Windows 11 is here, and Microsoft’s update servers are rolling out the Windows 11 upgrade to an increasing number of PCs. If you’re one of the lucky few that have received the upgrade invitation, there are a few things you should know before saying yes:
1. Check if your PC hardware specifications can support Windows 11.
You might not be able to upgrade your PC to Windows 11, depending on the hardware inside your PC. Your computer needs to meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. If your computer is a brand-new one (purchased in 2019 or later), it should work just fine with Windows 11. In fact, it probably came with the OS pre-installed. If this is the case, you’ll see a notification at the bottom right of your screen asking whether you’d like to upgrade to Windows 11. Click on that notification, then follow the on-screen instructions until the upgrade is complete. You should now be running Windows 11 without any problems.
2. You could lose some features that you usually use
If the upgrade to Windows 11 goes well, it’s going to be an improvement. But for some people, it’s possible that the upgrade won’t go well and will leave them with a system that has less functionality than they had before. Windows 11 has a few new features that may cause you to delay the upgrade. For example, you can no longer dock your taskbar at the top or sides of your display; now it’s limited to the bottom. Check the list of features that have been removed or deprecated in the new version.
3. Check the compatibility of your hardware and software
As always, it’s best to check compatibility before upgrading. For hardware devices, this means installing Windows 11 on a separate device (or on a fresh partition on your primary device) and confirming that it works properly. For software and services, compatibility testing can often be accomplished using a virtual machine.
4. You should know there might be some annoying bugs
We know you’re excited to try Windows 11. But we have to be honest: you’re going to run into some bugs. That’s just part of the deal with any new operating system. Even though the system was tested many times, it can’t cover every possible piece of hardware and software the users may have on their systems, and that means there are going to be some rough edges.
For the brave and tech savvy, we wish you good luck with your Windows 11 upgrade. For the less tech savvy or those who have any problems or doubts about moving ahead with the Windows 11 upgrade give us a call or drop in and we can help you with it.