Microsoft’s Windows 10: An Independent Review

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Windows-10-Technology-HD-Wide-WallpaperThe most obvious advancement seen in Microsoft’s latest operating system lies in its graphical user interface (GUI) with the re-introduction of the tiles interface originally seen on Windows 8 and is primarily a distinguishing feature which separates Windows apart from other existing operating systems, even on most older versions of Windows itself, namely Windows 7 or lower. Coming from Windows 8/8.1, you may get some familiarity with Windows 10 as much as the aesthetics is concerned.

However, if you are running Windows 10 in a desktop / laptop platform, the overall “feel” of the design being focused on its touchscreen functionality is significantly reduced, even relatively unused if the said platform does not have a touchscreen support. Designed with older hardware designs in mind, there is not a mouse and keyboard cannot do that touching on the screen can. Having a touchscreen is a unique experience with Windows 10, as initially experienced in Windows 8/8.1, but it is not required.

If you are a gamer and unaware of the happenings from within the latest operating system itself, then you are lucky to have upgraded to Windows 10 because of its embedded DirectX 12 support whereas Windows XP has only DirectX 10 and Windows 7 only has Direct 11. This means that any upcoming games to be released in PC that are designed with DirectX 12 in mind will experience the best graphics available to PC gaming to date so long as the platform is hardware-able.

On the other side, the Windows 10 operating system may not be a flawless experience to some after the operating system having retained some issues and bugs found in its test builds existent months before its official release.

Using a 4-year old Acer laptop originally pre-installed with Windows 7, I made a fresh install of Windows 10 to it to see how new Windows operating system would feel like once installed. Everything was fine and dandy on the first few reboots after going through sessions after sessions of installing needed software I commonly use back on Windows 7until after a certain boot up I hit on the start menu and nothing happens. Even the Windows Store and the Search function would not work.

The issue was also existent back in Windows 8, the very same issue I experienced has long been established for Windows 10 in its early test builds, even as early as late 2014. Although there are existing solutions to the problem however not simple, none worked with my case. Luckily, however, there exists an alternative method to circumnavigate the functions seen in the Start Menu which is a good reason to ignore the bug for now until fixed by Microsoft.

There are also reports of some experiencing software incompatibilities with Windows 10 once installed, which, luckily I only encountered once. Why this is so may be rooted deeper than what most end-users know about Windows 10 as an operating system, possibly as result of the deviation from the Windows XP-era system.

The Caveat

Days after having been officially release to the public, Windows 10 shaped up to be what Windows 7 plus 8/8.1 would have been as a merged system but not without its own flaws. Given its early stages upon its roll-out, this is something that is considered as normal as was the case among older versions of Window which Microsoft will be fixing in the coming days throughout its lifetime. At its core, however, Windows 10 may turn out to be a great contender to both Windows XP and Windows 7, which holds the most number of users within the home computing space, by encompassing what is inherently good in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and making a completely separate and new operating system.