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On the 24th June 2021, Microsoft announced the next version of Windows that will provide users with a more graphical experience and is built upon the same foundations that Windows 10 provided. 

The product will begin being delivered to eligible device that are running Windows 10 later in 2021.  As some clients will have only just got used to running Windows 10 the new interface may take some getting used to.  With its centralised Start button and menu it has a more Apple like look. 

Also announced this week was Windows 10 official lifecycle end date – October 14th, 2025. Which gives Microsoft a few years to get clients used to the new platform.

Hardware requirements

To install or upgrade to Windows 11, devices must meet the following minimum hardware requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater.
  • Storage: 64 GB* or greater available storage is required to install Windows 11.
    • Additional storage space might be required to download updates and enable specific features.
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Display: High definition (720p) display, 9″ or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel.
  • Internet connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates, and to download and use some features.
    • Windows 11 Home edition requires an Internet connection and a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use.

* There might be additional requirements over time for updates, and to enable specific features within the operating system. For more information, see Keeping Windows 11 up-to-date.

Looking at the minimum requirements we would recommend businesses review their PC equipment to ensure that they are capable of running the new operating system in the next few years.  We would recommend Intel i5 8th Generation or above and 8GB ram with a 256SSD.  The TPM module requirement is clear indication that the product is used the bitlocker to provide a more secure storage for business users, most desktops and laptops will have this available. Check our recommendations for business PCs.

Microsoft have also released a PC Health Check application to ensure you can run the new version of Windows and alert you if you cannot:

The TPM module may be disabled in the BIOS so this error may be a temporary glitch. Or the TPM could be added or upgraded. Once we have fully tested the new version will be showing more functions and we can start to upgrade our clients systems.

If you have an Intel processor then it currently needs to be 8th Generation or above. Check in settings by typing “about your pc” – this will so you the processor and Ram installed.

We tested a few pcs including an Intel i7 6th Generation that has 4 cores and 8 logical processors and runs Windows 10 failed the test. Like most users we will probably upgrade in the next 3 years so plenty of time yet.

Features

Windows 11 builds upon Windows 10 features that Microsoft’s developers have tweaked to perfection to match the new look. The majority are available in Windows 10 but we expect to see new more new features throughout the lifecycle of Windows 11.

Feature-specific requirements

Some features in Windows 11 have requirements beyond those listed above. See the following list of features and associated requirements.

  • 5G support: requires 5G capable modem.
  • Auto HDR: requires an HDR monitor.
  • BitLocker to Go: requires a USB flash drive. This feature is available in Windows Pro and above editions.
  • Client Hyper-V: requires a processor with second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities. This feature is available in Windows Pro editions and above.
  • Cortana: requires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.
  • DirectStorage: requires an NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the Standard NVM Express Controller driver and a DirectX12 GPU with Shader Model 6.0 support.
  • DirectX 12 Ultimate: available with supported games and graphics chips.
  • Presence: requires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device.
  • Intelligent Video Conferencing: requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output)
  • Multiple Voice Assistant: requires a microphone and speaker.
  • Snap: three-column layouts require a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.
  • Mute and unmute: from Taskbar requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output). App must be compatible with feature to enable global mute/unmute.
  • Spatial Sound: requires supporting hardware and software.
  • Microsoft Teams: requires video camera, microphone, and speaker (audio output).
  • Touch: requires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.
  • Two-factor authentication: requires use of PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Voice Typing: requires a PC with a microphone.
  • Wake on Voice: requires Modern Standby power model and microphone.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: requires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a Wi-Fi 6E capable AP/router.
  • Windows Hello: requires a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or portable Microsoft compatible security key. For more information, see IT tools to support Windows 10, version 21H1.
  • Windows Projection: requires a display adapter that supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a Wi-Fi adapter that supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Xbox app: requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. Please go to the Xbox Live Countries and Regions page for the most up-to-date information on availability. Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Preparing for Windows 11

If you would like to ensure that your current equipment can run Windows 11 then contact us and we can arrange to audit your current IT hardware to ensure that they will meet the new requirements.

We will setup a test environment and arrange training so that your staff are able to use the new platform effectively and answer any questions they may have.

For further details contact us on 0333 332 6600.

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