It’s worth holding back on Windows 11
Windows 11 has officially launched and is gradually being rolled out to Windows 10 systems around the world, but should you upgrade to the new operating system immediately? After recent reports I’m inclined to say no.
My reason is not because it can damage your PC or cause irreversible damage, but because there are some glitches in the software that need to be fixed to ensure a smooth experience.
First of all, AMD recently revealed that Ryzen processors could see their performance drop when using Windows 11 – extreme cases could even see their performance drop by up to 15%.
PCGamer also reported that Windows 11 has a memory leak bug with File Explorer not releasing RAM after use. To make matters worse, RAM usage may stack up after using File Explorer a few times. This can cause your PC to slow down unnecessarily after prolonged use.
There are countless other Windows 11 bugs that users have reported as well, but luckily nothing so big that it hurts your PC. Microsoft will likely already be working hard to fix these flaws, so it’s only a matter of time before they’re fixed.
But Windows 11 is also missing some notable features at launch, with Android apps still not available in the revamped Microsoft Store.
There has also been a lot of criticism leveled at the taskbar, as it is not as customizable as its Windows 10 counterpart. You also cannot drag and drop apps to the taskbar, which seems like a problem. strange omission. Microsoft has not confirmed whether it will improve this feature, but our fingers are crossed.
I’m a big fan of Windows 11, especially the new Snap Layouts feature that lets you easily fit multiple apps or browsers onto one screen. But I also think there aren’t enough significant upgrades here to warrant installing. Plus, support for Windows 10 is going to continue for the foreseeable future, so it’s not like you’re going to be blocked from your favorite apps anytime soon.
That said, I certainly wouldn’t accuse anyone of being reckless if they installed Windows 11 immediately. I can understand that some people are really happy to try it out for themselves, and while the bugs can cause minor performance issues, there’s apparently nothing here that could really hamper your PC.
For everyone however, I recommend a little patience. The best operating systems provide a seamless and hassle-free experience, and Windows 11 isn’t quite there yet.
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