it were provided to them and they never have a problem with using it. There are several reasons why this hasn happened. For one thing Windows is good enough for them and they may never have considered an alternative. For another theyre just not aware of Linux (even though they might run it every day in the form of Android) and even if they are they have no idea how to install it because theyve never installed their own OS on aputer before. And lastly even if they are aware of Linux it has a reputation as being difficult (as evidenced by your own question) because it was italic difficult for a very long time. That reputation will take a lot of time to go away.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10?
It is a major improvement from the touch-optimized Windows 8. Here are some of the major features of the new OS 1. The original desktop-style Start Menu is back in Windows 1. nThe Start Menu is a useful tool of Windows allowing users to easily accessmonly used apps and features. In Windows 8 it's experience was catered more to touch screens but now a more familiar and desktop friendly interface for it has returned. It nowbines both the beat of the traditional and metro features of Windows by including modern apps with updating live tiles with the traditional list of programs and folders. The Start Menu also has an optional translucent Aero look brought back by user request and can be customized with a nice range of colors. u2b n 2. Cortana Microsoft's digital assistant is heavily integrated into Windows 1. This is a very intelligent and useful tool that responds to both voicemands and input. As you begin a search Cortana automatically presents relevant information. For instance if you start typing the name of a restaurant Cortana will begin giving you it's location hours and more. It can also regularly show general info like weather and reminders and can even operate applications. u2b 3. Microsoft's Edge Browser is a large improvement over Internet Explorer. It loads pages quickly and easily with support for modern web standards. Edge also allows you directly annotate mark and note on Web pages for your reference and share your markings with others. This is a browser that canpete with others like Chrome and Safari. u2b u2b n4. Continuum allows Windows Phone users to easily pick up on whatever they left off on their Windows PC on their phone and vice versa. This is possible due to the new Universal nature of Windows which allows the OS to be more interconnected between desktop and mobile. As a result many apps will be able to seamlessly transition from one platform to another as similar to iCloud Drive and Reading List for OSX and iOS. n u2b n5. Windows 1 now runs DirectX12 which can help improve gaming performance. 6. Windows 1 can run Metro-style 8 Style Apps as regular desktop windows rather than as fullscreen mobile replications. On top of that many Metro Apps like Mail and Calendar are major revamps of the old versions are now actually pleasurable and convenient to use alongside normal desktop apps. u2b u2b 7. There is now a convenient action & notification center that effectively does its purpose displaying messages clearly -along with a mini control-center underneath that provides access tomonly used settings like WiFi and Bluetooth. 8. Windows 1 has support for multiple virtual desktops. For those who haven't heard of these or used these before virtual desktops essentially create multiple desktop environments or numerous copies of your desktop. Different desktops can hold different windows allowing users to divide desktops based on usage - i.e. one desktop can have all windows and apps open related to work purposes while another can be used to maintain all running entertainment applications. u2bn The bottom row of 4 screens represents four different virtual desktops thisputer is currently running. italic 9. The new OS allows users to multitask efficiently with easy quadrant window-snapping . A different window can be placed of the screen's four quadrants as shown below - u2b Windows can also be snapped two at a time side-by-side. 1. Windows 1 makes it very easy to assess hard drive space - it divides the storage space used into categories and can even display space occupied app by app for easy cleanup. n u2b 11. Windows 1 supports a biometric program called Windows Hello italic which whenbined with the appropriate hardware can use fingerprints iris scans and facial recognition to unlock theputer . Although probably not a widely usable feature quite yet it is still a great example of Microsoft's innovation. 12. Not very important to most users but for power users and programmers Command Prompt now supports Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste ! Those of you who use Command Prompt understand what a savior this is ) The overall UI and style of Windows 1 is amazingpared to old versions - it finally got a modern sleek look! Both the taskbar and Start Menu can be given a beautifully translucent appearance. Window borders and the taskbar are no longer obnoxiously basic and dated solid colors and windows themselves now display a pleasant little bounce or snap when minimized or maximized. Even minor things like folder icons and con menus have seen some long-needed aesthetic upgrades. horizontal-rule nWindows 1 was named so to show how distant and how much better the OS is from the poorly-received 8. It's Microsoft's last-ditch attempt to win back the love and loyalty of its customers. And looking at this new iteration of Windows I can confidently say it successfully has and will continue to do so! horizontal-rule n IMAGE CREDITS