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Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10

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91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Windows 10 is the ideal next step for Microsoft, bringing together the best elements of Windows 7 and 8. With new features like Cortana and Edge, extensive desktop interface refinements and Microsoft's free upgrade offer, it's a must-have for anyone who uses Windows.

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Pros
  • Brings together Microsoft's best desktop and touchscreen interfaces
  • Easy upgrade process
  • Cortana and Edge alone are worth upgrading
  • Changes to modern Windows apps finally makes them useful
Cons
  • No major changes beyond the traditional Windows desktop
  • Xbox One game streaming requires a robust network
  • Still not many worthwhile modern Windows apps yet
91 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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91
 

User Reviews

30
Benjamin
Worst OS of all time. Glitchy, randomly force updates, and has ruined two of...read more
60
FaisalDeeb.93
All is acceptable except one thing that bugs the hell out of my temper. When...read more
40
q238216231
Personally, I do not like Windows 10. I feel that I have far less control over...read more
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76
Average user Score
 
30
Benjamin
09.11.18
Worst OS of all time. Glitchy, randomly force updates, and has ruined two of my PC’s. Horribly inferior to 7 and 8.
 
60
FaisalDeeb.93
11.03.17
All is acceptable except one thing that bugs the hell out of my temper. When you say "update and shut down" why does it "shut down and update" instead? It takes more time after I turn my pc on than updating before shutting down. I already have had lifetime issues with time and my biggest phobia is losing time because of others' idiocracy or irresponsibilty. Being psychologically prepared to handle tons of work then being blocked by a blue screen stating "working on updates Dont turn off your pc" can literally affect my whole day mood. If you are obsessed with updates, try updating to the fixature of this useless issue that can really delay people's schedules and lives around the globe. On the other hand, there are some new features that made windows faster and easier, but was it a must to fix some things in exchange for ruining other ones? People can't excuse your blue screens for their ruined work schedules no matter how hard it took you to improve features. Thank you.
 
40
q238216231
10.17.17
Personally, I do not like Windows 10. I feel that I have far less control over it than I did with Win 7. It may be easy to use, but for the less able user it is hard to know how to configure the software not to share data you may not want to share as most of the programs are set to sharing by default. I have a brand new laptop but the 4GB RAM is no match for Win 10, so the device is rather slow. I also keep having all kinds of small issues with the internet not working and programs crashing that are clearly not hardware problems, so I keep having to reboot. What I dislike most though, is that all kinds of processes run in the background at all times, even ones of programs I have explicitly forbidding from starting up on their own, such as Outlook, which I have even uninstalled from my device. The other major issue I have is that I am no longer in control of when to update my device. Once there is a Microsoft update the device automatically downloads it and leaves me no choice but to install it when shutting down the computer next. I used to be able to chose what updates to download and install and when to do it on Win 7. Really not happy with that one as it choses the most inopportune times to do updates.
 
10
smccrowley8
03.21.17
The previous setup of having all open applets listed along the tab is no longer available, instead users are required to go to a window that lists the open windows. In addition to this, a bug exists where you cannot pull off a tab off of your browser to create new window.
 
70
Alexkhan
11.12.16
There is no doubt that Windows 10 is the best operating system of this present era. It has an amazing Edge Browser and much more. It has a bunch of valuable features such as Cortana integration and apps, and a lots more. One of my friends has a Surface tablet with a Surface Pen. And, she is truly able to do more and extra with it. In short, this is the most qualitative innovation by Microsft. At present, I am having a problem in selecting the best windows 10 promo code. Could you please help me? Thanks...
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04.29.16
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100
drmikedh
11.22.15
My first cheap cell phone was a Nokia, and despite some brief forays with Samsung and LG, my smarter, better, phones have all been Nokia. (and Symbian Belle is a great os). But when a larger screen became necessary, Nokia had gone to Windows phone. Thus, I soon had- and have- a 928. It is an excellent phone. My first computing class, in 1985, was on a PC, and I have never had reason to change. Flirted with Ubuntu, like the idea of linux,, but PC with Windows remained the workhorse. With Windows 10, Microsoft has linked phone and PC into a seamless ecosystem. In addition, the smaller footprint of Windows 10 compared to 7 seems to have given an anemic little Toshiba netbook I had regretted buying a new lease on life. The little machine now loads in a flash, and other machines load more quickly, if less dramatically improved. With Windows 10, Microsoft has provided phone buyers something they have not had- a reason to pick up a Windows phone. Now the tiles on a Windows phone screen will perfectly mirror the Windows 10 screen that appears when they turn on their pc, and the devices communicate seamlessly.
 
90
Arken
10.10.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
manojsree
09.25.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
thiel
08.23.15
EDIT: avoid Windows 10 if you're not willing or skilled enough to reinstall Windows after update damages it. I'm stuck in weird bootloop after last update. There are many reviews raving about how awesome Win10 is, but don't forget that at the end of the day, you're the one facing consequences after Win10 blows up in your face. Not the overly-enthusiastic reviewers.Before edit:I have updated my ZOTAC ZBOX AD02 from Win7 Home to Win10 through Update Utility of Win7. It's home PC mainly for the kids - mainly for surfing the net. The update alone was without any problems. Later I've found out that many people experienced problems during update because of Anti-Virus software installed on the machine. Luckily that's not my case. So far Win10 is running as good as Win7 did without any major improvements or issues.There are few minor things that need polishing though:- not all texts are translated to slovak language - but it's just a question of time- there still are some windows taken over from previous versions of Windows - for example properties of disk drive hasn't changed maybe since WinXP. I'm expecting that entire user interface with all the windows will be unified with no exceptions, until then Win10 simply isn't finished product.- Google Chrome is utterly slow on Win10, Inbox by Google is nearly useless. Google Inbox isn't supporting MS Edge at all, so you have to use other browser than Edge.- on Win7 after shutting down computer and switching it on, Win stopped on logon screen. Win 10 logs in last user (if there's no password for this user required). If you want to use other user you have to log out and then log in again with different user. Not good)- the new MIcrosoft Edge browser - while it's faster than Chrome, you can't import bookmarks from any other browser. Seriously MS? Why should I start using this when I can't even import my bookmarks?And there's one major thing that could and is stopping me from installing Win10 on any notebook pr PC used for work or containing important data - and it's pricing of Win10. So far many articles were published and MS has made many turns and twists. Until this topic will be 100% clear, I would wait.Also, after using utility to clean the C-Drive from useless system files, I have chosen to erase files where comment was saying that those files are safe to erase without serious consequences. Not the 25GB backup of previous system, the ca. 3,5GB of some temporary files. At the end of erasing suddenly window shows informing me that I'm erasing files important for future rollback to previous system version. What the hell?Anyway considering all the issues, it's too soon to call Win10 the "most refined desktop experience ever from Microsoft." or to recommend it "without any hesitation,". I would give MS 6 more months and we'll see. For now, Win10 is still work in progress.

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