Upgrade to Windows 11?

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Windows 10 Update never misses an opportunity to promote Windows 11

More about whether you should upgrade to Windows 11 in a moment – but what if your computer will not run Windows 11? The main reason is likely to lie in a piece of hardware that your computer might lack. It is called Trusted Platform Module: level 2.0.

windows 10 logoIf your computer lacks this then it is likely to be at least five years old. If this is the case, I really wouldn’t worry. Just let your Windows 10 computer live out the rest of its days in peace without troubling about it.

If Windows 10 offers you Windows 11, should you upgrade?

Why would you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

  • A refreshed user interface. Windows 11 features a new user interface that is more modern and user-friendly. Microsoft has redesigned the Start menu. There are also new widgets that offer quick information, such as the weather, news, and stocks (but if, like me, you find such distractions intolerable, you can get rid of this).
  • Improved performance. Windows 11 is more efficient than Windows 10. This means that you may experience faster boot times and better overall performance.
  • New features. Windows 11 includes a number of new features that are not available in Windows 10. These features include Snap Layouts, which allow you to quickly arrange windows on your screen, and Android apps, that run on Windows 11 devices.
  • Better security. Windows 11 includes a number of new security features to protect your device from malware and other threats. These features include a new security chip called the Secured-core PC, which helps to protect your device from attacks.
  • The upgrade takes place without needing to re-install your programs, settings, or data. However, I can not overstress that you should back up your data before embarking on the upgrade.
  • Support for Windows 10 will cease in October 2025. If you are planning to keep your computer after that date, this might be a strong incentive to upgrade.
  • Microsoft have not said whether (and for how long) they will continue to offer the upgrade free of charge.

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Why wouldn’t you upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

  • You may be happy with Windows 10 and don’t think you would benefit from the new features or performance improvements.
  • The risk of something going wrong during the upgrade might outweigh the potential benefits in your estimation.
  • It is quite possible that you won’t want to have to climb yet another learning curve for relatively small gains.
  • You might be planning to replace your Windows 10 computer in the next year or two (a new computer will definitely come with Windows 11).
  • All the programs that currently run on Window 10 will continue to do so (at least for the foreseeable future). I have certainly not heard of any program that requires Windows 11.

My own experience of buying a Windows 10 computer and upgrading to Windows 11 as soon as it was released was something of a disaster. I am very pleased to say that this seemed to be an early problem with upgrading that I haven’t seen repeated with any of my clients. If schadenfreude is your thing, then you might like to read of my experience:

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A blast from the past – Windows 3.1 (1992)

Windows 11 – first look
Windows 11 – the story so far
Windows 11 – unbroken

I do still have some glitches and problems with Windows 11 that Dell and I couldn’t fix between us, (such as the cursor suddenly shooting to the bottom of the screen, and newly opened windows being hidden behind others), but I can live with them.

So, should you upgrade? You pays your money and you takes your choice.

Further information

Minimum specifications for Windows 11

Current desktop Windows version market share worldwide (source)

Windows 10 – 71%
Windows 11 – 24%
Windows 7 – 3.4%
Others – 1.6%