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Review of Windows 11 by GHM IT guru Michael Biddle

Posted by: Jo Love
Category: IT Managed Services

Windows 11 launched last week as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. But beyond the clean and fresh feel, what is it like to use? Our IT Consultant Michael gives us the low down in his latest review.

I’ve been using Windows 11 on several devices for a few months and have generally enjoyed the experience. Here are my Pros & Cons:

Pros

  • It looks great. The new interface is a lot cleaner, and it adapts well with colours pushed throughout the whole Operating system.
  • Latest operating system, with the most up to date experience from Microsoft.
  • When it works, it is fast.
  • The new search function is an impressive update on the Windows 10 search.

Cons

  • It Crashes. Not a “Blue Screen Crash”. It simply stops responding, and certain functions stop working at times like sound, or mouse inputs, or keyboard inputs lagging where you have typed.
  • It will require lots of upgrading over the next few months because all the current bugs in the operating system need fixing, such as Android apps, not yet implemented.
  • Microsoft Store seems to crash constantly and is extremely slow.
  • Hardware requirements. These can be bypassed and work fine on devices with CPU’s right back to 4th gen Intel CPUs.
  • Driver optimisation is a new operating system, and a lot of drivers may not work correctly.
  • Some people may not like that it is different! Some functions are no longer in it, so you will have to learn new ways to find things.

The thing to remember is, this is a new operating system. It is not a mature system like Windows 10. It will take time to iron out all the bugs and ghosts in the code that are plaguing it now. Like all Microsoft releases, I recommend waiting a few months before installing it on your day-to-day device. If you have a secondary PC/Laptop, install it on there first, test it, and you will not be disappointed!

Windows 10 will continue to be supported and receive security updates until October 2025.

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