Is It Worth Upgrading To Windows 11

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Windows 11 arrives on October 5, 2021. Unlike the big Windows 10 upgrade offer that felt impossible to avoid, Microsoft isn’t encouraging everyone to upgrade this time. In fact, Microsoft is recommending many PC owners not upgrade. Here’s what you need to know.

Windows 10 Is Supported Until October 2025

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for PCs running Windows 10, just as Windows 10 was a free upgrade for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, this time, Windows 11 isn’t designed for all those PCs. Windows 11 officially supports only very recent hardware: In addition to requiring TPM 2.0 and UEFI with Secure Boot, Windows 11 only supports certain relatively recent CPUs.

Specifically, PCs with Intel processors must have an Intel 8th generation or newer processor. AMD PCs must be running at least AMD Zen 2. ARM PCs must have Qualcomm 7 or 8 Series hardware. Microsoft refuses to explain exactly why only these CPUs are supported, but we have some theories.

What are the advantages of upgrading to windows 11?

Not sure what hardware your PC has and whether it will support Windows 11? Microsoft offers an official “PC Health Check” app that will tell you whether your PC can officially run Windows 11. If not, the PC Health Check will tell you what the problem is. RELATEDHow to Check if Your Windows 10 PC Can Run Windows 11. You can download the PC Health Check app from Microsoft’s website. The big blue “Check Now” button will tell you whether your PC can officially run Windows 11.

If Windows 11 Officially Supports Your PC

However, the tool won’t tell you the full story: Even if your PC can run Windows 11, you might not want to upgrade yet. And, even if your PC doesn’t officially support Windows 11, you can upgrade anyway. RELATED:How to Install Windows 11 on an Unsupported PC. Before we continue, it’s worth noting that Windows 10 will be officially supported for years to come.

In a word … no. Jumping the gun on upgrading could prove troublesome for banks.

Microsoft will continue supporting Windows 10 with security updates until October 2025, which is four years after Windows 11’s release. RELATEDWhen Will Microsoft Stop Supporting Windows 10? If you don’t want to upgrade immediately, you can wait. If your PC can’t run Windows 11—well, there’s a good chance you’ll want a new PC within the next four years, anyway.

You should upgrade to Windows 11 if...

Microsoft isn’t rushing you to upgrade to Windows 11. Overall, Windows 11 feels like Windows 10 with a new sheet of paint. Windows 10’s strange weather widget has transformed into a whole Widgets pane, the new Store now includes desktop apps, there are new modern themes and icons, and many apps have been rethought and modernized, including the Settings app.

However, there are a few missing features that may impact certain workflows. For example, Windows 11’s taskbar is missing some features that were found in Windows 10’s. Windows 11’s taskbar is glued to the bottom of your screen, and you can’t drag and drop files and other items to taskbar icons, as you could on Windows 10.