Are you ready for Microsoft Windows 11 ?
Well an informal pole from our valued clients says that they are ready, however, the average person out there, without support or the understanding that they need support, is completely unprepared. When we take on a new client, we ask questions like, when was the last time you did a backup of your data ? Most people dont know when or if a valid and recoverable backup occurred. Most backup programs will “assume” they know where your data is, but if you don’t do an audit of these programs, you can miss critical data that is hidden away in obscure parts of your system. If you use MS Outlook or have customized templates for MS Word, then you will know about these locations, but maybe you dont understand where they are stored. This is the main reason to plan your upgrade to Windows 11 or at minimum, check the integrity of your backups and see if they are working properly.
Do you know if your computer supports an upgraded BIOS or not ? Waiting for the last minute to find out this critical question, could mean the success or failure to upgrade to Windows 11. Its possible that many of you will find this out too late and be forced to purchase a completely new laptop or desktop at the cost of hundreds of dollars or maybe over a thousand dollars, due to the rise in chip costs affecting CPUs, RAM, Solid State Harddrives and ChipSets that all became scarce as a result of the pandemic. Waiting till the last minute to call us will only put you in a queue that will become longer and longer as time passes.
Another question is, how much free space your harddrive has, and can you make room for upgrade. Waiting until you start upgrading and then finding out that your harddrive is either full, or partitioned incorrectly, or hasn’t the boot capability for Windows 11. Most CPUs are supported by Microsoft and with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM you are assured that Windows 11 will run, albeit slowly. Since Windows 10 came out, most computers were equipped with 8 GB RAM and sometimes 12 GB. Some of the critical things are already done, but depending on how you upgraded say from Windows 7, you may be running in an older, less supported boot sequence that wont allow you to run Windows 11.
So, many of you will have difficulty waiting till the last minute, panicking when you call for support, unable to have a remote technician solve your problems when your computer will either not roll back to Windows 10, or refuses to upgrade to Windows 11. Without the proper preparation, and the ability to reload Windows 10 with a thumb drive or a CDROM, many of you will be left without a computer for several days before you get backup and running, and then your data may be lost or you may be unable to recover precious settings that you spent months working on. If you get angry at your support technician, then you do not understand the responsibility that you bear to make sure that you are prepared.
Over the next few months, already overloaded techs will be exhausted with the endless stream of questions and messes that were created by ill-prepared, poorly planned strategies for upgrading to a critical program such as Windows 11.