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Windows 10 isn’t perfect 5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Might Make You Switch to Linux 5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Might Make You Switch to Linux Despite Windows 10's huge takeup, there has been plenty of criticism for Microsoft's new everlasting operating system. Here are five top reasons why Windows 10 might irk you enough to make the switch to Linux. Read More , especially in the Home edition, and it’s almost cool to hate on Windows 10 7 False Claims About Windows 10 and the Truths Revealed 7 False Claims About Windows 10 and the Truths Revealed Are you confused about Windows 10? Many rumors and myths are going around and it's hard to tell between what's real and what's not. We have debunked false claims once and for all. Read More these days. But if those issues cause you to overlook the many lovable aspects of Windows 10 that could be making your life easier, then you may just be shooting yourself in the foot.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Windows 10 is going to be the very last version of the operating system Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More and Windows 7 support will eventually be discontinued, so unless you plan on switching to OS X or Linux Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Did you ever consider switching from Windows to Linux or Mac? The quick answer: if you're on Windows, stay on Windows—and don't worry about upgrading just yet. Here's why. Read More , you’ll have to upgrade sooner or later. (Microsoft will make sure of that 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 6 Microsoft Tactics to Make You Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft is keen to get you onto Windows 10 and they are pushing hard. We have summarized the tactics they are using to get you to upgrade to Windows 10 as quickly as possible. Read More .)

And as it turns out, most people actually love Windows 10. Over 60 percent say that their satisfaction is “favorable” or “very favorable”, while only 10 percent are in the “unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” camp. So let’s take a look at what Windows 10 does well.

1. Cast to Device

One of the least-known, yet coolest features in Windows 10 is the ability to stream media directly to another device by “casting” it over a wireless connection. Any device that supports the DLNA protocol What Is DLNA and Is It Still Used? What Is DLNA and Is It Still Used? DLNA was built for a world where local media was king. Read More can receive the cast, including smart TVs, PS3/PS4, and Xbox 360/One.

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Casting is really easy. Open File Explorer and browse to any media file (e.g. MP3, MP4, AVI, MKV, etc), right-click on the file, open the Cast to Device submenu, and select the receiving device. The device must be on the same network as your Windows 10 machine. No third-party hardware or software necessary.

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What’s even nicer is that you can select multiple files to cast, which creates a playlist. Feel free to add to, remove from, or even rearrange the playlist to your liking. You can also cast directly from Microsoft Edge if you have the November Update How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1511 Now How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1511 Now Can't seem to install the Windows 10 Fall Update? It wouldn't be the Microsoft we know and love, if there wasn't some kind of screw-up along the line. Let us help! Read More .

2. Battery Saver

A significant chunk of Windows 10 users are on laptops and tablets, which means battery life has never been as big a concern for Microsoft as it is now. Fortunately, Windows 10 makes life easier for portable users with its Battery Saver feature Can You Extend Battery Life with Windows 10 Battery Saver? Can You Extend Battery Life with Windows 10 Battery Saver? Working with Windows 10 and want to conserve your laptop's battery life? Check out Battery Saver to make sure you're getting the most out of every charge. Read More .

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In a nutshell, Battery Saver keeps some of the more resource-intensive background processes in Windows from operating at full power. It’s not a flawless solution, of course, but it’s surprisingly good and most users are happy with it, especially because you can control which apps are included or excluded.

And this is on top of the usual ways to improve battery life in Windows How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life Battery life is a pretty important factor for mobile devices. While Windows 10 does offer new features to manage power settings, the defaults are not necessarily contributing to optimal battery life. Time to change that. Read More , so if your device already lasts a long time between charges, Battery Saver will bump it up even more.

3. Continuum

Windows 10 is designed to be a one-size-fits-all operating system for desktops, laptops, and tablets. This would normally spell disaster due to the massive differences in how each of those devices are used, but Microsoft managed to bridge the gap with its Continuum feature Continuum: Switch Between Windows 10 Desktop & Tablet Mode Continuum: Switch Between Windows 10 Desktop & Tablet Mode Windows 10 recognizes your hardware and instantly chooses the best display mode. When you connect your Windows 10 Mobile to a larger screen, you'll get a PC-like experience. That's the smoothness of Continuum. Read More .

Here’s how it works: when a tablet has its external keyboard disconnected, Continuum will detect the change and switch to Tablet Mode for its interface. When the keyboard is plugged back in, it changes back to Desktop Mode. The transition back and forth is seamless and easy.

Continuum was always nice, but became really important after Microsoft debuted its Surface Book laptop Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft unveils Windows 10 devices, Twitter has its Moments, Facebook does a Doodle, Bob Dylan meets IBM's Watson, and Universal posts a trailer for Jaws 19. Read More that can disconnect and become a Surface Pro tablet at will.

4. Multiple Desktops

Virtual desktops have long been a key feature for productivity freaks 4 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Productivity 4 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Productivity With a few well-targeted changes, you can boost your productivity by leaps and bounds. Apply these simple methods to your life and the result is what you would expect -- better work with lesser effort. Read More and it’s unfortunate that Microsoft was so slow to join in on all the fun. The good news is that Windows 10 now officially supports virtual desktops with its Task View feature.

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You can access Task View by using the Win+Tab keyboard shortcut 13 Nifty "Windows Key" Tricks You Should Know By Now 13 Nifty "Windows Key" Tricks You Should Know By Now The Windows Key can be used to do a lot of neat things. Here are the most useful shortcuts that you should already be using. Read More , which shows all currently active windows. At the bottom right, you can click on New Desktop to create a new virtual desktop. Desktops are shown along the bottom in Task View and you can hover over a desktop to see its active windows.

You can also move windows between desktops by right-clicking on them. The taskbar stays the same between desktops, but the indicator for active windows is more subtle for windows that are open in another desktop. (Note that while this feature is awesome, the jury is out on whether multi-tasking is actually productive Single- vs. Multitasking: What's Best for Productivity? Single- vs. Multitasking: What's Best for Productivity? Multitasking is a common method to increase productivity. Turns out it's not necessarily the silver bullet for productivity. The key is to know when to multitask. Read More .)

5. Snap Assist

Snap Assist is a simple and easy-to-underestimate feature that might seem inconsequential in the big picture, but in terms of everyday usability, it makes Windows 10 much more convenient. In fact, for some people, it’s one of the more compelling reasons to get Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More at all.

Window snapping has been around since Vista days, but Windows 10 really beefs it up to the next level. Not only can you snap to the left and right in half-screen widths, but you can snap to any of the four quadrants. And if two windows are snapped together, resizing one will simultaneously resize the other.

6. Inactive Window Scrolling

Windows 10 has a tiny little feature that’s tucked away so well that most people aren’t even aware it exists: the ability to scroll windows even if those windows aren’t in focus.

It’s actually on by default, but if it’s not working for you, make sure it’s enabled by going to Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad and toggling the option labelled Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.

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How is this feature useful? Well, if you have a large monitor over 30 inches or you’re using a multiple monitor setup How to Be More Productive with Dual Monitors How to Be More Productive with Dual Monitors You need space for several documents, to get an overview and swiftly shift between tasks. What's true for your desk also applies to your virtual workspace. We show you how it matters. Read More , then this lets you browse a website, spreadsheet, etc. on one side while typing into a different application on the other. It may not be so useful if you have a small laptop, for example, and every window is always maximized.

7. Quick Access

One easy but effective way to customize and make Windows 10 more productive 10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10 10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10 Not all of Windows 10's default settings will float your boat. We show you all the possible ways to customize Windows 10 in a simple, step-by-step guide. Read More is to make extensive use of the Quick Access feature in File Explorer. It’s similar to Favorites in previous versions of Windows, yet more dynamic and more powerful.

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When Windows 10 detects that you access certain folders more often than others, it will automatically pin that folder to Quick Access Navigate Your Favorite Files Faster in Windows 10 with Quick Access Navigate Your Favorite Files Faster in Windows 10 with Quick Access File Explorer in Windows 10 introduces a subtle change: The Favorites bar is now Quick Access, which relies on data to show your most used folders first. And you can still pin or hide folders. Read More . The more often you use a folder, the higher it rises in the Quick Access hierarchy, and the less you use it, the lower it falls.

Or you can do it all manually, adding and removing folders by right-clicking on them and selecting Pin to Quick Access. Use the pins in File Explorer to keep them from shuffling around. You can also tweak Quick Access even further Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Windows 10 is full of secrets and surprises. Some new features are just not very well known, yet. Here are six tips for customizing your Windows 10 experience. Read More to make it suit your needs.

8. Improved Command Prompt

If you use the Command Prompt a lot, then you’ll love the new features in Windows 10, many of which have been a long time coming. It may not be as advanced as PowerShell or Linux’s Bash terminal, but the Command Prompt improvements in Windows 10 are a big step up.

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Notable features include tab cycling for auto-completion, transparent window background, dragging and dropping files and folders right into the command line, copying and pasting text right into the window, and toggling into a true fullscreen mode.

Never used the Command Prompt before? Get started with these easy commands for common tasks 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy Don't let the command prompt intimidate you. It's simpler and more useful than you expect. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with just a few keystrokes. Read More .

9. Action Center

One of the best features in Windows 10 7 Best & Worst Windows 10 Features 7 Best & Worst Windows 10 Features Was Windows XP your favorite operating system, too? Windows 8 made me switch to OS X. Windows 10 has been my homecoming and while some features are convincing, others still need work. Find out where... Read More is the new Action Center, which is like a dashboard for notifications, messages, and shortcuts for common actions. It slides in from the right and helps you stay organized as far as warnings and updates are concerned.

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Accessing the Action Center is as easy as hitting the Win+A keyboard shortcut 7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience 7 Quick Tips & Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience Windows 10 is more than an upgrade to Windows 8, it's an evolution. We've covered many of the big changes, but lots of minor things changed, too. Maybe we can teach you a new trick. Read More , and notable action shortcuts include Settings, Network, Quiet Hours, as well as toggles for Airplane Mode (useful for laptops) and Desktop/Tablet Mode (useful for tablets).

Depending on your system you may see other actions, like a Note shortcut for OneNote users. If you really don’t like the Action Center, you can always disable it by tweaking the Windows Registry 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features The registry editor is the only way to enable some of Windows 10's hidden features. Here we'll show you easy tweaks like enabling the dark theme or hiding folders. Read More .

10. Help System

The last thing we want to mention is the help that’s available in Windows 10 with the Cortana feature 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 Cortana can help you go hands-free on Windows 10. You can let her search your files and the web, make calculations, or pull up the weather forecast. Here we cover some of her cooler skills. Read More , which is surprisingly good when you know how to use it. She’s not just a gimmick, she’s a virtual assistant, and she’ll lend you aid as long as you ask for it.

To activate Cortana, you can either click the microphone icon in the taskbar or simply say, “Hey Cortana” (though this requires that you enable a particular setting How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More ). Once she’s listening, just ask her whatever you need and she’ll do her best to offer relevant results. She’s not perfect, but definitely worth using.

Several other ways to get Windows 10 help How You Can Get Help in Windows 10 How You Can Get Help in Windows 10 Need help with Windows 10? Here are the best ways to find the assistance that you require, whether it's with the operating system itself or any installed applications. Read More also exist, such as the Contact Support app that connects you to a Microsoft Answer Tech. But we recommend learning how to use Cortana Cortana Arrives on the Desktop & Here's What She Can Do for You Cortana Arrives on the Desktop & Here's What She Can Do for You Is Microsoft's intelligent digital assistant as competent on the Windows 10 desktop as she is on Windows Phone? Cortana has a lot of expectation on her shoulders. Let's see how she holds up. Read More and getting comfortable with her because she’ll come in handy more often than you expect.

Windows 10: Is It Good Enough?

Again, we’re not trying to turn a blind eye to the flaws in Windows 10. We know they’re there. For example, the entire Forced Updates fiasco Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More may be a big enough issue that you consider it a permanent dealbreaker. But we think Windows 10 has enough going for it that a black-and-white decision isn’t possible.

If you do decide to upgrade to Windows 10 Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Microsoft really wants to you upgrade to Windows 10. But should you? To help you make up your mind, we argue both the pro and the contra, and offer careful advice. How will you decide? Read More , just know that there are a few things you should keep in mind, such as the various reset/refresh options Should You Refresh, Reset, Restore, or Reinstall Windows? Should You Refresh, Reset, Restore, or Reinstall Windows? Ever wanted to reset Windows 7 without losing personal data? Between a factory reset and a reinstall, it was tough. Since Windows 8, we have two new options: Refresh and Reset. Which one is right... Read More , the changes to system maintenance Windows 10 Maintenance: What Has Changed & What You Need to Consider Windows 10 Maintenance: What Has Changed & What You Need to Consider In Windows 10, Microsoft seriously overhauled maintenance features. Especially Windows Update is causing some headache. We provide you with an overview of new settings and show you which third party tools you still need. Read More , and the numerous settings that you may want to tweak How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More .

Is Windows 10 good enough that we can overlook the bad parts? Or is it so bad that the good parts aren’t enough to redeem it? On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you personally like Windows 10? Tell us below!

  1. Larry Wayne Virden
    August 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Shouldn't the article reference to "PS3/PS3" be "PS3/PS4"?

    • Joel Lee
      August 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Ha, you're right. Fixed! Thanks Larry.

  2. Fotonut
    June 17, 2016 at 4:14 am

    I hate Windows 10 for the following reason. ALL of my photography software such as LR5 and PSP X7 run really s-l-o-w on Windows 10 as well as other glitches regarding pictures. I could not revert back to Windows 8.1 fast enough!! Until Windows 10 fixes this...I will NEVER switch again to Windows 10 again!

  3. Bent Mathiesen
    May 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Sorry - what can I say. I have upgrade 6 physical machines to windows 10 and a number of virtual and had all kind of problems. I feel like set back to windows 3.1. Sorry, but I have not found one single thing that work better or as good as in Windows 7, contrary, I have found many things that simple don't work anymore and issues during upgrade.

    • Joel Lee
      May 25, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Sorry to hear that, Bent. I really like Windows 10 but I can respect why you don't. Hopefully Microsoft improves on it over the next few years and you'll come to find it tolerable, if not enjoyable. :(

  4. Rann Xeroxx
    February 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Personally and professionally I like Windows 10. Its a good upgrade from Windows 8.1 (8 sucked) and less controversial than 8x. There are some aspects I dislike about it but the good outweigh the bad and I understand the "why"s behind them (forced update streams keeping all Windows 10 up to date and on the same ring version making support much easier).

    As far as stability, on systems designed for 8 or 10, I have not seen many issues at all and I have it running at home and work on about 50+ different hardware configurations. Heck, I have it running on a Windows to Go Kingston thumb drive off of an Intel NUC displaying on a 50" monitor. I have it on a Dell XPS 18" all-in-one tablet. I have it on my MBP 17" and a iMac 27", etc.

    One of the nicest things about 8 and 10 is the OneDrive roaming profiles sync. All my systems stay in sync. I like the factory reset as well. The new start menu is growing on me and I am using the tiles far more than I thought I would. 10 needs improvement but it works well as it.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:23 am

      That's pretty much how I feel: the good parts outweigh the bad. I feel the same about the new Start Menu, and I wish I could make more use of the roaming profiles but I only have one Windows 10 machine. Thanks for the thoughts, Rann! :)

  5. Ricardo
    February 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    This release (with all the loss of control and privacy problems) was the final push to make me come back to Linux as my day to day system.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:15 am

      Linux has a lot of pluses, so I hope you have a good time with the switch. Out of curiosity, which distro did you pick?

  6. Marq
    February 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Already got it, don't want it, don't need it, don't want it, don't need it, already got it, don't want it, don't need it, don't need it, don't need it. OK, anything else or am I cool now?

  7. Johnson
    February 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Appropriate comment: "so unless you plan on switching to OS X or Linux"
    Linux is looking better and better.

  8. KK
    February 9, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Maybe in 6 or so more months Win 10 will be decent but at this point Windows 8.1 is still the superior OS. Faster, more stable, no issues with any games, no forced broken updates like it happened with those Nvidia drivers last year that Windows Update kept installing and you could do nothing to stop it since they removed the option to choose which updates to install, no privacy issues, etc. but it happens every time. It always takes Microsoft a full year after the initial release of a new OS to make it be as stable and issues free as the prior one, Windows 8 was once inferior to Windows 7 too (not counting the start button thing).

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:14 am

      It's common to hear people say that Windows 7 > Windows 10, but this may be the first time I'm hearing that Windows 8.1 > Windows 10. That's really interesting. Anyway, your one-year estimate is probably on the mark. Thanks KK!

  9. OSXandLinuxLoveWin10
    February 9, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Windows 10 will be ready for release on September 1, 2016. Maybe.
    This beta tester edition (10586.71) sucks. Its so buggy you can open the back of the laptop and harvest fresh honey.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:13 am

      Haha, that's a funny analogy. Probably accurate with your estimate. We'll see!

  10. Chris B
    February 9, 2016 at 3:07 am

    It works fine for me. Not sure why people are complaining. I prefer the start menu of XP and Win7, but find myself using the search feature of the start menu in Win10 instead.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:13 am

      The Windows 10 search feature is definitely a step up. Maybe not as good as OS X's Spotlight, but I'm sure it will get there eventually. Thanks for sharing Chris. It's unusual to hear about someone who's content with Windows 10. :)

  11. Norm Acunis
    February 9, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Good Enough? Not by a long shot. Network performance especially since November update is not good. Calendar app is really unusable if you are trying to sync a google calendar. The Start menu is severely lacking and restricting, so for example, if I digitize music by artist, I cannot alphabetize their Groove tiles across the whole width of the screen. It cost me an extra license to activate after the Insider Program and Microsoft never even responded to my issue. It is a one way street as far as Microsoft is concerned.

    • Joel Lee
      February 12, 2016 at 3:11 am

      Those are all valid concerns, though I personally haven't had any issues with network performance even with the November update. I hope Microsoft listens to its users, but I'm not sure they will. Thanks for sharing, Norm!

  12. pierre
    February 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Windows 10: Is It Good Enough?

    NO.

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