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October 6, 2021… Windows 11 has been released. Windows 11 is still a mystery. If you visit and search for “Windows 11” or search the internet for “Windows 11”, you will find a lot of links/references. If you have time to determine which links or references might be helpful to the Sun City community please add your comments and/or observations to this wiki page.

My observations… so far…. The tool that Microsoft supplies, to determine if your computer is Windows 11 compatible, is “suspicious”. Why? In the past, the tool indicated some of my computers did not qualify but the list of “processors” did indicate my computers would work. Hmmm? Inconsistent. Today, one of my machines indicated it would not work but it met all of the “Microsoft stated requirements”. Hmmm??? There is inconsistency in the tool or the statement of requirements.

Installing or First run of Windows 11 Home

How to "work around" the requirement for a Windows Account.

March 17, 2022: Here is a youtube video by Craft Computing that was worth my time. Clues starting at about 9:15 in the video.

Shift F10, command prompt, Task Manager (taskmgr), Network Connection Flow (end the task): Now you can create a local account that does not require network connection.

This tool, identified in the Craft Computing video, looks useful: Github ThisIsWin11

Has anyone tried? Do as Microsoft desires and create the first account as a Microsoft account. After the system is “Up”, disconnect from the internet. Then create a local Administrator account. Logout of the first account. Login with the local/Administrator account. Then delete the first(Microsoft) account.

Installing on unsupported hardware.

This process is NOT for the novice. Reference: CyberCPU youtube channel

Which refers to: and this project: Force-Windows-11-Install

Another Windows 11 ugly experience

March 29, 2022: I attached a 2.5 inch hard drive from a Windows 10 computer to a new Dell with Windows 11. Why? I wanted to copy all the user files from the Windows 10 hard drive to the Windows 11 drive. I wanted to copy all the user folders and the ProgramData folder. Strange stuff happened. I would start the paste process, it would appear to finish, but the new files I expected to find on the Windows 11 drive would not be on the Windows 11 drive. It appeared that copy/paste did not work. Then I googled “Windows 11 copy paste failure”. Nice… This is a known bug. WOW!!! I will try robocopy. April 1… April fool, kinda. Further investigation revealed the real problem. File Explorer on Windows 11 has a default configuration that does NOT show hidden files. The ProgramData folder is a hidden folder. Whoops. The solution… Enable hidden files as “viewable” in Windows 11 File Explorer.

Make Windows 11 Better, by Thiojoe

This item on by Thiojoe has some good stuff. The links that follow might be helpful. BUT, as with any link on the web, BE CAREFUL! Start11 not free. Everything, a better search, free. Directory Opus, not free. Winaero Tweaker, free. O&O Shutup10++, freeware, Microsoft PowerToys, free


Phillip Lahman, 2022/01/06 16:06

January 6, 2022. My first interaction with a Sun City resident and Windows 11. The computer was upgraded from Windows 10. The application for scanning that worked in Windows 10 (Hp printer/scanner) stopped scanning. Solution.. Download/install the latest HP printer/scanner tools, known as HP Smart. Other impressions… Windows 11 has several annoying changes in the user interface. I had to “hunt and peck” for stuff that “used to work” because Microsoft changed the “user interface” in addition to the “operating system” So,,, My present opinion… Windows 11 is a “bag of snakes”. At this time, I do not see a benefit to upgrading to Windows 11, if you are comfortable with Windows 10.

John Jenkinson, 2021/10/08 15:54

as more users upgrade/update to Windows 11, more issues/problems get reported.

as mentioned certain CPU processor chips crashed enough during beta testing those chips were removed from the approved processor list. conversely a few processors were added to the list due to stability during beta testing.

Reports that AMD processors lost 3-15% in performance.

Memory leak in File Explorer is fairly severe. Slow UDP performance with certain network drivers. Search bar has to be restarted on occasion. Computer Club advice to wait appears prudent.

John Jenkinson, 2021/10/06 00:00

imho, Microsoft requirements for generation 8 of intel CPUs or higher is for security. recall SPECTRE and Meltdown CPU predictive execution vulnerabilities from a few years back? more detail in the Windows SIG presentation archives. by placing these CPU requirements AND continued support for windows 10 we're all a bit safer.

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