Microsoft will start pushing out Windows 11 on October 5.
Please do NOT allow your computer to upgrade to Windows 11 for now. There will certainly be some initial issues, incompatibilities, and confusion. We don’t need to be the guinea pigs on this one.
On your office computers, we encourage you strongly to not prompt your computer nor accept any prompts to upgrade to Windows 11.
Please read this important article to protect your computer(s).
Why is Microsoft releasing Windows 11 if they claimed that Windows 10 would be the last version?
“Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, so we’re always working on Windows 10”
Jerry Nixon (Microsoft’s developer evangelist) May, 2015
Well, technically, “Microsoft” never claimed that Windows 10 would be the last version. This was uttered by a Microsoft developer evangelist in May of 2015 at Microsoft’s own Ignite Conference. And Microsoft never refuted it. So… do we hold Microsoft to the statement? I would.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter that they led us to believe something different 6 years ago… they changed their mind. Now they’ll be releasing Windows 11. Why? Perhaps because 11 is one better than 10?
Unlike when Windows 10 was released and Microsoft was doing their level best to get everybody to upgrade to the new OS; now Microsoft is only encouraging those with the newest computers and select hardware security to upgrade.
Windows 10 will continue to be supported until October 2025, so you don’t have to (and for many of us: won’t be allowed to) upgrade to Windows 11.
On your office computers, we encourage you strongly to abstain from upgrading.
What do I need to do?
Nothing. Please do NOT search for new updates from your Windows 10 OS. New updates for Windows 10 will automatically install, keeping you on the same path. If you are prompted to upgrade to Windows 11, please cancel the invitation. If you have any questions, please reach out to HDF.
Should I still perform the steps outlined in your “Keep Windows 10 up to date” article?
No. Please do not click the “Check for updates” button in Windows 10. Microsoft has been unclear about the upgrade options/process to Windows 11, and clicking this button “MAY” put you on a unavoidable path to Windows 11. Please do not risk it.
If I see the red/orange dot indicating an update, should I reboot my computer?
Yes. If you see the orange dot on your Start Button () or the red dot on the restart icon in your taskbar () you should still reboot your computer as soon as you reasonably can. These indicate that upgrades have started to install and that you should reboot to allow them to finish. These are Windows 10 updates.
How long should I refrain from upgrading?
We will keep our clients apprised and let you know when our recommendation changes. For many of you, there will not be a need to ever upgrade to Windows 11.
Why are you recommending that I hold off upgrading?
- Confusion!! Everything about the new version of Windows is riddled with confusion. How will it be released? How will users be prompted? How often will it be updated? What software won’t run on it? There are way too many questions and very few answers. Microsoft seems focused on some new features it will have and not on the important questions about compatibility.
- Major changes to Windows have always started with difficulties. Why participate in these initial difficulties, when you can perform the upgrade after the kinks have been worked out?
- Many older computer will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11. There is a list of requirements based on computer CPU, components and resources that must be at certain levels to correctly run Windows 11. Those who upgrade without these levels may not be able to receive updates later.
- Microsoft’s initial presentation of Windows 11 lacked the fanfare one would expect from such a momentous event, leaving many to speculate that it was rushed, and that Microsoft is releasing this update too early.
- The app that Microsoft created to test computers to see if they have the resources for Windows 11 has been pulled twice due to problems.
Oops! I already updated to Windows 11
Please let us know immediately if your computer updates to Windows 11. There is a 10 day window during which we can revert your computer to Windows 10. After that window, the only way to revert to Windows 10 is to completely wipe out your computer, reinstall all programs and reconfigure it.
If you have questions about this, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.