12/16/2021 - Okay, we have been using Windows 11 now for about 3 months.  If you are using Windows 10, you will start getting "Upgrade to Windows 11" messages frequently.  Microsoft will test your computer and see if it is up to date enough to run Windows 11.  Even if you have what it takes - just say NO for now.  There are still significant bugs that need to be resolved before you want to move up.  You have until October of 2025 so give them time to fix things.  Microsoft is terrible about throwing things out and having all of us find the bugs for them.   If you do update and don't like it, you have 14 days to revert to Windows 10.

Many of you will have to purchase new equipment.  Microsoft, unlike in the past, has decided that Windows 11 will not support older equipment.  Generally, if your computer is more than about 2 years old, you get to buy new. Microsoft does not care one iota about you or how you use your computer. The principle behind Windows 11 is is to protect Microsoft – not you!

Starting now, manufacturers can sell computers with Windows 11. If your computer is capable, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 11 now.

On new computers – buy BIG. Windows 11 requires a ton of processing power/memory and a Walmart special will probably not cut it very well.

There are things your existing computer must meet to run 11. First, it has to be connected to the internet – without exception. Next, on some versions, you must create a Microsoft account and tie the computer to it. Yes, they can track everything you do on your computer. For security capabilities on the computer itself, it must be booting as UEFI and have secure boot turned on. Additionally, the computer MUST support TPM 2.0. Most computer more than a couple years old do not have this feature. Again, this is to protect Microsoft more than you.

 

The difference between 10 and 11 is mostly cosmetic. It is going to look more like an Apple or a Chromebook than ever before.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to talk to us. We'd rather help you up front than deal with a mess later.

Windows 11