10 big reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11

You’ll never see a Microsoft Windows upgrade not met with raucous backlash, and while Windows 11 didn’t face as many scathing criticisms as some previous versions of the operating system, that doesn’t mean it’s all rosy. The main beef was about its hardware requirements. Fewer complaints about interface changes amount to “someone moving their cheese”, but it still irritated old users. In many ways, Windows 11 works just like Windows 10. It runs the same programs, and it supports all the same peripheral devices. However, there are several good reasons not to upgrade to Windows 11.

As with most desktop operating systems, whether from Apple or Microsoft, the point of the new version is to convince you to buy a new PC. These tech giants are not interested in updating your existing devices, as it does not provide them any revenue.

I still mainly use Windows 10 by choice, but I’ve also used Windows 11 extensively, and I’m here to tell you that it’s not a huge mod to switch between the two. However, there are reasons why you might prefer to stick with the tried-and-true Windows 10 rather than go for Windows 11. Many of the reasons boil down to the fact that Windows 10 got a lot of things right and Windows 11 screws them up. Feel free to add your own reasons for not upgrading in the comments below.


1. You may have to buy a new PC for Windows 11

The stench that Windows commentators gave off when Windows 11 launched was related to new hardware requirements. The need for a TPM security chip has gotten a lot of digital ink, while in my experience the most prevalent barrier to upgrading has been a requirement for a more modern CPU. I tested three or four computers that all had TPM chips, but with CPUs that weren’t modern enough to upgrade. You also cannot install the operating system if your computer is still running a 32-bit processor; It only works on Intel/AMD and Arm 64-bit chipsets.

This is all about upgrading existing computers. If you’re in the market for a new PC, there are still other reasons why you should buy a Windows 10 PC, as you’ll see below. A good selection of Windows 10 PCs are still available, and it’s possible to downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10.


2. Windows 10 taskbar is better

Windows 10 taskbar vs. Windows 11 taskbar

Windows 10 allows you to display wider and more useful taskbar buttons and allows you to place the taskbar to the side or top of the screen as well as across the bottom – which is important for some users. Windows 11 doesn’t do that either. At 10, the entries are always in the same place. But on 11, if you use the default center alignment, the positions of the icons, even the start button, change as you open and close apps. Fortunately, you Could you Align the taskbar to the left in Windows 11, which solves this last problem, but the other problem remains.

Another failure is that the taskbar calendar does not allow you to add or see events like in Windows 10. The other thing is that it does not support drag and drop just like its predecessor. Microsoft is backing this up, however, bringing the capability back in future Windows 11 versions, but I still see the global No icon when I try to drag a file to the app icon in the taskbar.


Windows 10 Start Menu vs Windows 11 Start Menu

The new Start Menu in Windows 11 does not display recently installed or frequently used applications. Offers mysterious ‘suggested’ apps that mayo To be based on these criteria, but I didn’t find them as useful as Windows 10’s clear sections of those categories. The icons in 11 don’t display any information about apps as Windows 10 tiles do. The previous operating system also provided instant access to the Power (Shutdown, Restart, Sleep) and Settings app.


Windows 10 search box

Yes, you can press the taskbar icon or use Windows Key-S to bring up the search box in Windows 11, but there’s nothing like having a search box there all the time, in the same place, waiting for your queries. Windows 10 offers that, right next to the Start button. The company even started decorating the right side of the box with cute spot illustrations, rare evidence that Microsoft continues to improve Windows 10.


5. Windows 11 tablet experience is not as good as Windows 10 experience

Windows 11 on a tablet

I wrote about the frustrating experience of using Windows 11 on a tablet, and although Microsoft claims to have improved it, I find the opposite. In Windows 10, swiping left and right brings up the very useful Task View and Action Center (another incredibly useful feature found in Windows 11; see below). You can close an app by dragging your finger down from the top of the screen, and the apps default to full screen, as it makes sense on a tablet. Windows 11 introduces all-new gestures that require multiple fingers. Although they are more similar to Apple, I wonder if they will convert many iPad users into Surface Go users.


6. Windows 11 requires you to be signed in to a Microsoft account

Sign in to your Microsoft account in Windows 11 setup

You won’t find any Mac users who aren’t signed into an Apple account, let alone mention any Chromebook or Android users who aren’t signed into a Google account. But some Windows users are excited that they don’t want to sign into an account on their PC. If you’re one of those people, there’s a reason not to upgrade to Windows 11. Well, at least to the Home edition. The Pro version does not have this requirement, although the vulnerability appears to be disappearing in the future, based on preview releases.

For the main version, just sign in to the account during setup. You can then choose a local account for normal use of the computer. As with other operating systems, signing into a Microsoft account brings benefits, including OneDrive backups, Store apps, Xbox games, parental controls from Microsoft Family, and Phone Link for using your Android phone’s functionality on your PC.

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7. Action Center is gone in Windows 11

Action Center vs Windows 11

Instead of an uncluttered all-in-one Action Center for notifications and quick settings, Windows 11 breaks down its functions in a somewhat disjointed and illogical order, somewhat like the chaotic mess of notification boxes you see in macOS (although not that bad). In Windows 10, click the speaker icon to adjust the volume, the Wi-Fi button to change Wi-Fi, and the battery icon to see your power status. In Windows 11, these conveniences are grouped together, so clicking the sound icon brings up the battery and Wi-Fi options, which you don’t have to worry about. Windows 11 is less efficient here.


8. You will lose the timeline and other deprecated features in Windows 11

Timeline in Windows 10

As with all major OS updates, some features come, and some features go. The biggest programs that left Windows in version 11 are Timeline, Live Tiles, and Internet Explorer. If you run an old business application that requires IE, you can still turn on Internet Explorer mode inside the Microsoft Edge browser. However, the timeline now relegated to the mist of past time. I do not use it Much, But sometimes you find it useful.


File Explorer context menu Windows 10 vs Windows 11

With this, I’m playing devil’s advocate, because I hated the endless right-click context menus that any apps could add to the File Explorer right-click context menu in previous versions of Windows. You can still access them by clicking on the menu item Show more options. If this bothers you (as some users do, based on web forums and comment sections like ours), you have one more small reason not to upgrade.


10. No need to rush: you still have three years left

Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025, so what’s the rush to jump on Windows 11? If you’re satisfied with Windows 10, as I am, there’s no good reason to upgrade. I have even seen new features added to version 10 since the launch of 11. However, some people always like to have the latest stuff and the latest designs. I’ve never had a problem using Windows 11 – I’ve used it exclusively for a month while working remotely – and there are definitely things attractive about it, like the updated design and quieter system sounds. But you can keep Windows 10 for now if you prefer, and many of us will.


Are you still on the fence?

Perhaps you’re not satisfied with the above reasons, and want more information about Windows 11. We’ve got you covered. For the paradoxical argument, read the reasons to upgrade to Windows 11. And follow the latest news and tips on our Windows 11 homepage.

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