What to do about Windows 11

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You probably heard the announcement recently from Microsoft – Windows 11 is coming. Here’s what you need to do.

For quite some time, Microsoft held to their position that Windows 10 would be the last one. They would just keep doing updates to Windows 10, and there wouldn’t be any “new” named versions of Windows.

So much for that idea.

They announced recently that Windows 11 would be released as the next big version, starting later this year and extending the rollout into 2022.

And with that announcement, they included a link that took you to a little program that checked your computer to see if it will be able to run Windows 11. That’s because the hardware and security requirements are going to be higher with this new version of Windows. So people started checking their computers, and they were finding out that their current computer would NOT be able to run Windows 11.

So of course that’s when the phone calls and emails started coming in. I had several clients calling and asking what to do, should they plan on going out and getting a new computer, all kinds of questions.

So, I’m here today to give you detailed instructions on how to handle the Windows 11 situation. Here’s my recommendation:

wait

That’s right. Just wait.

Right now, your computer is most likely running Windows 10. If you went out and bought a brand new computer today, guess what operating system it will have. Yep, Windows 10. That’s because Windows 11 has not even been released to the public yet.

And even if Windows 11 were available starting today, do you really want to be one of the first ones to use it? New software inevitably has problems which get fixed in subsequent updates. Let the early adopters find those errors.

And at this point, as I write this, we really don’t know what the system requirements are going to be for a new computer to be able to run Windows 11. Remember that little checker program that people could run to test their current computer for compatibility? Well, Microsoft took that down because they changed some of the requirements. And those guidelines continue to change.

And here’s another important fact to keep in mind: Windows 10 is working just fine, and it’s going to be supported by Microsoft until October 2025. So you’re fine to keep using it for more than four more years!

So there’s no rush. No need to make any changes yet. You can relax and just see what happens.

Having said all that, I was able to get my hands on an early “preview” version of Windows 11. Microsoft has something they call an “Insiders Program” where techs can try out new versions of Windows to play with it and report problems. So I have a beta version running on one of my computers at the moment, and I have to say I actually kind of like it so far. The Start button and Start menu are in the middle of the task bar instead of in the lower left corner. Taskbar icons are centered (similar to the way a Mac computer displays program icons at the bottom of the screen).

Of course, when it does come out officially, I’ll do a blog and podcast about what’s new (both good and bad). Until then – just keep doing what you’re doing.

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Carrol Huskey
July 19th, 2021

Great advice, Scott. That’s what I planned on doing as soon as I heard about this, and I told all my friends to do the same..

Marge Teilhaber
July 20th, 2021

Great advice, Scott. Thanks, as usual, for your excellent newsletter and all your knowledge. I’ve got W10P on an 11-year-old desktop that I had a SS 2TB hard drive installed about two years ago when I went from W7 to W10. Runs nicely. Until I get W11, this machine is just fine for me. Until then, I continue to read and learn from you!