New ( cheapo ) laptop -currently upgrading to Win 11 - have i done the right thing ?

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Hi all,

I bought a cheap laptop ( GEOBOOK 120 ) as i only need it for basics, surfing, printing etc - i thought my old one has finally died, but revived it with CHKDSK /R . It still has issues but will do as a backup even if its on WIN 7 and the power supply is knackered, so i have 2 batteries and an external battery charger to feed it.

Anyway back to the new GEOBOOK -it came with WIN 10 in S MODE, which i originally planned to change to WIN 10 ( i am aware its a one-way switch out )  but it gave me the option to upgrade to WIN 11 - which i accepted, and its installing as i type this ( around 60 % ).
I have read a bit more about WIN 11 and now i am doubting that i should install it........i think i read that i will have 10 days to go back to WIN 10 ?

As a current WIN 7 user, what is going to be easier for me ( 10 or 11 )  and should i have waited a while before thinking of installing 11 ?

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  • RumRatRumRat Forumite
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    No point learning 10 then going to 11. You will find it different, but there are plenty of tutorials and videos on line Give them a look before embarking on the journey and you shouldn't have too much trouble.
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  • cx6cx6 Forumite
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    I upgraded to 11 and although there are some quirks and things I don't like about it they are not enough to make me revert back to 10
  • Neil49Neil49 Forumite
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    If you have gone straight from Win 10 S mode to Win 11 and, as you say, the move from Win 10 S mode is one way, what are you going back to?

    I've moved from 10 to 11 and it was a bit of an anticlimax but it's OK. As you've got 11 installed (hopefully) I would stick with it.

    I've installed Open Shell to give the Start button and home screen a Windows 7 appearance which works quite well. Google it for more information. 
  • Neil_JonesNeil_Jones Forumite
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    The S mode (coming out of) is one way only in 10 or 11.
    If you come out of S Mode in 11 and go back to 10, in theory it should roll back to the same state it was when you upgraded, so back to 10 S.
    Note that S Mode in 11 is only in the Home Edition - if you have the Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows 10 in S mode, Windows Update will not offer Windows 11 because S mode is not available in those editions of Windows 11.  Therefore, if you have the Pro, Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10 in S mode, you'll need to switch out of S mode to upgrade to Windows 11.

    Not that S Mode is worth retaining anyway, so its relatively moot anyway.
  • deejaybeedeejaybee Forumite
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    Cheers for the feedback all. appreciated.

    Have the cheapo running on WIN 11 now and it seems ok. and i can navigate it reasonably well.
    Main issue is it is running on WIN 11-S, so for the moment i am stuck with EDGE & BING... i will obviously switch it out of S mode so that i can install Firefox browser, as the adverts are annoying me already.
    Have set up bookmarks etc, but couldnt sort out setting up home page.
    The TouchPad on the cheapo is a bit sketchy, but im sure i will get used to it in time.

    Actually typing this on the old laptop, which sods law is working fine now, but i get the " consider replacing your battery" message on both of the current batteries i have now, i can get about 1.5 to 2 hours out of each of them before swapping the other one in, but wont bother buying new batteries now.
  • googlergoogler Forumite
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    If you only use it for, as you say, 'basics', then why do you feel you need Win 11?
  • deejaybeedeejaybee Forumite
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    googler said:
    If you only use it for, as you say, 'basics', then why do you feel you need Win 11?
    Good question,  i figured 11 would obviously have microsoft security updates for longer than 10 [ has another 4 years or so i believe]
    Although i am already used to running 7 on my "old" laptop, which hasnt been supported for quite a while now...




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