5 Tips to Cope with Windows 10

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Self PortraitCody Helscel
Blog writer & Web developer

Nowadays, you either love or hate Windows 10. Mostly I hear about how people don't like it. What can you do? Switch to a Mac or Chrome OS? One day Windows 7 will be phased out, only to make Windows 10 the standard for Windows-based computers. I’ve written five tips to help you cope with Windows 10.


Accept that Windows 7 will be gone one day

Like all software Microsoft releases, the good Windows 7 will be obsolete one day and possibly soon. In my estimation, Microsoft makes their operating system obsolete at five years and stops supporting it around 10 years. Let's accept the inevitable. Do you remember Windows XP? After 12 years, Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014.

If you don't need Windows, switch to Mac

Let's face it. You really only have two choices for the operating system in your computer (but learn about Chrome OS at points 4 and 5): Windows and Mac. How can you tell whether or not you need a Windows-based computer? First, you have to look at software you use daily. Macs have software written for it like Microsoft Office and QuickBooks, though you can use QuickBooks online now through a Web browser. If all the software you use can also be used on a Mac, then you should have no problem using Mac instead of Windows.
Consider, however, you’re probably stuck with Windows in your workplace. If you think you’ll have compatibility issues between your Mac home computer and your business’s workstation, then you may consult with an IT expert to check.

Understand that Windows 8 was much worse

Do you remember Windows Vista? How about Windows 8? I’m guessing you do. It’s said that every other version of Windows was poorly done. I’ve learned that Microsoft releases an operating system to test the market and get feedback. Additionally, Windows Vista was written from the ground up. It was “supposed” to have many improvements, and it probably did. People just couldn’t get over many of its weaknesses.
Windows 8 is the predecessor to Windows 10. First, it was Windows 8, then 8.1, then 10. Why did Microsoft skip version 9? My only answer is it is Microsoft. The primary flaw for users in Windows 8 (and 8.1) was the full-screen start menu. Microsoft started developing their systems to work on mobile devices, maybe alienating those of us who still need desktop computers. Next time you think about Windows 10, be thankful we’re out of Windows 8.

What can you do about it?

Will you be able to change the core system of Windows 10? Let’s say you don’t like the start menu. Go ahead, and change how it works and looks. That’s the problem with being stuck with something out of your control. It’s not like you have many choices when it comes to computer operating systems. You do, however, how three primary choices. And then there is the Chrome OS by Google. This operating system requires either the Chromebook or Chromebox.

You have 3 primary operating system choices, plus 1

I've already spilled the beans about the Chrome OS. That operating system is great for minimal business usage, such as word processing, storing documents and pictures. I saw a Realtor use a Chromebook for her business. The nice thing about these systems is they're actually quite inexpensive as they do not have a Microsoft-style licensing model.
The other operating systems available are: Windows, Mac and Linux. Most regular users aren’t at all familiar with Linux. Linux requires a special skill set, and it can take a while to learn. In order for it to catch on with the public, it will need to be made easier to use and more software vendors to make software for it.

We are now left with Windows and Mac. Windows-based computers seem to be used more in business because they’re less expensive than Macs and developing for Windows is easier. Macs, however, seem to be easier for people learn and have less problems than Windows. But they’re more expensive, and development is more difficult.

Coping with Windows 10 may not be easy, but it can be done with these five tips. Feel free to leave a comment or contact Tech Distress if you have other questions. Where is Microsoft headed with Windows? We’ll have experience the future as it comes.

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