Yep, that’s right… I’m one of the millions of people to be downloading Windows 10 today! I started the process at around 4pm when I downloaded the files necessary – then they installed – and then Windows 10 updated. 3 hours later, Windows 10 is installed and its lovely! <3
My laptop was installed with Windows 7 and so when I was offered a free upgrade to Windows 10, I was pretty excited. As I was growing up, I was always the one who dragged my heels when it came to upgrading OS. Windows 95, to Windows 98, to Windows ME, to Windows XP and so on. Everyone else in the household had the new version while I kicked and screamed and stayed with the old one – until there was something I couldn’t do and then I’d upgrade.
Now I’m the only one in the household who has upgraded to Windows 10 and I love it!
Curry’s recently posted about the Top 5 Innovations in Windows 10 and I want to honestly say that I haven’t tried any of these functions yet. Chris is desperate for me to try Cortana though. I have opened up the “Edge” and had a poke around but as I write this post, I’m still using Firefox.
So what’s new? To be honest since I didn’t come from Windows 9 (or even 8), I’m not entirely sure what I’m comparing it to. What I will say is that for the most part my desktop looks the same as it did before, except for the taskbar along the bottom.
Now that I can see this one, I don’t entirely remember what it looked like before, but I do know it wasn’t quite like this. On the right-hand side, majority of the icons look different, but are actually the same. On the left-hand side, some new icons have appeared that I didn’t have before.
There is a “windows” icon that opens the menu, a search, task view, Edge and Store. These are of course alongside my original icons such as Firefox and Paint Shop Pro. I haven’t really looked at them much yet, but the Store is basically comprised of apps, which at the moment seems weird to me as I’m only used to having those on my iPad and iPhone, not my computer. The Edge is of course the new browser, task view shows all the open applications and as I mentioned, the windows icon opens the menu.
This brings me onto the next thing that’s new and that’s the menu. Again I must clarify that I came from Windows 7 and nothing more recent, but the menu looks very different to how it was before and I think that might take some getting used to. I have had some working knowledge of the Windows 8/9 interface so luckily I’m not too daunted but either way it looks pretty and I’m looking forward to using it all.
So it’s 10pm and its really late to be playing around, but as of day one, so far so good. My laptop, where a little slow and grindy before, now seems to be coping well with the new OS and a lot faster than before. I look forward to spending a full day on my computer tomorrow and really testing it out but at this moment in time, Windows 10 has a big thumbs up from me!