With the 2022 update, Windows 11 is finally worth an upgrade

A mix of stringent hardware requirements, unpopular UI tweaks, and a general feeling of “Why bother?” have resulted in low adoption rates for Windows 11. However, Windows 11 2022 Update goes a long way to alleviate many of these issues.

2022 Update makes Windows 11 less boring

Windows 11 brought a new visual aesthetic to Windows and with it a serious overhaul of most of the user interface. Generally speaking, the changes were for the better – the Settings menu particularly benefited from the changes. There were a handful of major complaints: the new Start menu, the removal of drag-and-drop, the redesigned right-click context menu, and a few other things.

Windows 11 2022 Update – formerly known as 22H2 – fixes most of these complaints, and the rest can be fixed with a quick registry hack.

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The Start menu is much better

The Windows 11 Start menu originally had a huge “Recommendations” section that couldn’t be resized. The size of the section severely limited the number of pinned apps you could have attached to the Start menu. It got worse – not only were you stuck with limited usable space, but you couldn’t group pinned apps into folders.

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The 2022 update changed all that. There’s now a Start Menu customization page in the Customization window that lets you choose the size of the Recommendation section, although you can’t remove it entirely.

To note: It can be accessed via Settings > Personalization > Start, or by right-clicking on the Start menu.

The new startup settings page.  You can select three different Start menu layouts.

The “More Pins” setting will give you enough room for at least a few more rows of pinned items.

The update also brought back the Start menu folders. You can again group pinned items according to your preferences. You can even name the groups, and the title will be displayed just below. Just drag and drop two icons together, and you’ve created a folder.

The new Start menu supports folders.

It looks different from the Windows 10 Start menu, but most of the old features are there now.

Drag and drop is back

Amazingly, Windows 11 removed the ability to drag a file or folder from a window to the taskbar and then to another program or folder. It was a very handy productivity feature, especially if you only have one screen.

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Windows 11 2022 Update finally returns this feature in all its glory. Now you can easily drag an image from a folder onto the Photoshop icon to import the image again.

Windows 11 offers more and more new features

Windows 11 2022 Update brought a whole host of exciting new features to Windows 11, like:

Despite the major updates, Windows 11 has generally received a steady stream of new features that Windows 10 hasn’t.

The new File Explorer due in October is just one example of a major feature release that Windows 10 won’t get. The Windows Subsystem for Linux – a great tool if you must use Windows but regularly need to do light Linux work – has received several important updates, including GUI support.

Windows 11 supports Android apps through the Windows Subsystem for Android, and Microsoft recently made the feature available in dozens of new countries.

And these are just a few examples – the gap has grown steadily since the release of Windows 11.

Is it time to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel are all releasing brand new hardware in the last few months of 2022 or early 2023. We’re getting new GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA, new CPUs from AMD and Intel, as well as an overabundance of motherboards to take with them.

The new series of processors and motherboards are particularly important when it comes to updating to Windows 11 – all new offerings from AMD and Intel will have both TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot, which were the main points friction for most people. AMD and Intel aren’t expecting to have nearly the supply issues with this release as they have for the past few years, so it should be fairly easy to upgrade your motherboard and CPU at a price. within reason.

Windows 10 is also fast approaching its retirement date, and the growing feature gap between Windows 10 and Windows 11 will only increase as we get closer to the October 2025 deadline.

So, is it time to update? When Windows 11 first came out, it was a pretty tough sell for most people. However, Microsoft has fixed most people’s complaints about it, it doesn’t hurt gaming performance, and it will continue to get cool new features for years to come. This combination makes the transition to Windows 11 much more attractive, and the latest update rocks it.

Plus, who can resist the sleek new dark mode task manager?

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