Something’s finally happening again with Windows. A few days ago the time had come when the Windows 11 ISO file was suddenly available, followed by the Media Creation Tool and the installation wizard. For Windows fans, that means hitting it quickly and installing the update if you are not already using it as an insider. But in my private life I wait with the change and you should do that too.
Microsoft started with Windows 11. If you import it as an update from Windows 10, you get a completely redesigned Windows free of charge, which you can see at first glance. But the problems with major Windows updates from the past should be warning enough for all users. If you look around, users of Windows 11 complain after the first few days about performance drops with AMD processors, errors in the start menu and taskbar, cryptic update error messages and more.
Although we always point out in advance how to properly prepare for a function update, on day X many users run into trouble and they simply install the update quickly. Accordingly, there are many inquiries about update problems. For everyone who did not install the update straight away, there is a simple tip to avoid problems: with Windows 11, wait a little longer. I do the same on my private systems.
The right waiting time for updates
There are a few Windows rules that will probably last forever. This includes, for example, “Reboot is good” or “Never import new versions immediately”. But wait, in many places it is always said how important updates are and that you should install them in good time. This is basically true for security updates, but with Windows 11 the argument does not stand out.
Microsoft provides security updates for Windows 10 versions for around 18 months. After that, the support ends. Only then should you, from a security point of view, switch to a more up-to-date version. So it’s perfectly fine if you’re still on Windows 10 version 20H2 or 21H1. Overall, support for Windows 10 will run until October 2025, there is no pressure to switch to Windows 11.
Update blockade unnecessary
Experience has shown that most problems arise when users take the update into their own hands unprepared and switch on their own via ISO, Media Creation Tool or installation wizard. On the other hand, an explicit update blockade is not necessary, Windows 11 is not simply installed. So nobody has to be afraid of suddenly finding Windows 11 on the system just because they have just got a coffee.
Microsoft has greatly reduced its “forced updates” for Windows 10 and only updates systems automatically when they have dropped out of support. Windows 11 is not installed automatically at all, you have to start a manual update search, after which it will be displayed as a possible new version.
The whole thing is shown in a separate area and is only possible on systems on which Microsoft does not expect any problems. There is also the option to stay with Windows 10. In any case, wait a few more days or, better still, a couple of weeks. If you’re looking for something to do over Christmas and the weather may not be optimal, there’s still time for Windows 11.
Now I know that CHIP has a lot of readers with a lot of technical knowledge who just want to try out new features immediately and don’t feel like waiting forever. Because then there are other new products to try out and who is still talking about Windows 11 at Christmas?
That’s why I’m adapting my tip again for this target group: Tell everyone you play with as a hobby administrator to wait with the upgrade to Windows 11. You will get the update immediately, but only for test purposes.
Use a real test system for this, for example a second PC that no longer plays first fiddle. Admittedly, this strategy has become a little more difficult with Windows 11 because the hardware requirements have increased. But please do not just pull a large Windows update over your productive systems. It gets really annoying when you paralyze yourself with a function update.
Always plan for the worst
I think most users realize that my tip about waiting for updates is sensible. But sanity is not for everyone and of course it is your system that lets you do what you want. Just because I’m scared doesn’t mean you have to. I can only point out that you should definitely prepare for the update.
In most cases, the switch to a new Windows works without problems, but not always. You should therefore make a backup beforehand so that you always get back to a functioning system. If you always plan for the worst, you won’t lose the fun with the next Windows update either.