Reversing the stance that Windows 10 would be the last operating system you'll have own for your PC, Microsoft will soon announce Windows 11 (codenamed Sun Valley) this week with a completely redesigned app store. But Leo doesn't think that the new operating system would be anything too different from what users have now. And the app store? Well, YAWN. Leo also says it will be aimed primarily at consumers since businesses are traditionally reticent to move to a new platform.
Microsoft is believed to be introducing a new version of Windows during their Microsoft event on June 24th. Leo thinks this is interesting since Nadella stated unequivocally that Windows 10 would be the last Windows Microsoft will ever release. But a recent tweet by a Windows executive stated that a new version, Windows 11 (also code named Sun Valley), will be out on the 24th. So what does it mean? Leo thinks it's likely a home-based OS revamp that could be just a huge update.
Eric has an old HP laptop that was lagging and slowing down. He replaced the hard drive with an SSD, but it still lags. Leo says it's possible that if Eric reinstalled a backup of Windows, that there's malware or some corrupted drivers that is the original cause of the lag. The best thing to do is install a fresh copy of Windows and start all over. That means backing up data, then format the drive, and installing Windows from a known, good source. NOT a backup. Then restore programs and data and see if that works.
Microsoft was planning on releasing Windows 10X soon, which would rewrite the operating system from the ground up. Now reports indicate that the project may be dead in favor of the current incarnation of Windows X. Leo says the problem is that Microsoft is obsessed with keeping the OS compatible with every computer out there, making it practically impossible to modernize it.
Jim uses a 2013 Garmin GPS marine unit. But he can't seem to update it anymore with his PC. When he tries to download or upload from the device, the Mapsource service doesn't connect. Is that because his computer runs Windows 10, and it needs Windows 7? Leo says it may. Try r/c on the Mapsource icon and select "Compatibility Mode." So click on Start: go to the app and r/c. Properties. Compatibility. Or search for Mapsource in the taskbar and then select "Open file location." That will take you to the program file folder. Then you can try compatibility mode.
Karen got a Lenovo Yoga laptop. How does she back up her computer? Leo says that there's a utility on the machine that will enable her to make an image backup. Windows Key. Type Backup. At the very bottom, go to backup and restore for Windows and then create a system image. Then you can make an image of it to an external USB drive. Leo says to make two images. One a virgin system image, and the second after you've made it just the way you want it. Then back it up periodically to keep it up to date.
Gloria wants to know if she should install the recent Windows 20H2 update. Leo says that Microsoft has really made things more difficult by changing the naming conventions for the updates. They used to use a numerical year and month, but that wasn't very clear because people thought it was a year. So they wouldn't update to 2004, even though that was the Spring 2020 update. So they changed it to the first half, second half. That means that 20H2 is the second-half update. The good news is that it's a feature update, and you can defer it. Eventually, Microsoft will require it.
Don wants to know if it's too late to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. Leo says that technically it is, but they never turned off the free servers, so you can still upgrade for free. They just don't talk about it.
Julie's mom uses Windows 7, but she wants to know if it's secure to do her online banking. Leo says that Windows 7 is at the end of life, which means Microsoft isn't fixing any bugs or exploits anymore. So if you go online, you run the risk of being hacked or infected. However, if you only use it for one thing, like online banking, it may be secure. That means no surfing to other sites, no emails, just going to the bank. If that isn't practical, Julie's mom can always upgrade to Windows 10 (it's still free). Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and upgrade.
Nathan recently created a dual boot PC using Windows and Majaro Linux. But now his bandwidth speed on that PC is really slow compared to his other devices. Leo says that if the slowdown is evident on both Linux and Windows, then that points to a potential hardware issue. Leo recommends to boot into Windows and go into the Device Manager to make sure the PC is using the proper drivers. They should be by Intel. He can also do a Linux LSHW (list hardware) command, or LSPCI command which will show what ethernet and Internet commands are being used.