Microsoft announced Windows 11 a few days ago with a brand new, visually appealing, modern design. It comes with a bold new look, new effects, more shadows, rounded corners, and a clean user interface(UI).
There are some major changes and some improvements, including:
- Support to run Android applications
- A new snap layout feature
- Amazing multi-window support
- Awesome gaming capabilities, and much more.
Updating to a new version of an operating system can be risky, one that should always note. Before you think about updating, consider backing up all of your data, making sure everything is safe in case something doesn’t go as planned.
Should you go ahead and upgrade to Windows 11? The short answer is Yes. The long answer is to wait and see. The new update seems very promising and it seems to fix most of the design issues people have been complaining about for many years. But we don’t know yet what issues and downside the new operating system might have.
Imagine a situation whereby everything goes well for Microsoft and they officially release Windows 11 without any hiccups, we would still be careful. Some older software might stop working, so if you need to use specific – especially older – applications, you might want to hold out. Previous Windows versions didn’t break a lot of desktop applications and were known to offer great compatibility features, but it could happen. So it’s something we have to look out for.
When can I upgrade?
According to Livemint: A support document from Intel for a GPU driver update shows that Windows 11 stable build could be coming out in October 2021. With a wider release possible in 2022.
What are the minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 11?
According to Microsoft, here are the minimum system requirements.
- Processor:1GHz with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit SoC
- Memory:4GB RAM
- Storage:64GB or more
- System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
- TMP: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
- Graphics card:DirectX 12 compatible / WDDM 2.x
- Internet: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home.
Most newly released Windows 10 laptops should be able to run Windows 11. However, the TMP could be one of the main reasons why lots of devices might not be able to, and not be upgradeable.
What are TMPs?
TMPs are either integrated into your PC’s motherboard, or they’re added separately into the CPU. This chip protects encryption keys and any other credentials that are stored on the computer.
So even if the computer is attacked by any virus, these would be locked away in a safe place, unavailable for the attackers or a virus. It’s no surprise to see Microsoft require this after it was the victim of the SolarWind hack not that long ago.
Clearly, the company is trying to do its bit to prevent another such attack on that scale and to better protect user’s personal and confidential information, which is good to see. Sadly, however, this does mean a lot of Windows 10 machines will not be upgradeable – although it’s still worth taking a look at your BIOS settings.
All of this means that, in theory, all 8th Gen Intel Core and AMD Ryzen 2000 and newer chips should be supported. But older ones seem to be out of luck for now. If your device isn’t compatible or doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025. So you’ll have plenty of time to upgrade your machine.
If your device is compatible, it’s very much advisable to go ahead and upgrade when Windows 11 comes out.
If your device isn’t compatible, you shouldn’t worry so much, since your device will still be supported for a few more years. And some of the hardware requirements could still change.