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Seven things we hate about Windows 11

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The big Windows 11 launch has finally arrived and millions around the globe can begin to see what Insiders have been talking about these past few months. We've obviously been using it collectively as a team since the very first builds, and naturally, the overall reaction is pretty good.

That said, Windows 11 is far from perfect. There are things we're not fond of, and things we flat out just hate and want to change. Highlighting the not-so-good is every bit as important as talking about all the new shiny things that bring us joy.

So, here's a roundup of some of the things the Windows Central team doesn't like about Windows 11.

The Start menu

Windows 11 Start Menu

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We've already discussed this through the words of our own Jez Corden, who wrote that the Windows 11 Start menu sucks. And it does. Is it pretty? Absolutely. Is it a good user experience? No. It is not.

The Windows 10 Start menu also had its critics, but it also didn't feel like it was forcing itself upon you. If you didn't want to use Live Tiles, all you had to do was remove them and shrink the Start Menu to just be a list of apps. Simple.

Definitely read Jez's post because it goes into more detail, but with Windows 11 it feels like Microsoft has made it less user-friendly and is forcing a design on its users over and above practicality. And it shouldn't be down to third-party tools to fix it, either.

The taskbar

What's wrong with the taskbar I can hear you shout? The biggest issue is you can't move it. It's rooted to the bottom of the screen and while you can move the icons from the middle to the left, that's it. If you want to move the Taskbar, you can't.

That might not bother you. But if you're a heathen like me who prefers to run the taskbar along the top of the display, you can't. Again, not without using a third-party tool to customize the look of Windows 11. It's such a basic feature, and Windows 10 would let you put it on the top or along the edges of the display. Why take it away?

This has similar annoyances to the Start menu. Microsoft has removed options in Windows 11 and with it user choice. Simplifying the experience for some is fine, but it shouldn't come at the expense of those who like more control, especially when they've had it before.

Widgets panel is pretty uninspiring

Widgets dashboard

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The widgets panel could have been so much more. Those lamenting the loss of Live Tiles could have found solace within its warm embrace, but it's actually just a cold, uninspiring feature that isn't really worth using.

Some of this may be location-based, so cue ranting from the Brits on the team, but there aren't many useful widgets, and the news headlines are mostly garbage. This could all quickly and easily improve, and if it does, it'll become a tool most of us are happy to use. But for now, that button is getting removed from the taskbar. It doesn't add anything to the experience.

All the crapware

Windows 11 Start Surfacepro Lighting

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If I do a fresh install of Windows 11 or even buy a new Windows 11 laptop, and the first time I open my Start Menu I find Facebook Messenger pinned and ready for action, we're going to have a problem. It's been a bit of a running joke for years, with such hot titles as Candy Crush coming pre-loaded with a clean install of Windows on a gaming laptop. But come on, Microsoft. Please.

If it's about money, maybe let us pay for a version that just doesn't have all this crap? Not one single thing that was pinned in the Start Menu out of the box is anything I'm interested in, which essentially makes it feel like an ad. And I don't want ads in my operating system, thanks.

Please, for the love of God, stop it.

TPM will never not be confusing

TPM

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We've all been battling this since the first reveal of Windows 11. We've written a number of posts on the topic, trying to help and inform readers and get them through the process of upgrading to Windows 11 and handling the dreaded TPM.

Is TPM a good thing? Yeah, sure. Is it overly complicated for an average user? Absolutely. This quote from our editor-in-chief, Dan-Thorp Lancaster, sums it up.

"I built a new PC over the weekend and the PC Health Check app greeted me with a dreaded 'sorry, your PC isn't compatible' message despite the motherboard being less than a year old. Fortunately, ASUS had already released updated BIOS that allowed me to turn TPM on. However, most people are not going to know that this is an option, let alone how to go about doing it."

The issue with the TPM requirement is that it's buried within areas of the PC that many people will never even look at. And since it was never mandatory for it to be enabled in Windows 10, despite its existence being, it'll most likely be turned off.

Legacy menus and design choices from forever ago

Inconsistent design choices were a thing all through the life of Windows 10 and guess what? They're still here. Make no mistake, Windows 11 is a huge change for the better when it comes to design as a whole, but when you start digging a little deeper you'll still find menus that belong back in the Windows Vista age.

Our colleagues over at PC Gamer had a good take on this:

"But I had to laugh when, within five minutes of booting Windows 11 for the first time, I came face-to-face with a menu that's barely changed since 2007. Windows 11 may look nice, but it still has the same maddening problem as Windows 10, which is that the new menus are competing with ancient ones for basic functionality."

It's all true. We're getting there, but how many years has it been now? It's almost as though Microsoft is scared to pull off the Band-Aid. Even though it's long overdue.

Windows 11 doesn't feel like a must-have upgrade

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Windows 11 is very good on the whole, but it also doesn't feel like a must-have upgrade. Microsoft has struggled in the past to get people onto newer versions of Windows, particularly in enterprise, and there's nothing about Windows 11 that just screams you have to have it.

That doesn't mean it isn't a worthwhile upgrade, but it does pose the question of how quickly it'll be adopted. It's no secret how long Windows 7 stuck around in the Steam hardware surveys as gamers were reluctant to go to Windows 10, for example. And with the whole TPM confusion alone it's enough to put the more casual users off.

It's still the early days, and there's a good chance that all of these annoyances will become much better over time. But what about you? What do you not like about Windows 11?

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

48 Comments
  • Totally agree on Start and Taskbar, but I have been relieved that the Jump Lists do work on Taskbar and even in Start, except (bizarrely) not on Pinned apps on Start. Jump Lists are my main way to access documents in Windows, so this would have been a problem for me. For Widgets, I'll like them when they allow third party Widgets and Windows Central offers a Windows Central Widget (I LOVE the current Windows Central Live Tile on my Windows 10 Start Menu). For the "crapware," I've never noticed it. Maybe it's because I only install the Pro version? If that's why, maybe your wish of MS offering a more expensive version of Windows sans crapware is already a reality. TPM is fine -- it's only an issue for upgraders, and going forward all new systems (and I suspect even new motherboards) will start shipping with TPM on by default for this very reason. And for those who are upgrading existing systems, they tend to be more technical where making a BIOS change shouldn't be that big a deal. If you're doing a clean install of the OS, you may need to go into the BIOS anyway to change your boot device.
  • I have pro and I got all of the bloat as well. At least they were easy to remove.
  • Yeah, Jump List only works on All Apps but not on Pinned apps, which is weird but not surprising for MS, but frustrating since it is a massive oversight. I sent several feedbacks about this since the first Insider release but they manage to put the Search button on Start Menu first (which is nothing but a button for Search flyout anyways) than Jump List. The more I use Windows 11, the more I realized how rushed this is, and that reflects on several reviews also pointing out being "unfinished". Widgets said to come with 3rd-party support in the future, but who knows when and there is no developer story about it yet or as far as I know. Even then, the foundation of current Windows 11 Widget is really poor, being a web based without any form of offline function. So if you first login without an internet or with poor connection, Widget is a useless thing, which is already not much that useful. Shame really since they killed Live Tiles but Widgets is nowhere near is ready to be a proper replacement. I first thought killing Live Tiles make sense since Widgets is there, since that what was been asked since Windows 8.x days, Live Tiles to be evolved to Widgets. But for whatever reason, they decided to ditch the whole code and start from scratch and which is inferior to Live Tiles in terms of foundation. Sure, web-based seems promising but their implementation is not. They said Live Tiles killed due to "nobody supports it" which I find it false since when it was first introduced, many apps (Metro and UWP) really supports it. Of course not all apps will have Live Tiles because they always don't make sense for every single app. But around Windows 10 around the de-emphasize from UWP, Live Tiles is also getting less attention due to being only available with UWP. Majority of Windows apps are Win32, who can't tap with Live Tiles, so the reason why "developers don't use it" is because Microsoft never opened it to Win32 in the first place. Yet they can rework the Live Tiles to be a Widget, but instead they basically taken the MSN News and Interest and created Widget from there instead. And don't allow it to be pinned on the desktop, which has been asked since first release of Windows 10. Yeah about the crapware, I didn't exactly noticed it. Well there is like 3rd-party app ads of that is already pinned on the Start Menu, which is not new since Windows 10. At least they are not hard to be removed. Well slightly harder since there is no folders now in Start menu, which they normally do on Windows 10, so you have to unpin them one-by-one. TPM, yeah that is not a major issue since practically any modern PC will have it, just not enabled by default. Only problem is for really old ones with TPM 1.2, but those PCs will come with older CPU gen that they can't upgrade to Windows 11 anyways.
  • 100% agree with you. Also, the start menu isn't even 'pretty'. I know aesthetics are different for everyone but it's just a box with some icons that look a bit dated.
    I upgraded because I was having issues with W 10 and it was blocking me from doing a complete wipe so I installed 11 then did a clean wipe to clear the issues away. I do like aspects of it and things seem snappier than 10, but geez sometimes I wonder how a team of people can make these changes and get approval. Then open it up to insiders, seeing them mostly giving negative feedback of these things and Microsoft saying 'nah bruh we're not listening, take what we want to give you'. Another thing I don't like is the dark mode, which is just an unpleasjng grey. If some people like it, fine, but give us a true dark mode in addition to it and call it something else.
  • Try Start11 by Stardock? Very nice. I'm not in their employ. Anyway, it's the best version of Start yet. It's still in release candidate though. You might want to wait until it goes RTM. They have all the old styles, Win 7 / 10 and Stardock's own Modern. But their take on the Win 11 Start menu is really good. Looks sort of like the Microsoft version, but enhanced really well. You can also adjust the translucency etc. etc. . It's like night and day over the-out-of-the-box Win 11 Start menu. When Windows 8.1 came out, I put a version of Start8 on it and liked it. It made Windows 8.1 much more useful as one could use the Start Menu and not have to go to the full screen "Metro" menu. I didn't bother with Start 10 as I liked the out-of-the-box version of Start well enough after moving the tiles around to my liking. But like you, I find the current Win11 Start Menu disappointing. So I tried Stardock's beta and, wow, it really improved the interface. I have it on my machine and when it goes RTM, I will put a copy on my brother's computer for him.
  • Microsoft needs to stop including bloatware with Windows. WIndows 11 has apps pinned to the start menu that weren't previously installed (if you upgraded for Windows 10). They added ClipChamp, the app that Microsoft recently bought. If you click on these apps, it will open the Microsoft Store and install it. Also the Windows 11 Start Menu doesn't have the feature to put icons into folder that the Windows 10 Start Menu had. I like grouping them in folder just like you can on Android
  • I get your point, but it's not "bloatware" in the the traditional sense. It's just a link that then gets you to install it, not that it's already installed which is bloatware. This happened in windows 10 too whether you buy computers from hp or lenovo or anyone else. But I agree it's annoying.
  • I usually live my tech life on the bleeding edge, but Windows 11 is the 1st iteration that I feel like I'd be better off reverting to it's predecessor, which had more options. And the number one reason would be the awful Start menu, then the taskbar.
  • My top two annoyances are:
    - useless calendar flyout, that on W10 used to show me in a glance all the events for a given day, from personal and work accounts. The widget that is supposed to replace this is clunky, slow and can't show work accounts at all, let alone on the same place.
    - the "connect" quick setting on W10 used to allow connecting to bluetooth devices as well, giving a very convenient shortcut for connecting wireless headsets that I frequently switch between PC and phone. Now it just connects to wireless displays, as far as I can tell.
  • I mean, who at microsoft said "Lets take the start screen that lets you organize all your apps into the groups and icon sizes you want, and reduce it down to a paged group of icons that takes forever to sort into any useful way". As a developer, I loved the old start screen - most of my PCs had 6 or 8 groups on the start screen, for office apps, related developer tools, communication (email, slack, zoom, etc). And now all that is gone. There is no way to usefully organize the new start menu. It is ridiculous.
  • Oh, lets not forget the taskbar. The Windows button used to be all the way in the left corner - simple - easy to find - ALWAYS in the same place - you didn't have to think about it. NOW, the windows button moves around left and right depending on how many apps you have open and/or pinned. I spend time just looking for it in order to click on it. I might as well go back to using the keyboard button to always launch it.
    How much "user research" did MS actually do for this UI? Did they only research people that only open a browser and email?
  • Unfortunately we, regulars on windows central, are the minority in how we use computers. So yes "most" people do just open email and use a browser.
  • MS NEEDED something to visually differentiate W11 from W10, and they took the "central start menu" idea from W10X because it was a "popular" concept in their feedback (and it "looked cool".)
    Where it would work on a brand new OS like W10X intended for foldable devices, it is a fail on general computing platforms because people have come to expect the START button in the lower left-hand corner ever since the Windows 95 debut, and people don't like change!
    I am confident they will "fix" it with patches in the coming months as the pressure to allow users to "dock" the Start Menu where they want it (lower-left-hand-corner of the screen) will be INTENSE (especially from the Enterprise Users who don't want to spend $$$ on training.)
    It will get fixed. Give it time.
    Till then, if you are running W11 now, you are a BETA TESTER and you should know that.
  • You can go into settings and set the Start button over to the left. No biggie.
  • Well I guess they have telemetry to back it up that most people don't organize their Start menu, so not surprising why. Which is true but also means it actually sacrifice for users who actually make use of the function. Well for those who doesn't need it and want cleaner experience already have choice not to use it anyways. Though funny how popular mobile OS like iOS, iPadOS and Android supports folder but now Windows 11 does not. Its like a car where manufacturer decided to not include spare tire since most drivers don't use it. Well actually that is kinda becoming true now though.
  • Wait a minute. You "built a new PC over the weekend" on a 1-year-old MB and you did not check for a BIOS upgrade or ANY of the UEFI settings before installing a brand new OS on it? You deserve what you got. Nobody is FORCING anyone to upgrade to Windows 11. Windows 10 will be supported on the Consumer side until 2025, and on the Enterprise side until 2029.
    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Don't any of you remember the old saying: "Don't install until the 1st Service Pack"?
    In this case: "Don't install W11 until AFTER the 1st Patch cycle." which is next Tuesday.
  • Un-inspired journalism... let's start with Point 1 - No point is made at all. You don't say anything subjective or objective about any of it other than it "it sucks". Do I wish it were slightly more customizable? Sure... but let's be real, I spend enough time on the Mac that I found its dock to be lacking and the 11 start bar is as much windows feel and dock feel that it feels comfortable and easy to navigate. taskbar? can't move it? later on you say it will be too hard for people to use windows because it changes, yet, you want to move the start bar? Can't do that on any other OS... Consistency here is a *good* thing. My kids loved the start bar on the right but didn't care to change/question it in W11.. Crapware? Didn't notice... I have to uninstall itunes/icrap on my mac as well.. ditto with many android installations... I wish it wasn't there, but not unique to MS... TPM? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'm more tired of hearing about "insecure windows" than I am about "it took me 2 minutes to reboot and enable tpm in the bios"... This is Windows 11... its 2021.. the future is here. get over it. Legacy menu design? ok.. whatever... There is no perfect UI and everything has changed.. from solaris to irix to Windows to OSX to Android to everything - they're all in a transformative/transition stage and if anything - the Win11 UI has been the most transitionary of all of them that wasn't a step backwards (looking at you windows 8)... If anything, this article should be called "Things I begrudgingly accept but will complain about because complaints drive traffic" Laaaaame
  • Totally agree. However, you skipped over the last complaint. How is the idea that it is not a "must-have upgrade" something worth hating? I don't feel like I need to upgrade to the new model of my car so I should hate the new model of my car?
  • Most people don't have a particular reason to switch to Windows 11, and this time Microsoft is making it quite clear they do not expect you to if you don't want to. They've even made it quite clear that Windows 10 will be supported for years yet. The thing is, is that Windows 11 is now "where it's at" and will be receiving the focus of new features and innovations going forward. Moreover, on newer equipment it is definitely more secure - something like 60% fewer issues etc. - on newer machines. It also is a more stable operating system. So while Window 10 might seem to never crash, Windows 11 almost will never crash.
  • Well said blahism, the amount of wingers on this site is crazy. W11 is so much better than 10 and I loved 10. Cut and paste is just 3 clicks, the start menu when opened doesn't take up the main screen real estate, snapping windows is way better, touch is better, explorer is cleaner and modern, the settings app is more populated saving having to go into control panel, the widgets panel moves all the annoying pop ups out of the way and there are so many more improvements like auto hdr, the new store, the look and style of Windows, the ease of use etc etc etc. Also nowadays most people are tech savvy enough to know how to change simple things in bios. The older generation won't change things or even upgrade anyway unless they know their way around a computer like I do, or they will get w11 when they feel like replacing their pc.
  • BS. Touch is NOT better. Not even CLOSE. And I WANT full screen. I never run things windowed. Never.
  • "Also nowadays most people are tech savvy enough to know how to change simple things in bios." No. This isn't even remotely accurate. Most people don't even know what a bios is. If the average user were more tech savvy, Microsoft wouldn't be over-simplifying Windows the way they have with W11. Most people spend the majority of their time on simple phone and tablet interfaces and don't look any deeper than basic settings. If it isn't presented as a basic icon, a feature might as well not exist.
  • Oh puhhlease... People can bing and google how to enable TPM or ask friends or see it plastered all over the internet. People aren't dumb. They can also pickup the phone, call support, open a ticket, ask a friend... there's millions of people who have figured out how to enable TPM and I bet now that it's kind of "industry standard" the newer bios updates will have it all enabled by default...
  • Not knowing the inner workings of a PC does not make a person dumb. However, saying most people will just figure it out with an internet search and change the bios themselves is grossly inaccurate. Internet forums, comment sections on tech sites, and Reddit don't represent the general populace. Most people will get the new OS with a new PC if their current one is ineligible or ask that one nerdy nephew to fix it for them if possible (you are right on that point). You also have a point in that PC makers will now endeavor to ship PCs with it enabled by default or update accordingly. TLDR At best, most peple will ask someone else to make the bios changes for them and at worst buy a new PC to skip the headache of messing with the bios for fear of breaking their PC or through shear ignorance of how computers work.
  • Apple has revamped macOS three times. 1. Move from Carbon to Cocoa - They did a far better job at getting their OS, system apps, and their productivity apps on board for launch. 2. Move to Yosemite, when they dropped the Skeuomorphism - They did a far better job at getting their OS, system apps, and their productivity apps on board for launch. 3. Move to Big Sur, where they started moving things more towards a more simplified design language - They did a far better job at getting their OS, system apps, and their productivity apps on board. Finder, Preview, Photos, Safari, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Finder, Transitioning from iTunes to Music/Apple TV/Podcasts/etc., Addition of Widgets/Siri, Continuity & Handoff, Mac Store, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc. All of that stuff was done - COMPLETELY - for the launch of the macOS versions they accompanied, with few exceptions (i.e. Apple Photos waited until an update). Microsoft is busy trying to push "yet another chat app," and they haven't even bothered to finishing migrating the rest of the core OS to the new design language. Windows 11 should not be launching in a state where people need double context menus for simple stuff like File Right Clicks in the File Explorer. Go big or go home. They should do what they need to do to get the OS moved over, and just let Enterprises sit on Windows 10 until 2025 or whatever. They don't need to give it away for free. If they actually do a decent job, then paying for the upgrade or even buying a new PC to run it wouldn't be such a huge deal. The only reason why this feels so unreasonable to people is because this "upgrade" is so awful - to the point that it is hard to classify it as an upgrade at all.
  • If you haven't noticed, the updates have been free since Windows 8 and a LOT has changed/grown/morphed over those years... OSX /MacOS isn't as perfect as you describe, there were a few bad years of hardware and software - 2018 being a disaster for MacBook pros, OSX, Patches, Security, and such. Most of the current changes are just trying to iOS the MacOS
  • There's nothing I find appealing or useful about Windows 11. The Start Menu is a joke. I want the tiles, I want the flexibility, the ability to organize and have variations that keep it FROM BEING JUST AS BORING AS IOS AND ANDROID!!!!!!!!!!! All the ridiculously childish candy-coated icons, etc., remind me of WindowsME. Windows 11 looks and behaves like a child's OS. And since 80% of my interactions are via TOUCH, the FACT that Windows 11 is TOUCH-SPITEFUL just adds to the insult. Don't get me started on "widgets". They are stupid, they are poor, and NOT a replacement for live tiles. I don't use the Taskbar, so I don't really care what you do with that.
  • And: the widget and taskbar calendars don't work. They don't show multiple accounts. They don't display activities. I use the taskbar calendar on Win 10 daily. It's very handy. Not sure why they removed this feature.
  • They didn't remove the features, they just haven't added them yet. Unlike in Windows 7/8/10, the new taskbar is a re-write. It's missing features that have yet to be added.
  • Don't forget the most common element in Windows, that window that shows us the progress of our copy or move command - is not in dark mode!
  • Tbf though, as much as I like those to have dark mode. The fact that there are so many missing features is more a pressing issue now, even the basic ones like Taskbar drag-and-drop is missing, which is a thing like since Windows 95 I believe.
  • Windows isn't a must have upgrade becasue it literally brings nothing to "want" to the table. Windows 10 did, Windows 8 did - especially before they started ripping out the cloud connected features. Windows 7 did. Even Windows Vista did, if you didn't have a turtle PC. And Windows XP did, to anyone running anything other than Windows 2000. This really is the first major update Microsoft has released that is thoroughly forgettable. There were Windows 10 feature updates that were exponentially more substantial than what Windows 11 brings to the table. The detriments aren't worth the benefits, because there aren't really any benefits to be had from this upgrade. That's the biggest issue with Windows 11.
  • Well that sort of reflects to many reviews with Windows 11, not outright bad but hard to recommend to upgrade now since there isn't much big reason to. Especially if you are sacrificing many features this time, which is way more than previous versions of Windows. Only Windows 8 had a very controversial move with Start screen, but at least they actually added so many features for you to justify the upgrade, if you can get past the Start screen even you don't like. I think Windows Vista is really the only Windows release that introduced so many new features, foundations and UX with very little inconsistency. Many of those foundations is still a thing today. Of course Windows 95 was the biggest shift as well, more so than Vista. Since then we never had any similar complete polish like Vista did.
  • I like everything about Windows 11. Don't have anything I hate so far.
  • Cortana app it's really useful everybody can download it.
  • I've never really found Cortana that useful since that update that supposedly made her more focused towards productivity.
  • Funny how a few windows central editors keep crapping on the win 11 start menu when their own poll showed over 50% of their readers like the win11 start menu.
  • Since the release- no, rumor of windows 11, it's annoyed me. For the first time in years I've not done a technical preview to get rid on. I think with MS saying 10 was it, it was a relief from an IT standpoint. It was nice to hear and see pretty much the same OS across devices for coworkers and family to all have something that's easy to work on/with. No more trying to remember where Vista stuff or 8.0, etc. For 6 years it's been a nice change, and I think I'm just old when I say if rather stick to 10. There's nothing making me want to run at it, nothing I've read sounds wooing. Nothing but "I'm a Mac inspired fancy looking OS, with little benefit". Stop trying to modernize what you think people want, and give us something functional that doesn't constantly break or need updating. 10 was finally getting polished and y'all F***ed it up. SMH JFC
  • Many things I don't like about Windows 11. 1. TPM requirement, custom PC builds will most not likely have this requirement pre 2017, should not be a requirement to install windows 11. 2. Start and taskbar very dulled down from windows 10, with less options. 3. CPU requirement, should not matter which generation, as long as it meats dual core 64 bit and 1.5 GHz requirement. 4. Stop installing apps, and other software on our PC's. I immediately removed teams, after upgrading to Windows 11, as it's bloatware. I miss the old Windows 7 days, where we could install what we wanted on our PC's, and could run the OS on just about anything. 5. Windows is becoming to locked down, only being marketed for business.
  • It's a bit ironic for someone who complains that he doesn't have as many choices as he would like to complain at the same time about some icons on the start menu that he can easily remove, don't you think so guys? You cannot demand more choice for the power users and at the same time act like someone who can't delete an icon or rearrange his start menu.
    I was a heavy user of live tiles and folders on my start menu, but I appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the new layout. I would prefer to have more icons per page and folders for better organising them, but those things will hopefully come in future. As of now I enjoy the beauty, speed, fluidity and general feel of Windows 11.
  • For the preinstalled apps... They're not actually preinstalled. It's only an icon. for example, Spotify is not preinstalled. when you go to launch it, it then downloads and installs. Sure you can argue why have the icons but it's not dirtying the registry or anything like the old days of buying a Dell or hp with tons of software installed.
  • I don't have Windows 11 yet, but I can till you I'm going to miss tiles when in tablet mode. I liked how the Photo app would display my most recent pictures and I could see the weather forecast as a glance. This is how I've been using Start since Windows Vista. You press the Start keyboard button and then you start typing what you want. Usually within a few characters you get what you want. This is the fastest way to launch apps and documents. Windows learns your usage to the point it can sometimes only take a single characters to get what you want. I seldom use the mouse to click the Start button and then click a tile (or in the case of Window 11, an icon). That is probably 3 times slower to get to something. I pound my computer hard all day for work and these actions add up and they are wear and tear on your mousing hand. So I don't care what they put in the Start menu, because I don't really use it.
  • I didnt care for the new default center alignment. First thing I did after installing was shift everything back to the left.
    For me the redesigned start menu is easily the biggest disappointment coming from 10. I really hope MS fixes it, allowing for more customization or at least more like it was. Dump the 'recommended' section
    The so called dark mode is just dark grey - wish they gave us true black
    Also does anyone remember users used to be able to choose to use small icons on the taskbar (that would also reduce the bar's height on screen) that is of course missing in 11 and the icons appear extra large
    Frustrating that some of the icons that are 'pinned' to the taskbar can only be removed in the settings not the more user friendly way of right clicking on them
    I deleted some of the preinstalled crapware like facebook messenger & whatsapp. There are a few photo related ones I most likely will 86 next.
    I dislike the rounded corners, wish MS gave us a way to disable them in the settings.
    I was excited to try the new OS and for the most part after a couple days use its just Eh. Kind of wish I had stuck with 10 a bit longer. I would agree as it is now it does not feel like a must have kind of change
  • Taskbar problems are a lot more than just not being able to move it to the side or top of the screen, despite what WC writers seem to think. Being forced to group apps and not have labels for 'windows' on the taskbar is a deal breaker.
  • They've also taken away half my options when I right-click once. Why? Almost every time I right-click now I have to click again: 'show more options'. Is this really simplifying things?
  • I am right there with you. What software engineer thought that it would be a good idea to take an action that most people do multiple times a day and hide it!!?
  • This should have been windows 10.1
    Like a call back to 3.1
  • I hate both Windows 11 and TPM 2.0 slow like Vista seven things too
    overall Rank D as me
    windows 11 I buy a new computer I know Microsoft secrets
    windows 11 TPM 2.0 Microsoft planning Anti hacker Anti nonhacker old computers
    you buying new computer intel 8th gen 9th 10th gens new intel generations and TPM 2.0 chip
    I am a nonhacker old computer I5 4th gen speed 3.50 GHz working windows 10
    windows 11 damage everyone computer I Don't believe Microsoft good design operation system and no thanks and I believe Microsoft Super Spy of Everyone well
    I read peoples opinions
    5 years later I am going be Linux goodbye Windows operation system