Windows 11 upgrade is ready. Should you do it?
Microsoft’s update servers are rolling out the Windows 11 upgrade to an increasing number of PCs. Before you say yes, though, consider what can go wrong.
Microsoft’s staged rollout of Windows 11 is kicking into a higher gear these days, which means your Windows 10 PC could receive an invitation to upgrade at any time. When that day comes, you’ll have a decision to make: Do you proceed with the upgrade, or do you stick with Windows 10?
The good news is that you won’t be forcibly migrated to Windows 11. For now, at least, the upgrade requires you to approve the installation by clicking a button like the one shown here.
If you’re not ready to upgrade, all you have to do is click “Stay on Windows 10 for now.” That action hides the upgrade option and removes the associated notification icon from the taskbar.
If you’re ready to upgrade, you can kick things off by clicking the big Download and Install button. Before you do that, though, consider what can go wrong.
YOUR HARDWARE MIGHT NOT SUPPORT WINDOWS 11
- If your PC is new and came with Windows 11 preinstalled, it may or may not be best to downgrade depending on your business’s circumstances
- For older PCs, your hardware may not meet the requirements to upgrade to Windows 11
YOU MIGHT LOSE FEATURES YOU RELY ON
- There is a lengthy list of features removed or changed in Windows 11
- Features including but not limited to: S Mode, Internet Explorer, Cortana, Timeline, Start menu and Taskbar, desktop wallpaper, Quick Status, Tablet Mode, Touch Keyboard, and Snipping Tool
- If anything on this list is a must-have, don’t upgrade to Windows 11
YOUR CRITICAL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE MIGHT NOT BE COMPATIBLE
- This is a critical item if you are using older LOB (line of business) software, or unsupported software and devices
- Not all devices and apps are compatible with Windows 11
- The best time to evaluate compatibility is before you upgrade, so that you don’t spend time and money restoring your system to the previous operating system
YOU MIGHT EXPERIENCE ANNOYING BUGS
- With any brand-new operating system, there will be a level of instability
- Despite enormous testing, bugs are inevitable (some of which will be genuine productivity killers)
- If you wait until the first and even second round of major feature upgrades are rolled out, you will avoid all the issues that early adopters experience. (Let someone else be the guinea pig)
If after giving all these items thoughtful consideration to their impacts on your business you still want to upgrade to Windows 11, we recommend reviewing with your IT team.
Side note: If your software support or other vendors are requiring you to upgrade, discuss with your IT team before doing so.
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