Today Windows 11 is available for PC. But that doesn’t mean you should update your beloved home studio pc now. I will explain why it’s wise to wait with the operation system update.
Last June, Microsoft announced its new operating system. As of today, everyone can update their PC to Windows 11
What’s new about Windows 11?
First of all, Microsoft has revamped the Start menu. The program icons are centered on the taskbar, just like macOS.
The Microsoft Teams call and chat app is now fully integrated into the operating system. In addition, Microsoft has added a number of new widgets for news, information and entertainment.
More important for musicians is the enhanced virtual desktops. For example, you can create a desktop for your daily work and one for music.
In 2022, there probably will be an option to install your favorite Android apps. That would be a nice addition.
Free update for Windows 10 users
For Windows 10 users, the update is even completely free. However, you should first check whether your PC is suitable for Windows 11. You can do that by downloading and installing the PC Health Check app on the Windows 11 page. In any case, computers from after 2019 should be compatible.
Lure for new PC sales?
Windows 11 partly seems to be a lure to sell new PCs. At the end of September, Microsoft announced the new Surface PCs. In addition, HP and Lenovo are also coming with new Windows 11 notebooks.
Wait before the jump to Windows 11
My advice is to wait a while before installing Windows 11 on your home studio PC. After the introduction of a new operating system, there can always be annoying bugs.
In addition, software makers may still need to update their programs for the new operating system. For example, Ableton has not yet mentioned that Live 11 works well with Windows 11. This is one of the reasons why I don’t install Windows 11 on my home studio PC right now. In addition, I would also have to find out whether all my VST plugins are compatible with Microsoft’s new operating system.
My home studio PC works well and stable for me. I’m not in a hurry. Microsoft says that support for Windows 10 will end in 2025. So we can continue to use Windows 10 safely in the years to come.