A powerful operating system released by Microsoft in an attempt to provide users with a unified interface for all their devices, such as computers, tablets or smartphones
Note: You can also download the latest Insider Preview release to test the latest Windows features.
Microsoft has always been in a continuous quest to designing and releasing software solutions that can be enjoyed by all types of users, while in more recent years they also tried a new approach: that of creating the same GUI for multiple devices.
Windows 10 is meant to continue this trend, as it provides various enhancements over the previous operating systems with the purpose to make the whole experience more intuitive no matter if it runs on computers, tablets or smartphones.
Windows 8-inspired looks, yet with multiple discrete tweaks
Those who are familiarized with Windows 8 will surely recognize some of the interface elements, such as the squared corners of the windows.
Users who are accustomed to Windows 8.1 are bound to notice the Start button in the lower left corner; nonetheless, one of the greatest achievements of Windows 10 is that it features a fully-functional Start Menu, whereas the menu that was available in Windows 8.1 can still be accessed by right-clicking the Start button.
The Modern apps are still available, yet they run in windowed mode, so just like Windows 8.1, it allows users to minimize them to the taskbar and close them using the traditional X button from the upper right corner.
Multiple desktops and snap enhancements to increase performance
Another innovation of Windows 10 are the so-called multiple desktops that can help users reduce the clutter on their screen. In other words, users can open several apps for work projects, then create a clean desktop where different programs can be launched - this way, although all the apps are running the in background, they are neatly grouped and you can switch between the desktops with ease.
Moreover, Windows 10 also features snap enhancements that can help users snap up to 4 windows to their screen, while keeping all of them visible. It goes without saying that if only 3 programs are required, they can still be snapped to one’s liking or using the layout suggested by the OS.
Restore the Start Menu and enjoy many additional tweaks
All in all, Windows 10 is meant to provide users with the Start Menu they missed when Windows 8 was released, so that they can search for local apps and files just like they did in Windows 7, yet offering them results from the Internet as well.
The other enhancements are meant to make the OS run smoothly on multiple types of devices and to improve overall performance in a subtle way (for instance, the Modern Photos app is no longer just an image viewer since it also comes with editing functions).
For some editions, the official ISO download links have been removed, but you can still download ESD files that allow you to upgrade to Windows 10. If you want to get the corresponding ISO, you only need to follow these steps:
- download the ESD package that matches your current 7 or 8.1 edition and language
- download ESD ToolKit and unpack it, then move the downloaded ESD to the same folder where ESD ToolKit was unzipped
- run ESDToolKit_gui.bat, then follow the provided steps
You can find more details in this article.