Just in time for Christmas??? Later this year, Microsoft will be rolling out Windows 11, the next generation operating system which will upgrade and eventually replace Windows 10. It’s worth looking at a few questions regarding this new OS so that we can be prepared for its arrival.
First, compatibility. Some Windows 10 PCs will be able to run Windows 11, and if they can, the upgrade costs nothing. However, not every computer capable of running Windows 10 will be able to run Windows 11, you need a 64-bit PC containing a TPM 2.0 chip and UEFI Firmware that has a Secure Boot capacity. If in doubt, you can discover whether your PC will work with Windows 11 using Microsoft’s PC Health Check app, which is free.
If your computer can’t run Windows 11, or you simply want to stay with Windows 10, you can carry on running it; Microsoft isn’t planning on withdrawing security update support after October 14, 2025. If you upgrade your hardware, however, you may have no option but to accept Windows 11, as the latest CPUs may well be designed only to work with the new system.
In terms of software, you should not have any problems running all your current software from Windows 10 in Windows 11, in fact it should run better than before. AND in a surprise twist, Windows 11 is capable of running Android apps.
In terms of new additions, Microsoft is offering a simplified Start menu, the capacity to work across multiple windows and monitors, and there are no more live tiles. There will be improvements to updates, which will be 40% smaller and installed in the background instead of making you wait, and there will only be one major update each year, not two as there are now.
There will also be a new widgets pane for the taskbar, and Microsoft Teams will be integrated into the taskbar as well. The Microsoft Store will be dramatically improved, with all the Windows apps you could possibly need and, as mentioned, the capacity to install Android apps as well.
Alongside the added features, a few are disappearing: the taskbar will be permanently moored to the bottom of the screen instead of being customizable, and you won’t be able to enable window labels on it. The Start menu will be much simpler, with live tiles removed along with the capacity to name pinned groups/app folders. Cortona will no longer be a default option on the taskbar, and it won’t be talking to you as part of the set-up process as it has up to now.