4 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 11

In Short
  • As Windows 10 is approaching its sunset phase, this is the best time to upgrade to Windows 11.
  • Many hardware-based security features are enabled by default on Windows 11. Performance has also been improved significantly.
  • In addition, many new AI features and experiences such as Cocreator, Auto SR, and Recall (delayed), etc. are coming to Windows 11.

Windows 10 is nearing its curtain call and it will hit end-of-support on October 14, 2025. While Microsoft has announced an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 10, you won’t get new features and annual updates. So it’s time you consider upgrading to Windows 11. We have explained four broad reasons why you should move to Windows 11 from Windows 10. From security to performance improvements and AI features, we have laid out all the key reasons.

Improved Security on Windows 11, Enabled by Default

As we know, Microsoft introduced new hardware requirements for Windows 11 that required a TPM (TPM Trusted Platform Module) chip. While many didn’t like the new addition, the TPM chip is essential for securely storing passwords, Windows Hello authentication data, encryption keys, BitLocker keys, and more.

The hardware TPM chip can cryptographically generate secure keys and it’s used for hardware-based authentication and attestation of secure hardware.

Next, Microsoft has also enabled a lot of security features by default on Windows 11. First, Secure Boot is enabled by default on Windows 11 which means no one can load malicious software during the boot process. After that, Microsoft has enabled Virtualization-based Security (VBS) on Windows 11 by default. It checks the memory integrity and protects security processes from the rest of the OS.

security features enabled by default on windows 11

Similarly, Core Isolation and HVCI are enabled by default on Windows 11. And Microsoft has designed a Pluton security crypto-processor which is available on newer Windows 11 PCs (22H2 and later). This co-processor helps protect all sensitive information on the device and makes it impossible to alter them.

Not to mention, the wide adoption of the hardware-based Windows Hello authentication system on Windows 11 makes it a malware-resistant platform. Finally, the latest Windows 11 24H2 build enables BitLocker device encryption by default, after a clean install.

Overall, Microsoft has enforced many security policies and features by default, which are either not available on Windows 10 or not enabled by default. If you want a secure PC experience, you should move to Windows 11 for better security and protection of your personal data.

Windows 11 Performance Improvements

Next, in terms of performance, Windows 11 offers better performance than Windows 10. Microsoft has improved the boot performance by preventing the launch of all startup apps at once. Startup apps are now launched in the background in a staggered manner where foreground apps get priority for a fast and responsive user experience.

Microsoft has also incorporated better memory management on Windows 11. Features like Efficiency mode allow Windows 11 to provide crucial resources to active apps rather than background tasks. It leads to better battery life and thermal performance.

task manager in windows 11

Microsoft Edge supports sleeping tabs that allow the OS to free up RAM and CPU resources. Microsoft says it results in reduced memory usage by 32% and CPU usage by 37%. Also, for an instant-on experience, Microsoft has improved the performance resuming from the sleep state.

Windows 11 prioritizes RAM, CPU power, Wi-Fi, and other connectivity modules for a near-instant experience. You will also see faster Windows Hello authentication (almost 30% faster) after resuming from sleep.

Next, Microsoft has embraced stubs rather than full-blown apps which reduces disk usage. When you open an app, it downloads the resources based on the user’s demand. The company has also improved the compression technology at the OS level to reduce disk usage further.

And due to the new DCH driver principles, Windows 11 sees very few crashes. I have been using Windows 11 for the past three years, and I have rarely seen any crashes, even on Insider builds.

Finally, coming to Windows Updates, the update size is almost 40% smaller. Microsoft has completely redesigned the update engine on Windows 11 and now only downloads packages that are not available on the system. This reduces the update size significantly.

prism translation layer on windows 11
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Finally, if you wish to move to the Windows-on-ARM (WoA) platform, the emulation performance is much better for x86 apps. Microsoft has developed a new Prism translation layer that offers near-native performance on Copilot+ PCs, powered by Snapdragon X series chipsets.

Sleek User Interface and Design

While Windows 10 users don’t like the new design changes introduced on Windows 11, slowly, Microsoft is bringing all the power tools while keeping the UI sleek and consistent. If you don’t like the centered Start Menu, you can move it to the left corner, just like Windows 10.

Microsoft has also brought the much-requested Taskbar feature that ungroups icons. You no longer need to use a third-party app. Show Desktop button and Task Manager are all back on the Taskbar. In addition, for multitasking, you can use Snap Layouts, which is really impressive and helps in boosting productivity.

windows 11 user interface

Now, File Explorer has also got tabs support, allowing you to quickly manage files and folders in a single window. As for users who have a touchscreen device, Windows 11 is more adaptive to touch inputs and brings enhanced support for touch, pen, and voice input.

To make Windows 11 visually consistent, Microsoft has already moved legacy Control Panel tools to Windows 11 Settings. The effort is ongoing and after each iteration of updates, the company has polished Windows 11, both from the UI and UX standpoints.

New AI Features on Windows 11

Finally, we come to AI features on Windows 11 that offer new and refreshing experiences which are not available on Windows 10. While Microsoft has added Copilot to Windows 10, other AI features and experience are available only on Windows 11. You get a new Copilot app on Windows 11 with support for plugins, smartphone interaction, Power Automate, and more.

new copilot app on windows 11

Apart from that, for gamers, Microsoft has developed a feature called AI Super Resolution (Auto SR) that enhances the frame rate in games for a smooth gaming experience. It uses the on-board NPU to boost the frame rate in real-time.

And the feature is not just limited to Copilot+ PCs, powered by Snapdragon X Elite and Plus processors. You will be able to use this feature on newer Intel and AMD Windows 11 PCs that feature a built-in NPU.

recall ai feature

Microsoft also highlighted the Recall AI feature which takes screenshots of your screen to create a memory on your device. You can later search your past activities using natural language prompts. However, the Recall feature has been delayed and it will be released after testing with Windows Insiders.

Next, some of the AI features on Windows 11 include Windows Studio Effects, Live Captions, and Voice Clarity. If you want to experience AI features that are first releasing on Copilot+ PCs, you should pick a Snapdragon X Elite laptop. These new-gen Copilot+ PCs will get AI features like Recall, Cocreator in MS Paint, Auto SR, Cowrite in Notepad, image generation in Photos, and more.

Overall, the new Windows 11 version 24H2 brings a lot of new AI features, and performance improvements, especially for ARM PCs. Before Windows 10 reaches end-of-life, this is the best time to pick an ARM PC and experience Windows 11 with all the new features and AI experiences. So would you move to Windows 11 from Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.

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