Windows 11: is it worth making the switch?

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Is it worth switching to Windows 11 now? What speaks for it, what against it and when should you definitely change? We’ll give you a little orientation.

Windows 11 is here and is being offered as a free update to Windows 10 users. So if you have a compatible PC, you can now switch to Windows 11. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of switching now and what does it look like in the long term?

Windows 11 has a new look

The most noticeable innovation of Windows 11 compared to Windows 10 is the new look of the user interface. For example, the start menu has been redesigned, whereby the tiles that have existed since Windows 8 have been removed. The icons in the taskbar are arranged in the middle in Windows 11, but can be moved back to the left edge if desired.

The bottom line is that Windows 11, with its new look, is clearer and more intuitive than Windows 10. This is particularly evident in the new menu for the settings, which is no longer dominated by large icons, but has a stylish and comprehensible structure. Although the old control panel from Windows 7 still exists in Windows 11, most functions are now integrated into the settings in a clearer form, which is why there is little reason to use the control panel any longer.

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The new look of Windows 11 provides a better overview.

The new look can also be seen in the file explorer, which now works more with symbols in the navigation bar to highlight the most important actions for a selected file or a selected folder. The interface appears noticeably slimmed down without losing important functions.

But even if the changes in the design improve the overview: Functionally, nothing fundamental has changed with Windows 11 so far.

Multitasking is much improved

Windows 11 makes working in parallel in several programs much more convenient than previous versions. With a simple click of the mouse, program windows in any layout can be pinned or “snapped” to a specific point on the screen. Entire “snap groups” can also be created in this way, even across multiple monitors.

The snap groups are even automatically pinned to the taskbar and can be called up again at any time if you have worked in another program in between. In this way, work surfaces can be created that remain consistent over an entire working day. The constant moving of program windows is much less necessary with Windows 11.

Tablet mode is history

If you mainly use your Windows 10 device as a tablet, you might be a little irritated by Windows 11 at first. The update removes the classic tablet mode, which works with large tiles. If you like to use the tablet mode and get along well with it, switching to Windows 11 might feel like a worsening for you at first.

However, Microsoft does not completely do without tablet-friendly operation. The moment devices have a touchscreen but no keyboard available, individual elements are rearranged in such a way that they can be operated more easily with finger gestures. There are also some new touch gestures that could make operation easier overall.

Android apps should come in 2022

One innovation that could set Windows 11 apart from Windows 10, but which is not yet available, is native support for Android apps. In the future, it should be possible to install these directly via the Microsoft Store and an interface to the Amazon App Store that it contains. An emulator should then ensure that the applications programmed for the Linux-based Android run under Windows 11.

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Android apps should run on Windows 11 from 2022.

Even if this feature sounds promising in principle, it is not yet possible to say at the moment how good or bad the implementation of the whole thing will ultimately be. The fact that Android apps will not be supported until 2022 does not make this feature a reason for an update at the moment.

Free update and long-term support

Probably the strongest arguments for an update to Windows 11 are the fact that it is free for owners of Windows 10 and the fact that Microsoft will provide the operating system with updates for a long time. Update support for Windows 10, on the other hand, is expected to end on October 14, 2025. By then at the latest, you should switch to the new operating system in order not to let your Windows license expire.

High system requirements and compatibility problems

A problematic point for the switch to Windows 11 are of course the rather high system requirements. Microsoft requires a processor that must not be older than four or five years, as well as a mainboard that supports both TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot. There are ways and means of installing Windows 11 bypassing these requirements, but the result can be an unstable system for which Microsoft does not offer official software support.

TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot

Two of the most important requirements for Windows 11 are a so-called TPM (Trusted Platform Module) version 2.0 and an activated Secure Boot. These things can be activated retrospectively on many PCs. Here’s how to do it:

Activate TPM in BIOS

Activate Secure Boot

Is the change now worth it?

Windows 11 looks fresh and new, but is not reinventing the wheel in principle – at least not yet. There are definitely reasons that speak for a quick change, such as the improved interface and the great multitasking features. But both are more of a nice-to-have feature at the moment. Whether they are enough for you to update your system now is up to you.

In the future, however, there are likely to be many more reasons to switch to Windows 11. It starts with the announced support for Android apps from 2022, but does not end there. We have to assume that Microsoft will develop exciting new features exclusively for Windows 11 in the future and that Windows 10 is likely to lag behind more and more.

In the long term, you should definitely change if your hardware allows you. Switching to Windows 11 guarantees that your system will still receive updates after October 2025 and that your Windows license will remain “valuable”.


Steve

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