Several days ago I said “Not interested” to the pre-Alpha Windows 11. It has now moved to the Beta channel which hopefully means its is at least Alpha grade and I was a little bored so I installed it.
I had to jump through some hoops…
Convert to GPT
My OS drive was MBR and had to be converted to GPT so full UEFI features could be available. This would have involved reinstalling the OS in previous versions of Windows but in Win10 it took 2 minutes. How I did it below. Back your friggin’ disk up with a disk image before you start. If you hose your OS and don’t have a backup I’ll just laugh.
Microsoft – MBR2GPT.EXE
***Your disk MUST HAVE an EFI partition.
Reboot to a command prompt: Settings > Update and Security > Recovery > Advanced startup > Restart now…
Then: Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt > type: mbr2gpt /convert > reboot
Join the Windows Insider program Beta Channel
I had to turn telemetry back on (0 to 3):
If you have to do more just use O&O ShutUp10.
Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program > Get Started button
choose the Beta Channel > restart and check for updates.
My opinion of Windows 11 after 2 hours….
Taskbar is all screwed up and not customizable
Start10 doesn’t start but if you hit the Windows key it comes up
Explorer looks better
Networking is snappier
The widgets suck, the location is off, and if you set it it will reset after you clear browser history.
So far Windows 11 seems to give nothing special, takes away customization, and IMHO is harder to use. I’m not getting the point.