I have many clients who swear by their Apple products. Whenever I mention an issue with my Microsoft device they merely raise their noses, shake their heads, and mumble about the advantages of MacOS 12. So, a few weeks back, when Windows Update informed me that I could upgrade my desktop computer to Windows 11 for free, I was hesitant to click on the install button. No, I was not considering a switch to a MacBook. I’m too old for that. Instead, I was remembering the difficulties I experienced upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Is the upgrade worth the hassle?
Before I answer that question, consider this background information: About six years ago Microsoft introduced its Windows 10 system. After the lackluster introduction of Windows 8, this new offering was pitched as a significant upgrade. For a short period of time subscribers with earlier Windows operating systems were allowed to upgrade, gratis. It sounded like a win: win situation. Until I attempted to upgrade my computers. The process was more complicated than necessary and three out of my four upgrades failed. Catastrophically. The memory still rankles.
I am happy to say that the Windows 11 upgrade is almost seamless. After little more time than it takes for a quotidian upgrade, my desktop is humming along smoothly. My older apps still work as before. Only my sheet-feed scanner is balking, but I remain optimistic its manufacturer will issue new Windows 11 drivers soon.
My only real complaint is a minor one. Many computers will fail to meet the hardware requirements of the new operating system . . . computers like my aged laptop. Yet, thanks to Windows 11, I now recognize exactly how dated that laptop is. Four years is a very long time when measured in terms of computing capabilities. Oh, well. Time to get a new one. The good news is that, despite supply chain disruptions, I had no difficulty buying a new, faster laptop with Windows 11. Already installed.
So, don’t hesitate. Upgrade to Windows 11 if you can.
Peter has spent the past twenty-plus years as an acting/consulting CFO for a number of small businesses in a wide range of industries. Peter’s prior experience is that of a serial entrepreneur, managing various start-up and turnaround projects. He is a co-founder of Keurig.