Microsoft is making a lot of hullabaloo about Windows 10 even going so far as to offer Win10 at no cost to anybody using Windows 7 or Windows 8. Of course, just because something does not cost more money does not mean it is free. If you are using Windows 7, you should not upgrade. Here are 6 reasons why:

  1. Windows 7 respects your privacy; Windows 10 does not. If you do get Windows 10, make sure to read our guide to properly set up Windows 8/10. By default Win10 (and Windows 8.1) has anti-privacy settings enabled. It is not illegal but it certainly is immoral how much tracking companies are doing to us. In Windows 7, the search bar searched your programs, files, and settings only. Windows 8.1, the search bar searched Bing too but that could be disabled — although it does search Bing by default, another tracking feature. In Windows 10, the search bar searches Bing first then your programs, files, and settings. It shouldn’t search Bing or any other search engine ever, without exception.
  2. Windows 7 is beautiful. Windows 8 and Windows 10 made the flat, square look mandatory. It was optional in Windows 7. The most requested feature for Win10 was, not a start menu, but the return of the beautiful Windows 7 look called Aero. This feature was not returned.
  3. Windows 7 has a proper backup program; Windows 10 does not. Why anyone thought getting rid of a backup program was a good idea is beyond me.
  4. Windows 7 has a customizable start menu; Windows 10 does not. In fact, the Win10 start menu is just a mini version of that accursed mouse-unfriendly full-screen start screen of Windows 8. The entire purpose is, of course, to try and force you to buy your programs through Microsoft so that Microsoft can get their 30% cut.
  5. Windows 7 is easier to repair. To save 1/2 second, Windows 8 disabled many start-up repair features. The biggest was disabling the F8 option to get into a repair console or safe mode. The other problem was making next to impossible to get into the BIOS/UEFI console. If your Windows does not boot, it may unrepairable because of this.
  6. Windows 7 knows that tablets/smartphones are different than computers. Therefore, it doesn’t call programs “apps”. It doesn’t have a Microsoft app store that is put everywhere every update. (Okay, that is a hyperbole.) But the fact remains that Windows 7 knows different tools have different purposes. A lesson Microsoft forgot in their greed.