Windows 11 is Coming October 5, 2021

Some big news has come for the Windows 10 users out there. Microsoft has set a date for the release of Windows 11. The official launch date for Windows is now scheduled to be October 5, 2021. Rest easy though, this does not mean you will immediately get offered to update from Windows 10 to Windows 11. This process has traditionally been done in tiers, and it could take you until Spring 2022 before this is offered to you.

Now, with all this in mind, you have to be asking yourself if you really want to be an “early adopter” and jump on the bandwagon of Windows 11 as soon as it is available to you. In general, for your primary machine, I like to advise people to wait until 6 months after a new version of Windows has been released so you don’t get yourself in a situation where your favorite application or game doesn’t run properly. By waiting even three months, you would greatly increase the chance of avoiding the growing pains that many early adopters feel.

For your reference, I have included at the bottom of this post a link to a Windows 11 video on YouTube that will show off some of the new features you can expect in the final release.

Now, there is another issue that you need to be aware of. Microsoft had made some changes to the system requirements for Windows 11, and your current computer may or may not be able to run the new Operating System (OS). There is a Third-Party Tool (linked below) that will allow you to check your current computer and see if it passes the tests to be able to run Windows 11. Generally, if your computer was purchased in 2018 or after, you should be OK. Still, it’s a good idea to run one or both of the tools on your computer just to make sure there are no surprises.

As always, I would encourage you to make a one-on-one appointment with me if you have specific questions. You can do this by calling the Library at 517-663-0950 or by using the contact form on the Technology Page here.

Jeremy Leik

Technology Coordinator

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