Sometimes it's not a good idea to upgrade your technology, no matter how shiny the new version looks. Here are some reasons to stick with Windows 10. Windows 11 looks modern and inviting. And you might be tempted to give it a try. But before you jump on the bandwagon, it may be better to stick with Windows 10.
For starters, Windows 10 is already well-supported. Software and hardware compatibility issues are few and far between. On the other hand, there have been major compatibility issues with Windows 11. A primary purpose of coming out with a major new operating system version, whether it's from Apple, Google, or Microsoft, is to get people to buy new hardware, not to upgrade old ones. Tech giants are less interested in having you upgrade your existing hardware, since it doesn’t provide them any revenue.
Let’s see some more reasons why you should hold out on Windows 11.
Windows 10 has a broad base of hardware compatibility, supporting a range of devices from different manufacturers. In contrast, Windows 11 has tighter hardware requirements. The biggest and the toughest requirement is that computers will need to have an 8th gen Intel or a Zen 2 AMD CPU with a TPM 2.0 chip. Moreover, the CPU also needs to support secure boot. Not all existing PCs will meet these requirements, making Windows 10 the better choice for older or less powerful hardware.
So, if you don’t want or can’t get a new PC, you are forced to stay on Windows 10. But as you will see later on, staying on Windows 10 is not as bad as you think.
Windows 11 is less than 2 years old. Jumping on the latest version of Windows shortly after release is never a pleasant experience. For instance, when Windows 10 launched in 2015, it was buggy. And although the OS did get fixed eventually, people who adopted it initially were essentially glorified beta testers.
Windows 11 is fresh out of the oven. It is missing features, has a lot of bugs, and new hardware and software compatibility issues are being found and fixed constantly. Therefore, if you want a bullet-proof PC experience, it would be better to wait a while before jumping onto Windows 11.
Windows 11 Start menu isn’t as helpful as it should be. It doesn’t show your most used or recently installed apps. Instead, it shows apps that Windows 11 would want to use as it recommends Microsoft 365, Photos, Microsoft Store, and so on.
When it comes to Start menu accessibility, Windows 10 is simply better as you can quickly launch your most-used apps or get more info about the weather or news through Start menu tiles.
Windows 10 lets you show wider, more informative taskbar buttons and lets you place the taskbar on a side or the top of the screen as well as across the bottom—a big deal to some users. Windows 11 does neither. In 10, the entries are always in the same place. But in 11, if you use the default center alignment, the icon positions, even the Start button, change as you open and close apps. Luckily, you can left-align the taskbar in Windows 11, which solves that last issue, though the others remain.
In Windows 10, you can customize the taskbar to suit your needs, including moving it to different parts of the screen, resizing it, and changing what icons appear. Windows 11, however, has a more restrictive taskbar, with fewer customization options. If you value the ability to customize your workspace, Windows 10 might be the better choice.
With this one I'm sort of playing the devil’s advocate, since I abhorred the endlessly deep right-click context menus that any apps could add to the File Explorer’s right-click context menu in previous versions of Windows. You can still get to them by clicking on the Show More Options menu item. If that irks you (as it does some users, based on web forums and comment sections like ours), you have one more reason not to upgrade.
You'd be hard-pressed to find any Mac users who don’t sign in to an Apple ID account, nor any Chromebook or Android users who don’t sign in to a Google account. But some Windows users are vehement about not wanting to sign in to an account on their PC. If you are one of these people, there’s your reason not to upgrade to Windows 11. Well, at least to the Home edition. The Pro edition doesn’t have this requirement.
We already know that there’s no way to escape ads, no matter which device or operating system you’re using. But Windows 11 takes it to a new level, by showing an unnecessary amount of ads. And the fact that Microsoft does its best to “personalize” them doesn’t improve the situation.
It seems that there’s no way to escape ads while using Windows 11. The operating system displays ads in its Start menu, lock screen, notifications, widgets, and settings. Fortunately, you can get rid of ads on Windows 11, even if the process isn’t as straightforward as it should be.
Just like it did with Windows 7 after the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will keep supporting Windows 10 Until 2025. This means that if you are running Windows 10, you will continue to get bug fixes, new features, and security patches.
So, you don’t have to worry about Microsoft abandoning Windows 10 for Windows 11, at least for a few years to come. There's no rush, you still have two Years.
If you don't want to buy a new computer or give up an efficient interface that you love, then don't upgrade to Windows 11. Windows 10 does everything just as well, and in some cases even better.
In conclusion, while Windows 11 offers many exciting new features and improvements, it's not necessarily the best choice for everyone. Whether it's the stability and maturity of Windows 10, its broad compatibility with hardware and software, or the familiar user interface, there are plenty of reasons to stick with Windows 10. As always, the best choice of operating system will depend on your individual needs and circumstances.