Are You Ready For Windows 11?

After 6 long years, the next big Windows update is on the horizon - Windows 11 is due to be released soon.

But are your devices ready for it? 

Before I explain what this means, let’s outline the key facts.

The word on the street is that Windows 11 (the successor to Windows 10) should be launched around late October 2021. However, we don’t yet know if this will be just for new PCs and Laptops, meaning existing device upgrades might have to wait until 2022.

Plus, in an unprecedented move, if you’re upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, Microsoft has changed the minimum system requirements needed to run its operating system.

And that’s created a headache for a lot of people.

On the plus side, the changes mean you’ll get increased security, reliability, and compatibility. In fact, Microsoft are claiming Windows 11 to be ‘the most secure release yet’.

But the minimum system requirements may mean that some of your devices might not be high specification enough for the upgrade.

To help clear the confusion around Windows 11, here are the minimum hardware requirements that the new Operating System requires:

• An Intel Core processor from 2017 onwards. Or AMD Zen processors from 2019 onwards

• 4GB of RAM

• 64GB of hard drive storage

• Oh, and it all hinges on having a TPM (Trusted Platform Model) 2.0 chip

While Windows has required all its devices since 2016 to have the TPM chip, many of them haven’t been activated.

As our Joint Managing Director Chris Thomas has said: 

‘One of the requirements of Windows 11 is that your computer has something called a Trusted Platform Model (TPM) chip. This is a special tamper-proof chip to generate, store, and protect encryption keys. You’ll find one in most recent computers. But often it hasn’t been enabled by default. 

‘To switch it on, you have to dive deep into the security or boot sequence settings. In my experience, most people are very uncomfortable changing anything here, for fear of killing their computer.’

Chris added, ‘For businesses with lots of computers, checking which ones can be upgraded to Windows 11 – and then checking the TPM chip in each of them – is going to be a lot of work and a lot of hassle. 

‘Windows 11 looks beautiful and I’m sure it will be a very popular operating system. I’m working closely with my clients now to help them prepare to upgrade, and I advise all local businesses to do the same.’

Windows 11 is going to deliver loads of great features and system improvements, but if the compatibility requirements have left you confused, simply get in touch with Bluegrass Group on 01392 796 779 or email us at ask@bluegrass-group.com

We can offer a full check across your devices to see if you’re ready for Windows 11.

Article by Sarah Bailey of Bluegrass Group

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