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Rumpy wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:30 pm
Victoria Raverna wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:10 pm
Rumpy wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:14 pm Just for fun, I decided to try out their PC Health Checker, and right off the bat, my processor (i5 660) is no longer supported , doesn't feature secure boot or TPM 2.0. Not surprised at all given my board and processor are 9 years old.
Wow. i5 660 was a generation behind Sandy Bridge so doesn't support avx instructions extension which is required by some newer games or their DRM.
Yeah, I'm quite behind the times. At 9 years old, I'm definitely due for an upgrade, but then the pandemic happened sending electronic prices surging. And surprisingly, it runs very well for the most part, but I do find myself getting bottlenecked.
My previous gaming PC had i5 2500K which is one generation newer than i5 660. Bottlenecked GTX 1060 6 GB so a few years ago I replaced it with new PC with i5 9400F which showed how much my gaming fps was bottlenecked by the i5 2500K. Last year I upgraded to RTX 3060 Ti and bottlenecked by CPU again. Probably for next computer or CPU upgrade, I'll not get the lowest end i5 processor again. Maybe spend some more and get at least i7.
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I upgraded to a 1050 Ti not too long ago. And yeah, I considered it an upgrade because the card I had at the time was way below that. I forget what it was even. I know it's considered outdated even now, but it's been helping quite a bit. Been playing Sleeping Dogs without any issues, for example. But it sounds like my CPU might be bottlenecking me much the same way as it was with yours.
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My Ryzen 5 3600 is eligible for upgrade, but I'm hesitant to have one machine on the network on a different OS than the rest. It's hard enough to get them to play nice together as it is.
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Blackhawk wrote: Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:36 am My Ryzen 5 3600 is eligible for upgrade, but I'm hesitant to have one machine on the network on a different OS than the rest. It's hard enough to get them to play nice together as it is.
For purposes of networking compatibility, Windows 11 is Windows 10. It's both figuratively (could have been a feature update like the prior ones) and literally (its build number is 10) true.

I've been interoperating 10 and 11 on the same network since the first Insider build hit.

The name change to 11, and updated system requirements, are a marketing decision.

Back to the prior bitching-about-the-requirements topic, I had to reduce my umbrage when I looked up the invoice for my current CyberPower rig, and realized that I ordered it in late 2016, not 2018. My old-man memory capacity sucks! The machine is still a beast for my needs, so I have no imminent plans to upgrade.

Another thing that sucks is that the Insider program happily allowed everyone to move to Windows 11, but now strands non-compatible PCs with a message to pull and manually install Windows 10. Thus far I've continued to receive normal updates on that rig, but new Insider builds have been withheld. Not a big deal, and yes, I assumed the risk of something like this happening when choosing to join the Insider program with a non-test rig. But come on, MS, how hard would it have been to pop an opt-out warning before moving a machine into an unsupported state with no path to compliance short of a full-on wipe?
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Jeff V wrote: Fri Oct 01, 2021 5:17 pm I heard that 77% of PCs aren't capable of running Windows 11. Maybe this is an attempt to jump start a torpid market where people are getting by with old machines?

I hope my 6-month old laptop will run it, but keep in mind; every other Windows major release is a failure. Think Vista or Windows 8. The OS needs to really up the user experience with new hardware to be successful. Since my laptop wasn't designed for it, even if it can run it, I can't imagine it will run it well.
The big goal is security - that's where the TPM requirement comes in. The processor requirement is set to those that support the modern Windows Driver model. As long as your laptop meets those, it will run fine. My 5 year old HP Studio laptop runs 11 as well as it ever did 10.
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Why does this have to be a separate release (aside from the cash grab)? Are they not capable of release an update that only supports hardware components on the target machine? I wouldn't have a problem with it if they hadn't previously declared that Windows 10 would be the end-all, be-all. I replaced an 8-year old, originally Windows 8 laptop with a Windows 10 laptop earlier this year. Had I known a new version of Windows would be forthcoming so quickly, I might have waited...
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Jeff V wrote: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:45 pm Why does this have to be a separate release (aside from the cash grab)? Are they not capable of release an update that only supports hardware components on the target machine? I wouldn't have a problem with it if they hadn't previously declared that Windows 10 would be the end-all, be-all. I replaced an 8-year old, originally Windows 8 laptop with a Windows 10 laptop earlier this year. Had I known a new version of Windows would be forthcoming so quickly, I might have waited...
How can it be a cash grab if it is free for people to upgrade from Windows 10? I don't think of it as a separate Window 11 OS. It is just a branch of Windows 10. My guess is if Windows 11 fails then they'll go back to keep supporting Windows 10 after 2025 dan maybe backport some of the Windows 11 features like AutoHDR to Windows 10.
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So, my PC is compatible, and I don't really see any reason not to upgrade. What's the hivemind's call. Do we have a Go/No Go for 11?
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I got the upgrade notification a few days ago. I game on my system. That puts me firmly in Camp Waitawhile.
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I'm in the wait camp. There is no real advantage to it yet. The main disadvantage is people are reporting some stability issues. The ballyhooed performance differences for gaming between 10/11 are actually pretty negligible. If anything, random write performance is a little better with Windows 11 but the jury is out on it. Several outlets have run different configurations through testing to prove this out. However, there is a strong caveat that this is not true if VBS (a security feature) is enabled. It can and probably should be disabled for most home users in Windows 11. It tanks game performance significantly.
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Performance aside, a lot of utilities and third party gaming 'extras' (background apps, custom drivers, etc) don't work right under Win11 yet. Like you said, there are no advantages, while there are plenty of potential problems. It might be different if you simply do out-of-the-box gaming, but I don't. I modify and tweak a lot of what I play, and while 11 might be OK, it just makes sense for me to wait until the rest of the software I use has time to update, test, and update some more under 11.

And the potential advantages are lessened severely by the fact that only one out of the six PCs in my house is able to be upgraded. There's no security benefit in that.
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I installed Windows 11 on my Media PC and it promptly broke my 5.1 surround sound. After 30 minutes of troubleshooting I rolled back to Windows 10. Will try again sometime next year.
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FWIW the Boston Globe's tech writer, Hiawatha Bray, reviewed his upgrade experience and concluded that he would rather have spent his Saturday afternoon watching football. It was a hassle and the only noticeable payoff was some questionable interface changes -- Start button in the middle of the task bar...who asked for that?

One of my machines doesn't support Win11 and I didn't even bother checking the other one, because I simply don't want it.
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I really don't understand why ANYone is upgrading at this point? If you can even call it that?
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It would be interesting to track the historical curmudgeonliness of the OO populace by major Windows release.
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Kraken wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 2:27 pmStart button in the middle of the task bar...who asked for that?
I initially had the same thought, but upon some reflection I'm wondering if it has to do with the growing prevalence of large, wide/ultrawide monitors. Centering things brings the Start button closer to where the mouse is more often. That said, it would be nice if there was the the option to toggle it back to the left...

Edit: Obviously I haven't upgraded yet, because there is an option to toggle it back to the left.
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Zaxxon wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:37 pm It would be interesting to track the historical curmudgeonliness of the OO populace by major Windows release.
No doubt there'd be some correspondence to the overall drop in trust of tech companies over the past 15 years, combined with multiple experiences as an 'early adopter' discovering the the shiny new features promised are usually either totally useless, or cause even more problems than they solve.
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i can adapt to arbitrary UI changes just fine (i have to be conversant in several different UIs and the command line for Linux as well as OS X, Windows... iOS, Android..... random Chinese front-ends...) but i am prettty afraid Microsoft has ratched up the telemetry in this one. so my paranoia level keeps increasing, for sure...
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I installed it last night. Went pretty smoothly with a minimal amount of baby sitting. Had to manually close a couple of running apps and what not. I was watching tv, and just checked on it from time to time over a couple of hours. I'm sure it would be much faster if you stayed on top of it.

Nothing feels too different so far other than things being in different spots on the task bar. I suppose it's nice that it will be able to run android apps. And they seem to have removed some things that I never wanted or used (Cortana). Otherwise it just looks like a facelift so far.
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infinitelurker wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:44 pm I initially had the same thought, but upon some reflection I'm wondering if it has to do with the growing prevalence of large, wide/ultrawide monitors. Centering things brings the Start button closer to where the mouse is more often. That said, it would be nice if there was the the option to toggle it back to the left...

Edit: Obviously I haven't upgraded yet, because there is an option to toggle it back to the left.
The problem for me isn't the location of the start button but the start menu - it's awful in Windows11. It's a fixed size and half the window is dedicated to showing recently used files. You can turn that off - but you don't get that window space back, it just stays empty. It's hot garbage.
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Zaxxon wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:37 pm It would be interesting to track the historical curmudgeonliness of the OO populace by major Windows release.
FWIW, my brief history of Windows experiences:

Don’t remember if I hated 3.1 or not, but I DO remember loving DOS, almost exclusively through the lens of being a gamer at the time. I do remember quite a bit of instability with 3.1.

The next version I remember was NT, which I loved (for stability, this time from a work perspective).

98 I can’t really remember (net positive I think) but when something got borked on my home desktop install, I upgraded to ME for a very brief stint, which fixed the issue. I was fine with ME as well.

7 I absolutely loved as a home user and gamer. By far my most beloved Windows. Absolutely zero problems, rock solid, lovely to game on, great for both home and work etc.

10 was when my complaining started I guess, but only bc I didn’t see any real benefit. I upgraded like a good little boy…and it hasn’t been problematic for me, but certainly nowhere near as smooth or stable as 7, and definitely less intuitive.

I very much got the vibe of ‘we’re making these changes to make 10 seem new and fresh, even though functionally these things work perfectly (and better!) in 7.’
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Exodor wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:05 pm
infinitelurker wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:44 pm I initially had the same thought, but upon some reflection I'm wondering if it has to do with the growing prevalence of large, wide/ultrawide monitors. Centering things brings the Start button closer to where the mouse is more often. That said, it would be nice if there was the the option to toggle it back to the left...

Edit: Obviously I haven't upgraded yet, because there is an option to toggle it back to the left.
The problem for me isn't the location of the start button but the start menu - it's awful in Windows11. It's a fixed size and half the window is dedicated to showing recently used files. You can turn that off - but you don't get that window space back, it just stays empty. It's hot garbage.
I treated the Start Menu page like phone or tablet's home page. After I organized it, I like it better than Windows 10's. I have 3 pages of applications. Daily use non gaming items are in the first page, gaming related items are in second page, other important and but less used items are in third page.
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Exodor wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:05 pmThe problem for me isn't the location of the start button but the start menu - it's awful in Windows11. It's a fixed size and half the window is dedicated to showing recently used files. You can turn that off - but you don't get that window space back, it just stays empty. It's hot garbage.
To be fair the Start Menu in Windows 10 is hot garbage too. They just made the garbage hotter.
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malchior wrote: Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:29 pm
Exodor wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 9:05 pmThe problem for me isn't the location of the start button but the start menu - it's awful in Windows11. It's a fixed size and half the window is dedicated to showing recently used files. You can turn that off - but you don't get that window space back, it just stays empty. It's hot garbage.
To be fair the Start Menu in Windows 10 is hot garbage too. They just made the garbage hotter.
First thing I do on a new machine is install Classic Start Menu. Gives you a customizable Win7-style start menu. Dunno if it will work in Win11; the developer abandoned it in 2017, but it works just fine in Win10.
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I don't see the need to get the "Classic Start Menu" because if you want that, you can find it in Windows 10 or Windows 11. The Windows 10/11 start menu is just for your favorite applications, you can still find all the other applications in a menu for all programs that function like the "classic start menu".
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My I7-7700 isn't supported so I won't be moving to 11 for a while. Kind of ridiculous that a relatively newer CPU that can still murder new games can't run Windows 11. Whatevvvveerrrr :P
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Yeah, my minuscule corner of the world is greeting Win11 with a hearty "ho hum." I expect we'll see Win12 before 11 gains any real penetration. And they'll call it Win20, because why not?
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Carpet_pissr wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:24 pm I really don't understand why ANYone is upgrading at this point? If you can even call it that?
I want to upgrade my Surface Pro 6 for the Surface/Touch enhancements, but it isn't released to my Windows Update yet. Haven't gone down the manual update rabbit hole yet. Did see that a number of bugfix/ UI patches are already scheduled.
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