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Should you upgrade to Windows 11?

by Victor Ng

Windows 11 is now available in Malaysia and it brings with it an array of aesthetic and functional improvements – receiving the update however, isn’t as straightforward for some people. There have been reports of several gnarly bugs that sour the overall experience of using Microsoft’s new OS. 

So, to those who’ve yet to decide whether they should go out of your way and get the new OS, this article is a going to be filled with my takes on why they probably shouldn’t. 

What’s changed?

Windows 11 2Windows 11 gets a fresh coat of paint and the most drastic design overhaul can be seen in the task bar; I hate to say it, but Microsoft has gone the Apple route by relocating it smack-dab in the center. 

Also taking a page from the fruit company’s playbook is the new control centre – although at first glance, the placement of all the familiar icons, such as WiFi, volume, and time, look unchanged; simply click on any one of the icons and you’ll be greeted with a pop-up that groups all of the aforementioned features, and more, into one neat space – which is something Apple does with the macOS. 

Should you upgrade to Windows 11? 36On top of that, windows now have rounded corners – and I think is a nice change, albeit a small one. You also now have easier access to widgets, which is useful for getting all your info in one space.  

Teams is now baked-in with the OS, and you get a nice bump in touchscreen, voice, and pen support – nifty features if you’re using a 2-in-1 device like the Microsoft Surface.  

What’s wrong with it? 

Not a lot, to be fair – it’s actually pretty great; but that’s down to how familiar it feels to use when compared to Windows 10. The new OS doesn’t break new ground or change anything too drastically. 

Should you upgrade to Windows 11? 37This means that you’ll feel right at home after you’ve upgraded – once you’re done acclimating to the design changes, that is. This is fantastic news if you’re worried about needing time to adjust and how it may affect your productivity. 

With that said, there are several known bugs and issues that make life more difficult if you’re unlucky enough to encounter them. One of the more egregious issues is that the update slows down AMD-powered systems to a painful crawl – reports have surfaced claiming that the new update can reduce the performance of Ryzen CPUs by a whopping 15%. 

AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile cpu renderAMD has identified some of the causes being a bug that increase latency in the L3 cache by up to three times – which affects apps that rely on fast memory. Ars Techina points out that certain e-sports games will also see dips in performance of anywhere between 10 and 15%. 

Besides that, other reported issues caused by Windows 11 include File Explorer memory leaks, taskbars not properly being updated, lag when dragging windows around, and more. 

So should you upgrade? 

At the moment, I don’t see the OS offering enough to justify you rushing to update your system. At its current state, it functions very similarly to Windows 10 – which is all the more reason why you don’t need update, especially if that means – for you – forking out cash on a compatible device (you can read up on its system requirements here).

windows 11 update 2One of Windows 11’s more exciting features – the integration of Android apps – isn’t even available yet. When it is, maybe I’ll change my tone – until then, a fresh look, fancy widgets, and features like Snap aren’t enough to sway me over yet, and it shouldn’t sway you over too.  

Once all the bugs are ironed out, and features made available – then go ahead and click that update button. 

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