Windows 11 vs 10 – Should you upgrade?

Windows 11 vs Windows 10 – Should you upgrade?

Windows 11

Should you upgrade now or wait?

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Windows 11 is finally here, bringing the biggest update we’ve seen for Microsoft’s PC software for over half a decade. Windows 11 marks a big change from Windows 10 in terms of design, but, besides the visual aspect, the two operating systems are still similar. New ways to multitask, chat with friends and some performance improvements for games are on the cards but not all are currently implemented at present. So PC owners are free to upgrade today or wait, and this, only if their computers meet Microsoft’s stringent system requirements.

Windows 11 system requirements:

Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
Display: >9-inch with HD Resolution (720p)
Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

Appearance

Windows 11 will give your computer a new, cleaner and colorful design. The most notable change is the new taskbar, which is now located center and has a much more minimal look reminiscent of Macs and Chromebooks.

On the other hand, even if the taskbar has been visually cleaned, it works largely the same way.

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The new themes are very nice. The software comes with six predefined themes, which offer you some vivid color choices, beautiful background images and bright and dark modes to help you personalize your PC. Just like on Apple computers, you can now create multiple virtual desktops, each with their own sets of open applications. This is useful if, for example, you want to have a dedicated office for work during the day before moving to a game profile.

With small changes like little control keys to quickly set things up like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you get an aesthetic that doesn’t reinvent Windows but makes it much more pleasing to the eyes.

Performance

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Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 has some potential to improve speed from your computer.

Overall, the performance benefits of Windows 11 boil down to much to how the new operating system manages processes system that you usually see when you open Task Manager. You can increase your multitasking and system performance with Snap Layouts which group your windows and save them in the taskbar. Mouse over the Maximize button and you can mosaic windows of different sizes.

According to Microsoft, Windows 11 does a lot of work in memory management to favor windows of apps that you have open and running in the foreground. This should ensure that they get more CPU power compared to other system resources.

Other performance changes in Windows 11 affect the way your PC wakes from sleep mode and handles sleep time. Compared to Windows 10, in Windows 11 your RAM can stay on when the PC is in sleep mode. It is therefore powered while everything else is not. It will help your PC to wake up 25% faster.

If you are using the Edge browser (browser of choice in Windows 11), you should see additional performance benefits. With the tab function in sleep mode, you can save 32% for memory and 37% for CPU usage.

Some cool updates for PC gamers

If you are a gamer, note that Windows 11 has some exclusive features.

Auto HDR makes your games more dynamic and direct storage helps your card graphics and your SSD to communicate faster.

Just like on the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, Windows 11 now supports Auto HDR, which will automatically enable high dynamic range in compatible games to make them stand out with more brightness and color.

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Microsoft also promises that your games will load faster with DirectStorage, a technology designed to enable your system’s graphics card and processor to operate more efficiently so that you spend less time looking at loading screens. Laptops and desktops that support this feature will be labeled as “Optimized for direct storage”, so keep an eye out for this when purchasing your next gaming machine.

There are some changes you should know about if you plan to upgrade because Windows 11 removes some features from Windows 10.

You can no longer synchronize the wallpaper of your desktop, Internet Explorer and the math input panel are gone and some apps are also deleted. These applications are the 3D viewer, OneNote for Windows 10, Paint 3D and Skype. You can still find them in the store, however. Microsoft has also removed Cortana features in Windows 11. If you want Cortana, you will need to download the app.

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Conclusion

Aside from the new aesthetic, the few great features that Microsoft spoke in his presentation, especially those related to games, are only just not there yet. Many of these changes are just visual. Windows 11 and Windows 10 share the same features. Unless you are very multitasking or just want a better looking Windows, from what we have seen, we could not yet say that this is an absolutely essential upgrade.

Note that if you have an older system that cannot run Windows 11, you can consider purchasing a compatible PC in the near future, as Microsoft will stop the support of Windows 10 in a few years and security updates for running Windows 10 will stop in October 2025. Windows 11 looks good, but that’s also not a good enough reason to upgrade on day one. It should also be remembered that no matter how promising a new version of Windows may seem, some technical issues on launch day are inevitable.

How long should we wait then?

If we follow the trend of Windows 10, the first major Windows 11 update will likely arrive next spring.

Until then, the choice is yours!



 

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