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Define 'beautiful'! If you're judging on looks alone then possibly not. If you're taking into account all the other good stuff then she'll do for me, given that Sandra probably couldn't win it two years in a row. But it is, after all, a matter of opinion. There exists no objective measure (nobody having launched more than a handful of ships in this day and age!)
I upgraded my personal Lenovo Laptop [i5, 8 GB RAM] (after taking a Clonezilla of it) from Windows 7 Pro and I hate it. It is my only Windows 10 machine which I need to keep especial now I am doing some MS IoT.
It is super slow; Windows Explorer crashes all the time; my Kaspersky, at the time, stopped working and I was forced to pay for the 2015 version which actually works with Windows 10.
If you wish to move to Windows 10, just do a fresh install if you can and that is probably the best.
FYI, I am an IT Manager and Windows 10 isn't officially approved for our environment yet.
If Win7/8.1 works for ya, you can probably stick with them for now.
I recently bought the latest and greatest Lenovo P70 workstation (64 GB of RAM!), and for this one, I honestly had to upgrade to Win10 due to the fact that my monitor is 4K. There was no Win8 option on my case, and Win7 doesn't handle 4K well at all.
When you upgrade to Win10, you'll have to do quite a bit of configuration tweaking to make it work to your liking, but it can certainly be done. One thing I hate A LOT about Win10 is the startup time - it's worse than Win8 on my previous laptop. So basically this laptop, should pretty much be at least 4X times my previous laptop in power, but doesn't really act like it.
I wish you the best of luck if you decide to "upgrade" (instead of a clean install).
All in all, win10 is nice, and at some point you will have to upgrade. But at this point, I don't see many advantages over win8.1, other than the UI looks a bit nicer.
-- Log Wizard - a Log Viewer that is easy and fun to use!
I am loving it!
Definitely better than W8(.1)
Windowed UWP App are a must!
As for W7, I think it's better too, but to be fair I haven't used W7 in a loooong time. But I seems to recall it was prone to degraded performance. Which W10 is not.
BTW, I upgraded my system (instead of clean install).
my only problem is that some app disappeared, including Windows Live Mail (now gave in using Outlook)
Other than that it didn't leave the system in a messy state at all.
I've got one machine that came with win10, and it convinced me not to "upgrade".
Let me know if you decide to do it, and I'll put together a list of tools that can get you back some of the functionality that they killed, while they were so busy making "improvements" that don't work.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I think this could be like words from the messiah for me.
I have my whole thing set up on W8.1 and it's pretty solid and 100% problem free. Everything is going smooth. I was thinking should I even consider moving to W10 with that luring blue color ads. I do have a bunch of spare machines. I'd better try it out there first.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy.
This is a combination of several of the tools I used (I had to find them one at a time, so I'm grumpy, now), perhaps my favourite being the ones that let you see where one window ends and the next begins, by giving you back title-bar colours for both active and inactive windows. Winaero - Free small and useful software for Windows[^]
It's pretty damned powerful, so I'd recommend setting up a dummy user account to try things out on, before committing the changes to your main account.