Windows 11 vs Windows 10: A Comprehensive Comparison of Features and Performance

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Feature Windows 11 Windows 10

User InterfaceFluent Design with new Start Menu and TaskbarClassic Start Menu and Taskbar
System Requirements64-bit Processor with 2 cores, 4GB RAM, and 64GB Storage64-bit Processor with 1 GHz clock speed, 2GB RAM, and 20GB HDD
WidgetsIntegrated Widgets for quick access to informationNo integrated Widgets
Virtual DesktopsImproved virtual desktops with snap layouts and new animationsVirtual desktops with limited functionality
Touch ControlsImproved touch controls for touch devicesLimited touch controls
Gaming PerformanceImproved gaming performance with Auto HDR and DirectStorageSimilar gaming performance to Windows 11
Microsoft StoreRedesigned Microsoft Store with support for Android appsTraditional Microsoft Store
SecurityEnhanced security features with Windows Hello and TPM 2.0Similar security features to Windows 11
MultitaskingSnap Layouts and Snap Groups for improved multitaskingBasic multitasking capabilities
Task ManagerUpdated Task Manager with more details and optionsSimilar Task Manager to Windows 11
File ExplorerRedesigned File Explorer with a new layout and featuresTraditional File Explorer with limited features
Start MenuNew Start Menu design with pinned and recommended appsClassic Start Menu with limited features
CortanaSeparated from search and no longer integrated into the taskbarIntegrated into the taskbar
UpdatesAutomatic updates with fewer interruptions and improved controlSimilar update process to Windows 11
CompatibilityImproved compatibility with new hardware and software

 

Windows 11 and Windows 10 are both operating systems developed by Microsoft, but there are some key differences between them. Windows 11 features a new user interface with a redesigned Start Menu and Taskbar, improved touch controls, enhanced security features, and integrated widgets for quick access to information. It also has improved virtual desktops, gaming performance, and multitasking capabilities. Windows 11 requires a 64-bit processor with 2 cores, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage, while Windows 10 requires a 64-bit processor with 1 GHz clock speed, 2GB RAM, and 20GB HDD.

Windows 11 has a redesigned Microsoft Store with support for Android apps, while Windows 10 has a traditional Microsoft Store. Windows 11 also has an updated Task Manager with more details and options and a redesigned File Explorer with a new layout and features. The Start Menu in Windows 11 has a new design with pinned and recommended apps, while Windows 10 has a classic Start Menu with limited features. Cortana is separated from search in Windows 11 and is no longer integrated into the taskbar, while it is integrated into the taskbar in Windows 10.

 

Both operating systems have similar security features, update processes, and compatibility with hardware and software. However, Windows 11 offers improved performance and features compared to Windows 10, making it a better choice for those looking for a more modern and efficient operating system.

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If Win11 didn't go out of their way to simplify the user experience (i.e. get rid of redundancy) I would upgrade, however, there are too many features of Win10 that are crucial to me that are not supported on Win11 (i.e. pinning folders as "toolbars" on taskbar).
Thank you for your comparison however, it was a good read.

@rahulkhorwal it looks to me your summary is a bit biased, there is nothing negative from Windows 11.

In my opinion the functionalities present in Windows 10 has been removed without notify the users, for example the possibility to move the taskbar to any side (bottom, top, right, left) is not anymore supported.

Just to add few other useful, at least for me, functionalities:

- what about live tiles ? Not supported anymore

- in W11 there is a lot of improvement for gaming; what about professional usage (please do not start the discussion to use W11 pro/enterprise) ?

- maybe only me, but I did not find any way to have the list of installed program and Apps listed like in W10 when I click on Windows icon (AKA start)

It is a common feeling the W11 is more Mac look and feel oriented. Does it mean Microsoft is unable to create an attractive graphic interface to compete with Apple and they gave-up, hence try to gain market share by using a more Mac oriented GUI ?

Unfortunately W10 will be out of support by Oct '24 otherwise I will revert back to it.

@rahulkhorwal Copilot is introduced in Windows 11.

 

I think in future it will be integrated to be able to do anything like organising windows, open folders, maybe even install softwares instead of using chocolatey(like how MAC users used homebrew) or the respective software package.

 

So the Copilot usage will be as ubiquitous as the Windows start menu because it can probably do everything that the start menu does and can also do everything that current Bing copilot/Microsoft copilot search website does.

@Ricc57 I don't see any bias in his comparison. Also windows 10 is supported til Oct '25 not 24 genius

Nice comparison. Thanks for putting some interesting features Infront of us.

This doesn't look like a unbiased comparison. E.g. it says:

Start MenuNew Start Menu design with pinned and recommended appsClassic Start Menu with limited features

 

A 'Classic Start menu' is one of Windows 7 or Windows XP. Somewhere during the W10 lifecycle the W10 menu became very usable with a full free definable layout of groups, icons in several sizes, etc. So what this should have been is W11 - W10:

Start MenuNew Start Menu design with limited features, impossible to arrange content or resize menu  plus a recommended apps section which can not be turned off, wasting space if a user keeps it empty.Windows 10 extensive menu which can be fully customized

Together with other imposed limitations compared to W10, like the impossibility to move the taskbar to the right of the screen (a logical place with wide screens) I won't install W11, even if W10 support stops. Does Microsoft really wonder why the market share of W11 is so low and so slowly growing? Here's an answer. With deliberately taking away useful W10 options (Why? Most users would work with whatever defaults Microsoft sets anyway) Microsoft will keep (especially power) users on W10.

Upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and it is quite amazing experience with Windows 11.

Thanks for the list, @rahulkhorwal. The following criticism is in no way directed at You.

 

I also am a bit miffed with the apparent reduced customizability. I installed windows approx. 2 weeks ago.

 

What I've run into, so far: I'm not enabled to ...

- ... reduce the size of the taskbar and or taskbar icons

- ... automatically unhide all system tray icons

- ... customize the start menu

- ... customize the right-click context menu

 

I understand that things like these are minuscule parts of what an OS does. Still, I don't really understand why it's necessary to remove these choices. As a user I run into these limitations constantly. Please enlighten me :-).

 

Maybe I'm naive. Also, I could have researched this before upgrading, but I really, really did not expect that upgrading would entail less, not more, functionality.

While there may be registry 'hacks' or third party software that fixes these issues, future Windows updates void these. But it seems that is the only choice at the moment.

 

To me it feels like "pay more, get less". This is probably unfair as there are probably are multiple improvements under the hood. Nevertheless, that's my feeling. And yes, I'm a annoyed, but the criticism is meant constructively!

 

Otherwise, Windows 11 is running smoothly.

 

Apologizing for any language errors. English is not my first language.

 

Thanks for reading.

If your device meets the system requirements of Windows 11, I highly recommend upgrading to Windows 11. The UI is more beautiful, and the search function is much better than Windows 10.
You’ve highlighted some pretty important differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10 there. It’s clear that Windows 11 brings several updates and enhancements, especially in terms of user interface, multitasking capabilities, and system requirements. The shift towards a more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing experience with Windows 11, alongside its support for Android apps and an improved Microsoft Store, definitely sets it apart. Plus, the enhancements in gaming and the updated Task Manager and File Explorer point towards a more user-centric approach.

Given these changes, it seems like Windows 11 is aimed at providing a more refined and efficient environment for its users. Do you think these upgrades in Windows 11 are compelling enough for most users to make the switch, or are there specific use cases where Windows 10 might still be the better option?
@notreallynikhil this is your opinion.
And, first of all, learn how to respect the opinion of the others.
I could have made a mistake on EOL date for W10 and there is no reason to be offensive.
If I were the admin, people like you will be immediately banned.
My 2 cents