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Should you upgrade to Windows 11


When Microsoft released Windows 11 on the 5th of October 2021, we advised customers to hold off. This advice was mainly down to compatibility issues with other vendors' software and device driver support for peripherals and printers. 

What do we think now?

Windows 11 DesktopWindows 11 sure is a significant departure from Windows 10 in terms of design, but they are pretty similar under the hood. 

Windows 11 is a free upgrade from Windows 10. So you can download it and upgrade it in just a few steps. There's a catch, of course.

The upgrade only applies to computers that meet Microsoft's minimum system requirements, specifically the TPM 2.0 requirements.

As long as your computer supports Windows 11, we are now of the opinion that you can safely proceed with the upgrade.

Performance

Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 does have some potential for improving the speed of your computer. Microsoft discussed this in this YouTube video. The performance benefits come down to how Windows 11 handles systems processes.

According to Microsoft, Windows 11 does much work in memory management to favour applications running in the foreground.

Other performance changes in Windows 11 are related to how your computer resumes from sleep and handles standby time. How caches, compression and RAM work.

Bugs

Remember Windows 10 was released in 2015, 7-years ago. Microsoft is still patching Windows 10 regularly. Any new Operating System release is bound to have bugs, but Microsoft does address them with its patch Tuesday updates.

In our view, this presents no more of an issue on Windows 11 than they do on Windows 10.

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