On Windows 8, you have to swipe in from the right (on a touchscreen device) or point your mouse at the top right or bottom corners and bring up the Charms bar. I was never a fan of cluttering my desktop with Microsoft's "Gadget" widgets in Windows 7.
But if you use them, you can kiss them goodbye if you update to Windows 10, although the Windows live tiles, inherited from Windows 8/8.1, can provide some of that functionality.
If your PC is still running Windows 7, you may be wondering if you should pull the trigger and install Windows 10.After all, it's a free upgrade until a year from now.That really depends on whether the new features matter to you or not.I’m pleased to announce that the second tool to join the Brandon collection is now available!It’s a new Sidebar Gadget for those who want to see what the indexer is up to and to easily control its behavior. Note that the screenshot depicts the gadget running on WS4.
The "index now" button is not available on versions prior to Windows Search 4.It's such a cliché, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.Released in 2009, Windows 7 is one of Microsoft's finest OS releases, right up there with Windows 95, 98 and XP. Though users can switch between the Start screen and a desktop view, the two UIs clashed and confused users.Like how Windows 10 corrects most of the misguided design decisions of Windows 8, Windows 7 was the OS that cleaned up the mess that was Windows Vista. You can count me in the boat of users who hated Windows 8.If you grew up on Windows, chances are you've developed habits. "I couldn't even figure out how to restart and shutdown [a Windows 8 PC]" says Sammie Lin, a graphic designer who switched from PC to Mac, and hasn't looked back.On Windows 7, that setting is in the Start menu, a place users expect it to be. (In fairness, Microsoft added a power icon to the Start screen in Windows 8.1.) Now that the Start menu's back on Windows 10, the shutdown setting is right back where it belongs and as easy to access as in Windows 7.