Update to windows 11 or no?

I have a mid range laptop which basically meets recommended but not much more. I know there are other topics of this nature but I wondered. People using similar recommended spec PCS and laptops. What are your experiences like with windows 11? The sim broke for me with the nvidia update and I need to roll back of wait for a fix but other than that it’s always been fairly stable. I’m holding back on win 11 and dx12 at the moment for that reason. I did try dx12 for the driver issue but it gave some weird performance. Dotted textures in external view amongst others. Any thoughts. Take the plunge or not?

While I don’t use a laptop and the rig that I use is substantially better than the recommended requirements I’ve been using it since the day it was released, works fine. Currently though I am using an older Nvidia driver and DX11 is selected in MSFS.

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Since the basic difference between Win10 and 11 currently seems to be the UI, I see no reason to update. Never change a running system and all that


well i run a gaming laptop and getter better performance on win 11 than 10

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I doubt u will c much in improvements. just annoying menu changes, locked taskbar and bloat features to make it look pretty that just slows it all down. just my opinion…

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If you use VR in the simulator, do not update to Windows 11. With windows 11 the cockpit shakes and that is very annoying.

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Seems like a mixed bag of opinions then. Anyone rolled back to 10 after installing 11 and did it cause any sim installation issues?

I’m not VR capable at the minute…that’s for a future upgrade but thanks for the heads up

All I can say is that W11 is an improvement on my system; MSFS loading time has improved and not encountered any CTD. My system: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super, Asus ROG STRIX Z490-F Gaming, Intel i7-10700, 32GB RAM, W11 Pro (upgrade version), DX11, Oculus Quest2 (I only fly VR).


Yes upgrade… definitely worth it!


In general, I would definitely say go for it.

For MSFS, in my experience* there are a couple of caveats.

  • The cockpit shaking IS an issue but seems to be resolved (for me at least) in the latest OpenXR Developer Tools, by turning off the latest preview runtime.

  • SSD, and in particular NVMe, storage can be slower in benchmarking (though not sure how much this affects real life use, or MSFS in particular) if you do not have Microsoft Update KB5007262 installed. Currently this is a in Preview, so is only available as a manual download, unless you are a Windows Insider.

*Other users’ mileage may vary. :wink:


For any system running on Intel 12th gen CPUs, Win11 is a must upgrade, due the new CPU scheduler.

For everyone else, it is a matter of choice, IMHO.

FWIW, my upgrade process was completely painless, I found the new UI interaction a bit disconcerting at first, but I got used to it quickly.

All in all, my experience was that of a satisfying refresh, yet nothing too disruptive. Probably what MS intended.

Same here, it felt a bit snappier, yet I wonder whether it is W11 related. Maybe we would have gotten the same result with a reset of the existing W10 install?

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Thanks all, appreciate the input. OS changes have never run smoothly in my experience but maybe Microsoft learned the lesson after the chaos that was windows 8. The 10 transistion was much less painful and sounds similar with this.

Hi Im running win11 and its awesome …MSFS seems to run better . Only problem i have is the Rudder issue when taxi …has a mind of its own .anyone know where to find info on this in forum


In MSFS look in the Assistance section to see if any settings have changed e.g. assisted rudder. But also when loaded in to your flight check in the handlebar menu that the flight assistant isn’t trying to steal your job.

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I updated to WIN11 and FS2020 runs AOK. And, I’m still using NVidia driver 471.96. If you do upgrade to WIN11 and have issues, make a full backup to restore if you have issues. I use Acronis for backups


I’m always a fan of having the latest and greatest. So when Windows 11 came out on day 1, I immediately back up all my important files and nuked my entire PC scrubbing my entire storage drive clean. Then I do a fresh clean install of Windows 11 and all its applications.

I’m loving it so far.

As far as the DX12 is concerned. It’s still a beta testing phase, so they didn’t exactly code the Sim to use DX12 API yet. They’re still using legacy DX11 code that runs on DX12 API. So everyone would get weird performance because it’s not really optimised yet.

So to answer your question. It’s up to you about what kind of person you are. If you prefer to be in a comfort zone of things that still works for you. Then just stay in Windows 10. It’s still being officially supported until 2025 (someone correct me if I’m wrong) and you should be fine.

But if you’re the kind of person who likes a challenge, exploring and learning something new and exciting, then take the risk and jump to the Windows 11 bandwagon. Just make sure you have sufficient backup of your important and indispensable data, just in case. But in terms of MSFS and all the applications. It’s best to just install them cleanly one at a time.


Windows 10 and 11 run off the same code so you will never have compatibility issues between them … W11 is supposedly more game friendly but I’ve seen nothing to back that up, their gaming mode supposedly suppresses background processes but I thought 10 had that too (but maybe it’s not the same) whatever there’s little difference in performance on my rig. The future is where differences will be more apparent e.g. Direct storage for W10 is not set in stone and many myself included think MS will use it to increase the take up of 11 which so far must disappoint them.

However I love the simplicity and if I’m looking for a setting just typing or even just start typing in the taskbar and it has any uncanny knack of already knowing what you want … e.g. con will bring up control panel as first choice.

I’m never going back :sunglasses:


absolutely not. Windows delivers good and trash products every 2. Think as far back as you want, this is a concrete trend.

2000-ok,ME-garbage, XP-great, vista-junk, win7-legendary, win 8-trash, win10-good

11 is gonna be garbage to follow this trend

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