How Windows 10 is similar to Windows 7

Applies to: Windows 10Windows 7

Quickly get started with the best of Windows 10. It's similar to Windows 7, but with more features to bring you advanced security and help you do whatever you want to do faster.

Access what's important


Select Windows key  to open Start and find all your apps. To pin apps, press and hold (or right-click) the app you want to pin > Pin to Start. You can also unpin the apps you don't need.

A comparison of the Start button on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Quickly get to your files


Open File Explorer  on your taskbar to find and organize files on your PC and in the cloud. Your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders are just a click away.

A comparison of File Explorer on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Get your settings just right


Select Start  > Settings , and then type keywords in the search box to find the setting you want. Many Control Panel features are simpler and faster in Settings.

A comparison of Control Panel in Windows 7 and Settings in Windows 10.

Find what you need—fast


Type what you're looking for into the search box on the taskbar and filter results by apps, documents, email, and the web.

A comparison of the search box in Windows 7 and Windows 10.

See notifications and change settings in action center


Find app notifications and quick actions like airplane mode and night light in action center  on your taskbar.

Action center in Windows 10.

Get to your files on all your devices


Add files to OneDrive to get them on any device. On the right side of the taskbar, select OneDrive , then select the folder icon to open your OneDrive folder.

OneDrive's location on the Windows 10 taskbar.

Make your PC easier to use


Go to Start  > Settings  > Ease of Access  to customize text size, fonts, and more. Or, open Personalization  in Settings and choose a background, accent colors, Themes, and the look of your taskbar.

Personalization and Ease of Access in Windows 10 Settings.

Expect more from the web


The new Microsoft Edge provides world class performance with more privacy, more productivity, and more value. To open it quickly, enter Edge into the search box on the taskbar and select it from the list of results.

Microsoft Edge home page.

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