Updated Oct 11, 2021 (scroll to bottom of page to see the latest)
Thoughts on Windows 11

Microsoft has done it again


    Let's hope they created a winner to replace a pretty decent and acceptable operating system that is Windows 10.

    Maybe Windows 10 isn't as elegant as the MacOS or as cheap (as in free) as are many Linux OSs, but it will do just fine until "something better" comes along.
Keep your fingers crossed that "something better" will be Windows 11!

    Windows 10 is good, not great, but plenty good enough and workable considering what it replaced.

    Windows 7 was comparatively slow as molasses and woefully short of modern security and customization features.

    Windows 8, which should have been an improvement, was not too bad, that is, after you added a decent third-party start menu. But it really sucked on its own, as introduced.
    I don't know what those guys at Microsoft were thinking (that we all had tablet PCs with touch screens or that we were all on drugs like they apparently were) - Start Screen, the charms, yuck! And they actually thought a Win-X/Quick Link menu could replace a full-fledged Start Menu - Enter third-party Classic Start Menu or Start 8.

    That has me wondering if there are still a few people at Microsoft on drugs considering some of the desktops images they created for Windows 11.
    Some of the images remind me of psychedelic fever dream images that were popular back in the 1970s.

Is there really a difference? Which one is Windows 11 and which one is an LSD dream?

Other than the psychedelic art what else can we expect from Windows 11 that
Windows 10 doesn't have?

    But first, PCWorld Magazine has an article which tells us what we will lose from Windows 10 with Windows 11.

    Now, the new stuff.
  1. ) Android apps will now run on Windows. Apps may be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

  2. ) Teams Chat Chat, from Microsoft Teams, will be integrated into the Windows 11 taskbar.

  3. ) Widgets news, notifications, and personalized information of various types will be pushed to your PC from a window that slides out from the left-hand side of your desktop screen.

  4. ) Made-over Microsoft Store with more and better apps. We'll see how they do.

  5. ) Speedy Windows updates if Microsoft can make updates smaller, faster, and less obtrusive, Great!

  6. ) DirectStorage According to PCWorld Magazine: DirectStorage is a Windows API that will be used to control what Microsoft calls the Xbox Velocity Architecture. It's Microsoft's approach to reducing the storage capacity that an Xbox Series X game requires, loading the game and its assets as quickly as possible. Now it's coming to Windows.

  7. ) Auto HDR mainly for improved gaming visuals on a HDR capable gaming PC.

  8. ) Windows 11 S this didn't work very well for Windows 10 S. We'll see if they can get it right this time.

  9. ) Voice dictation (with punctuation) if they can get this right it will be amazing as well as being very handy and time-saving for those who do lots of typing. Nuance, maker of Dragon Naturally Speaking, can't be very happy with this announcement.
For more details see How-to-Geek's informative article - Windows 11: What’s New In Microsoft’s New OS

This is all wonderful, but what about that free upgrade?

    It turns out that you will only be able to upgrade your current PC to Windows 11 if it is of recent vintage, three years old or less, perhaps much less. Your old PC must first have a 64Bit multi-core CPU of the type that came out with the Intel Core Processers.
    But the CPU must be from the Intel 8th Generation (Coffee Lake?) or AMD 3nd Generation Ryzen (Ryzen 3000) - or later processors. Then, and here's another crusher, it must have a Trusted Platform Module, TPM module Version 2.0. This TPM 2.0 technology was released in October 2014 and shipped beginning in August 2016.
    So any PCs shipped earlier than 2017 are definitely out. Even any PCs shipped after that date, but using older components are also definitely out!

    However Microsoft's Health Check Setup utility (download link) seems to be very picky about which PCs pass muster and which don't.
    Update: The much maligned, Health Check Setup Utility has been pulled according to Microsoft. They say it will reappear later this year before the release of Windows 11.

"Ready or not, Windows 11 is on target to leave stranded hundreds of millions of systems on Windows 10 -- which will still be supported until October of 2025. The sheer amount of bad will created by a software upgrade that essentially doesn't seem like much more than a user interface update is rubbing many Microsoft diehards the wrong way." from ZDNet

    For a much more full explanation of this see PC Magazine's articles To Upgrade to Windows 11, Prepare to Dig Into Your PC's BIOS by Michael Kan and Microsoft Doesn't Want You to Upgrade to Windows 11 by Michael Muchmore.

    Also see PCWorld's take at Want Windows 11? Your PC better have these specs by Mark Hachman

    As it is, I and many other PC users will not see Windows 11 until and unless we buy a new PC with Windows 11 preinstalled! It is apparent that Microsoft is covering their collective butts by offering free upgrades to PC users it knows will never be able to upgrade. Only those PCs sold this year, likely in the last few months, will be eligible for a free upgrade and they know it!

Come on Microsoft, you should be able to do much better than this!

    For more on this see - Windows 11: Microsoft apologizes for compatibility confusion, hints at changes from Ed Bott at ZDNet. We'll see how it all shakes out. In another article Ed attempts to explain which PCs will be able to run Windows 11 - He mostly succeeds.

In the meanwhile, Microsoft has set the retirement date for Windows 10 Operating System as of October 14, 2025.
So all PC users who want a new PC have plenty of time to buy a new Windows 11 PC before Windows 10 finally fades away.