Re: NVDA and windows 11

David Goldfield

My laptop initially shipped with Windows 10 Pro. I think I used it for a week or two and then decided to upgrade to Windows 11. I didn’t take notes on the process but I remember the upgrade being extremely uneventful. As Brian has correctly stated there will be periods of silence but during much of the time between screen readers I would just press control-Windows-enter to fire up Narrator which could then give me status updates on where I was during the update process.


David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

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From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA and windows 11


All true Brian, I must admit I was mostly thinking of those who either find the process of updating intimidating or just don't want to spend the time doing it if they don't have to.  And I can appreciate that, it does take a good amount of time.  I haven't done the upgrade on an existing machine to know how smoothly it runs.  Actually what I can say is with so much stuff stored on the cloud - OneDrive, Google Drive, etc, and passwords stored on the cloud - getting setup on a new machine is actually less painful these days than it used to be.  It still took say half a day of doing little else, a couple of days of working, but regularly having to stop and install a program I'd forgotten about, or retrieve something from a backup or off the old machine I'd forgotten about,  and then every now and then now I have to chase something.  But otherwise, yes, everything is running smoothly.


I would also say, since Windows 11 has been out for awhile now and is quite stable and accessible, if I had a Windows 10 machine which could take it, I'd rather upgrade now than in three years time - as you say, everyone else has been doing it recently, so whatever problem you run into, someone has probably worked out how to get around it recently enough to remember and be able to recount it to you - and if you do it now, you'll just have what you have now to move - in three years time, you'll have all that AND everything from that three years :)  And you'll be three years older!


On Fri, Aug 5, 2022 at 9:10 AM Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote:

On Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 06:45 PM, Quentin Christensen wrote:

If you're unsure about upgrading and don't need new hardware, then Windows 10 will continue to be supported until 2025, so you don't need to make a decision yet. 

While what you say is entirely true and correct, there are other factors to consider.  We're now past the 6 months after initial release and all indications, including yours, are that Windows 11 is quite stable and has not proven to be any more problematic than Windows 10 or 8.1.

One thing that constantly gets overlooked, and that I've had to deal with on these groups and in real life, is that there is a period where "everyone who's updates is in information sharing mode, and active information sharing," and this tends to be in the first year after a major release.  Answers tend to come fast and furious, to everyone's benefit.  After that period most who've upgraded or gotten a new machine with Windows 11 will be in coast mode, often not remembering how they accomplished something or that they even did something to make changes at all.

Then you also get into the fact that information that was 100% accurate when written can and does go stale fairly quickly, and then you have to plow through lots of information with an eye on when it was written, and whether it's still accurate multiple months later.  Windows As A Service, even though Feature Updates have now been slowed to once a year, is still a relatively rapidly changing environment.

Take the above into consideration if you are thinking about upgrading to Windows 11 or buying a new computer with Windows 11 on it.  We're no longer at the "bleeding edge" period and there are some advantages to being in the same boat with a lot of others.  Later on, you're more in your own rowboat rather than on a ship with many, many others.

By the way, due to my "hardware situation" I can't upgrade, and as a support tech I'm already running into certain situations where my knowledge of Windows 11 is behind what's current as a result.  And given the price of new computers with the worldwide chip shortage, I'm in no hurry to purchase a new computer.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

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Quentin Christensen
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