Detailed review of Windows 11: Windows 10 gets nip and tack

By | October 5, 2021
Florida News Times

More than six years after Microsoft launched Windows 10, Windows 11 is finally here. This is one of the longest waits between operating system versions in Microsoft’s history. Was it worth the wait?

More importantly, if an upgrade is provided (and if provided) via Windows Update, does it need to take a leap?

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I adjusted the operating system to that speed (in terms of commercial use). Some of the most significant changes that I have come across are a smartly redesigned Start menu, changes to search and widgets, better integration with Teams (for personal use, not business), and TPM 2.0. There are increased protection, a discreet overall fit and improved finishes.

If you have the ability to upgrade, if you can upgrade, etc. All and more are covered in this review. I’ve also included a detailed section at the end of the story on everything IT needs to know about the new operating system.

Read more about which new features are worth supporting and which new features are unmarked.

Slow deployment and strict hardware restrictions

First, background on the hardware requirements and deployment dates. To run Windows 11, you need a PC with a supported 64-bit processor or a 1GHz or higher processor with two or more cores on a system-on-chip (SoC). (Click here for a list of compatible processors). You need at least 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of free space on your hard disk or SSD. You also need Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0, which provides hardware-based security.

Most PCs sold in the last three years may be able to run Windows 11. But not all. I bought a laptop a year ago, but I can’t run the new OS because it doesn’t have a compatible processor. You can check whether your machine is disconnected or not by downloading and running the Microsoft PC Health Check app. (For more information, see And other options, How to check if your PC can run Windows 11..”)

Even if you can run Windows 11 on your PC, you can’t upgrade. Microsoft is taking a slow, step-by-step approach to the rollout. The Microsoft blog post “Newly eligible devices will be offered the first upgrade,” but doesn’t elaborate on what “new” means. “All eligible devices will be offered a free upgrade to Windows 11 through the middle of 2022,” he said. You will be notified via Windows Update if you can upgrade.

Of course, business users will only upgrade to Windows 11 if their IT department allows it. Microsoft provides a number of tools to help administrators assess Windows 11 readiness. See “What IT needs to know about Windows 11” for more information.

Well, that covers the basics. Let’s get down to the details.

a fresh start a new beginning

The most visible changes in Windows 11 are literally front and center.[スタート]when you click the button[スタート]The menu will launch and hover over the bottom center of the screen instead of pinning it to the left as in previous versions of Windows.

Also, the size has been reduced, Windows 10[スタート]You don’t need to scroll like a menu. Windows 10[スタート]Large tiles that take up a lot of screen space in the menu have been replaced with small application icons. This means that a live tile that can be piped in to see the change information is given a boot. Instead, there are widgets, as explained later in this review.

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The new, more refined and simplified Start Menu is a huge improvement over Windows 10. (Click on image to enlarge.)

The menu has also been removed in other ways. The three-column design of Windows 10 Start has been removed and replaced by a simple screen split into two sections. The fixed app icon at the top and the “Recommended” section at the bottom is a mix of icons with recently opened files. Recently installed apps.

This one-to-many approach works fine. The compact design allows you to quickly find the app you want to run. This is because more apps are displayed with a clean interface. You will have more options and a clearer view of what is available. If you don’t see the app you want to run right away, all apps Click the button in the upper right to view a scrollable alphabetical list of all the apps on your PC, or use the search bar at the top of the menu (more on this later).

You can easily unpin an app from the Start menu—right-click and select an app Release fixing from the start.. Click to pin the app to the menu all appsScroll to the one you want to pin, right click and select pin on start..

The Recommendations section is helpful too. Recently opened files are in front of you, so it’s very easy to go back to your most recent work. Click to know more about them more With the push of a button, you’ll see a long, easy-to-scroll list. You can unpin a file from Recommendations by right-clicking the file and selecting File. Release fixing from the start.. However, you cannot pin new files.

Search through the text box at the top of the screen[スタート]directly integrated. However, clicking it can be confusing because the cursor is not placed in the text box and the search cannot be started. Instead, on the taskbar[検索]The same search screen will pop up when you click on the icon. It will take some time to get used to it.

Click on the Account icon at the bottom left of the screen[スタート]You can also manage user accounts from You can also click the power button in the bottom right to access actions such as deactivating, shutting down, or restarting your PC.

It wasn’t until I had used Windows 11 for a while that I realized how cluttered the Windows 10 Start Menu was, and as a result, less usage. I have noticed that the new Start Menu not only looks good but also gets more use than the old Windows 10 Start Menu. The Recommended section is the most useful for me. You don’t need to launch an application to search for a file in File Explorer or browse the most recently used file. Instead, just click on the file in front of you. It saves a lot of time and increases productivity.

In short, the new Start Menu is the winner and what I love the most about Windows 11.

slightly tuned search

Search was once lightly redesigned, but hasn’t really changed much. Click on the icon just above the taskbar in the center of the screen[スタート]like[検索]pops up. Here, the soft, rounded feel of Windows 11 is used effectively, and searches are more pleasant to watch. It is more compact than Windows 10 Search. It uses smaller icons than Windows 10 Search, so it fits in less space and offers four “quick search” icons, compared to three in Windows 10.

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The slightly tuned search pane in Windows 11 is easier to see than in Windows 10. (Click on image to enlarge.)

However, the basic layout remained the same, and there was no difference between Windows 11 search results and Windows 10 search results.

One change pretty much sucks: Hover your mouse over the search icon on the taskbar to see the last three searches you’ve clicked on something in Windows 11, like the Apps and Settings screen. These three searches are the same as the first three searches that appear in the lower left corner of the search screen itself. (Note that on Windows 10, that type of search result is also displayed in the bottom left of the screen.) If Microsoft wants this hover feature to be useful, it’s not just the click result, but the latest three searches. is displayed. Windows app or Settings.

I found another change a bit distracting. If you narrow down your search by clicking on any of the horizontal row categories (Document, Web, etc.) at the top of the screen, Windows 11 will automatically add the matching text to the beginning. for example,[アプリ]Click and search for “Apps:”. Windows 10 Search doesn’t add text that way when you refine your search. It is not entirely clear why Microsoft made this unnecessary change.

Snap Layouts and Snap Groups

Microsoft introduced two features (Snap Layout and Snap Group) that it hopes to improve productivity, but it turned out to be a mixed bag at best. Snap Layout allows you to group open windows into one of six pre-made screen layouts, such as arranging two apps, each occupying half of the screen. Or maybe you have one app on the left and two vertically on the right, or you have four apps on a grid. The idea is that you can find the right layout for you that best suits the way you work.

To use Snap Layout, first open the application you want to place it in, then hover your mouse over the application’s maximize icon in the upper right corner of the screen between the minimize and close icons. Select the layout you want and where you want to place the application, and the app window will pop up in that position. You can then choose from other open apps to fill the remaining spaces in your layout.

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Snap Layout turned out to be one of Windows 11’s most disappointing features (click image to enlarge).

Once you’ve entered all the locations in your Snap layout, that app’s grouping will be saved as a Snap group, and you can quickly open another app or minimize any app windows in the group. after. You can go back. Hover your mouse over the taskbar icon for any application in the Snap group to see two small pop-ups. One application has a thumbnail of what’s open, and the other is a Snap group.[スナップグループ]Icon selection switches to a whole bunch of preconfigured layouts rather than to individual apps.

This all sounds fine in theory, but in reality it’s more annoying than convenient and confusing to use. It took me a while to figure out which application to place in which part of the individual Snap layout. And I found a way to use the snap group feature only after several clicks.

More importantly, keeping the application in a snap layout proved to be completely useless for me. As they say, your mileage may change, but for me these features were a big disappointment.

widget side show

Windows 10 includes several widgets, including news feed, weather, and more. You can drive them personally, but you never actually have your own home. In Windows 11, this has changed. Click the widget icon on the taskbar (a square divided vertically into two squares, white and blue) to see a large panel on the left side of the screen for weather, news, sports, etc.

Each displays information that changes. Clicking on one of them will usually send you to the web for more details. You can resize, remove, and customize each widget by clicking the 3-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.

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Widgets are easy to access in Windows 11 (click image to enlarge).

Click add a widget With the click of a button, you’ll see a list to check your traffic, a to-do list, Windows tips, entertainment, and more.

The widgets have been found to be reasonably useful for quickly hitting the news and checking the weather. I would have liked those wide options. I wanted to resize the widget pane to make it smaller and have it always on screen so I didn’t have to click on the widget icon on the taskbar to see it.

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