Thousands, if not millions of articles have been written about Windows 11, not least because its arrival came out of the blue and surprised practically everybody who owns a PC or writes about them. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big Windows fan, having also dabbled in macOS and Linux over the years, concluding that, for my needs anyway, Windows is by far the simplest and most user-friendly operating system available today. Until now.
Windows 11 CPU Compatibility
This one is a huge bugbear for Windows users and is so staggeringly cynical that it beggars belief, so let me give you an example. I’ve just finished building a new PC for my wife, whose AMD FX 4300 system was long overdue for an upgrade and since her work isn’t hardware intensive, I chose an Athlon 3000G with integrated Vega 3 graphics (IGPU). I also knew that Windows 10 would reach end-of-life status in October 2025, so I checked Microsoft’s own Windows 11 CPU compatibility list and was pleased to find that the Athlon 3000G was compatible.
Then, having installed and activated Windows 10, I then ran the ludicrously named Windows Health Check Test (sic), only to be informed that the CPU was NOT compatible with Windows 11, which is when I called bullshit.
It’s in Spanish, but you get the gist. A processor that was launched as recently as November 2019 is NOT compatible with Windows 11. Completely bonkers, which is why I formatted the drive and installed Windows 11 using a CPU bypass check registry hack (endorsed by Microsoft no less), simply because I could.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 is another requirement for Windows 11 and as fellow author Jim Hillier points out in his article The Sinister Truth About TPM, it’s really just a smokescreen for Digital Rights Management (DRM) for control over what we can and cannot use our computers for. The cynicism is astounding and to say that most of us have lived with TPM-free PCs for decades without security breaches would not be an understatement. Naturally, the TPM requirement has spawned TPM scammers and other undesirables, not to mention the fact that on my secondary PC, Windows 11 refused to boot even with TPM 2.0 enabled.
Windows 11 Taskbar
Start is now in the center of the taskbar, a fact that caused me no great anxiety whatsoever because it can easily be moved to the left in Windows Settings and tweaked with third-party programs. What I find completely out of order is the inability to drag and drop programs to the taskbar, as we have been able to do for centuries. Added to which, you can no longer right-click on the Taskbar to invoke Task Manager, a feature I access several times a day. All it invokes now is Taskbar Settings and nothing else. Major fail.
Same with Windows Settings, which has now been hidden away by either a keyboard shortcut or somewhere near Start. I can’t be sure because I can’t remember where it’s hiding nowadays.
Too Many Steps For Most Things
Remember when right-clicking on a file or folder gave you numerous options? Well, now you have to clickety-click all over the place just to get to your final destination.
Microsoft The Bully Boy!
Edge is a very good browser, especially now that it’s Chromium-based, and boy, does Microsoft love to ram it down our throats? It’s extremely tiresome that we have to run through hoops just to make any other browser the default and even then the damn thing insists on running in the background until you tell it to get the hell out of here.
In Windows 10 you simply clicked on which default browser you wanted and that was it. Same with background apps, but now with Windows 11, you have to deselect each and every app (program) to run or never run. More bully boy tactics!
Back to fellow author, Jim Hillier again, who has just confirmed that Windows 11 Pro will require a Microsoft account and an Internet connection when installing the operating system. Fair enough in some respects because I need an account with Google to run my phone. However, I install Android once in a blue moon but install Windows several times a week for customers, so this is going to present a privacy, trust, and security issue in the future.
Windows 11 is not just a lick of paint over its predecessor, but a badly mismanaged and cynical attempt into bullying consumers who are only just recovering from pandemic authoritarianism, to replace their expensive computers when most of us can least afford to. Hardware vendors are of course licking their lips. The rest of us are licking our wounds and wondering what the heck is going on!