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What Can Windows 11 Do Better Than Windows 10?

If a new Windows appears, the question arises: What are the advantages compared to the previous operating system? We have found 11 benefits and thus help you decide whether it is worth making the switch. Windows 10, which has been on the market since 2015, is mature. It’s roughly what Windows 7 was back then: solid and stable. It runs and runs and runs – which Microsoft has hardly changed recently with feature updates. 

These upgrades brought the system only marginal innovations that make sense but do not shake the system in its foundations. The situation is different with Windows 11: Anyone who wants to dare something new in operating technology is in the right place here. The operating system looks as young and wild as Windows Vista and Windows 8. That applies at least to the operation. Here the Windows 10 successor turns things upside down. 

The taskbar with its centered symbols is distinctive. The start button is also arranged in the middle. It varies, as does the boot screen logo (splash screen) compared to the Windows 10 counterpart. For those interested in switching, the question arises: does Windows 11 offer advantages beyond the optical facade? To summarize the following paragraphs of this article: Yes, there are advantages over Windows 10. In detail, however, they are relatively small.

Visually More Modern?

We do not list the user interface design as a particular point under the advantages since visual aspects are also a matter of taste. Example start menu: It comes without tiles and seems to float above the taskbar. Some people think that the start menu “is finally no longer sticking to the taskbar” and is placed airily above it. Whereby “finally” as well as other visual aspects are subjectively shaped. Quite a few users are satisfied with the Windows 10 theme. Whether Windows 11 is a step forward is up to your personal preference.

Windows 11 is presumably a sensible further development in terms of appearance, with which numerous users become friends. It is still a few months before they can get used to it because Microsoft has not developed Windows 11 for a long time. Only when the final version of the OS has been released does it become clear whether ergonomic and productive work is possible given the centered taskbar symbols, for example – or whether the new presentation may limit the whole thing. 

Anyone already using the new OS could state critically: The interface is only more modern because it is different. Assuming that Microsoft had first released Windows 11 and then Windows 10 and compared the graphical interfaces, some positive-minded people might ascribe progress to the Windows 10 display.

Windows 11 Accumulates Innovations From Five Years Of Windows 10

Windows 10, released in 2015, provided Microsoft with feature updates more than ten times. They added new onboard resources, discarded old features, and improved the functionality of the existing ones. Invisible legacy code disappeared; outdated lines of code from Outlook Express, for example, were dormant in the initial versions of Windows 10, which the system provider erased. 

Comparing Windows 10 (version 1507), released in 2015, with Windows 11, Windows 11 is far better. This is true even considering its pre-version status. A current Windows 10 21H1, on the other hand, is technically relatively close to Windows 11. Anyone who uses a very outdated Windows 10 must first load an update, which is laborious. With Windows 11, just get started.

Faster Than Windows 10

The first benchmarks from tech portals and YouTubers confirm that Windows 11 is measurably faster than Windows 10. In practice, the new operating system feels fast. Coming drivers will increase the speed even further. The fact that the hardware requirements have increased will contribute to high performance in the future: Windows 11 users and hardware manufacturers hardly ever install Windows 11 on old computers, but rather on minimally up-to-date computers. In terms of RAM, for example, Microsoft requires 1 gigabyte (GB) for the 32-bit version and 2 GB for the 64-bit version for Windows 10; with Windows 11, it is 4 GB.

The System Warns Of New Auto-Starts

Autostart programs are sometimes helpful but sometimes annoying and cost performance. The applications load each time they startup or after the user logs in. How do you discover new auto starts? One method is to consult the Task Manager and switch to the “Autostart” tab. But only very few users do this regularly. Windows 11 addresses beginners and comfortable advanced users with an innovation: If the OS detects a new autostart, it reports it to you at the bottom right. One-click takes you to the settings app and paralyzes the co-starter.

New App Store, Android Apps Are Running

Windows 11 has a new app store. Windows 10 is also to be modernized, but Android apps will only run on Windows 11 in the future. Microsoft developed this private Subsystem (ESC Windows Subsystem for Android).

Simplified Context Menus

A context menu appears when you right-click on a free desktop or Explorer location or a file or folder. Microsoft has redesigned this in Windows 11. It looks airier thanks to its larger dimensions. However, a few functions are no longer available. No problem: Click on “Show more options” (or with Shift-F10) to display the familiar Windows 10 menu.

“Copy As Path” Is Always Available

Up to and including Windows 10, it was necessary to take a detour to copy a file or folder path to the clipboard. The desired element was clicked with the right mouse button while holding down the shift key. An extended context menu appears with the command “Copy as path.” The shortcut key is obsolete under Windows 11: The valuable function for professionals appears as standard in the menus. This is the case with the wholly overhauled context menus and the “Show more options” menus.

Extended Multi-Window Management

If you move the mouse pointer over the maximize symbol of an Explorer or program window, suggestions for arranging all your open windows appear. Place the software instances in the desired layout with a click. Microsoft has undoubtedly taken inspiration from its previously published project PowerToys with its FancyZones.

Integrated Windows Terminal

The Windows Terminal, available as a Windows 10 app before the Windows 11 release, has made its way into the new operating system. The terminal application combines the console command prompt (alias command line), PowerShell, and Azure Cloud Shell. With a click, you open tabs with the desired command interpreters. You can access the software via a start menu search, right-clicking on the desktop (the Linux Ubuntu desktop has a similar context command), and the Windows X menu. 

Newer Windows 10 versions from the significant release 1703 (Creators Update) integrate PowerShell. This is partly unpopular. The terminal making its debut in Windows 11 comes in handy for some. You can choose between “Windows Terminal” and “Windows Terminal (Admin)” in the Win-X menu.

More Animations

The rounded corners of windows and context menus aren’t everything when it comes to visual innovations. Animations are now much more extensive than they used to be: opening windows is more impressive. Windows 11 takes over the animated maximization of program instances from its predecessor. 

The cascading desktop context menu item “View” unfolds its lively entries. For the first time, even the scaling of windows on one of the four screen edges (Aero Snap) is optically enhanced. And the Win-X menu, which you can access with the critical combination of the same name or by right-clicking on the start button, is part of this list.

The Settings App Has Been Revamped

Microsoft introduced the PC Settings app with Windows 8, and it was fully developed for the first time in Windows 10. The successor to the control panel also has a lot of potential with Windows 11. The Settings app continues to open with Win-i and has been refurbished visually and functionally.

New Volume Dialog And More Subtle Sounds

If you click on the volume symbol in the taskbar’s tray (there on the right), a new sound dialog will appear. A control for the screen brightness has been added to the volume control. The Windows 10 Info Center does not continue to exist: It is merged with the volume dialog; you can reach the conglomerate with Windows-A (as usual).


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