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To upgrade or not to upgrade? The Windows 11 question 

Microsoft is prompting many users to auto-update to its latest operating system, Windows 11. But there are several factors you should consider before proceeding. 

Following the release of the Windows 11 operating system (OS) in October, Microsoft is pushing out automatic updates to recent-model machines.

The release itself may have come as somewhat of a surprise, given Microsoft’s assurances there would be no more numbered OS releases.

But while ME, XP or Vista may have had a certain ring to them in years gone by, it seems the Microsoft marketing department may have been struggling. While “Covid Edition” might be apt, Windows CE was released way back in 2006 as an operating system for small devices like PDAs.

So back to the numbers it was and along came Windows 11.

There’s no doubt the newest Microsoft OS has some great features, feel and functionality, providing what many describe as more “smart phone styling” – or for those that dare to go there, a more Mac OS look and feel. In addition, there are some significant under-the-hood changes too.

But as much as it sounds like plain sailing, and just because you receive a prompt to auto-upgrade, there are no guarantees it will all just work.

For starters, many people struggle with interface and feature changes. If the task bar moves or the desktop icons look a bit different, IT support requests will be running hot.

There could also be some more serious issues to contend with. Some of the key ones are listed below.

  • Device compatibility: There are some minimum specifications for PCs and other devices in order to run Windows 11. This includes having an up-to-date CPU, which may not be the case with devices that are more than four years old.
  • Peripherals compatibility: Devices like printers, monitors, cameras and scanners use drivers to communicate between the OS and the peripheral device. Most device manufacturers will release Windows 11 drivers in time, but they could be a little slow off the mark or you may have to go looking for them.
  • Software application compatibility: The tools you use in your business, from common, off-the-shelf software packages like Microsoft Office and various business systems, to the more obscure software that may have been custom built or tailored to your specific needs, has to be checked for Windows 11 compatibility. Imagine the disruption if your invoicing or payroll systems grind to a halt.
  • OS stability and security: You can have some confidence that Microsoft has verified the core security and stability functions of Windows 11. But that does not mean it won’t be without its problems. It’s common when a new OS is released to market to see a slew of patches and updates rolling out regularly until various glitches are overcome. But if you work with sensitive or critical data, it may pay to wait until the early adopters have worked through some of the wrinkles.

CMTG is currently testing to ensure operating system compatibility for customers and at this stage advises against accepting blanket auto-updates until testing is complete.

If you have any concerns about your readiness to upgrade, CMTG can arrange an audit of your existing hardware, peripherals and core software to confirm compatibility with Windows 11.

CONTACT us to discuss your situation.

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