Is upgrading to Windows 11 worth the effort?
Windows 11 vs Windows 10
Reasons to upgrade to Windows 11
- Single annual update: If you found the Windows 10 semi-annual updates tiresome, you’ll be happy to know Windows 11 has discarded them for a single annual update.
- Better performance: Windows 11 gets better memory management, an SSD boost, and a higher processing speed, which translates into saved time as apps and the overall system run faster.
- Optimized for productivity: The new user interface is highly intuitive, customizable, and has better multitasking capabilities. It was designed in a way to block out distractions and improve focus, which can ultimately improve staff productivity.
Reasons to keep Windows 10
- Capable of running your business: Windows 10 is still more than capable of running all your business applications. In fact, we still run our business on Windows 10, despite the Windows 11 upgrade being available when we bought new equipment.
- Familiarity: Let’s be honest, change can be difficult. Some of your staff members may struggle with the Windows 11 transition, which can hurt productivity in the short run. While Windows 11 isn’t a drastic update, useful tools like Timeline and Action Center are gone, and the new Taskbar and Start menu will likely take some getting used to.
- There’s no rush: Microsoft will provide support for Windows 10 till October 2025 and new features are still being added. So if you don’t yet meet the Windows 11 minimum requirements or you’d like to wait to upgrade, you have plenty of time.
Can you upgrade? Windows 11 requirements
- RAM: 4GB or more
- Processor: Minimum of 1 gigahertz with two or more cores that are compatible with a 64-bit processor
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with Windows Display Driver Model 2.0
- Security: Secure Boot capable, TPM version 2.0, UEFI firmware
- OS: Must be on Windows 10 version 2004 or later and have installed the security update from September 14, 2021 or afterwards
See the full list of Windows 11 requirements here. Essentially, your PC needs to have been made in 2019 or afterwards to upgrade to a supported version of Windows 11. Note, there are also some feature-specific Windows 11 requirements, like a sensor for presence detection, and a speaker and microphone for Cortana. To easily check for compatibility, you can run Microsoft’s PC Health Check app.
4 considerations to help you decide whether to upgrade
1. Application compatibility
- App Assure program: Available to all Microsoft customers, the App Assure program is designed to help resolve application compatibility issues when upgrading to Windows 11 for business.
- Test Base: Hosted in Azure, this platform can help businesses validate and test their applications on secure virtual machines.
- Trusted Platform Module: Also known as the TPM 2.0 framework, this feature makes Windows 11 a passwordless operating system. TPM reduces phishing and has been identified by Microsoft as resulting in 67% fewer compromises than legacy authentication. In addition to the elimination of passwords, TPM also protects your business’s data through device encryption.
- UEFI Secure Boot: This security feature prevents malicious software from loading as your PC boots up. Why is this important? If your system is compromised before your system boots, then user, endpoint, and kernel security tools can be undermined, leaving your systems vulnerable to cyber attacks.
- Hypervisor-protected Code Integrity enablement: This feature provides stronger protection from malware that attempts to exploit the Windows Kernel, thus lowering the chances of a system breach.
4. Potential pitfalls while upgrading
How to Proceed with a Windows 11 Upgrade
If there are, if there is business value, and a return on investment in upgrading to Windows 11
Make the right choice for your business
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