Many ask whether it is absolutely necessary to install Windows 11 on an SSD, or is it also possible on a standard SATA hard drive, how is the performance?
Windows 11 can be installed on a standard HD, the installation time of Windows 11 is also acceptable. But when you have the auto-updates running, the Defender scans the hard drive and you start some programs, then you need to be patient. Or you just have a lot of time ⏲!
If several things are running or started, it can sometimes take 10 seconds or more until the program, application, Windows setting, ... is open! If it doesn't have to be, you shouldn't do that to yourself, use at least a small SSD with 64 GB, better 128 GB for the installation, even if it is a slower computer, it makes more sense than watching the computer start programs !
But if you only want to use a standard hard drive, you should pause or schedule the auto updates and possibly deactivate the Defender when working offline! If you have then updated everything to Windows 11 and all drivers fit, it will work acceptable on Windows 11, even if it is not an SSD!
To do this: ► Pause Windows 11 updates ► Defender Windows 11 ► Turn off the Defender temporarily
FAQ 160: Updated on: 29 September 2021 11:12