15 Major Differences between Windows 10 and 7

By | July 11, 2020
Windows 10 came with innovative features, a
huge improvement on Windows 7

15 Major Differences between Windows 10 and 7

A lot has been happening in the information technology world. As new software and updates keeps been developed, old ones gradually become obsolete.

Just January this year, Microsoft announced that it will be ceasing all the support and update for Windows 7; this means that you will be at risk if you are still using the old operating system.

In this write up, we bring you some of the exciting differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7:

15 Major Differences between Windows 10 and 7

  1. Start menu

There is a mark difference between the start menu in Windows 10 and that of Windows 7.

The start menu icon in Windows 7 and 10 are different. Clicking the start menu on Windows 7 enables you to access programs, settings, and power options.

However, in Windows 10, clicking the start menu takes you to the new Windows menu.

  1. Locking your computer

To lock your computer in window 7, you need to click the arrow that is beside the log off button, but in Windows 10, you access the lock computer option by clicking user account option in start menu.

  1. Sleep/ shutting down/ restarting your computer

In Windows 7 all you need to do to access the option of sleep, restarting, and shutting down your computer is to click the arrow to the right of the log off button in the start menu, however, for Windows 10 you will need to click the power option in the start menu.

  1. Control panel

Clicking the control panel within the start menu will open the control panel and other settings to customize your computer in Windows 7, however, in Windows 10, you will click on the setting icon within the start menu which will open the Windows setting display for you to customize system settings.

  1. Logout option

In Windows 7, the log out option is located within the start menu, whereas in Windows 10, the log out option which has been renamed to sign out is located by clicking the user account option.

  1. Search bar

The search bar in Windows 7 is located within the start menu, and is used to search for programs and files on your computer system.

In Windows 10, the search bar is located outside the start menu and is represented by a magnifying glass icon.

  1. Improved search option

While Windows 7 examination button is restricted to searching files and programs within your computer system, search option in Windows 10 permits you to search for files and folders not only in your computer but also in the web in Windows app store.

  1. Cortana

The availability of the artificial intelligent powered Cortana is another important difference between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Cortana is available in Windows 10 and helps improve your general Windows experience through powerful virtual assistantship which is unavailable in Windows 7.

  1. Browser

In Windows 10 the name of the browser is Edge, with new exiting features such as image sharing.

However, Windows 7 is integrated with the Microsoft Internet explorer browser.

  1. Cloud storage with one drive

Windows 10 operating system makes cloud storage possible with the new one drive for business feature.

A central cloud storage hub for all your files means that you can easily share and access documents with your peers. This option is not available in Windows 7

  1. Enhanced security

Security is much more enhanced in Windows 10 than in Windows 7.

Windows 10 uses a much more powerfully enhanced security such as biometric authentication which is unavailable in Windows 7.

Windows 7 majorly relies on password and user name for login options. However, finger prints, Face Identity, etc. enhance security in Windows 10.

  1. Hands free technology

Windows 10 is equipped with artificial intelligent powered hands free technology tools that use the power of voice command to solve tasks for Windows.

For instance, you can type by taking to your computer in Windows 10 which is not achievable with Windows 7.

  1. Sign in using Microsoft account

With the power of one drive, you can sign into a different computer to access your files and folder online.

This means that you can easily access all your folders on the go with or without your computer system, and this is unavailable in Windows 7

  1. Restart and refresh options

A new exiting feature in Windows 10 that is a pain for most Windows 7 users is the easiness at which you can restart and reset the Windows 10 without losing your personal data and files. Before now, it’s always difficult to try and restore Windows without losing some of your personal data.

However, Windows 10 makes Windows refreshing and resetting much more easily.

  1. Scaling for screen sizes

Windows 10 makes it possible for you to use and cast your computer screen virtually on any screen size.

You can use your Windows 10 on a small Windows phone and on a giant inch screen with the powerful screen resolution and scaling available in Windows 10.


Windows 10 is the latest Windows operating system and as such is equipped with a lot more exciting features than the previous operating system like Windows 7.

Therefore, if you are using Windows 7, then the time has certainly come for an upgrade to Window 10.

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