WINDOWS 11 – STOP THE BUS!
So many of our clients in New Zealand have been asking us about Microsoft 11. “Should I upgrade?” “Should I wait?”. It’s new and everyone wants the latest and greatest right.
In this case, however, it may be best to WAIT
With most upgrades, updates are something to install as a matter of course. The manufacturer, after all, is delivering new efficiencies, improved processes, and increased security, so why wouldn’t you?
Well with Windows 11 it’s not quite that simple:
First of all, Windows 11 has been called “the biggest update we’ve seen to Microsoft PC software in more than half a decade.”
Why you don’t need to rush this upgrade:
- Windows 11 is still in its early days and upgrading to it now may cause more problems than anything.
- The feedback we are getting from our industry is that Windows 11 has a number of bugs, and has very limited support for other applications and devices.
- There also seems to be some issues with both software and hardware, such as printers, not being compatible.
Most importantly, Microsoft has said it will support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, so there is no need to rush any decision.
- Microsoft typically keeps a ten-year lifespan for its products which means that there is no rush to upgrade.
- Windows 11 is not an essential upgrade, so there is no need to do anything right now.
- One of the advantages of waiting is that you will come after the initial launch issues and bugs.
- Yes, the software has been available in beta since June 2021, however, as more users get access, you can expect more updates on the horizon.
A sneak peek of what you can expect from Windows 11:
Windows 11 is a redesigned operating system aiming at improved user navigation. Expect:
- A more Mac-like experience
- Integration with Android apps
- A facelift for Microsoft Teams
- Streamlined switching from monitor to a laptop
- Direct access to widgets from the Taskbar
- A few gaming performance enhancements
If you do decide to go ahead here are some things you need to know….
- The upgrade is rolling out gradually. Those who recently purchased a new laptop before Windows 11 was pre-installed have access now.
- If you are an existing Windows 10 user, you’ll see the Windows 11 upgrade sometime between now and mid-2022. Most users will go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see a Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.
- Remember to backup all your important documents before starting the installation process!
- Also, don’t fall for any fake versions of Windows 11. Wait to receive an official notification of a systems update.
- Do NOT click on links promising the software on social media or via email. You could end up downloading malware.
If you are in the market for a new laptop, make sure you’re getting one with Windows 11 pre-installed. That way, you’ll be sure to get one that will be able to run the new operating system without hassle.
Your IT specialist may have already suppressed some of the reminder notices for you so that you don’t get asked to upgrade all of the time. However, they can’t stop them all.
If you see the official Microsoft screens saying ‘click here to install Windows 11’ our suggestion is to not do anything and just wait. It might be a good idea to also inform your team to do the same.
One thing to be mindful of is that if you do go ahead and install Windows 11, any problems you encounter may not be covered by your IT provider under your current plan.
However, if you are sitting at your computer reading this and are still using Windows 7 and Windows 8, it’s definitely time for an upgrade to at least Windows 10. Windows 7 and 8 are no longer supported by the manufacturer and without support or security updates, these systems are vulnerable to malware attacks.
In conclusion, the best thing to do is to talk to your IT specialist about this upgrade to Windows 11 to see when and if it is right for you. For now, you won’t be disadvantaged by not upgrading, so you can just relax, take a breath, and book a time with your local IT specialist for specific advice on your requirements.
Joseph is one of our blog contributors and a systems engineer.