Why should I upgrade to Windows 11? What are the new features and what is the difference compared to Windows 10? All your questions answered.
Since Microsoft released its latest Operating System Windows 11 on October 5, 2021, this has been on the mind of every Windows user. Should I upgrade to Windows 11? What are the new features and what is the difference compared to Windows 10? I am here to answer some of the questions you may have.
How long can I use Windows 10?
After the introduction of Windows 11, it has made Windows 10 obsolete, or is it?
No, Windows 10 continues to be supported by Microsoft till October 14, 2025. This is as per Microsoft’s agreement to support their OS for 10 years. If you do not want to upgrade anytime recently then you are still good.
It is still advisable to upgrade soon to Windows 11 because sooner or later you will have to do it. With cybersecurity concerns, like Ransomware you do not want to take chances by being up to date with your Operating System which will be the first line of defense.
Am I eligible for a free Windows 11 upgrade?
If you are using Windows 10 then you automatically get a free upgrade. However Microsoft has decided on a staggered approach for making this upgrade available to all users. This will allow Microsoft to test and update the OS and ensure it performs well. So it will not be until early 2022 when all the existing Windows 10 users will be given the option to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically.
To check if Windows 11 is available for you, type Windows update on the search bar. It will take you to the Windows Update screen from where you can see if the upgrade is ready for install. Alternatively, you can check in the taskbar for the Windows update icon.
I am still on Windows 7, what are my odds?
All Windows 7 users had an option to upgrade to Windows 10 earlier. For the love of Windows 7 or if you missed the train somehow, whatever be the reason you can still upgrade to Windows 11. However, you will have to go for a clean install, which means reimage so you will have to take a full backup. There are some speculations about the limited time validity for Windows 7, however, Microsoft has not said anything specific on this. Let me know in the comments section if you have more information.
Let us not complicate this too much, most of the basic PC available nowadays should be compatible. Still, if you want to know the hardware specifications:
- Processor at least 1GHz with 2 cores, 64 bit
- 4GB RAM
- At least 64 GB storage, preferably SSD (NVME)
- TPM 2.0. If confused then check this Microsoft doc for information.
- Graphics card. An integrated one should do.
- 9” HD display, atleast 720p.
Key difference between Windows 11 and Windows 10
- The first and most noticeable difference you will see is the Mac-like feel. The center-aligned Windows button makes it look like macOS, however, you can align this back to the left side.
- Your hardware performs better and faster. The RAM stays energized in Sleep mode which helps in waking your PC faster. Also with efficient memory management, the apps run faster.
- Multi-tasking is up next level from Windows 10. Apple like experience. You can create multiple profiles or Virtual Desktops making it easier to switch to different modes. Also features like Snap Layout allows you to organize your screen by splitting it into multiple grids or smaller windows. This makes working with 2 or more apps easy.
- Microsoft Teams is integrated in the Taskbar allowing you to collaborate with friends and colleagues more easlily.
- Xbox gaming features make your PC games work and look better.
- Some Apps like Paint 3D, OneNote for Windows and Skype are gone. However, they are available in the store or online with Microsoft 365 subscription.
Reasons: Why should I upgrade to Windows 11?
Hard facts first, Windows 10 will be out of support sooner or later. You will have to upgrade to Windows 11 at some point. If you delay, it is not going to affect you at all as Windows 10 is still supported and will receive the updates as well. Waiting and watching for a few months could be a wise thing to do, as Microsoft is likely to update Windows 11 after receiving feedback on the first version.
However, if you cannot wait to try the new look and feel of your Windows OS then go for it. A better user experience and multitasking ability will surely impress.
Share your feedback in the comments section and tell us if you have upgraded to Windows 11?