Should I Upgrade to Windows 11?

We’ve been getting lots of calls recently with people asking, “should I upgrade to Windows 11?”  Great question! 

Here are six considerations for deciding when to upgrade to Windows 11.

  • As with most new software, there are some bugs to work out.
  • Windows 11 does have some enhancements; however, the changes are mostly cosmetic, which means all your ‘stuff’ might be in a different place now.
  • There’s a potential that when you upgrade to Windows 11, some things (software or applications) could break.
  • Some 32-bit applications are not supported, so they might not work in Windows 11.
  • Some drivers and custom applications don’t work with Windows 11.
  • Based on the age of your computer, your system might operate slower because of the memory required to run Windows 11.

Microsoft regularly releases patches to update Windows 11 and ‘work out’ some of those bugs.  It will become more streamlined, and it’s likely more of your apps and software will work, so you’ll experience less troubles.

And good news, you definitely don’t have to rush it.  Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025, so you have quite some time before there’s no option but to upgrade.

Our Recommendation

At Stratti, we are currently recommending people hold off and let Microsoft work out some bugs before you upgrade to Windows 11.  Right now, with so many different custom applications and industry-specific software, there are too many unknowns about the compatibility of Windows 11 with your specific machine. 

If you have employees asking about whether or not to upgrade, we recommend your leadership team ask yourselves, “what is our business objective for upgrading?” After answering that question, create a company policy and share that with your team.  If you’d like us to perform a deep investigation to see if and how well Windows 11 will work with your system’s software and applications, we’re happy to do so.

One last point…

Being proactive doesn’t mean being the first in line for the new software.  Rather, it means looking ahead and making decisions to minimize disruptions and keep you and your team effective and productive. Our goal is to stay proactive with your technology so you can stay focused on your business.