- Apr 24, 2016
Early in July 2021, I reviewed the Dev Build of Windows 11. I was underwhelmed on so many levels. The new operating system, if it can be called that, was raw, unfinished, and came with a slew of bugs and ergonomic annoyances. But that was then. Since, this thing has been officially released, and it even received a handful of big, critical patches, designed to help resolve some of the early problems.
With optimism, nay jadedness of heart, I set about testing Windows 11 with a fresh outlook. After all, six months and change is a lot of time to resolve various issues, and give users, hopefully, a decent experience. The reason why I'm doing this so-called milestone article rather than a more "streamlined" update is that I feel no need whatsoever to be using or testing Windows 11. I find it totally unnecessary, and will not be using it on my serious systems. But test we shall, and report thus.
Very little has changed since Windows 11 Dev Build. The official version plus updates doesn't seem to resolve anything of practical value to me, and I have zero need or patience for shiny gimmicks aimed at the touch crowd and assorted low-IQ mouthbreathers. For instance, the taskbar icon grouping is another regression compared to Windows 11. And let me not get started on the whole TPM and the rest of it.
My only question is what happens in 2025. I believe I will keep one or two unsupported Windows 10 boxes around for non-essential stuff, like gaming, and then move the rest of my workloads to Linux. It will be a compromise in some aspects, but then, I'm glad Windows 11 came around and unshackled me from my dread of having no choice but to stay with Windows, come what may. So far, since Windows 3.11, I've been largely content with the available functionality, but this is it. The spell has been broken. Well, that future eventuality should be an interesting journey of its own. For now, there you have it, my six-month diatribe. That Explorer performance fix article is coming shortly. Take care.
Short review of Windows 11 six months after my early Dev Build testing, focusing on unresolved performance and ergonomics issues, problems with Explorer, system menu, system tray, power & battery indicator, annoying notifications, some other observations, and more