There is a lot of talk about the latest version of Microsoft Windows, and millions of PCs and laptops have been alerted to an available update to Windows 11. But like all technology, and as with all things in life, you probably don’t want to be among the first people to install the update, especially if the update is available for a work computer.
Microsoft Windows is without a doubt one the world’s most used and best known operating systems. For the most part, the system works seamlessly, and except for a couple of versions that many in the IT field would happily forget, the Windows operating system has been greatly beneficial for both business and home users.
But just because there is a new version, doesn’t mean you should be in a hurry to click the download and install button, even if it is free.
Although Windows updates, in general, should not be put on hold for too long, when it comes to updating the entire system to something new, it pays to pause. And what’s more is that you can actually put the update on hold indefinitely, something you can’t normally do when you have other updates waiting to be installed.
Since Windows 10 support is going to continue on until 2025, you shouldn’t worry about being left behind.
When the Windows 11 update became available, a couple of IT experts installed the update to see what the fuss was all about. And after using the update for a while, the general consensus was that it is far better to wait before installing it, for a number of really good reasons.
Why you should wait before hitting update
- System functionality is different
In order to get the most out of any new Windows system, functionality is key. While on the whole, the latest version of Windows is fully functional, there are a few things that will definitely be annoying. For instance, the Taskbar and the Start Menu are both considered to be less functional than that of Windows 10. The Taskbar can’t be moved or resized and new apps can’t be added to the Start Menu.
- The system is slightly flawed
One of the greatest reasons why you should wait before you upgrade to Windows 11, is that because it is a new system, you will be among the first users to identify and then have to deal with the system flaws, of which there are a few. Generally, with the new system, the flaws will only be fully identified through the system being used, and then it can take a couple of months for the flaws to be fixed through yet more updates. A flawed system is not only going to set you back with your day to day work, but it can so frustrating that you’d spend each day more stressed than you’d otherwise need to be.
- Features are limited
When Windows 11 was first announced, Microsoft users were excited to learn that the system would be compatible with Android apps, the very same that they would use on their smartphone devices. But here’s the catch, this compatibility will not be available with the first version of Windows 11. Instead, they will be a part of the updates that will follow. So if this was your main reason for wanting to update, best wait.
- Familiarity is missing
What makes any operating system truly work for the user is familiarity. When you are using the same system day in and day out for years at a time, you soon develop a natural ease with it. And when you know your way around it, you can become incredibly efficient with the tasks you need to do. So when you install Windows 11, without knowing much about it, you are going to have to become familiar with everything all over again, and in the meantime, you’ll have to struggle with getting to know a whole new system.
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