Microsoft lists reasons why Windows 11 is better than Windows 10 but forgets to mention this

Martin Brinkmann
May 27, 2024
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Windows 10 is a dying operating system. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 in October 2025. While customers may extend support by up to three years, they have to pay Microsoft for that privilege.

It should not come as a surprise that Microsoft's primary goal is to get customers to migrate to Windows 11. Existing PCs may be upgraded to Windows 11, and if that is not possible, Microsoft recommends to buy a new PC with Windows 11 instead.

Microsoft published a comparison table to highlight the advantages that Windows 11 has over Windows 10. The list compares Windows features and lists several that are Windows 11 exclusive. It is a biased list, as Microsoft's intention is to get customers on Windows 11.

Windows 11 exclusive features

Microsoft lists the following features that are exclusive to Windows 11:

  • New user interface that "is easier on the eyes and easier to use".
  • The Widgets interface that displays news and other information.
  • Smart recommendations in the Start menu and File Explorer.
  • File Explorer tabs.
  • Energy recommendations to track energy efficiency.
  • Passkeys integrated with Windows Hello.
  • Wake on approach. Lock on leave.
  • Smart App Control by limiting application installs to those "with good reputations".
  • Seamless redocking.
  • Live captions.
  • Narrator supports natural voices.
  • Windows Studio Effects for video calls (only on certain Qualcomm devices).
  • Auto HDR.
  • Dynamic Lighting.
  • Cross Adapter Scan Out to "reduce latency and increase frame rates on gaming laptops".
  • Windows games optimizations.
  • Controller bar to jump back into games.

You can check out the full list here.

The list is surprisingly small. The usefulness of many depends largely on how the Windows PC is used. Non-gamers may find all gaming related exclusive features not appealing.

Some features may also appeal less to certain users. Smart recommendations or Widgets, for example, are not liked by all Windows 11 users.

Here is what is missing

Microsoft does not list a single feature that is exclusive to Windows 10. This is understandable, as the company wants to convince customers to use Windows 11, not to stick to Windows 10.

This Microsoft support page lists features that are deprecated or removed in Windows 11.

Here are the highlights:

  • Start Menu Live Tiles.
  • Taskbar cannot be moved to the side or top anymore.
  • File Explorer lacks option to save searches.
  • Desktop wallpapers do not sync anymore.
  • Internet Explorer replaced by Microsoft Edge with IE Mode.

Not everyone likes or uses these features.

There are other developments in Windows 11, and to a lesser degree in Windows 10, that may make Windows 10 look favorable to some. One of the main issues is the introduction and acceleration of advertisement under Windows 11.

Microsoft is using Windows 11 to advertise its own products and services, and is also trying to promote apps from other developers.

Here is an incomplete list:

The elephant in the room

Millions of Windows 10 PCs cannot be upgraded to Windows 11. New or missing features do not matter for these, as the PCs will never get the offer via Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 11.

While most can be upgraded by bypassing the Windows 11 system requirements checks, some cannot. Microsoft introduces stricter restrictions in Windows 11 version 24H2, which will come out later this year.

It is possible that future updates will introduce new requirements or enforce them. Affected devices are then stuck on a particular version of Windows 11, which will run out of support eventually.

This leaves just two options to keep on using the devices:

  • Stay on the unsupported version of Windows 10 or 11.
  • Migrate the device to Linux.

The first option is not recommended, as it leaves the system open to potential attacks. While some of this can be mitigated, for instance by cutting any connection to the Internet, it is not practicable for most use cases.

Migrating to Linux is the second option. It is a daunting task, as it requires getting to know a new operating system from scratch.

What about you? Do you run Windows 10 on your devices? What will you do in October 2025?

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  1. piomiq said on June 13, 2024 at 10:35 pm
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    “Here is what is missing”
    – still not finished dark mode. There are many windows which don’t respect set (dark) mode.

  2. Anonymous said on June 11, 2024 at 1:39 pm
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    microsft is lost in their minds windows 10 out runs and out does windows 11 and now we say that windows 11 is a big flop and packed with spyware and lies from microsoft

  3. Anonymous said on June 8, 2024 at 2:51 am
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    this is the big lie from microsoft windows 11 is a big flop windows 10 works great tey have lied about windows 11 from the start it is full of spyware and bugs and updates that make you have to refomat alot going back to windows 10 that works

  4. Anonymous said on June 6, 2024 at 12:24 am
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    this is a big fat lie from microsoft windows 10 beats windows 11 hands down all windows 11 is a FLOP

  5. Anonymous said on June 4, 2024 at 12:29 pm
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    There is no intelligent reason to switch from 10 to 11 other than Microsoft’s need and desire as a sales-driven public company to sell you a new OS. That is why they come up with all kinds of “obstacles” (end of support) and “reasons” (new shiny UI) trying to convince consumers to trash perfectly working software (and potentially hardware) and make the move to W11.

    I’m a computer professional and I work with windows devices every day. There is literally no functionality I’m currently missing in W10.

  6. Murray White said on June 3, 2024 at 7:11 am
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    Used W10 from inception after having used many iterations of Windows since W95 beginnings and now have W11 installed after doing a major upgrade in my whole computer system.

    Frankly all told, very little difference between the two the way I use the computer. A couple of things I don’t like as well are related to Windows Explorer but that likely is just not have studied changes enough and memorized the differences between 10 & 11.

    Worst thing for me is no means to have access to the Desktop from the Taskbar. At least I have not found one. I don’t like the screen covered in DT icons and changed before W7 as I recall so now I have one icon for a folder with DT items in it.

    Yes I have a lot of DT items although for some reason at some point God Mode has disappeared so I likely will have to search my notes and get it again although also, I have actually never had occasion to use it.

    Not fond of the new Start Menu but can live with it primarily because I just don’t use it much as I prefer to use the DT and I also tend to keep a lot of folders accessible on the TB. Unfortunately, when there is a power outage, they don’t always re-populate so I have to dig them up once more from the DT folder and have them available.

    Overall, W11 works just fine but just a few things missing that I have used for many years.

    1. Tom Hawack said on June 3, 2024 at 11:27 am
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      @Murray White,

      > “Worst thing for me is no means to have access to the Desktop from the Taskbar.”

      Reading you I immediately wondered if a small application I use here on Windows 7 wouldn’t supply that task you mention. Unfortunately the app’s developer comes to the same conclusion as you :

      ‘7+ Taskbar Tweaker and a first look at Windows 11’
      [https://ramensoftware.com/7-taskbar-tweaker-and-a-first-look-at-windows-11]

      A pain in the neck as it seems.

  7. Croatoan said on June 1, 2024 at 7:23 pm
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    But putting Taskbar at top is still not possible.

  8. Dirgster said on May 31, 2024 at 10:47 pm
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    What happened to Windows 12 that was talked about not too long ago? Might we perhaps have a chance that a Windows 12 comes out to save us from having to upgrade to 11?

  9. AJ North said on May 31, 2024 at 8:55 pm
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    Two earlier commenters mentioned 0patch, which has been on my Windows 7 machine since Win 7 went EOL (as well as several other Win 7 boxes under my care). Highly recommended.

    They also patch Windows 10, as well as several other Windows products:

    Which Windows products has 0patch “security-adopted”?

    https://0patch.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/4403751356050-Which-Windows-products-has-0patch-security-adopted

  10. AJ North said on May 31, 2024 at 7:41 pm
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    Two earlier commenters mentioned 0Patch, which has been on my Windows 7 machine since Win 7 went EOL (and several others I tend to).

    0Patch also supports Windows 10, as well as several other versions of Windows:

    Which operating systems are currently supported by 0Patch?

    https://0patch.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360018881053-Which-operating-systems-are-currently-supported-by-0patch

  11. Anonymous said on May 30, 2024 at 2:30 pm
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    why does microsoft lie about windows crap 11 it is slow it restarts all the time it errors out and it is a
    flop windows 10 is the best to me did not never had fix windows 10 not one time and then cames crap windows 11 microsoft said it is build on windows 10 not in a 100 years is it build on windows 10 windows 11 the worst mess so far and they keep messing it up with out any fixs at all first they said my black screen of death was hardware so they so called tec login to my pc yes it was microsoft because i called they and he did not know is head from a hole in the ground and then i find out they fired all of they tec’s and find out it was a user that just using windows 11 so i have it set to go back to windows 10 pro and i will turn of the updates in windows 10 pro because the updates are must of the mess up in windows 11

  12. Anonymous said on May 29, 2024 at 6:18 pm
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    and they won’t fix the windows 11 thay just keep adding junk to windows 11 with no fixs at all

  13. Name said on May 29, 2024 at 4:38 pm
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    “New user interface that “is easier on the eyes and easier to use”.”
    Aa-ha-ha-ha-ha -ha-ha -ha-ha -ha-ha-ah, that was a good one, haaah, heh. They got some nice sense of humour.

  14. Pug Lover said on May 28, 2024 at 6:21 pm
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    Until Microsoft allows me to move the taskbar to the side again I will stubbornly remain on 10. They do not get to decide how I am going to customize the UI. If I wanted a locked down OS, I would simply switch to Mac.

    That is one of the stupidest decisions they have ever made. Mods have also revealed that it works just fine. So it’s not a user experience issue, it’s just modern MS being modern MS.

    1. John G. said on May 29, 2024 at 2:47 pm
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      +1

  15. KeZa said on May 28, 2024 at 5:02 pm
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    Every real windows-expert, that knows that a lot of fear of not updating & upgrading is total BS! I am still on Windows 7 Pro 64 with 0patch and still KAS AV and some others like OSA & Cyberlock. It still get updated CL. So stop with that bs that we are not safe. I trade on Windows 7 and I do a lot of research on it and it is still fine. Yes, I play with the user agent of the browser, have Quad9 DNS etc.

  16. TelV said on May 28, 2024 at 3:50 pm
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    @ Mystique,

    I think it’s deliberate strategy on Microsoft’s part. They introduced these additional menu jumps to tire users out so that they eventually give up and do things the way Microsoft wants them to do it. That way they collect huge volumes of telemetry data which are sold on to the advertising industry for even more big profits after which users will be bombarded with ads forever more.

    This is the thinking behind all these Moment updates together with all the other paraphanalia they shove down our throats these days. If you don’t want them you’ll have to spend hours on end configuring settings to block them. This way, your whole life belongs to Microsoft and you have neither the time nor the energy for anything else.

    And then they have the temerity to suggest you buy a new computer which comes riddled with AI and because your current machine can’t run ads fast enough for their liking.

    1. Mystique said on May 29, 2024 at 7:25 pm
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      @TeIV
      Yep.
      At the current moment it is easier to spend time reconfiguring windows and using various utilities to make adjustments and changes but at some point it will become too tiresome and futile even for me and at that point Linux may become a viable option but at this current stage it simply is not as that also requires a massive amount of time to learn and to tweak things the way I would like and then never escape the feeling of coming up short on many applications I once used in Windows.

      I feel I will miss the simple things like MPC-HC/MPC-BE, Potplayer etc Just to focus on one small aspect. MPC-QT is not very good at this stage and I have spent a lot of time with SMPlayer only for it come up short and occasionally have random issues not to mention again just like windows to linux its the small things on SMPlayer that bothers me that are missing or the way in which they work as opposed to MPC-HC.

      Too bad windows isn’t open source. Could you imagine how great it could be if it was. It’s sad really how shockingly bad windows has become.

      This list reads like someone trying to list the positives of having a fatal disease… like seriously Microsoft! 99.9% of that list is rubbish. Maybe their marketing team is also AI.

  17. pHROZEN gHOST said on May 28, 2024 at 3:07 pm
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    I’ll bet there are lots of PCs being scrapped as corporations continue to be loyal to MS for their OS and the pricey support contracts.
    I wonder how much MS is being paid by manufacturers to see this happen?

  18. karlo2105 said on May 28, 2024 at 8:57 am
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    I updated Core 2 Duo which runs on SSD with Windows 10 IOT LTSC 2021 in March. It boots quickly even with fast boot disabled. I had to look for some drivers on my own such as webcam and printer. DVD driver wasn’t visible so I had to fix it by adding a line in regedit. The only downside is a lack of Intel Graphic Media Acceleration with Windows 10 which plays videos in slow motion even on VLC. I tried with Windows 7 driver, it doesn’t allow hardware acceleration either.
    If anybody can help with hardware acceleration for a card Intel 82845g express in Windows 10, I will be grateful.

    1. John G. said on May 29, 2024 at 2:49 pm
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      I searched the web truing to help you but no info about was found by me, sorry! :[

      1. karlo2105 said on May 29, 2024 at 4:13 pm
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        In fact it’s for video card Intel 82945G Express. I didn’t find any available driver beyond Windows 7 which enables Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and allows OpenGL on Windows 10. I installed Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator version 15.12.75.4.64.1930 with Windows 7 compatibility mode which installed driver, but OpenGL is not available. I tried several solutions with moded drivers, nothing allowed hardware acceleration. If you find working solution, I would be grateful. ;-)

  19. Bor said on May 28, 2024 at 3:03 am
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    Solution : win 10 enterprise IOT ltsc (supported till 2032) + no bloatware!

    Or even win 11 enterprise IOT Ltsc – (final version is available last week !)

    That last one has even lower sys requirements than just a normal win 11 version!

    Or indeed wait for ESU patcher for win 10..

    i am sure that before Oct, 2025 it is available!

  20. ESUpdates said on May 28, 2024 at 12:48 am
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    Windows 11 suffers from severe performance and productivity losses as a result of Microsoft’s stupid UI/UX changes. Users have to use a ton of registry fixes and third-party programs purely to make Windows useable again. Furthermore, Windows now includes Microsoft-specific malware and advertising even if you paid for it. If Microsoft addresses these concerns, people will not hesitate to upgrade. Microsoft should look at Windows 7, their finest operating system, and follow it. I don’t see this ever happening with the fools in charge of Microsoft right now.

    For the time being, I will continue to use Windows 7 with Windows Server 2008 R2 ESU updates.

    1. Dianthus said on May 28, 2024 at 4:59 pm
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      Yes and every REAL windows-expert knows that a lot of fear of not updating & upgrading is total BS! I am still on Windows 7 Pro 64 with 0patch and still KAS AV and some others like OSA & Cyberlock. It still get updated CL. So stop with that bs that we are not safe. I trade on Windows 7 and I do a lot of research on it and it is still fine. Yes, I play with the user agent of the browser, have Quad9 DNS etc.

      1. Nanel said on June 1, 2024 at 1:50 pm
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        and I use Windows 8.1 via Windows server 2012 R2 updates Until 2026 via ESU and until 2029 via Premium Assurance

    2. bruh said on May 28, 2024 at 10:24 am
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      Windows 7 gang. The pinnacle of desktop operating systems! No need to be ashamed that it’s still my primary OS, refuses to give out.

      1. David said on June 3, 2024 at 12:56 am
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        I guess To continue this thread we have to get to Wfws 3.11, 95, or OS/2.

  21. VioletMoon said on May 28, 2024 at 12:00 am
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    Do you run Windows 10 on your devices? What will you do in October 2025?

    Yep! I have Windows 10 running on two laptops. What to do? Not a clue.

    Both laptops have okay processors for the stricter requirements in 2024, so I’ll probably do a work-around or leave it as is.

    Security risk? Probably moderate.

  22. John said on May 27, 2024 at 10:15 pm
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    I will stick with Windows 10 until next year, and not sure if Windows 11 is even in my future at this point. I did have a Windows 11 PC for a while but the more I used it the more I disliked it.

    1. Andy said on May 28, 2024 at 7:09 pm
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      Google ChromeOS flex has been overlooked here. Extremely easy to install and use. Built in ‘Guest’ session that runs from RAM for doing the Christmas shopping. 10 years support from hardware release. Mint Mate or Cinnamon would be next easiest.

      I’d say easier to get to grips with that going from 10 to 11.

      1. Mystique said on May 29, 2024 at 7:38 pm
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        @andy
        I think Google ChromeOS has been overlooked because its not great and its google. You just know that they are actively screwing you or preparing to screw you and therefore escaping from windows to ChromeOS is not a great choice.

        Linux is a far better option in that regard.

  23. Adelaide said on May 27, 2024 at 8:31 pm
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    Turning to Linux is a “daunting task”? A 76 year-old family member, who had used Windows operating systems in office and at home for 30 years, switched to Ubuntu not long ago and is quite satisfied. Her PC boots and operates faster, and maintenance is far easier.

    1. Gerard said on May 30, 2024 at 9:31 pm
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      Agreed. Migrating is not really a daunting task in my opinion. And most Linux distros run well on older hardware. It requires getting to know a new operating system? How many Windows users really know their OS? Not all that many I guess. Those who do know it well won’t find switching to a user-friendly Linux distro an unsurmountable problem. Off course, it will take some time, but it’s not wasted time. Linux users are in full control of their computer system. I can’t say that of MS Windows users.

    2. John G. said on May 28, 2024 at 10:49 am
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      I recently installed Kubuntu in a 13 years old computer and it works better than W10/11 ever did. A must see!

  24. JMA said on May 27, 2024 at 6:40 pm
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    Oleeee….!!!! por el “ECOLOGISMO” de M$ que les hace falta muy poquito para nombrarlo y se les llena la voca de ser los mas ecologistas …..Mas de 700 millones de PC en perfecto estado de funcionamiento irán a la basura a partir de octubre de 2025, menudo pasteleo entre los fabricantes de chips(Ola Intel) y M$

    1. rush said on May 29, 2024 at 9:27 pm
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      @Karramba

      I’ll do the work for you……use google transate…..

      Oleeee….!!! by the “ENVIRONMENTALISM” of M$ that they need very little to name it and they are filled with the vocation of being the most environmentalist….. More than 700 million perfectly functioning PCs will go to waste from October 2025, what a cake between chipmakers (Intel Wave) and M$

    2. Karramba said on May 28, 2024 at 7:10 pm
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      English dude, english

      1. John G. said on May 29, 2024 at 2:50 pm
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        Softonic is a spanish company, dude.

    3. John G. said on May 28, 2024 at 10:44 am
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      Muy buen comentario. Microsoft ha cometido un gran error queriendo acabar con millones de ordenadores que funcionan perfectamente con Linux.

  25. Jon said on May 27, 2024 at 5:33 pm
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    “Migrating to Linux is the second option. It is a daunting task, as it requires getting to know a new operating system from scratch.” Really? Linux/Unix/BSD are, like Windows, instances of W.I.M.P. operating systems. Most have a GUI installer with an amount of automation. For goodness sake most of the readers here would migrate in a matter of hours if not quicker.

  26. upp said on May 27, 2024 at 5:06 pm
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    IT’s piece of shit, no needs to clarify

  27. Tachy said on May 27, 2024 at 4:29 pm
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    Keep up or fall behind (with current technology), it’s your choice people. Having a PC or internet access is not a god nor government given right.

    I don’t like M.$ or Windows 11 and everything on that list of exclusive features is a major annoyance to me save one, but I am using it on brand new PC’s I just built with top of the line hardware and, step by irritating forking step, I am learning how to tame it.

    Why? Because I choose to keep up.

    1. bruh said on May 28, 2024 at 2:16 pm
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      Tachy, sounds like some major cope. I take the utilitarian approach, a PC is a tool which serves me, if I need a feature I don’t have, I will try and get it, if something breaks, I will try to fix it. I don’t subject myself to upset from a computer, that’s just not their purpose.

      “top of the line hardware” is an ever moving goalpost, especially when Microsoft’s OS is perpetually getting more and more bloated. You gotta know when you’re being had. They take things away from you, like being able to use a HDD as the main boot drive, 4Gb of RAM, and have a useable experience – what did you, the end user, gain as a result of the OS getting more bloated?

      The people that keep trying to put lipstick on an ugly hog (such as yourself) will not be able to do so forever. You’ll either run out of lipstick or patience, mark my words. For some people, W7 was their last MS OS, for others it will be W10, for others it will be W11, the alternatives are looking more and more promising as the weeks to by.

      Microsoft is using their “legacy clout” at this point to stay relevant, merit has left the building. One day you might find some self-respect and invest in learning something more rewarding.

    2. vanp said on May 28, 2024 at 1:53 am
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      I’m not sure moving to W11 is keeping up. If there’s nuthin’ in 11 I need . . . there’s nuthin’ in 11 I need.

    3. boris said on May 27, 2024 at 6:50 pm
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      I did what you did. I bought recently computer with Windows 11. And I tamed it by disabling all Windows 11 features that could track me, or turn on tracking at a later date and of course disabling all updates. However, I am not going to “keep up” indefinitely. My next computer (hopefully in many years) will come with some Linux distro.

  28. 45 RPM said on May 27, 2024 at 3:47 pm
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    There’s an even bigger issue with this: “Internet Explorer replaced by Microsoft Edge with IE Mode”.

    There are *many thousands* of applications businesses use that don’t actually use IE 11, but that use the “webbrowser control”. Yes it’s legacy, but a) it works great and easy to code to compared to what replaced it. It’s used to create web based interfaced within .exe’s. It still runs fine even on Windows 11 OOB.

    These will break. Many developers will not have either the time or resources or both to update these apps, and even those that can will have challenges that are not in the least trivial.

    Want to lose IE? OK, but leave the core behind just lose the interface. Then and tossed in to it, they’re killing vbscript. They’re connected in MS’s view, but aren’t at all – vbscript has not spread malware in many years, mainly as there are way better vectors and since even the worst antivirus will catch-and-kill vbscript behaving badly.

    This is 100% BS and many companies are going to be seriously and negatively impacted.

  29. noncomatible said on May 27, 2024 at 3:19 pm
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    I love reading does comments from bottom to top. It’s just marvelous.

  30. Paul said on May 27, 2024 at 2:53 pm
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    Do you run Windows 10 on your devices? What will you do in October 2025?

    first Q easy A, 1with W10 a few others with different Linux distros daily mint cinnamon

    second Q, I don’t even know what I’m gonna do tomorrow let alone in October 2025

    cheers Martin

  31. Tom Hawack said on May 27, 2024 at 2:47 pm
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    I’ve always wondered what OS & customization the developers/staff/CEOs of major corporate computing industries use for themselves. I just cannot imagine that they manage to bear the advertisement & tracking tsunami their companies are imposing to users. Don’t tell me that Larry Page or Sergey Brin use ‘uBlock Origin’ for instance :) Is there a magic key reserved to members of a whatever secret computing society, or maybe do they all use Linux?!

  32. guest said on May 27, 2024 at 1:36 pm
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    but crap windows 10 is way better then rip off windows 11 and the only way they can fix windows 11 is turn off updates and addon’s and stop messing up windows 11 like ai and now crap spyware called Recall that send’s info of all you do to microsoft

  33. Joe Hardy said on May 27, 2024 at 1:31 pm
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    Or the latest offering from MS – Recall. Makes you feel safe – especially if you’re a complete novice user. What I don’t understand is the stranglehold MS has on our government and businesses. The OS is clearly spying on everyone and is continually being patched to block the latest security issue. It presents a major risk to our security as a country yet we can’t seem to break the stranglehold.

    1. Anonymous said on May 27, 2024 at 3:30 pm
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      Apple has long had a function similar to Microsoft Recall, called Time Machine.

      1. James said on May 27, 2024 at 9:45 pm
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        Apple Time Machine is a backup solution that takes copies of already saved files.

        A world apart from a system that takes periodic screenshots of whatever you happen to be looking at.

      2. Brad said on May 27, 2024 at 7:31 pm
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        Time machine isn’t taking and saving a screenshot of what you’re doing every few seconds, and using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) along with AI to store any textual information along with a whole bunch of other information in a SQLite database – all of which can easily be remotely or locally exfiled from %LocalAppData%.

      3. Seeprime said on May 27, 2024 at 6:52 pm
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        File History is Windows equivalent of Time Machine.

  34. samurai cat said on May 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm
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    Linux Mint Cinnamon is great starting point for those switching to Linux from Windows.

    Linux Mint Cinnamon based on Ubuntu: https://linuxmint.com/download.php EDGE ISO has newer Linux Kernel for those whose hardware is too recent.

    Linux Mint Debian Edition: https://linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

    1. JESUS_IS_LORD said on May 27, 2024 at 6:21 pm
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      I switched to exactly Linux Mint Cinnamon, but I don’t see myself moving to another distro in the future. I don’t need Slackware or SUSE or Manjaro or Arch or Gentoo or anything else.

      All I ever wanted was to get away from Windows, be able to play most of my games and not waste my time setting things up. Linux Mint Cinnamon does this for me and I can’t imagine in the future using a different distro.

    2. Seeprime said on May 27, 2024 at 3:29 pm
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      I dual boot Linux Mint and Windows 11 Pro on workstation. When connecting a customers hard drive, pulled from an old dead PC to read the files, W11 takes up to 20 minutes to open the User folder. Linux Mint is almost instantaneous, a big time saver. Mint is as fast as W7 was. W11 while useful is slower in everything it does. It’s a bit pathetic.

      1. bruh said on May 28, 2024 at 2:20 pm
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        seeprime,

        “W11 takes up to 20 minutes to open the User folder”, this has happened for a long time, even on W7, it’s because windows can recognise another windows boot drive, and this affects behaviour due to permissions, etc. I actually think it might be an old security measure to try and prevent primitive data theft. My point being windows is no slower at reading drives, it’s just something special happens when you go to the users folder.

  35. samurai cat said on May 27, 2024 at 12:53 pm
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    LTSC Edition is the only decentish edition of Windows 10 and 11 out of the box.

  36. Marc said on May 27, 2024 at 12:05 pm
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    What are your preferences Martin?

    1. Peter Parker Kent said on May 30, 2024 at 5:19 pm
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      @Marc: Martin does have his own website where he seemingly makes his own recommendations (YMMV) in various posts:
      https://chipp.in/

    2. John G. said on May 27, 2024 at 8:20 pm
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      I bet @Martin would choose W10. For sure.

  37. Steven Armstrong said on May 27, 2024 at 11:31 am
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    Windows 11 is losing market share to Windows 10. I haven’t installed any updates on 10 since the last time they broke my system, and won’t do it again.
    Microsoft betrayed its customers by saying that Windows 10 was the last Windows, and then releasing 11 due to an inferiority complex to Apple.

  38. dumlat said on May 27, 2024 at 11:22 am
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    “Windows 10 is a dying operating system”
    Let us l remove the “10” from this sentence and make it better. Repeat after me :
    Windows is a dying operating system.
    Let’s leave it to die in peace.

  39. John G. said on May 27, 2024 at 11:21 am
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    W11 is better than W10 because it can cause less damage because it’s installed in only the 25% of the whole computers worldwide. Just trying to be ironic in this grey monday. Thanks for the article! :]

  40. Anonymous said on May 27, 2024 at 11:18 am
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    We all use computers differently. Windows 11 allows me to continue to make programming calls to Windows libraries. Those who don’t need to stick to Windows might balance the effort to load and learn Linux against learning how to cripple unwanted Windows features. HOWEVER, its a personal decision. Don’t let the Linux user tell you Linux is better. Linux is different and may or may not be better, depending on what you need from it.

    1. Paul said on May 27, 2024 at 2:52 pm
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      I agree, Linux is different than Windows, and Linux is not better than Windows when you have to use Windows because there are some things not available on Linux or your government or bank or insures or whatever big co does not allow you to use Linux. Than theirs only one solution.
      Actually if you plan to switch to Linux, allways keep your old W10 W7 or whatever and buy a cheap refurbish laptop install Linux Mint on it, why Mint? Easy to install easy to use easy to learn.
      For me Linux is the best thing out there.

      After 7 something years I still have my old Win 10 laptop

  41. Inocêncio L. said on May 27, 2024 at 10:53 am
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    Someone will find a way to apply Windows 10 updates after October 25 without paying a cent. That’s what happened with Windows 7.

    1. Bobo said on May 27, 2024 at 4:18 pm
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      I believe so too. That abbodi1406 guy who keps Windows 7 alive will most certainly do the same for Windows 10.

    2. Seeprime said on May 27, 2024 at 4:16 pm
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      The someone is 0patch.com.

      1. TelV said on May 28, 2024 at 3:28 pm
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        @ Seeprime,

        Not true unfortunately according to their blog. Only Windows 11 v21H2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are currently supported: https://blog.0patch.com/

        You’ll find details under the heading “Micropatch Availability”.

      2. Peter Parker Kent said on May 30, 2024 at 5:23 pm
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        @TelV: Is that actually true? Their pricing seems to indicate that the company is continuing to support Win vers across the boards…
        https://0patch.com/pricing.html

        Feel free to correct me if I’m mistaken on my part.

  42. Win10_Admin said on May 27, 2024 at 10:27 am
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    The press always miss out 0Patch – which I use – c.£25 p.a. to have full CVE compliant micro-patched implementation – I use this for all the family PC’s which are too old for Win11’s adware, but are fully capable of email and web browsing – which is 100% of its usage. (with Norton 360 suite and judicious system lock-down by the Admin (me).

  43. karlo2105 said on May 27, 2024 at 10:22 am
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    Micro$oft is digging its grave by enforcing stricter restrictions in Windows 11. Computers aren’t phones and majority of people will not change them every 5 years. There is a bright future for Linux distributions for all computers which shall not run Windows 11.

  44. Benjamin said on May 27, 2024 at 10:09 am
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    I find that to operate Windows 11 by mouse and keyboard is extremely tireing because the options are in sub sub sub menu, despite a lot of screen space there is a lot of scrolling and going back ends up in another position so there is more scrolling. Perhaps one could say that it is somehow better with touch input but i can not confirm that… it feels not good. I think there should be a Version for mouse/Keyboard and one for touch/finger but not both in one.

    1. Mystique said on May 27, 2024 at 4:03 pm
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      @Benjamin
      This has been a growing trend over the years and is perfectly evident from windows 7 to windows 10 when even the most basic of tasks once achievable via less than three mouse clicks requires so many more on windows 10.

      Windows 10 isn’t great but its certainly better than windows 11 but you can bet version 12 will be worse than 11 so we will then continue the cycle of still getting screwed but tricking ourselves into thinking we haven’t fallen into the Microsoft trap when we have.

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