Windows 11

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. 

Why Did Windows 11 Break My USB Connections?

Surface Pro 7

Episode 1818

Darryl from Loveland, CO

Darryl is a developer, and he has many devices that rely on USB in Windows. But when he tries using them on Surface Pro and Windows 11,  they've stopped working due to the latest Windows update. Leo says it could be an out-of-date driver, but remember that Windows 11 is in Beta and it's likely just a bug. Report it to Microsoft through their bug reporting tool. What he could try is to reboot in safe mode, then remove the drivers manually. Then remove all the files, and reboot. Then reinstall the new drivers. He should be fine then.

Should I Wait Until Windows 11 to Buy a New PC?

Windows 11

Episode 1818

Mike from Pillar Point, NY

Mike wants to know if he should wait to buy a computer until Windows 11 comes out. Leo says no. It's largely cosmetic. And any computer customers buy today will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. What about the new iPhone? Leo says that the new iPhone 13 will be announced next month, so it may be worth it to wait a few more weeks, especially if the existing iPhone is a few generations old. But even next month, the improvements won't be all that substantial. 

How Are the Windows 11 Accessibility Features?

Windows 11 accessibility

Episode 1813

Joseph from Dalton, Georgia

Joseph downloaded and installed Windows 11 to try it out. He's blind and wanted to see how good the accessibility features are. The built-in screen reader worked really well.  But he had a little trouble with it. The face recognition feature stopped working, so he had to reinstall it. Leo said that was an issue with the last update, which clobbered it. It's been fixed now. 

If You Want Windows 11, Consider Replacing Your Old PC

Although Microsoft never really said that Windows 10 was the final version of Windows (explicitly), some people are confused that Windows 11 was recently announced. Regardless, the new operating system will presumably not run on many older computers due to certain requirements. You may even be able to run it virtually through a Mac! But if your current machine is over 5 years old, it's probably time to upgrade to a more modern device that can get along with Microsoft's fresh OS.

Wasn't Windows 10 the Last Version?

Windows 11

Episode 1808

Kenny from Tenneessee

Kenny has a few Windows computers and was sold the notion that Windows 10 was the last version we would get. Leo says that officially, Microsoft has never really said that, though it's attributed to them. It was a tech analyst who stated it and the media ran with it. But then again, Microsoft didn't correct the record until the announcement of Windows 11. And it's causing an uproar that it won't be supported on anything but the most recent computers. Most are going to be left behind if they don't buy a new computer. But one way to go is a Mac, that will run Windows virtually.

Windows 11 Will Only Work on Newer Computers

Windows 11

Episode 1808

When Microsoft's Windows 11 comes out later this year, most older computers will not be able to run it. Leo says that's because it will require secure boot circuitry on motherboards in order to run the latest OS. This is causing many to howl as they'll be forced to upgrade in order to keep up. But users have some time, as Microsoft will be killing support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025.