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22/09/21 - Upgrading to Windows 11 and Hardware Requirements

 

Upgrades

 

You DON'T have to upgrade to Windows 11, it is totally optional, and as below not all devices will be supported anyway, but not to worry Windows 10 will continue to be supported and updated until October 14th 2025.

 

IF you want to upgrade and your device is compatible then the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be FREE.

 

When Windows 11 is released on 5th October the upgrade roll-out will be phased. That means firstly new devices will be offered the upgrade, then overtime the upgrade will roll-out to all eligible machines that meet the new hardware requirements, this roll-out will take into account reliability metrics, age of device and other factors that could impact the upgrade to ensure that Microsoft are providing you with the best possible experience. It is expected that all eligible devices will be offered the free upgrade by mid 2022. If you have a Windows 10 PC that’s eligible for the upgrade, Windows Update will let you know when it’s available or you can check manually as follows - Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > click Check for Updates, if available, you'll see Feature update to Windows 11. Click Download and install.

 

Hardware Requirements

 

Compared to Windows 10 the hardware requirements for Windows 11 have changed considerably, this means that a lot of older and lower specification machines will not be eligible to upgrade.

 

Below is a list of these requirements and my comments:-

 

UEFI / Secure Boot

This will rule out a lot of older machines that won't support this, but most newer machines feature this as standard.

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 security chip present and enabled

This requirement is all about making the computer as secure as possible, again this will rule out a lot of older machines (pre 2014), but also a lot of machines since then which were cheaper / lower spec wouldn't have come with one fitted, and since it is a chip that is often soldered on the main circuit board (motherboard) it is not possible in a lot of cases to fit one to existing boards, in fact a lot of boards do not even have the required socket for one to be fitted.  

 

Good specification machines released in last 5 years should be fine.

Processor (CPU) - 1 Ghz+, 2+ Cores, 64-bit, on supported list

In reality this rules out most Intel processors released before mid 2017 and AMD processors released before April 2018.

System Memory (RAM) - 4Gb minimum

This will rule out a lot of cheaper / lower spec models which only came with 2Gb RAM - for some it may be possible to upgrade the RAM but this will depend on the other specs of the machine as to whether this will be worth doing.

System drive has to be 64Gb or larger

This will only rule out a small number of cheap computers which came with very small SSD drives.

Graphics card must be compatible with DirectX 12 and use a WDDM 2.0 driver

Should only affect some older computers which were made pre 2014.

Display larger than 9"

Shouldn't affect too many people as not many devices were sold with screens less than 9".

 

So in summary any good specification machine bought in the last 3 years should easily meet all of these criteria, anything older than that which was a lower spec or cheaper model probably wouldn't be worth upgrading anyway as you wouldn't get the benefits of a new OS anyway.

 

Microsoft have provided a free tool you can download, install and run to check whether your computer will be compatible - https://aka.ms/GetPCHealthCheckApp, or just ask me and I will let you know from past PC Health Check results and/or by connecting in remotely whether your computer is compatible or not.

 

22/09/21 - Quick Reference Guides

 

The Windows 11 Quick Reference Guides are now complete and contain a lot of information on using and getting the most out of Windows 11 and will also help you decide if you wish to upgrade or not.

 

31/08/21 - Release Date

 

Microsoft have today announced that Windows 11 will be released on the 5th October 2021.  

 

On this day it will be available on new hardware and will begin its roll out to existing Windows 10 customers who wish to upgrade, the upgrade roll-out will be staggered and is expected to run between 5th October 2021 and Mid 2022, so some people will have to wait before they can upgrade.

 

I will continue to update these pages with news and will continue to test each new preview version as it is released.

 

27/08/21 - "Insider Preview" Updates

 

Since my last post Microsoft have released several updates to the preview version of Windows 11 and I am now running this on my main computer so that I can closely follow all changes and update this website as and when anything major changes, at the moment most of the new releases are just fixing bugs and making minor tweaks, nothing so far that is noteworthy.

 

08/07/21 - "Insider Preview" Updated

 

Today a new updated preview version was released, this fixes multiple issues including some I had reported along with adding several new features such as a new search box on the start menu - images on "What's New in Windows 11" page update to reflect changes.

 

28/06/21 - First "Insider Preview" Release

 

Today the first "Insider Preview" version of Windows 11 was released to developers and IT professionals so they could start to test and evaluate the future of Windows.

 

I will be updating this and the "What's New in Windows 11" pages regularly over the coming weeks / months to give you an overview of all that is new with Windows 11.

 

And then as we get closer to release I will add more detailed guides for each aspect of Windows 11.

 

24/06/21 - Windows 11 Launch Event

 

Today Microsoft announced that a brand new version of Windows will be arriving later this year.

 

Yes, you read that correctly, despite years of Microsoft telling consumers and partners like myself that they would not release a new version of Windows, and that Windows 10 would continue to evolve and be updated twice a year they have now changed their minds....

 

Windows 11 will be coming later this year......

 

 

It will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 10 users BUT it has different hardware requirements than Windows 10 so will not run on some older machines, I will provide more details of these requirements at a later date.

 

 

Below is the introduction video from the launch event.

 

 

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