Why Windows 11 didn’t take off like Windows 7 and 10 Technology News, Firstpost
FP explainersApr 18 2022 17:08:49 IST
Microsoft bet big on Windows 11 and had hoped that the operating system would have the same resounding reception as Windows 7 and Windows 10. Unfortunately, that has not been the case as a vast majority of people found the operating system glitchy, full of bugs and sometimes Broken.
If these people had been beta testers, it would have been good. However, these people were the common gentry of Windows PC, common people who just wanted to use their computers. According to a report from a reputable online tech news platform, except on office equipment, Windows 11 is not really found on many PCs, which means that not many people do not download and install the new OS on their systems. The only reason one would even have the new OS on their systems is that their offices would have required an update, or if it is bundled by their OEM.
So, what went wrong for Microsoft? Why is the answer so bland for Windows 11? Well, it seems that Microsoft rushed the OS, forgetting the final touches that would have made the OS more rounded than it is now.
Not fun playing with older devices
While the arrival of a new operating system obviously means that some older hardware won’t be compatible with it, the list of devices like CPUs and motherboards that don’t support Windows 11 is uncanny. There have been patches and workaround to fix this, but you really need to know your stuff if you want to implement such a solution. Needless to say, people with older devices will find Windows 11 extremely difficult to work with and get a smooth experience.
Problems with AMD processors
Just when Windows 11 launched, AMD users faced a number of challenges. Considering that most recent PC builders have switched to AMD Ryzen processors and the fact that the laptop market now has quite a large share of AMD-powered laptops, it was surprising that Windows 11 was not well optimized for AMD processors. On certain workloads and games, the performance dip was as much as 15 percent, which really spoils the user experience.
Too many bugs
The first version of Windows 11 that was launched to the general public had a lot of bugs that ruin the experience. Windows Explorer often crashed unexpectedly, screens crashed erratically and so on. The situation seemed aggravating if your Windows 11 installation was not new and you chose to migrate from Windows 10 to 11. While most of these bugs were fixed in the many patches that followed, Windows 11 early adopters were clearly unimpressed.
Hard Drive Problems
For some bizarre reason, Windows 11 seems to perform a lot better when installed on a fast SSD. On the other hand, if installed on a hard drive, it would generally run much slower and would often fail. While SSDs are generally much faster than traditional HDDs, regular web browsing and simple word processing shouldn’t feel sluggish if you’re using a good HDD. In India, this becomes an even bigger problem as most of our PCs don’t come with SSDs. Some new laptops still use HDDs instead of SSDs.
Too many broken features at launch
At the time Windows 11 was launched, a number of Microsoft licenses had expired. As a result, several applications were simply broken. What that meant was that when they started such an application, it would either not work at all, or worse, crash the system. And mind you, these were some very basic applications, namely the Snipping Tool, Voice Typing, and Emoji Panel.
Driver Update Tool Downgrade GPU Drivers
Another “scandal” that disappointed early Windows 11 users was the fact that the Driver Updater that came with the operating system would in some cases downgrade the drivers for the graphics processors, without warning users. This led to glitchy experiences and slower performances, especially in games.
Rearranged shortcuts and menus
Perhaps the biggest complaint users have had with Windows 11 is the fact that Windows has rearranged the menus and shortcuts to some really important things to look more like macOS. Take Task Manager as an example. When you click on the taskbar in Windows 11, you only get the option to select “Taskbar Options”. You don’t get any of the other options you used to get in Windows 7 or 10. This meant that there’s a rather steep learning curve for the operating system, which, frankly, a lot of people wouldn’t want to deal with.
Windows 11 is a huge step forward when it comes to computing, especially for people who are well versed in technology and can manage on their own. However, it’s clear that the OS’s launch was rather rushed, and early reviews decimated what Microsoft hoped to go with their latest OS. We’re pretty sure that when most of the bugs and kinks are eventually fixed, people will seriously consider switching to Windows 11. Until then, they’ll definitely want to stick with Windows 10.