Why Can't I Run the Windows 11 Compatibility Checker?

 Windows 11

Episode 1835

Larry from San Francisco, CA

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.

Should I Upgrade My Mesh Router to a WiFi 6 Model?

WiFi 6

Episode 1833

Charles from North Carolina

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 Decides Not Worth Upgrading to the iPhone 13

 iPhone 13

Episode 1831

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.

How Do I Clean Up My Old Phone & Transfer Data to My New Phone?


Episode 1829

Randy from Sumner, WA

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.

Is It Worth Upgrading to Windows 11?

Windows 11

Episode 1828

Don from Springfield, IL

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. 

What Should I Replace My MacBook With?

MacBook Air

Episode 1825

Johnny from Lakewood, CA

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. 

How Can I Migrate My Old PC Apps & Data to a New PC?

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Episode 1818

John from Leesberg, VA

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.