The Windows 10 Review for the Windows 7 User: Misses More than It Gets


Windows 10: Installation

There are two ways users can shift to Windows 10. The first option is by way of the compulsory update, which if you haven't received by now, will soon. However, those who are not yet willing to shift now or want to experience Windows 10 on a trial basis first have to go through the bootable USB method.  Since the update method is fairly automatic, I am going to assume you are the latter of the two. The first thing you will want to do is go to Disk Management and shrink an existing volume with spare capacity by around 30-50GB

Dualbooting Windows 10, an exercise in caution

Since the bootmanager and the active partition of a Windows 7 PC resides on a separate "System Reserved" drive, you don't need to worry about the MBR failing. The old Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool still works and can be used to write the ISO of Windows 10 onto any USB memory stick. The installation of Windows 10 is fairly straightforward from that point onwards. You will be greeted with the installation setup wizard and you can choose the Custom Setup option to write the OS onto the newly freed space.

After the installation completes, the OS will boot into the familiar UEFI bios of Windows 8 and and will ask you to choose between the two OS-es. At this point you will be greeted with the after-setup options. The first thing the setup will do is ask for your Hotmail or Live email address. This approach has both advantages and disadvantages. The obvious thought that came to my mind is that Microsoft is primarily budging users to shift to its client, however, as you will see further in the review, there is more to it than meets the eye.

Another downside is that in the case of a phishing attack on your Hotmail address or the installation of a keylogger on your device will lead to both platforms being compromised. The security features also now offer many alternatives such as pins, retina and face scans (seriously, although special hardware is required). The futuristic feeling of it aside, such measures are at this obviously gimmicks, since the security can still be overridden by a password.  So far, the windows is pretty much of what you would expect from a revised version of the windows  8 core code.