Windows 11 rolled out this week. Do you like it?

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Windows 11 officially started rolling out this week. The latest operating system from Microsoft brings a new Start menu, new features, and a more modern look. It also removes some features that were available in Windows 10. Leading up to the release of Windows 11, we asked how people felt about specific elements of it or if they planned to install it right away. Now that people have had a chance to use it, we have a simple question: Do you like Windows 11?

Some of our staff have already weighed in on Windows 11. Our news editor Robert Carnevale called Windows 11 "much ado about nothing." Our senior editor Jez Corden wrote an entire piece about how the new Start menu sucks. Our editor Richard Devine listed seven things we hate about Windows 11.

On the flip side, we also have a piece breaking down the five best features of Windows 11.

We'd like to know what you think. Are there features of the new OS that you now can't live without? Are there aspects of Windows 10 that you miss after upgrading? Let us know in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Unfortunately for many of our readers, it's necessary to add an option indicating an inability to download Windows 11. In our poll asking if people were upgrading to Windows 11, over 25% of participants said they couldn't get the new OS on their PC.

If you haven't had a chance to try out the new operating system for yourself, make sure to check out our Windows 11 review. Our senior editor runs through everything that's new in Windows 11 in both a written review and an extensive video breakdown.

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69 Comments
  • Meh.. it's alright. i will not install it on my Gaming PC tho, at least not for a while.. 2025 :P
  • Care to elaborate? I'd love to know why the Gaming PC's a no but it's okay elsewhere? For me, I think this is fine for anything but my work PC.
  • My gaming PC is Ryzen, and frankly I removed it within an hour even before I knew it was a performance nerf for my machines. Beyond that, I can't be bothered to deal with the productivity nerfs in Windows 11. It makes a lot of things take more clicks and more time to do. For someone constantly bouncing in and out of games, file explorer, etc. this throttling is too strong to ignore. If I was just using my machine for browsing and office id probably just install it cause why not. But, I am not Windows 11's target market. At least not as it shipped...
  • he's just more comfortable with Windows 10 and there's nothing wrong with that.
  • Excellent Windows version. Clean, modern and a joy to use.
  • Not a fan of the lack of customizability and grouping in the start menu. I'm going to wait a year to see what gets added.
  • That may be where I am. I believe MS will respond to the common themes and address those pain points for users. Windows 11 will certainly be better in 6 months than it is today.
  • For Insiders yes, maybe. But this time, it will be a yearly update. So for those who don't want to use Insider builds will have to wait a year (and maybe few months for bugs to iron out). So best advise is to skip this release for now. But it would be great if more people voice their complains on missing features to Feedback Hub. Like it or not, that's pretty much the only official way to send feedbacks.
  • "But it would be great if more people voice their complains on missing features to Feedback Hub. Like it or not, that's pretty much the only official way to send feedbacks." There's also this coming, hopefully, it's not a passing gimmick and they do something truly unique:
    https://www.windowscentral.com/new-feedback-portal-coming-windows-edge-a...
  • The basic problems with the interfaces should be fixed ASAP. I mean is Microsoft a software company or a Ford Dealership? The Feedback Hub is swamped in thoughtful users having the same exact problems with the interface. Most of these are fixed in Zorin OS, a Linux distro which is akin to 3 guys and a can of tomato soup. On what planet is Microsoft BEHIND a Linux distro? Or need 6 months to a year to catch up? Are Apple and Chrome paying them GOBS of cash to release half-finished OSes? Or are they this incompetent?
  • Ugh, all the mind numbed robots who say they like it.
  • Ugh, all the mind-numbing idiots who can't handle change.
  • Ugh all the people who can't understand different people have different opinions
  • Painfully_Candid, why would you seek to apply your preferences to everyone else? By suggesting they shouldn't like it because you don't, aren't you suggesting that we should all be robots obeying your preferences? Like or don't like, of course different people will have different opinions. The challenge for MS or any software company is satisfying and pleasing as many people as possible. They'll never get everyone.
  • I switched from 29 years of Mac when Windows 10 was released. I was STUNNED to come to an understanding of the typical Windows user -- 1. They don't believe they should have any say in the OS. Whatsoever. 2. They feel they have no right to complain about or to Microsoft for shortcomings. That it is wrong to complain. 3. Therefore when Microsoft actually improves something -- they don't have the critical faculties to say, okay, that's better. This is why SO MANY Windows users accept the OS their unit shipped with and want to stay on Windows 7 for eternity. Not because Windows 7 is better. But only because it is familiar. 3. If say 8 out of 100 Mac users want to learn how to use Mac OS, I'd say in Windows the number is 1.3 out of 100 people have any curiosity on how to use Windows 10. I'm not talking about coding and terminals. I'm talking about almost 100% of Windows users are not aware that, for instance, you they can remove the bloatware live tiles from the Start Menu. Or how to remove shortcuts to apps than installers place on their desktop. Here's the funny thing. The Windows people moving to Mac don't join the 8 out of 100. They actually lower that number over time. It really infuriates me that there are not native tutorials on how to run Windows. Not text or video based but an actual program that simulates Windows and let's you learn on a virtual OS. Holds your stupid hand through every step. Watches what you get right and wrong. Instead of this -- -- let's just make Windows more and more like iOS and Android. An operating system less operating system. But to be fair to the Windows users: since Microsoft doesn't even bother to release polished operating systems but instead dumps half finished OSes that they pretend to fix for a years -- maybe that corporate cynicism trickles down to the average users. That feeling that no one cares about their plight. Which with Win11 couldn't be more obvious.
  • The new start menu is pretty awful. No way to group apps, can only see 18 shortcuts at a time, ugly old icons, no at-a-glance info, doesn't work well at all on a tablet/touch screen device and so on. Not being able to put the taskbar on the left hand side of the screen is a very annoying limitation as well. I have lots of horizontal space on my display, why not let me use it?
  • appel1, I use those Start Menu features in Windows 10 (not the Taskbar -- I prefer the bottom of my screen for that), so I'm sure I'll miss them in 11 (haven't upgraded yet). On the other hand, we never had any of those Start Menu capabilities before Windows 8. So maybe they're not that important?
  • I guess it depends on what you compare with. Is it more important than being able to launch programs? Of course not. But I'd argue the easy of use, discoverability and customization of the win10 start menu is way more important than the new fairly useless separate widget menu in win11. And we did have a way to group programs in the start menu pre-win8, folders, but they weren't very nice to use. Required lots of fiddly clicking, didn't work well with touch and were a bit of a pain to setup.
  • I have no problem with touch in the start menu. To upgrade I had to go into inside program forward disclaimer
  • I just don't know if I like it or not.
  • Are you using it yet, or going based or reports? If you're using it, what do you link and dislike? I ask, because I'm on the fence on upgrading, still on Windows 10 on all my systems, so anyone objective enough to be undecided after trying it can probably give one of the best, most objective reports on pros and cons.
  • I like it. The OS has come a very long way and I enjoy the new look and the improvements below the skin. It's obvious it's not finished in some parts yet and like Windows 10 there will be feature updates coming to add those missing things for the power users. So I'm not ripping my hair out over it and spitting bile. For me personally, they have delivered a fine product and it works for me. Negative headlines get eyes on and spark emotional "conversation", its normal throughout human culture and media. People enjoyed watching gladiators rip each other apart after all. Positive news gets less engagement and is distrusted as paid ads.
  • I'd like a finished OS for once. Something we haven't experienced on this platform since Windows 7. Being constantly in a Beta or Release Candidate user experience is becoming too much to bear. I don't pay thousands for PCs to be Microsoft's free beta tester. Apple does not disrespect its users in that way. It's 2021, not 2012. We should be past this, especially after 5-6 years of Windows 10. Actually shocked at how willing users are to put up with this. Isn't that what people here used to clown Android for? All the features, but never finished and always feeling like a Beta-qualoty product... I was going to buy a new iPhone but I think I might keep my 11 Pro another year and get a Mac Mini instead. Windows feels a lot like 2003 Linux to me, just with the benefit of a huge existing install base and market position to enable it.
  • I like it. I liked Windows 10. Stable OS I work with every day with no issues. Nothing to complain about.
  • I don't understand why they refuse to let me use the bottom section of the start menu for applications I want. Instead it is reserved only for applications and documents that they THINK I want. If I don't want them guessing at what I want, then it has to be left blank. It's infuriating. Have been looking at Linux and MacOS for the past few days, thinking about making the switch. Visual Studio (IDE not Code) is the only thing keeping me from Linux right now.
  • It's fine if you don't like the start menu as is, which I hope they make certain changes going forward too, but in the meantime why not use the many 3rd party apps available to customize your start menu? Seems that'd be easier than completely switching OSs
  • Copiondor, I have to believe that MS will open those parts back up with a future update. The criticisms of the Windows 11 UI are almost universally in sync with yours. With such a common outcry, I would expect MS to respond in a way you'll like. Don't jump ship yet! I think their reasoning is that they wanted to get a "pure" new Windows 11 UI out there for users and feedback, knowing that Windows 10 is still fully supported and that Windows 11 is entirely optional. This is not a case where people are waking up to computers with a new OS after the Tuesday update. That gave them some flexibility. They probably also heard all of this feedback during the Insider testing, but figured that Insiders are a biased sample toward power-users, and are therefore not representative of average users on this specific topic. For that reason, they wanted to see how the full market reacted to these changes, before caving and adding this complexity back into the Start Menu.
  • True, I think that's the plan. Though most people are indifferent so many won't even provide any valuable or any feedback at all anyways. If there are complaints, there will be though I guess many may find themselves not able to get to All Apps since many probably used to seeing them always visible on the left. Action Center may be also become confusing to some users as well for let's say, connecting to a WiFi, even though the button is right in front of them after opening the Action Center. I am concerned by these "power user" features since they might update a little but left majority untouched, just like how on Windows 10, multiple desktops were left barebones and only until Windows 11 added the features power users requested.
  • I like it overall. The limitations of the Task Bar don't affect me at all but I can see how they would be annoying to those who are affected. I'm slightly more affected by the Start Menu limitations but not so much as for it to be a significant issue. Other than those two aspects, which I can see would be genuine issues for some, I don't see that there's any objective reason to dislike it. If you prefer Windows 10 then fine but I don't see that it's anything but personal preference. Personally, I prefer Windows 11.
  • I would LOVE It seriously... But the removal of timeline was a hit and the really stupid removal of the taskbar calendar appointments (replaced by an outlook widget that only displays outlook.com accounts) is very, very annoying for profesional use. Therefore i'm going back to 10.
  • 100% with you Pablo on the calendar thing. Not upgrading until that's fixed.
  • I totally agree with you! I have no idea why they removed all the good stuff from the taskbar calendar. It's useless now.
  • I too was a big fan of timeline. Very disappointed in it's removal!
  • A bit of self-selection bias in this poll. Even though I like it, most people weighing in have installed it, and most of those did so because they planned to even after reading all the negative stuff here. I'd check back in a year to see if, or how, the numbers have changed.
  • The whining about having only 18 programs on the start menu reminds me of the complaints about short miles per charge on an electric car. Over 95% in the US drive fewer than 45 miles per day, which even the worst EV handles with aplomb. I think Microsoft has data that shows over 90% use fewer than 18 programs a month. Most of the complainers will discover they do too. I did...
  • That could be true, but often number of people using something doesn't equate to harm in losing it. It's like paying for unlimited Internet -- some ISPs or mobile carriers offer cheaper plans with fewer GB per month, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing you don't need to worry about a limit justifies the expense of unlimited, even if you almost never need it.
  • I am completely indifferent, it's just an OS.
  • I like it, especially the touch improvements. Including the new touch keyboard. But i misses the integration of the appointment in the calendar. It's become very limited. And only for outlook account.
  • Can't even install it on all 3 of my Windows 10 laptops/PCs. Very Apple of Microsoft to limit who can upgrade to Windows 11.
  • Have switched back to MacOS.
  • A lot of what is new in Windows 11 feels like it's been changed or added just to make the change and not to make things better as an upgrade. Weird things like the show more options on the context menu. Fair enough it's trying to keep the context menu simple for newbies, but there is for 'power users' it's another click and annoying. For a 'pro' version of windows it's very limiting.
    The same goes with removing the option of right clicking the task bar to get to basic things like Task Manager. Removed why? and why can't the option be provided for power users.
    Then the start menu. Can't rename items pinned. Can't group them. The 'recommended' section below pinned, even if disabled in the start menu personalisation options, still takes up half the menu space for... literally no reason.
    Moving some basic things like cut/copy/paste to icons on context menus. It's just strange, having no options to remove that. Worse still, the location sometimes go up to the top of the menu, sometimes at the bottom. Sometimes not all the icons show up, some times they do.
    A lot of it I could understand if it was aimed at the home edition, but for a professional setting. It just feels like a major step back. Windows 11, and the issue getting hold of GPU cards, it's honestly made me consider moving to Apple's hardware and Mac OS...
  • I'm not qualified to answer as I've not installed it yet, but the discussion around the poll certainly helps me learn. I think I will be frustrated by the diminished Start Menu. I had thought Widgets would pick up the functions of the lost Live Tiles, but sounds like Widgets section is still very limited compared to Live Tiles, with no third party support yet. I also worry about not being able to organize my apps for easy browsing, but we never had that before Windows 8, and I thought Windows 7 had a good UI, so maybe I'm over inflating the importance of that feature. I think I will really love the look and feel of the UI. The added animations and improved consistency across the OS are welcome improvements. Don't yet know (maybe I won't until I try it) if the pro vs con list will be a net positive or net negative for me.
  • If you are curious, you can try an Insider build on your seperate partition if you can. It will take a while to do though, especially resizing existing partition takes a long time depending how many files you have and how quick your CPU is. Best to do a full backup. Or install Insider on your existing build and just roll back to Windows 10 after. But if you don't want to deal with any of those. Maybe just keep using Windows 10 for now and wait for a year. Because that reservation may indicate that there something you probably didn't really like. You can try, and would be nice to provide feedback as well, even it feels tone deaf to submit feedbacks.
  • I'm hoping that Microsoft will be allowing apps at least from the store, to make changes so users can experience at glance info much better in the future, as I've noted that on Windows 10 there are store apps that can truly modify how the UI looks and works.. This shouldn't be the next mac OS..., stop trying to cater the platform just for apple fan boys, Windows is supposed to be full of options, giving users control over the UI elements , So far I don't see "freedom" for the users, Microsoft has lost its direction trying to satisfy vocal users but what they don't get is that the silent majority is being shunned for being less vocal about things, this doesn't mean they will simply take these limitations and feel okay with it,
    I've to note I like Windows 11's under the hood improvements but its UI limitations are simply there to destroy my work productivity rather than actually help me work efficiently.
  • Good points. Windows Phone 7 was very much a jump from the open Windows Mobile to an attempt at a closed, Apple-style system. Didn't work out too well for them. Perhaps MS is repeating that here. Certainly feels like a more controlling OS than 10.
  • It's not so much that I dislike it. I just think it's unnecessary. It also feels like it needs another 6 months to year to go to production.
  • It's a raging dumpster fire
  • It's hard to take comments like that seriously. It has it's issues but when someone is so over the top it is impossible to believe that they are being even close to objective.
  • I figure Microsoft will get it right, just around 12 being released...
  • As a windows 10 user, I want to know what do you want in w11 start menu? I'll create a concept on the basis of your suggestions. I'll create a design along with UX. Don't forget what functionalities do you need from w10 start menu?
  • For the Start, there should be at least the following functionalities: 1) support for directories basically the same way as in Windows 10, also a directory on the SSD/HDD where you can freely organize everything the way you want, 2) support for widgets like weather, 3) freely customizable size (including font sizes)
  • One thing that I did in Windows 10 was pin subcategories of Settings on the Start Menu but that is currently not supported in Windows 11.
  • It can wait.
  • I haven’t used it on my work or gaming machines, but it is great on SP4. I don’t actually need the keyboard at all times.
  • yes I know. I have it on my Surface Pro X without keyboard and it's awesome
  • I have it on a Surface Go but haven't used it much because of the current duty of that machine. I have it on a desktop and my work Surface Pro, which is constantly connected to a desktop keyboard. As a result, I haven't used Windows 11 via touchscreen all that much so far. I've seen a couple of people claim that it is worse than Windows 10 in that use case. What say you on that comparison?
  • Nope, lack of customization is a killer.
  • That's an interesting point and exactly why left Apple after having every iphone from 2 to 6 - lack of customization.
  • Almost everybody seems to like windows 11 when too bad it's not windows 11 mobile😉
  • With the basic ram requirements one would indeed wonder if its even possible... though I'd like to hope that if it were to have an ARM version that would be much lighter on the memory requirements, but one could never really say. then again the only thing stopping me is TPM2.0 , if so would WM11 also require such chips? ,is that even possible ? , so much questions... many things to work on to get there, so as of now while I do see the appeal, I'd say that so far, Windows 10 is much more mobile friendly than Windows 11 is.. all you need is PWA to seal the deal, that is if Microsoft planned on rebooting their Mobile OS...
  • Overhyped fresh coat of paint. More watchdog timer crashes performing the same workload that runs fine on W10. Wasted opportunity to clean up the code bloat and streamline the OS.
  • Would use Windows 11 if my CPU met the CPU requirements!
    Other than that, literally everything else is supported.
  • I love it. Even though it is not compatible with my cpu. Some functions are working slow, the game performance is worst but overall I'm happy. I really hated the windows 10
  • Eh it's okay. There is really no reason to upgrade right now if you are happy/satisfied with 10.
    At present it feels more like Windows 10.20 than 11 to me.
    The new taskbar & start menu are both steps backward and the biggest disappointments so far
    I also dislike the dumb rounded corners
    To its credit I have yet to have any bug type issues with anything. Browsers, sound, & all my apps all seem to work well
  • I downloaded the ISO and tried to install it on a couple of my machines. On one, I suspected it wouldn't like the specs, but on my main desktop, the installer simply didn't like the 7700K CPU. I really couldn't be bothered shoehorning Windows 11 onto my PC if it won't work the first install as intended. I feel Windows 11, from the reviews I've read, just seems to be a new UI on top of the same old legacy Win32 platform. I wish they'd added things like WinFS and ought technologies that were being developed that would've advanced computing. Geez, we're still using drive letters like it's 1991.
  • I already have live tiles everywhere app now I'm just waiting for stardock to add the windows 10 start menu to it. Then I will get Windows 11. Then I can make it look like windows 8 as much as I can
    In my opinion windows 8.1 is the best UI.
  • Security is most important to me. I already have turned on Core Isolation in Windows 10 and I will install Windows 11 as soon as it is offered to me via Windows Update. Microsoft claims that malware is reduced by 60% (Update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements | Windows Insider Blog). If the Microsoft employees are anything like me, they have already moved to it and most of their focus is concentrated on it. Therefore, all new features and security improvements are based on Windows 11 and tested most extensively on Windows 11, which makes it another reason to move to it. I would bet that Microsoft has its best software engineers working on Windows 11 too, I have more confidence in their first team.
  • At least for now, a very dull OS with way too few customization possibilities built-in and specially a very limited Start menu. They even were not able to get the built-in Android app support on time for it and the OS hardware requirements are still too demanding.
  • I like it so far, but I hope they finish Dark mode instead of not touching it again for 5 more years. I can't believe the copy + paste / move window is not dark mode yet!