February 24, 2022
Do you remember when Microsoft announced the release of the Windows 10 operating systems (OS)? I do. I also remember being under the impression that Windows 10 would be the last version to be released…at least for the foreseeable future. Well, it turns out, I was wrong. Windows 11 has now arrived, and many people have been caught off guard. So, I thought it might be a good idea to look at what this means for those who have Windows 10 on their computers.
The first thing you should know is that Windows 10 is not going away anytime soon. Support for Windows 10 will not end until October of 2025. That gives users nearly four years before they have to upgrade to Windows 11.
Wish to upgrade now? Microsoft is allowing you to do this for free if your computer meets the specifications. Unfortunately, fewer older computers will be able to install Windows 11 than were able to install Windows 10. If you want to know if your computer can move to Windows 11, go to “Update” and then “Security” in your computer’s Settings. If you see a feature update for Windows 11 and a prompt to install, it means your computer can do the update. If you don’t see this, you can always download the PC Health Check app to see if your system supports Windows 11.
Now the big question is: should you update? This choice is entirely up to you and should be thought over carefully before making a decision. Remember, there is no rush. Unfortunately, if your computer cannot run Windows 11, the only option will be to get a new computer. Once Windows 10 ceases receiving security updates in 2025, your device will be vulnerable.
Okay, so you have made the decision to either update or get a new computer with Windows 11 already installed. You now have a new OS to get used to. Fortunately for those who are already pretty familiar with Windows 10, moving to Windows 11 shouldn’t be too hard. However, there are some changes that you may find confusing.
The good news is that here at MCPL, we have an option for you! We have several online resources that can teach you all about the new OS. LinkedIn Learning for Library and Udemy Business are both offering classes on Windows 11. These are free, self-paced courses that use videos to help explain the new system and the changes that have been made. You will have to create an account so you can keep track of your progress in the courses, but you don’t have to pay a fee—all you need is your Library card. If you have any questions, you can contact staff at your local branch or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that Windows 10 will still be around for a while, so there is no need to panic. And once you’ve made the smooth transition to Windows 11, you’ll be all set…until Windows 12 arrives!
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