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10 good reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11

10 good reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11
Written by admin_3fxxacau

You’ll never see a Microsoft Windows upgrade that doesn’t get strong backlash, and although Windows 11 didn’t encounter as much vitriol as some earlier versions of the OS, that’s not to say all is rosy. The main beef has been on his Hardware requirements. Lesser complaints about interface changes amount to “someone moved my cheese”, but still stoke the ire of long-time users. In many ways, Windows 11 works just as well as Windows 10. It runs all the same software and supports all the same devices. And yet, there are plenty of valid reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11.

As is the case with most desktop operating systems, whether from Apple or Microsoft, the intent of a new release is to tempt you into buying a new computer. These tech giants are less interested in upgrading your existing hardware because it brings them no revenue.

I still mostly use Windows 10 by choice, but I’ve also used Windows 11 widely, and I’m here to tell you that it’s not a huge adjustment to switch between the two. That said, there are reasons why you might prefer to stick with the proven Windows 10 rather than upgrade to Windows 11. Most of the reasons boil down to the fact that Windows 10 did a lot of things right, and Windows 11 ruins them. Feel free to add your own reasons not to upgrade in the comments below.


1. You may need to buy a new PC for Windows 11

The biggest stink made by Windows commentators when Windows 11 launched was about its new hardware requirements. The need for a TPM security chip generated a lot of digital ink, whereas in my experience the most common obstacle to upgrading was a requirement for a newer processor. I tested three or four PCs that all had TPM chips, but with processors that weren’t new enough to upgrade. You also cannot install the operating system in the unlikely event that your PC is still running a 32-bit processor; it only works on 64-bit Intel/AMD and Arm chips.

It’s about upgrading existing PCs. If you’re looking for a new computer, there are still more reasons why you might buy one that runs Windows 10, as you’ll see below. A good selection of PCs with Windows 10 pre-installed are always available, and it is possible to upgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10.


2. Windows 10 taskbar is better

Windows 10 taskbar and Windows 11 taskbar

Windows 10 allows you to display larger and more informative taskbar buttons and allows you to place the taskbar on one side or at the top of the screen as well as at the bottom, which is very important for some users. Windows 11 does neither. In 10, the entries are always in the same place. But in 11, if you use the default center alignment, icon positions, even the Start button, change when you open and close apps. Fortunately, you can Left-align the taskbar in Windows 11, which fixes this last problem, but the others remain.

Another flaw is that the taskbar calendar doesn’t allow you to add or view events like in Windows 10. Another is that it doesn’t support drag-and-drop as fully as its predecessor. However, Microsoft is backtracking on this one, returning the capability in future versions of Windows 11, but I still see the universal No symbol when I try to drag a file onto an app icon in the taskbar .


Windows 10 Start Menu and Windows 11 Start Menu

The new Start menu in Windows 11 does not show recently installed apps or frequently used apps. It offers the vague “suggested” apps that may be based on these criteria, but I didn’t find it as useful as Windows 10’s clear sections for these categories. 11’s icons don’t display any app information like Windows 10’s tiles do. The earlier OS also gives immediate access to the power (shutdown, restart, sleep) and Settings app.


Search field in Windows 10

Yes, you can press a taskbar icon or use Windows Key-S to bring up the search box in Windows 11, but nothing like having a search box there all the time, in the same place, waiting for your requests. Windows 10 offers this, right next to the Start button. The company has even started adorning the right side of the box with cute themed artwork, rare proof that Microsoft continues to improve Windows 10.


5. Windows 11 tablet experience is not as good as Windows 10

Windows 11 on tablet

I wrote about the frustrating experience of using Windows 11 on a tablet, and although Microsoft claims to have improved it, I find the opposite. In Windows 10, swiping from left to right brings up the very useful Task View and Action Center (another incredibly useful feature gone in Windows 11; see below). You can close an app by swiping down from the top of the screen, and apps are full-screen by default, which makes sense on a tablet. Windows 11 introduces entirely new gestures that require multiple fingers. Although they look more like Apple, I wonder if they will convert many iPad users to Surface Go users.


6. Windows 11 requires Microsoft account sign-in

Sign in to Microsoft account when setting up Windows 11

You won’t find any Mac users who don’t sign in to an Apple account, let alone Chromebook or Android users who don’t sign in to a Google account. But some Windows users are vehement about not wanting to log into an account on their PC. If you’re one of those people, there’s your reason not to upgrade to Windows 11. Well, at least to the Home version. The Pro version does not have this requirement, although it seems that the escape is gone in the future, based on the preliminary versions.

For the Home version, you just need to log in to the account during setup. You can then choose a local account for normal PC use. As with other operating systems, signing in to a Microsoft account brings benefits including OneDrive backup, Store apps, Xbox games, Microsoft Family parental controls, and Phone Link to use your Android phone functions on your PC.

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7. Action Center disappeared in Windows 11

Windows 11 Action Center

Instead of the tidy all-in-one action center for notifications and quick settings, Windows 11 divides its functions into a disjointed, somewhat illogical arrangement, somewhat resembling the messy display of notification boxes you see in macOS (but not so bad). In Windows 10, you tap the speaker icon to adjust sound, the Wi-Fi button to change Wi-Fi, and the battery icon to see your power situation. In Windows 11, these conveniences are grouped together, so tapping the sound icon brings up battery and Wi-Fi options, which you don’t have to worry about. Windows 11 is less effective here.


8. You’d Miss Timeline and Other Deprecated Features in Windows 11

Timeline in Windows 10

As with all major OS updates, some features come, some features go. The biggest ones leaving Windows in version 11 are Timeline, Live Tiles, and Internet Explorer. However, if you are running an old business application that requires IE, you can still run an Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge Navigator. The timeline, however, is now relegated to the mists of time past. I don’t use one ground, but finds it useful on occasion.


Windows 10 vs Windows 11 File Explorer Context Menu

I’m kind of playing devil’s advocate with this one, since I hated the infinitely deep right-click context menus that any application could add to the File Explorer right-click context menu in versions previous Windows. You can still access it by clicking on the Show more options menu item. If this irritates you (as it does for some users, based on web forums and comment sections like ours), you have another small reason not to upgrade.


10. There is no rush: you still have three years

Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025, so why rush to jump on Windows 11? If you’re happy with Windows 10, like me, there’s very little reason to upgrade. I’ve even seen new features added to version 10 since the launch of 11. That said, some people still like to have the latest stuff and designs. I haven’t had a problem with Windows 11 – I used it exclusively for a month while working remotely – and there are certainly some attractive things about it, like the updated design and more system sounds. soothing. But you can keep Windows 10 for now if you prefer, and many of us will.


Still on the fence?

Maybe you’re not convinced by the above reasons and want more information about Windows 11. We’ve got you covered. For the contrary argument, read Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 11. And keep track of all the latest news and tips on our Windows 11 home page.

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