Larry tried to see if he could install Windows 11 last night and had problems with secure boot enabling. Leo says that secure boot is in the BIOS and it should have been turned on when Larry installed Windows 10. So that means it had to have been turned off recently. Windows also will need TPM 2.0 to support Windows 11, so Larry's computer could be too old to support it.
Charles wants to know if he should upgrade to a WiFi 6 mesh router. Leo says if you want to future proof, it may be a good idea, but he won't get more than 10% better performance. And it's not so much the devices are faster, but that WiFi 6 networks are better at managing all the devices that can connect to the network. Up to 73 of them. And most of the devices aren't WiFi 6 compatible. And WiFi 6e is coming quickly, followed by WiFi 7. So it's OK to skip a generation.
Leo says that the upgrades in the iPhone 13 are so incremental, that it's probably not worth upgrading to, even if you have an iPhone 11. Sure, there's better battery life, and about 10% more performance and the camera now has cinematic mode. But is that worth paying over $1000 for a new phone when you have one that's perfectly good? Leo doesn't think so. Unless you have an old iPhone, like an iPhone 6, then it's high time to upgrade. But moving from 12-13? Save your money.
Randy wants to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S21. But when he transfers the data from his other phone, he has GB of "other" data. How can he get rid of that before he transfers the data? Leo says that other data are cached, or temp files. And they shouldn't transfer when he copies the data over. Look for Samsung's Device Care app It'll allow him to clear out a lot of that stuff.
Don works at home, and he says that the office life has forever changed, and he's happy to keep working from home. Dan has a two-year-old Dell laptop and wants to know if it's worth upgrading to Windows 11. Leo says that under the hood, Windows is bascially the same. The changes are largely cosmetic. You will be able to use Android apps, but that's about it. Leo says that while Microsoft said that Windows 10 was the last Windows iteration, he thinks they went to Windows 11 for the computer manufacturers, so people will have an excuse to buy a new computer.
Johnny is looking for advice on what to replace his 2012 Macbook Pro with. It's getting a little slow. Leo says to go to MacFixIt and see what upgrades can be done to the laptop to extend its life. But Apple is about to put out a new line of laptops running the M1X chip in October. So if he can wait until then, it would be a good idea. But if he can't, he really can't go wrong with the current M1 Macs. The MacBook Air would be the best choice, especially for a student. But if he can wait, do.
Herb is thinking of getting a new MacBook Air. His 9-year-old Mac laptop needs a new battery. Leo says you can get a new battery for that old Mac for a few hundred dollars, but the new M1 MacBooks are simply fantastic, with more than all-day battery life and incredible performance.
John has an old computer running the latest version of Windows 10. But it's now starting to die out. He'd like to replace it with a new computer. Can he reinstall Windows 10 onto a new computer? Leo says no. He'll need a new version of Windows for that new computer. With Windows 10, Microsoft began tying the OS with the computer (called an entitlement). As such, when he gets a new computer, he needs to install a separate Windows 10 with its own product license.
Pat's Chromebook is old and it's time for her to get a new one. Leo says it will still work, but it won't be updated. However, eventually, it'll stop connecting. It should stay in the specs, but Google says that new Chromebooks will get 6 1/2 years of support. Go to Google's AutoUpdate page here to find out how long before upgrading is needed.
Another Apple event is coming June 7th, and that means as of now, it's a terrible time to buy a new Apple product. Leo advises that if you're in the market for an Apple device, to WAIT until you find out what's being announced.