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An update on Windows 11 after a month of use
After using Windows 11 in anger on his laptop for a month now, Andy Brown takes a moment to sum up his impressions.

Posted by Andy Brown on 18 November 2021

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An update on Windows 11 after a month of use

Last month I wrote an enthusiastic blog extolling the virtues of Windows 11, which I'd just upgraded to.  My main conclusions were that it looks nicer and runs much faster.  A month on, has anything happened to make me change my mind?  The short answer is no, but here are a few things I've found which I didn't spot at the time.

Wi-fi is different

I didn't mention it the original blog, but the way you access your wi-fi networks is different:

Wifi networks

I still haven't quite worked out how all the options work in this new view, but I'm sure I will!

One very old legacy program is not working

So a program which I use all the time doesn't seem to run under Windows 11, but it is one of the most obscure and oldest programs possible!

We use SharePoint Designer 2007 to create our blogs, exercises and web pages:

SharePoint Designer 2007

Me creating this blog in a program which was first published in 2006, some 15 years ago.


Although we know we need to find a better way to edit HTML soon, this still works fine in Windows 11.  However, I also use a little-known utility called SharePoint 2007 Short-Cut Manager to assign keyboard shortcuts to macros in VBA (so little-known that I can no longer find a reference to it on Google), and this no longer works, which is actually quite sad and quite annoying!

Right mouse button menus in Explorer

I don't seem to be able to copy files in Explorer:

Copy file menu

I am almost certain that this is because I previously tried to mess about with these short-cut menus to customise them; I can't believe these menus would be missing for the average user.


Two programs which do work

We use TechSmith's SnagIt for all of our screen captures:

SnagIt 2021

SnagIt 2021

I only mention this because it's the software canary in the Windows coal-mine: if SnagIt works in Windows 11, probably everything else will too.  And it does!

Strangely, Windows 11 also seems to have solved a VPN problem I was having:

VPN problem

When using VPN I used to be intermittently unable to use any Wise Owl hosted websites, but this problem seems to have gone away after I upgraded to Windows 11!

So my experience is that Windows 11 works just as well as Windows 10, looks nicer and runs significantly faster!  Just be careful about any obscure, very old utilities you may rely on ...

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