Should you install the Windows 11 2022 Update right away?

Microsoft has not yet announced the official release date of the first Windows 11 feature update, but some suggestions suggest it might be released on September 20, 2022. With the release of a new feature update comes a question: Should you install Windows 11 2022 Update now on your Windows 11 PCs or should you wait?

Windows 11 2022 Update Task Manager

Please note that feature updates are rolled out in waves. It may not be offered to a specific device right away.

While it may be tempting to install the latest and hopefully the best version of Windows 11 right away, there are compelling reasons to skip the first wave. On the bright side, Microsoft has been testing the feature update for Windows 11 for months and has fixed many bugs in the process.

The Windows 11 2022 update includes several key area improvements. If you’ve been following our ongoing series, you are already familiar with the changes to the Start Menu, Taskbar, Snap Assist, File Explorer, Task Manager, and Games.

The changes improve some basic operating system functionality, which is good, but Microsoft fails to deliver a killer feature that would give early adopters an incentive to upgrade immediately.

There are downsides to being a first wave user. Probably the biggest is that there will be bugs that were lost during the beta test. In the past, bugs introduced in feature updates have caused all kinds of problems for users. From systems that failed to boot due to data loss to apps that failed to launch.

Updates may not be installed. The upcoming Windows 11 version 22H2 feature update is expected to install faster than previous Windows 10 feature updates, with the exception of the Windows 10 “no-feature” feature updates, but installation will still take some time.

It is a good idea to create a system backup to be prepared for any of these problems that can occur after upgrading to Windows 11 version 22H2. Windows includes recovery options, but these have proved less reliable than they should be over and over again.

Microsoft blocks updates on systems affected by confirmed problems. So-called Safeguard Holds are designed to protect customers’ machines from problems. Businesses get even better protection as Microsoft will also block updates on systems with “probable problems”. On home computers, probable problems aren’t a reason for blocking updates.

Closing words

It is always a good idea to wait with the installation of feature updates until the dust has settled. While it may be tempting to install the latest and greatest right away, the Windows 11 2022 Update doesn’t include many features that guarantee this. Windows 11 customers, who don’t mind, should create a backup before starting the upgrade.

To answer the title question: no, in most cases it’s best to wait a month or two before installing feature updates.

Now you: How do you manage feature updates on Windows 10 or 11 devices?


Should you install the Windows 11 2022 update right away?

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Should you install the Windows 11 2022 update right away?


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Martin Brinkmann


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