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Windows 10 VS Windows 7: What Exactly Are Differences?


Sometimes, you may get interrupted by the pop-up Windows forced update warning when you are in the middle of using it. At this moment, some Windows users may directly shut the notification down and go back to their work while others may upgrade their Windows systems when informed. How about you? Will you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?


As each Windows product has a life cycle, so does Windows 7. Microsoft has announced its end of security support for Windows 7 in January 14, 2020. By that time, Windows 7 users will no longer be able to get any upgrade service packs from Windows Support. Although your Windows 7 will still be working as an unsupported version of Windows, the truth is, your PC will be more vulnerable to viruses and malware from the Internet as you can not get security service from Microsoft any more. Is upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 a compulsory task this time? As you may already get used to operating with Windows 7 system for a decade, the abrupt switch to another different operating system would be, not quite a happy journey for you.

Windows 10 VS Windows 7

Is upgrading to Windows 10 worth trying for Windows 7 users? Which operating system, Windows 7 or Windows 10, is a better OS for Windows users? Questions like this, and many more...are frequently asked and much concerned by Windows users. If you are Windows users who have similar concerning issues, chill out, we are here to wipe off all your anxieties.

Part 1: Windows 10 VS Windows 7: System Requirements Comparisons

For users who decide to upgrade their Windows 7 and go with Windows 10 this time, here's one question remaining to be answered by you first: Will the contempory PC be able to run Windows 10 operating system flawlessly? If your current computer couldn't handle Windows 10 system at all, you will get into some unexpected troubles later if you upgrade it. To save you from those possible inconveniences, you may need to know what are system baselines required by Windows 10. First thing first, let's have a look at minimum system requirements of both Windows 10 and Windows 7:

System Requirements

Windows 10

Windows 7

Processor

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

RAM

1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or higher 2 gigabyte (GB) for 64-bit or higher

1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or higher 2 gigabyte (GB) RAM (64-bit) or higher

Hard Drive Space

16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics Card

Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or higher driver

Display

800 x 600

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From the chart, we can tell that system requirements of Windows 10 are nearly identical with that of Windows 7. That is to say, if your PC has had Windows 7 well-working already, it will run Windows 10 with no error-warning theoretically.

Although the minimum system requirements between Windows 7 and Windows 10 are very much in common, it doesn't mean that there are no further dissimilarities between Win7 and Win10. In fact, there are some exclusive requirements for Windows 10 to reach certain features:

    1. Download apps from Windows Store in Windows 10: internet connection required;
    2. Upgrade available: with both Microsoft account and internet connection required.

Part 2: Windows 10 VS Windows 7: Media Formats Comparisons

When thinking about whether to have Windows 10 from Windows 7, here's more critical factors we need to take into consideration: Will this round of update challenge the existing functions that we have long run well for? Will my applications installed on Windows 7 be able to used after upgrading to Windows 10 as well? Don't be stressed out, we are here to eliminate all your wonders with best answers.

Many a time, we use our computers to play media sources, eg. music files, video sources, and DVD discs etc.. One of these issues that Windows users mostly care about is what video formats do Windows 10 support? In other words, can those media formats supported by Windows 7 still be played smoothly on Windows 10? Now, let's move to those video and audio formats supported by both Windows 10 and Windows 7:

Windows compatible video formats:

Windows Compatible Video Formats

Windows 10

Windows 7

ASF, WMV, WMA, WM (Windows Media Formats)

Y

Y

AVI (Audio Visual Interleave)

Y

Y

MPEG, MPG, MP2, MP3, M1V, MPE, MPA, M3U, MPV2, VOB, MOD (Moving Pictures Experts Group)

Y

Y

MP4, MP4V, M4V, 3G2, 3GP, 3GP2, 3GPP (MP4 Video Files)

Y

Y

QT, MOV (Apple QuickTime Files)

Y

Y

Windows compatible audio formats:

Windows Compatible Audio Formats

Windows 10

Windows 7

WAV (Audio for Windows)

Y

Y

AAC, ADTS, ADT (Windows Audio File)

Y

Y

AIFF, AIF, AIFC (Audio Interchange File Format)

Y

Y

MP3, M3U (MP3 Audio Files)

Y

Y

From these two charts above, we can see that both Windows 10 and Windows 7 can deal with listed video and audio formats. You may notice that there are some container formats missing in chart as we only put on some popular file extensions that you may frequently meet. However, there DO exist some media formats unsupported by Windows at all.

Part 3: How to Play Unsupported Media Formats in Windows 10?

WebM, an audiovisual media format, is designed for using on web. You may find that WebM can't be played in Windows Media Player as it is not enlisted in the player's support file list. (See the full list of file types supported by Windows Media Player.)

Warm note: If your Windows Media Player fails to play media formats such as MOV, MP4, M4V, AAC, M2TS (MPEG-2 TS Video file), etc., you may need to update your Windows Media Player to its latest version a.k.a Windows Media Player 12, or you can turn to a more professional video player - 5KPlayer for help.

When your video or audio file could't be opened sucessfully, the most recommended solution is to convert the unsupported media format to the friendly one. Here, what we use is VideoProc - the most versatile media converter in the marketplace. With it, you will witness how painless it is to convert media format with its intuitive interface, only 3 steps are needed. Before we kick this off,

Free Download VideoProc for Windows 7 or VideoProc for Windows 10 on Your Windows Computers!

Then follow 3 steps below:

  1. Launch VideoProc > click Video button to enter its video processing interface.
  2. Add pending video file(s) to the list: you can either click on the +Video button in the upper toolbar to import video (s) or drag and drop the video file (s) in the cental panel > choose the video format that you want to have in the lower toolbar.
  3. Hit RUN button in the bottom right corner to start the conversion process.

  4. Convert Windows 10 Unsupported Media Format in VideoProc

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a self-motivated, creative copywriter with four years of marketing and advertising experience, specializing in video, audio, images, advertisements, news digital content etc. With a partiality for travelling and shooting, Nicole also loves video post-production and is keen on sharing her video processing tips and latest masterpieces to social media.

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