This is a FYI post.
I just upgraded to Windows 11 yesterday, and it reset the license for Gig Performer 4.x (what I am currently running) and had to re-enter my email address, license key and reactivate it. Not too bad, but it also broke the indexing service for Outlook, which was caused (I think) by the fact that TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot has to be enabled to run W11 and those databases then get various security keys. That was more of a pain in the neck. TPM and Secure Boot may or may not be enabled on your machine, and it must be running an UEFI (bios) and enabled operating system. For older machines or custom installations running a legacy BIOS setup you have to convert your system from MBR to GPT. If you have a really old machine which doesn’t have TPM (a few exceptions for this which get fairly technical) you won’t be able to run Windows 11.
The official Windows 11 (which is a free upgrade) release date was Oct. 5, but Microsoft is planning a staggered rollout, and many devices will not see the upgrade until well into 2022. Don’t worry though, the new OS will not automatically install if your system doesn’t pass the compatibility check. However, manufacturers have insured that all new Windows PCs meet the prerequisites and the new OS will be automatically installed (depending on your machine’s update settings) as part of the Windows Update process.
Windows 11 marks a big departure from Windows 10 in terms of design, but the two operating systems are very similar under the hood. Visually, the two are quite different, but there are also key under-the-hood changes that set the next generation of Windows apart from the current generation.
The reason I bring this up here is that you should be aware of what is in the offing if you have a Windows 10 PC (Windows 8.x and earlier would have to be upgraded to W10 first), especially if it is new, and even more so if it is a new Microsoft Surface computer - they will be getting the update at the start of the cycle. You don’t want your machine to automatically upgrade a few hours before a gig or other critical performance event and find that Gig Performer and/or something else doesn’t work! If you are in this bracket I would suggest that you do NOT have Updates automatically enabled, and if you find W11 is available for installation that you have ample time to get familiar the new system and make sure that everything works.
Beyond the above, I have been playing around with W11 for the past few days and my general impression is that it is OK. Visually it is a lot better, but things are not in the same place as W10 and the Start menu is completely different, more like Windows 8.1 was. Much better performance for video and graphics intensive applications if you are in that category. After I re-entered my registration details and re-activated GP it worked fine including all my libraries, plug-ins and instruments - or at least that I can tell so far. I’m sure more stories will come from others as the update is rolled out, but fore-warned is fore-armed! If I encounter any other nasty surprises I will update my post.