If you don’t want to change your configuration, you can stay with your Windows 10 PC and not upgrade to Windows 11.
However, you’ll have to do it eventually (support for Windows 10 ends in 2025), so why not get on board the state-of-the-art vessel now?
Honestly, I won’t blame you if you’re hesitant to upgrade to Windows 11. After all, you’ve probably spent 5-6 years on Windows 10 and now it’s all muscle memory. But I think Windows 11 is definitely better than Windows 10 in many ways that make it worth upgrading.
Trust me; I’m one of the few people who kept my Windows 7 mainframe throughout my Windows 8/10 lifetime and only used Windows 10 for professional purposes. However, when Windows 11 came out, I immediately updated and never looked back.
So what makes Windows 11 so much better than Windows 10? Well, today I’m going to list a few ways Windows 11 is better than Windows 10 that make it worth upgrading.
Note: I upgraded to Windows 11 using the official Microsoft ISO. If you’re looking to buy a Windows 11 PC, your experience may be different because manufacturers add their own workload to the PC.
It’s simple, right from the start
After installing Windows 11, the first thing that pleasantly surprised me was that it landed me on the desktop without any pop-ups and settings, putting everything in my hands. In Windows 10, you have to deal with a lot of pop-ups to enable/block features, many of which are somewhat obscured. Finally Miss Cortana comes to serve you almost by force.
You won’t find any of these futuristic characters in Windows 11. Once installed, just go through some privacy features, verify and sign in to your Microsoft account, and you’re ready to use your PC.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect by default. You should still go into the settings and adjust them as needed.
Windows 11 is also generally minimal in all aspects. Settings are compact, Cortana is turned off by default, and even the launch menu is limited to focus on what’s important (more on that later). If you appreciate simple things like how Windows 7 works, you’ll really love Windows 11.
New Start menu and taskbar
The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 11 is the brand new taskbar and Start menu. All icons have been moved to the center of the taskbar, including the Start menu button. There are some new default icons, Cortana is gone, and the web and sound buttons have been combined into one popup with a few more options.
There are no more Start menu tiles, and the Start menu only shows pinned items and recommendations based on your recent activity. You can still see all the apps, but you’ll have to click a dedicated button.
Now the question remains whether the changes are better than the previous version or not? The short answer is “it doesn’t matter”. Even if you don’t like the changes, the taskbar is highly customizable, so you can almost switch to a Windows 10-style taskbar by making the changes you want (this may require hacking the registry).
You can move icons to the left side, revert to Cortana, remove/add icons and change taskbar behavior in settings. While you can’t change much on the Start menu, third-party Start menu alternatives can be helpful.
If you’re asking me about my impressions with the new changes, I’ve fully embraced the new Start menu and taskbar and haven’t made any changes. I find it more productive to have the Start menu and icons in the middle, as I tend to focus on the center of the screen while working. The icons are closest to my mouse pointer, and I really appreciate the Start menu, which focuses only on what’s important.
Manages background processes better
In Windows 7, my favorite game runs fine at 60 frames per second, but in Windows 10 it drops to 35-38 frames per second. And when I tried the game on Windows 11, it hit 60 frames per second again (all tested on the same test machine). The big difference between these versions of Windows is the number of background processes running and how they are handled.
Windows 10 has many additional apps that run in the background, including apps like OneDrive and Skype that run by default. Windows 11 has fewer background apps/processes running by default, and its resource allocation algorithm has been updated to prioritize foreground apps.
If your computer has less RAM and processing power, Windows 11 is sure to provide better performance because it focuses on foreground applications and has fewer background processes that consume limited resources.
Better gaming performance
For die-hard gamers, Windows 11 includes tools to get the most out of your high-end hardware. It supports DirectX 12 Ultimate which offers better graphics and frames per second in supported games. Many new game titles have dedicated graphics settings that use DirectX 12 Ultimate for better performance and graphics.
DirectStorage is another neat feature that offloads your computer’s CPU to directly decompress data within the GPU. This gives you almost instant loading times and higher FPS. However, you will need an NVMe SSD for this feature to work, and the game must support DirectStorage.
There are also many other features to enhance the gaming experience, such as Auto HDR for those using an HDR monitor and the built-in Xbox app, etc.
If you want the latest and greatest gaming standards, Windows 11 is essential.
Enjoy Android apps on Windows 11
The ability to run Android apps in Windows 11 was one of the most important features when Windows 11 was first launched. However, this feature has been delayed, with Microsoft saying it will be available in early 2022. Fortunately, it looks like the next Windows 11 update will officially bring Android app support to Windows 11.
Microsoft has worked with the Amazon Appstore and Intel to make Android apps native on Windows 11. Soon, you’ll be able to install many of your favorite Android apps directly from the Microsoft Store and run them on the Android subsystem right on Windows 11.
If you rely on some Android apps, Windows 11 will make things a lot easier by letting you use them on your desktop without touching your phone. So far, there is no information on whether Windows 10 will receive such support or not.
There is a widget button on the taskbar that contains many useful widgets that display the latest information personalized for you. You can get the latest information on action, weather, sports, esports, entertainment, photos and more.
Most widgets have a see more button to open a specific update in a browser tab for full information. You can click the Add Widgets button to see a list of all widgets and add them. Below the widget is a long list of posts that offer the latest news.
Some of these features can also be obtained in Windows 10 using the Cortana and Start menu titles, but the dedicated widgets are simply much better and offer many more tools.
Snap schedules make multitasking easy
Windows 11 has a new pin layout feature that lets you pin multiple apps to grid layouts of different sizes on your screen. Instead of just using the drag-and-drop feature found in Windows 10, Snap layouts use a visual pop-up window to select exactly the type of layout you want.
To use this feature, hover over the app’s maximize button or press Windows + Z while the app is open. This will open a small popup window consisting of different grid sizes depending on your monitor size. You can choose from 2 to 6 grid layouts.
When you select a grid, the app will dock to that area of the screen and allow you to dock other open apps to the rest of the grids.
If you frequently capture multiple windows to display them side by side, the layout capture feature is definitely better than Windows 10’s capture assist feature.
The latest laptops and desktops support Windows 11
Since Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest operating system, manufacturers prioritize Windows 11 as the operating system for the latest devices. If you’re ever going to buy a new computer, you’ll need to use Windows 11. Upgrading to Windows 10 isn’t possible, and buying Windows 10 separately with a new computer just isn’t feasible (or logical).
Therefore, the sooner you implement the latest operating system, the easier it will be to get a new computer with the latest technology. Even most newer laptops from popular manufacturers run Windows 11.
The best Windows 11 laptops
HP x360 pavilion
A great all-round laptop that’s compact and packed with processing power thanks to its 11th Gen Core i5 processor and 256GB SSD.
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360
If you want a slightly more powerful option, then the Galaxy Book Pro 360 with its 15.6-inch AMOLED screen and Core i7 processor of the 11th generation will satisfy all your needs.
Acer Aspire Vero AV15-51-75QQ
If you want a cheap but powerful laptop, this is the one. With an 11th Gen Core i7 processor, 512GB NVMe SSD and 16GB DDR4 RAM, this laptop makes the most of Windows 11.
HP 17.3 ″ flagship laptop
Another budget laptop that is sure to appeal to those who like larger laptop screens. Not only does this laptop have a 17.3-inch FHD display, but it also runs on an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with a powerful 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM.
All of the above laptops and newer PCs ship with Windows 11. Even many older Windows 10 PCs that are eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 are sold with Windows 11 by default.
Final thoughts 👨💻
Personally, I’m very happy with the simplicity and performance of Windows 11 compared to Windows 10. It’s also very stable for a new operating system; So far I haven’t found any errors. If you’re still hesitant, I recommend running Windows 11 in Virtual Box first to test it out for sure, then upgrade if you’re happy.