How Will Windows 11 Impact Your Sign & Print Shop? CAUTION
You’d think that the launch of a new operating system from Microsoft would be a big deal. But a new survey suggests that many US consumers are in the dark about Windows 11, even though it launches next week.
Earlier this month, the deals and coupon site Savings.com commissioned an online survey that polled 1,042 US consumers who use Windows. Surprisingly, 62% of the respondents are “unaware” of the Windows 11 release.
Only 38% know that “a major change [is] coming to the operating system,” Savings.com says. But of those users, only 41% plan on upgrading to the OS.
“In fact, two in three users didn’t know whether their computers had the necessary hardware to make the change, and 45% weren’t sure if they would download the update when it begins rolling out in early October,” Savings.com adds.
It’s unclear why so many of the respondents are oblivious about Windows 11. But the same survey suggests the younger, smartphone generation may care less about the new OS.
“Older Windows users were more likely to say they knew the update was coming. Only 28% of users between 18 and 24 were aware a new OS was on the way, compared to 56% of those over the age of 55,” Savings.com says.
Either way, millions of consumers are bound to encounter the OS eventually. Windows 11 is scheduled to roll out as a free update to Windows 10 users starting on Oct 5. However, the free update won be available on PCs older than four years (approximately), due to Microsoft’s hardware requirements for the software.
As a result, some users may remain unaware or uninterested in the OS. To find out whether your computer will officially support Windows 11, run Microsoft’s PC Health Check app.
The poll from Savings.com was conducted online on Sept. 17 through a survey company called Prolific. “Participants were pre-screened to determine study eligibility,” says a spokesperson for Savings.com. “Participants who did not use Windows operating systems were excluded from completing the survey.”
CAUTION! What could happen if you decide to upgrade to Windows 11.
Okay, you may be one of those people that likes to keep all things updated, I know I am. So what could happen if you upgrade to Windows 11.
Make sure your hardware (computer) is ready for the upgrade.
Windows 11 will only run on the proper computer. Before installing, you will need to test your computer to see if it’s Windows 11 compatible.
Now, remember, if you need to upgrade or get a new computer because you just have to run Windows 11, then be sure that the computer will also be compatible with all your other devices like printers, software, etc.
Testing Windows 11 with Your Software
I did a little research into how Windows 11 might affect some common software used in our shops. I hope you’ll find it helpful. there’s not a lot out there yet, because Windows 11 is only in Beta, but it get released on Oct 5 I believe. So let us all know if you find more info.
Here is one post from the Adobe Community Page:
“When I installed the beta Windows 11 OS none of the programs run correctly and some not at all. After some troubleshooting Windows is blocking some of the functions that allow the programs to run. This is directly related to the new ransomware protections Microsoft is implementing. The fix is super simple.
- Goto Virus & Threat protection
- Scroll down to Ransomware Protection and click to manage
- Now under controlled folder access click on allow an app through controlled folder access
- Add your programs to the list
- Voila, it is fixed.
I would not turn off this feature as the threat of ransomware is higher than it has ever been. “
That said, I have a beat copy on my laptop, and have not had issues with any Adobe products, however, I use Kaspersky for my security software so maybe it allowing them to operate.
Well according to Corel:
“Corel has been commissioned to confirm through a press release that with the arrival of Windows 11 Insider Preview, it will bring the arrival of WinZip 25 Pro to the Microsoft Store as a Win32 application. It is the latest version of the signature with which you can safely manage, store and share files in the new Microsoft operating system. Along with this application, Corel is preparing to include more applications in the Wi32 version, including the complete CorelDRAW Graphics suite.”
So it looks as if CorelDraw will be available on the Windows 11 app store. I have not found anything on those who have the Beta of Windows 11 and Corel. looks like it will be okay.
FlexiSign & Print
I’ve got version 19 and version 21 on my laptop and both seem to be fully functional in Windows 11 Beta. I actually enlarged the fonts in my version of Windows 11 Beta ( I’m getting older…LOL!) and that did not seem to affect Flexi and in fact, made the menus easier to read. Plus the rounded corners of the new Windows 11 are applied to all of Flexis menus and dialogs, giving it a more modern look. Visit www.thinksai.com for any updates.
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VerteLith RIP by MUTOH
I’ve spent a good deal of time over the last few months learning VerteLith and producing online training courses for VerteLith and Flexi. I have not seen any issues thus far in either program and Windows 11.
Your Next Step
All I can say is to use caution. Windows 11 has a lot of cool features, but some irritations as always. For instance, the taskbar is moved to the bottom of Windows with no way to move it to the sides or top if that is your preference ( at least not easily). Not such a big deal, but it’s things like this that can be irritating.
In addition, Microsoft automatically installs TEAMS, their version of Skype, and that’s not a bad thing, but it’s automatically installed without your permission, so what else do they do behind the scenes?
My advice is to take it slow. As with any new version of the software, be prepared for issues. back up your system. Even if you do install it, you can always roll it back with some effort.