Windows 11 - Time to Wait

Our advice: hold off on this update for now

The Windows 11 update is out and some Users will already have received notifications popping up on their computer encouraging them to upgrade. At this stage there are two important points to make about this update.

1 - The update is not suitable for every computer. 

Here are the specifications (from ARS Technica):

  •  A "compatible" 1 GHz or faster dual-core 64-bit processor from Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • UEFI Secure Boot supported and enabled
  • A Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0
  • A DirectX 12-compatible GPU with a WDDM 2.0 driver
  • A 720p display larger than 9 inches in size

Now obviously we don't expect most Users to know whether their computer meets these requirements so we suggest waiting until we're out of lockdown so that we can check out your computer and see whether it will take Windows 11. 

2 - The Danger of Faults

Large Windows updates of any kind (and particularly to entirely new Windows versions) are always a dicey (though necessary) proposition. While most updates do run smoothly with no problems, they are one of the most common sources of faults as faults go. It's a big ask for a computer - probably one of the most serious tasks our computers have to do. The last thing you want during lockdown is your computer to get stuck on an update because we will need physical access to it to sort that out. 

Our other concern is that even if the update completes successfully, there have already been some errors identified with the functionality of Windows 11 that might apply to your computer. Such errors are generally promptly solved with further updates but again, during lockdown is not the best time to volunteer to be the guinea pig. We recommend waiting until at least mid January by which time we hope that most of the creases will have been ironed out (and we'll be on board for support).