Windows 10 is finished: ULTIMATE TECH NEWS has tested the version and also the red-hot beta for the update, which will come in November.
Microsoft is about everything: The company brought with Windows 7 a popular product on the market, which is deprecated but now. The sales figures of Windows 8 falter even in the smartphone market. Big hopes are pinned on Windows 10, it in seven versions are. Various innovations and especially the free distribution for users of Windows 7 and 8 to make the release the customer tasty. In practice test clears ULTIMATE TECH NEWS whether Windows 10 met expectations and how it proposes compared to its predecessors. So much in advance: When it comes to speed, it falls in part from strong. The new betas for upcoming major update in October testing ULTIMATE TECH NEWS and tells you what changes they bring and whether the good for something
- 1 Test version itself
- 2 So ran the installation
- 3 Retrofitting Missing Supplies
- 4 As fast as Windows 10
- 5 This makes the new Start menu
- 6 Good approach: Tablet mode
- 7 Virtual Desktops for more Overview
- 8 Fresh icons, new sounds
- 9 Professionals get their money
- 10 Language assistant hears every word
- 11 Windows Update no longer be deactivated
- 12 This makes the Edge Browser
- 13 Assessment: Windows 10
- 14 Downgrade: 30 days with Windows 10
Test version itself
Do you want to get an idea of dewy operating system itself? No problem! Download the 32- or 64-bit version of the ULTIMATE TECH NEWS download area and burn them onto a blank DVD. Set up the program then optionally on a second partition of the main PCs, alternatively on a test computer one. For Reinsurance are also suitable in the installation of a visualization software window, for example Virtual Box or VMW are Player. An alternative for Windows 10 Pro represents the installation within a VHD file – a middle ground between the test installation on a separate partition and a virtual machine. All details about the installation procedure can be found in a separate-counselor. As with Windows 8 is a registration not required – if desired ranges and offline account.
So ran the installation
ULTIMATE TECH NEWS tried Windows 10 in the 32 as 64-bit version. The first steps to set up similar to those of Windows 7 and 8 (.1): Press the PC reboot with the disc inserted any key, select desired partition, confirm, wait. Come for installing a notebook to use, there is a possibility to connect to a wireless network. Unlike Windows 8 the entered password for the router does not appear in plain text. The establishment took on a notebook with i3 processor (2.30 GHz) and 4 gigabytes of memory about 30 minutes. Difference in the details: The option Drive options (advanced) there is no longer that behind it hiding buttons to format or delete partitions shows the set-up routine without going on. As with earlier operating systems will find a folder called “Windows.old” when the new Windows installed on the partition of the old, without formatting. The directory contains a backup of the old operating system to clear the contents of the voluminous is recommended Disk Cleanup.
Retrofitting Missing Supplies
After installation, it appears that some functions are like to suffer cuts: Microsoft considers things like mini-applications, DVD playback, changing the engine’s default browser and much more do not seem to be necessary. ULTIMATE TECH NEWS lists tips and tools that can help – if possible. All recommended programs are free.
As fast as Windows 10
In general, the new operating system feels quite fast. In individual disciplines but it disappointed. So should provide the background for significant improvements pace during startup in Windows 7, the optimized technology – at least in theory. Windows 10 has – as Windows 8 – a Quick Start Mode: The system ends up no longer completely.Similar to the already longer known mode “hibernation” although load drivers at startup, but the so-called initialization of system components is omitted. The lab test of ULTIMATE TECH NEWS reveals, however, that Windows 10 is booting slower than its predecessors! While Windows 7 on an editorial notebook good 35 seconds needs Windows 8 estimated two seconds more, Windows 10 comes even at 49 seconds!
Soon, the pace of Windows 10 should, however, improve – the hardware manufacturers hone matching drivers. In large Windows-10 test in ULTIMATE TECH NEWS edition 17/2015 (publication date: August 1) for more speed measurements, for example, for speed in operation or when packing.
In the per-release versions of Windows 10 it sometimes stutters when you call the Start menu. Microsoft has dealt with the problem. Despite the transparency effects (as in Windows Vista / 7) From the Start menu, the operating element in the final version reacts faster than the immature betas. The revised menu is one of the main highlights: It combines a program overview in Windows 7 list form with the colorful tiles of Windows 8. You resize the Start menu by using the grab points on the edge. Whoever reclaims the tiles nothing, she throws out exception by releasing function of the context menu. Via Settings app or tablet mode switch the menu on request in the full-screen view – nice for fans of Windows 8 user interface. Also in this form of representation the Start menu is transparent. As with Windows 8 (.1) the shutdown option found under On / Off from the Start menu – at least the part A at that time not opened up. Similarly, the Windows 10-predecessors dive in the menu by default on options for shutdown, reboot and standby, but not for hibernation. This is – 7 and 8 (.1) as in Windows – by trick to switch on. It is nice that the Start menu from the bottom is flying upwards; animated are searches and resizing in the Start menu.
Good approach: Tablet mode
The automatic “Continuum” will detect whether PC or touch device are in use and optimize the operation accordingly. In the so-called tablet mode switch manually: on the list icon in the system tray (bottom right) and select the same entry. If the tablet mode is activated, the desktop along with the icons disappear. Window will appear in full-screen format – they can not be smaller. As with Windows 8 (.1) drag apps with the mouse from top to bottom to close it. Worth noting: This works even with classical programs such as Notepad or WordPad. The Start menu extends in tablet mode finger friendly over the entire display. The approach is good, the service of some other way of existing programs is used to.
Virtual Desktops for more Overview
If your monitor more out of space, help the virtual desktops: open on as many desktops independently programs. Clicking on the second icon from the left task bar (or Windows key and Tab) to open an overview, which allows you to create desktop – as well as transfers to other surfaces. Practical: Moving to another desktop software is not a problem.
Fresh icons, new sounds
Due to numerous user requests, Microsoft has installed new system sounds. Among other things, when the User Account Control displays a warning message – for example, before a program installation – now listen to a less obtrusive sound. Various symbols get a fresh coat of paint, including the Recycle Bin, the wireless network icon in the notification area, the Control Panel, the Network icon. The Quick Access folder in Explorer’s new, he adds the libraries and view this PC (similar to the XP workstation). The icons of the libraries appear modernized and system buttons – such as User Account Control. Classically, the memory indicator are in the drive properties: If you click while holding down the Alt key, double-click a partition, the system visualizes the relationship between free space and occupied memory in 2D instead of 3D view. Renewed round the programmers have the volume dialog: Instead of upward or downward drag a slider to the left or right. A pleasant novelty of prerelease 10130 Microsoft has removed: Here sounded when selecting an alternative system volume no annoying beep more. Den is the final version of again. Even Windows 7 and 8 were annoying them.
Professionals get their money
Those who deal in more detail with Windows, does sooner or later with the command line acquaintance. This one uses the PC solely or principally with the keyboard: Instead of using mouse clicks to work with keyboard shortcuts. The most important hotkeys supports command line for the first time: you quit the board means with Alt and F4, also inserting and copying text commands folds (Ctrl and C or Ctrl and V). Maximizing the input window is also possible earlier was cumbersome command w mic enter.
Language assistant hears every word
Very promising is the digital voice assistant Cortland who is already longer knows of Windows Phone. The board means is anchored in the task bar and dovetailed with Apps.Requires a Microsoft account, you speak into the microphone and Cortana responded. It works, for example, to schedule appointments or Bing searches initiate. If Cortana times not know what to do, they always initiates a search on Microsoft’s own search engine.More complex voice commands such as Start the command line with administrator privileges do not achieve the desired software Views – shame that the Microsoft-function does not know its own operating system.
Windows Update no longer be deactivated
Microsoft makes it true: Could one in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 disable the update feature, this is for Windows 10 impossible without trickery. Selective select via tick, what improvements you want to install, you can not. From a security perspective, the step may be understandable, after all, include updates dangerous vulnerabilities and thus Scots off to viruses or Trojans. A disadvantage is that the user loses control over land which patches on the system. In the past, updates were made to the user, created the new problems rather than resolve just old. At least with Windows 10 Home is automatic Windows Updates can not be deactivated. In the more expensive Windows-10-per-variant and Enterprise and Server 2016 update installations are, after all, be delayed.COMPUTER BILD has a solution found, such as Windows 10 Home users evade the forced update. More Trick learn in an overview.
This makes the Edge Browser
The built-in Windows 10 successor of Internet Explorer (IE) is Edge. The program comes optically simple and is designed to call up web pages fast. With innovations that are not available at the competition so, Microsoft wants users lure: including direct PDF and XPS conversion and a note function. PDF is the standard file format for documents such as manuals or invoices, XPS a hitherto neglected alternative. Thanks to the memo function overriding websites with their own comments and view others.
Assessment: Windows 10
Microsoft’s approach, Windows 10 offer for free for existing customers, impressed and should go down well with many users. The improvements in the system and act indicatively could Windows 8 muffle move to switch. Many users are still using Windows 7 and made an arc around Windows 8, because they rejected the operator guidance – thus dispensing with the technical optimizations accompanied. Windows 10 assumes the background-improvement of its predecessor and is likely to already win because of the start menu of acceptance. The mentioned herein practice test reflects only a part of the Windows 10-impressions; a detailed test with laboratory results can be found in Issue 17/2015 ULTIMATE TECH NEWS (publication date: August 1). They inform you in detail what has happened in terms of safety, speed and operation, how Edge kicks in everyday life – and whether the switch is well worth for each.
Downgrade: 30 days with Windows 10
Who 7 or 8.1 notes after the update of Windows to Windows 10, the new version of Microsoft’s operating system is not yet right, has 30 days to return to its predecessor.Prerequisite: The applied during the update backup folder windows.old was not deleted.To start the downgrade, open the Settings app from Windows 10 (Windows key combination and I) and click Update and security. Select the point Restore, and then follow the instructions of the system.