Not upgrading to Windows 11 has consequences, Microsoft said

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  • Sticking to Windows 10 has not yet become a problem, but there are certain setbacks to consider.
  • Microsoft acknowledged and announced that some apps or parts of the OS might not work at all.
  • Check out the issues you have to consider if you decide not to upgrade to Windows 11 just yet.
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Let’s start by saying that this is not some sort of punishment for users that plan to stick to Windows 10 a little longer, but Microsoft did warn about some issues that will make you wish you had.

The tech giant warned the public about some problems that they might encounter if they remain faithful to the previous OS, so you should definitely know about this.

Before we begin though, be sure to catch up on the latest Patch Tuesday releases for December 2022, and see what problems Microsoft has managed to permanently eliminate.

Also, the Redmond company has released the last Dev and Beta Windows 11 Insider Previews for 2022, so that’s something you will want to catch up on as well.

Apps and certain OS parts could become unresponsive

If you did, however, move on to greener pastures (by that we mean Windows 11), it would be wise to learn about the bugs you might encounter there.

That being said, if you haven’t, Microsoft has confirmed that those sticking to Windows 10 and not planning to upgrade to Windows 11 might experience weird taskbar behaviors after installing some of the recent cumulative updates.

We repeat that this is not a punishment for not upgrading to the latest OS, just another known bug Microsoft will fix in future updates.

The tech giant actually says the issue causes visual glitches and reduces system stability, making some parts and apps unresponsive.

Thus, if you are still using the good old Windows 10, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • The Weather or News and Interests widget or icons flickers on the Windows taskbar
  • ​The Windows taskbar stops responding
  • ​Windows Explorer stops responding
  • ​Applications including Microsoft Word or Excel might stop responding if they are open when the issue occurs

Judging from the post in the official Windows documentation, a simple system restart might help mitigate the problem.

However, Microsoft decided to take a more proactive approach and undo the damage using the Known Issue Rollback feature.

The company will take care of the bug without any input from users, but the system might take up to 24 hours to propagate and heal the affected computers (all Windows 10 consumer versions starting with 20H2 and up).

Just keep in mind that the Redmond-based software giant promises to release a permanent bugfix with future cumulative updates.

Have you stumbled upon any of the issues we mentioned above? Let us know in the dedicated comments section located below.

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