Windows 11: An alternative to Windows 10

Windows 11 contains some great ideas. Made some fundamental changes to Windows. Here are the pros and cons of Windows 11

new look
The initial installation is clean and on purpose
Settings menu is more useful
Store overhaul looks great
Snap View offers more organization options
Widgets provide information you may want
IE browser is gone
Taskbar, starting rework won’t benefit users
Teams Chat is unnecessary and can be obtrusive
Local “offline” account requires Windows 11 Pro
Installing another browser is almost prohibitive
Several major features have yet to appear
TPM issues
Windows 11 doesn’t convincingly answer the question every PC user should be asking: Why do I need this upgrade? The new OS repurposes some of the Windows 10X code Microsoft scrapped, but lacks the unified vision that 10X promised.

In some ways, Windows 11 feels very much like a 2020 product. We often feel like we have to do something, and for some very good reasons, but have no real sense of the road ahead. The same goes for Windows 11. Aesthetically, Windows 11 sacrifices productivity for personality, but not cohesion. The new menu appears to be designed for businesses. An overactive Widgets app drives celebrity gossip. Teams Chat requires you to reorganize your social circles around Microsoft. However, you’ll find something to praise in Windows 11: the initial installation experience, a redesigned settings menu, tips, and some improved Windows apps. The performance improvements under the hood will be combined with gaming enhancements like DirectStorage and AutoHDR…eventually. However, for now, most users may want to forego Windows 10 updates.

Windows 11 is a choice, not a process
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to Windows 11, and some compatible PCs will be available around October 5. (Microsoft says the update won’t be available to all eligible computers until mid-2022.) It’s important to remember that for Windows 10, mid-term feature updates, such as moving from the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, It usually happens about a month after Microsoft starts pushing new feature updates to PCs. You can delay the update, but not too long.

With Windows 11, users have more free will. On or around October 5, you can choose to upgrade to Windows 11, or continue to use Windows 10. If you choose to accept, you can. But you can also decline the update and keep using Windows 10 until Windows 10 support expires. The decision to upgrade to Windows 11 is a real option that you should consider carefully.

Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Home

Windows 11 will be available in two different versions for home use. Windows 11 Pro and Windows 11 Home will only receive major feature updates once a year, not twice. (Windows 11 Home in S mode will also be available, but we haven’t tested it.) It appears that Windows 11 Pro will retain the feature differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro, offering BitLocker encryption, Hyper- Features such as V virtualization, Remote Desktop Connection, and Windows Sandbox.

We haven’t tried Windows 11’s Remote Desktop Connection, but we’ve confirmed that Hyper-V virtualization generally works. Windows 11 couldn’t find the Ubuntu ISO downloaded by Hyper-V, but it opened and installed the saved Windows 10 version just fine. Windows 11 also opens a copy of Windows 11 (instead of Windows 10) with Windows Sandbox, a nifty (though we rarely use) virtualized operating system that you can use to browse the grey areas of the web. In conclusion, the reasons to upgrade (or not) to Windows 10 Pro seem to carry over to Windows 11 Pro.

Now there’s a big reason to consider Windows 11 Pro. The Windows 11 Pro will be the only version that allows for local accounts, which Microsoft now calls “offline” accounts. Windows 11 Home requires you to initially sign in with a Microsoft account. We will discuss this more in the next section. However, for those already using a local account, this can make upgrading to Windows 11 quite a hassle. If you own a Windows 10 home PC and don’t want to use a Microsoft account, it looks like you’ll have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and then to Windows 11 Pro.

In general, installing Windows 11 feels very similar to installing Windows 10, but the installation process is rather cute, simplified, and walks you through the process. For example, Microsoft eliminated the overt option to install Microsoft 365, Cortana, and Your Phone during setup—at least as part of the setup process we tried, no matter what. Microsoft has tried the “Personalize” setup process before, which means your setup process may be slightly different.

The most significant change is the removal of local or “offline” accounts in Windows 10 Home – for now, Windows 11 home PCs must be set up and managed with a Microsoft account, but local accounts can also be added later for other users.

To enable a local account in the initial setup, you need to install Windows 11 Pro via an in-place upgrade from Windows 10 or a clean install. During setup, you’ll be prompted for your Microsoft account information. Just click the “Login Options” link. The next page will give you the option to log in with an offline account.

While Windows 11 allows local offline accounts, expect to see lots of passive-aggressive little nagging here and there to “change to a Microsoft [or “online”] account. By the way, you’re completely free to use “offline” “Internet” account. You won’t be able to access Microsoft services such as OneDrive cloud storage, which is associated with your Microsoft account. ) Microsoft cleverly used the installation process as an opportunity to familiarize you with some of the key new features in Windows 11 as the installation process completes. Once done, you’ll be taken directly to Windows 11.

If you’re still a little nervous, Windows 11 offers a second introductory app called Get Started, which happens to be the only “recommended” document in the Start menu after Windows 11 is installed. Get Started is great and gives you another overview of what’s new — like a pointer to OneDrive, or a list of suggested apps from the Microsoft Store — but Microsoft isn’t promoting it at all, at least in the version we tested. If you For further instructions, we recommend that you click “Get Started” and then open the “Tips” application. All in all, if you need it, Windows 11 helps him quite a bit.

Windows 11’s behavior has also been significantly improved when removing a laptop or tablet or connecting a second monitor. If you have an extra monitor or two docked to your Windows 10 laptop, your application and file windows are undoubtedly arranged that way. After undocking, however, all this careful organization fell into disarray, especially when re-docking. Windows 11 now remembers where these windows are, minimizes them when undocked, and returns them to their correct position when re-docked. marvelous!

Microsoft Edge and the lack of browser choice
If Microsoft Edge were the dominant browser in the PC ecosystem, we would call Microsoft’s behavior of browser “choice” in Windows 11 a monopoly. In fact, browser ie doesn’t exist anymore! ! ! .

Microsoft Edge is now decoupled from the operating system, so the browser doesn’t have any obvious Windows 11-style enhancements. Internet Explorer is gone too, except running in Internet Explorer Mode in Edge. The fact that Edge is the default browser for Windows 11 is good. Edge runs on Chromium, accepts Chrome plugins, and runs smoothly and efficiently. I use it often as my daily driver with no regrets.

The revamped Microsoft Store
The Microsoft Store app has felt incomplete over the years, and the app’s admittedly attractive overhaul hasn’t changed that. The Microsoft Store provides an update center for any built-in Windows app, as well as any apps you’ve purchased from the Microsoft Store itself. Everything is organized here, with attractive, dynamically refreshed intros at the top of each section: Home, Apps, Games, and Movies & TV.

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