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    I recommend Windows 10 22H2 and Windows 11 22H2 for non gamers, Windows 11 21H2 if you are a gamer. Windows 11 22H2: Recommended for non gamers Window
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2572267

      I second the recommendation for Win 10 22H2. I’ve been running it quite a while now and find it does pretty much everything I need in an engineer/telecommuter/business manager role reliably and without complaint, if in a somewhat bloated way (as usual).

      Begs a question, though. This is 2023, and we’re already halfway through… Are there hints of a 23H1?

      OpenShell is another way to put another “Start Button” at the left of the taskbar and still have the icons centered and the new Start Button indented. Kind of offers a transition capability for those who might prefer to transition to the new one.

      Pretty sure I had found another way (rather than entering a dummy eMail) to set up Win 11 with a local account, but it’s been a while and I have forgotten the details. I definitely did it though.

      Most Win 10 / 8.1 / 7 performance and other tweaks still apply to Windows 11.


      • #2572304

        Begs a question, though. This is 2023, and we’re already halfway through… Are there hints of a 23H1?

        No. Windows 10 22H2 is the last feature update until EOL on 2025.
        Windows 10 22H2 will receive only security Windows Updates.

      • #2572311

        Partial quote from Jason Leznek’s Apr 27 2023 Windows client roadmap update post.

        22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security update releases through that date.

        Note: Jason Leznek is the “principal product manager” for Windows servicing and delivery so this comes straight from Microsoft.

    • #2572268

      So far my biggest issues with Windows 11 … the one that slows me way down is snip and sketch.

      Windows 11 has never had Snip & Sketch, so users won’t know what you’re talking about (e.g. those who never had Windows 10).

      When you use snip and sketch, it ends the snip process with the window BEHIND your active window, not in front.

      Snipping Tool does not.

      Shift, Windows key, S doesn’t end up with a snipped window big enough.

      WIN + Shift + S can snip an area or window as big as you like, or the full screen.

      It’s odd to criticise Windows 11 about an app that is not part of it (when the tool supplied with it works just fine).

      In Windows 11, both the classic Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch apps have been replaced by a new Snipping Tool app that represents the best experiences of both apps in the next evolution of screen capture for Windows.

      Windows 11 Snipping Tool

      Snipping Tool

      Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.2361 + Microsoft 365 + Edge

      • #2572324

        I call it snip and sketch because it certainly is not a better snipping tool. A bit of history.   When snipping tool first came out on Windows 7, it was a nice little feature but was missing one thing  – being able to print.  You had to paste it into something. When it included printing in Windows 10 it actually pushed us to upgrade to Windows 10 faster.

        Everyone I know that uses the native tool to take images complains about this very same issue and don’t like how the screenshots are auto saved. Sometimes we don’t want the hard drive space used like this.  Everyone else says to use snag it.

        You are missing my feedback.  When I take a screen shot I want the screen to end up in front of the thing I’m taking a snippet of so I can see before I start the next step if I got the right thing.  Control-Windows key -S the resulting image is too small to see if I’ve captured what I want.

        I do a lot of screen shots for internal documentation – you’d see what I mean if you did similar.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

    • #2572321

      I’ve just ordered a new gaming desktop to replace my existing main one, and I decided to pay extra for a Windows 10 Pro OS (they didn’t have Home available) in preference to a Windows 11 Home OS. Windows 11 offers me nothing I do want and quite a lot I don’t want, while Windows 10 does everything well and the lack of any more feature updates is a positive attraction. When it reaches end of support in a couple of years time then assuming that isn’t further extended because of the large market share for Windows 10 then I’ll almost certainly have the option to subscribe to 0patch which continues to do a good job protecting my Windows 7 machine.

      I ordered the new machine from one of the UK’s top suppliers of custom-built machines, and interestingly after the assistant handling my order had read the usual stuff about Windows 11 versus Windows 10 he confirmed that he too had recently decided to stick with Windows 10 for his new machine.

    • #2572323

      Out of curiosity, why 11/21H2 for gamers, and what of gamers on Windows 10?

      Dell XPS 13/9310, i5-1135G7/16GB, KDE Neon
      XPG Xenia 15, i7-9750H/16GB & GTX1660ti, KDE Neon
      Acer Swift Go 14, i5-1335U/16GB, KDE Neon (and Win 11 for maintenance)

      • #2572325

        I’ve seen several times where new security enhancements in Windows 11 22H2 security have not played nice (pun intended) with gaming software or other anti-game cracking software.

        I’m not seeing these same issues on Windows 10.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

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    • #2572565

      For Enterprise or big business users who already have the original release of Win11, the Win11 21H2 Education & Enterprise editions are supported until October 2024 as noted here:

    • #2573415

      You can also STILL activate Windows 10 (Pro) directly with your old Windows 7 key. Recently had to rebuild my OS due to some corruption, and Windows 10 22H2 still directly accepted the W7 key. Probably because this motherboard used to run Windows 7 until a couple of years ago, but it’s nice to know I didn’t have to rebuild 7 first and then upgrade to W10.

      No matter where you go, there you are.

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