3 things to consider before you hit install
The new Windows 11 Operating System has been widely anticipated since last year. In August, Microsoft announced 5 October 2021 as the target release date. But before you hit ‘upgrade’ and get the shiny new update, there are some things you should consider.
The anticipation around the new Windows 11 stems from Microsoft’s promise of a fresher design, more seamless Microsoft apps integration, and AI capabilities to support productivity. While we have already had a taste of that from Windows 10 with its text-to-speech capabilities, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in his LinkedIn post:
“With Windows 11, we’re reimagining everything from the operating system to the store, to unlock new opportunity for people and the world.”
The idea of a smoother user experience sounds promising. But is it worth rushing the upgrade on release day and trial a probably still buggy new OS?
Before you transition from your current Windows version to the brand-new Windows 11, hear us out. Here are 3 things you should consider before upgrading.
1) Windows 11 compatibility issues
Windows 11 may not be compatible with all devices. If you only recently bought a Windows 10 computer, it’s most likely that you can easily upgrade to Windows 11 without issue. However, if you have an older computer, or you’re still using an older version of Windows, you might need to check first and make sure you’re eligible for the free upgrade.
You can access Microsoft’s PC Health Check App to see if your current computer is compatible with Windows 11. However, we advise that you contact your MSP to thoroughly consult on the best options.
2) Costs of upgrading to Windows 11
While Microsoft hasn’t yet announced an end date to the free upgrade, it’s important to be prepared. If you plan on installing a fresh OS on your computer, prepare to purchase a standalone version of Windows 11 for about AU$140 to AU$200.
Purchasing Windows 11 doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work on your device, so make sure to check for compatibility first before handing over your cash.
3) You may get limited support
Since Windows 11 would be a new system for everyone, we expect it to be buggy at first. Users may experience some issues that your IT helpdesk won’t yet know how to fix.
Since it’s a new release, you and your IT helpdesk provider will still be discovering new features and learning the ropes as you go. You might encounter an issue that your IT helpdesk haven’t yet dealt with, making it challenging for them to resolve your issue right away.
Should your business update to Windows 11 on 5 October?
It’s best to consult with your IT managed service provider about the next steps regarding the upgrade. You most likely won’t be able to initiate Windows updates on your computer without their assistance, but if you have administrative rights, we strongly recommend against upgrading to Windows 11 just yet. Contact your IT helpdesk if you have concerns regarding the update.
End-of-support won’t arrive until October of 2025, so you don’t have to worry about losing security patch and feature updates for a long while. And remember, you won’t really be missing out on anything grand if you skip the Windows 11 update on 5 October. Your Windows 10 computer will work perfectly fine even after the release date.
Talk to us about upgrading to Windows 11
It's a great idea to talk to your MSP first to discuss the best options for you so you can have a seamless transition to Windows 11. If you’d like more information, get in touch with the Grassroots IT team on 1300 554 138 or contact us online.