Windows Windows 11 is the new kid on the block. It looks sleek and modern, and many users are tempted to upgrade to the latest Microsoft operating system (OS). But should you make the switch? Here are 5 reasons you should hold off upgrading to Windows 11, for now.
1. Your computer doesn’t meet Windows 11 minimum system requirements
One of the main reasons that can keep you from upgrading to Windows 11 is that your computer might not be able to run it. Windows 11’s system requirements are quite high: your computer needs 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC). It also needs at least 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 64 GB of available storage.
Although these standards aren’t extraordinary, a considerable number of users have outdated hardware that doesn’t meet Microsoft’s requirements for Windows 11. If you are one of them, you may need to purchase a new PC to get the latest OS.
2. Windows 11 has a lot of bugs
Windows 11 is still fresh out of the oven, and it’s far from being bug-free. Users have reported compatibility issues, missing notifications, and some built-in applications not opening or working as expected. The OS is still missing some features available in Windows 10, and issues are constantly being discovered and fixed, but these are to be expected of any newly released OS. So if you want to stick with a stable and reliable OS, it’s better to wait until Windows 11 is more mature.
3. Don’t upgrade to Windows 11 if your workflow includes a ton of different apps
Windows has always had some compatibility issues with major version releases. Windows 11 is bound to run into a few of its own. If your workflow is complicated, then there’s a chance that Windows 11 may break it. Especially if you rely on a ton of third-party apps and related configurations.
4. Windows 11 is very similar to Windows 10
Windows 11 wasn’t intended to be a new version of the OS. It was meant to be a substantial update to Windows 10, initially called the Sun Valley Update. That’s why save for a few features, many apps and functions look and work the same in Windows 11 as they do in Windows 10. So unless you’re looking for something radically different from what you have now, it may not be worth upgrading.
5.Because you don't have to
If you're rushing to upgrade in the fear of Windows 10 making your PC obsolete, take a pause. You don't have to upgrade to Windows 11 if you like Windows 10 better, at least for a while. Microsoft will continue to support at least one Windows 10 release until October 14, 2025. Beyond that date, your Windows 10 PC won't receive security updates from Microsoft.
Windows 11 doesn't support CPUs from 2017 and earlier (one of the many requirements to upgrade to Windows 11). Assuming you can't upgrade your PC to Windows 11 because your CPU dates back to before 2017, you still have three years of support left for Windows 10 for a PC that's five or more years old. You'll be able to use your PC for a total of eight years—not bad at all.
If your PC can run Windows 11 and you like Windows 10, why rush? Just wait till Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 and then upgrade. Some of the existing issues with Windows 11 might even disappear by then. Essentially, there's no need or compulsion for upgrading to Windows 11. If you like Windows 10, Microsoft has you covered for at least three more years.
Our call is that for now, you shouldn’t hurry to update your PC to Windows 11. However, that conclusion may change in the next months, especially as the big version upgrade named 22H2 will drop later in 2022. It’s currently in the Release Preview channel. We expect it to bring features like tabs in Windows Explorer, in addition to improved performance and stability.
Over time, we see Windows 11 becoming a true major version upgrade, rather than just an iterative one with some half-baked changes. We’ll be tracking the changes and the progress Windows 11 makes as time passes, so stay tuned for more.
These are just some of the reasons why you may want to stick with Windows 10. If you decide that upgrading to Windows 11 is right for you, go ahead! But if not, there’s no need to worry — Windows 10 will still be here for a while. Either way, our experts can help you make the most out of your Windows setup.
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