My gaming laptop has had some issues recently, in part because I’ve not done the standard fix for any more serious Windows performance or reliability issues – I’ve not reinstalled Windows on this laptop since I last replaced the hard disk (with a faster SSD model).That was in 2016 to be precise (thank you blog-as-memory). That may fill some readers with horror at the thought of all the file-detritous that will have built up, but I’ve only started having performance issues in the last couple of months.
A rebuild may help the laptop’s, or at least the operating system’s, performance a bit; realistically though it’s a big chunk of effort for maybe a rather small amount of gain. Buying a new gaming computer isn’t at the top of my financial priorities at the moment but I could consider it later this year.
I’m now using two different work laptops (I’ve ended up with two jobs, a long story for another time), both running Windows 11. One I’ve upgraded to 11 from 10, the other came with 11 pre-installed. Both perform well for their respective hardware spec and I’ve not encountered any major bugs or problems adapting to the new Windows. Neither is appropriate or specced for gaming though, so I haven’t experienced gaming in Windows 11 yet.
For my work computer the upgrade was a no-brainer, it saved the organisation money and I only use a limited set of software on that. My gaming laptop has dozens of games installed, productivity software, Fantasy Grounds (two versions) and a host of tech tools. That quite a lot of software that might be obsoleted or broken by the upgrade. I wonder whether upgrading, during this limited time window, is worth a shot to eek a few more months or years out of the old laptop?
For an anecdote of one, maybe one and a half if consider my friend’s experience too — I (and he) have had no issues with gaming on Windows 11 to date. Note we’re both on Intel CPU + nVidia GPU based systems though. I don’t recall the detail, but memory suggests there may’ve been some early issues with AMD based systems.
Whether they’ve been fixed, or heck, whether I’m even remembering correctly might warrant some investigation though.
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My advice is not to upgrade to Windows 11 unless you absolutely need to. Windows 10 is very stable and if you need to refresh it due to an old install or some other instability issue that SFC or DISM can’t fix then it is better to use the “Reset The PC” option which will refresh your Windows 10 install and keep your data files.
This article outlines reset steps you can do in Windows 10:
Here is the Microsoft article about it – select the Windows 10 tab for instructions specific to that OS: