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    I have just installed Win 11 on my secondary machine, a Surface Go that I use mostly for watching movies, browsing the internet and reading books and PDFs. Having taken a system image just before upgrading, I am seriously tempted to revert. I just spent too much time rearranging the start menu icons to show the apps that I want and figuring out how to get rid of stuff such as Widgets that I don’t want in the task bar. Very annoying. Given my typical usage, is there any advantage to Win 11?

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    • #2397914

      Might it not be, perhaps, an idea to wait a few months before installing a new OS, any OS, or any major upgrade to any OS, after it is first released? Just saying.

      Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur 11.6 & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      Waterfox "Current" and (now and then) Chrome. also Intego AV and Malwarebytes for the Mac.

      • #2397916

        Yes. That’s why I installed it on my secondary machine, not my main workhorse.

    • #2397924

      mice don’t play well when there’s a new cat around.
      I’d have stuck with Windows 10 and be the 2nd mouse to the cheese 😉
      For all that hassle, you’d have been better off tryng out a linux distro..
      just sayin’

      | Quality over Quantity |
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    • #2397932

      Windows 11 includes an improved WSL (windows subsystem for Linux), it will eventually support running some Android apps within windows, and it includes extra security features.  And the UI “improvements”.

      Most people won’t care about any of that.  Upgrade when you are forced to, in 2025.  Or, if software you use starts requiring or “strongly recommending” Windows 11 .

    • #2400253

      I agree with you. One of mi biggest complaints (other than pinning items to taskbar programs) is the amount of work needed on the Start menu. Why on earth did they decide to ignore the customizations I had done on the W10 Start menu? It took a while to find and pin the apps I wanted/needed.

      I wrote up a “First Look” review and I decided (spoiler alert!) that for me (and most “average” users) there’s yet to be any strong reason to migrate from W10. We have 4 years for them to appear.

      Hank Arnold

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    • #2400269

      The main advantage of operating systems circa 1970s was to reduce the need for error-prone humans to manage the computer system facilities. We think immediately of tapes and removable disks, and of course, decks of 80-column punched cards.

      From this I propose that the primary purpose of an Operating System is to be VERY good at managing files of data for the user.

      I am at Win10, and have given up hope of ever having File Explorer (and the various Windows-based dialogue boxes (File, Open, …)) maintaining for me a standard view of “Name, Date Modified, Size and Type”.

      Until The Latest Version can promise that (let alone deliver ) I can’t see any point in upgrading. Everything else is just larger tail-fins on a Customline.


      Unless you're in a hurry, just wait.

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    • #2400891

      Well, I have now restored my machine back to Win10. The straw that broke the camel’s back was that my Bluetooth headphones didn’t work right. I suppose I could have removed them and then added them back, but forget it, not worth the hassle.

      Subjectively, logging on seemed slower on Win11 than on Win10. Also the machine seemed to run a bit hotter. All that is history now. I’ll stick with Win10. It ain’t broke, so I am not going to fix it.

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