Should we upgrade to Windows 11?

Windows 11 looks good so far but, if your computers are currently running well on Windows 10, it might not be worth upgrading just yet…

by Andre Vaux

Andre Vaux | Managing Director at claireLOGIC

There may be some issues that you will need to consider around potential downtime if something goes wrong, as well as compatibility with your current hardware:

  • Windows 11 is very new, so hasn’t been tried and tested for an extended period.
  • Windows 11 is currently only available to PCs with newer processors – mostly those produced after 2018.
  • Windows 11 also requires a TPMv2 (Trusted Platform Module, it cannot be installed without it.
  • Windows 10 will continue to be supported until 2025, so no need to rush straight away and risk possible downtime for your team.

Essential hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11

If you are considering upgrading to Windows 11, the PC must meet the needs of Windows 11. Many PCs made before 2018 do not meet the minimum requirements and cannot be upgraded to Windows 11.

To upgrade from Windows 10, make sure that you have a newer processor, one made after 2018. Also, make sure that your TPMv2 (Trusted Platform Module) is present and up-to-date.

Processor
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).

RAM
4 gigabyte (GB).

Storage
64 GB or larger storage device Note:

System firmware
UEFI, Secure Boot capable.

TPM
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.

Graphics card

Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.

Display
High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel.

Windows 10 is stable – and is being supported

Windows 10 is now running on over 350 million devices worldwide and has been the most popular operating system since its release. It may be too early to tell if Windows 11 is as stable as its predecessor straight-out-the-box, and the chances are that it isn’t. However, it is worth noting that all previous versions saw technical hiccups when they were released.

It is also worth noting that Windows 10 will continue to be supported until 2025.

Microsoft has announced that it will continue developing and updating Windows 10 for at least another five years. So subsequently, there is no need for consumers or businesses already using the latest version of Windows 10 to abandon ship and start looking for a newer replacement.

Want to know more about Windows 11?

The new Windows 11 looks good and has plenty of features to offer. In addition, it has a lot of improvements that make it worth the upgrade for some people. However, if your PC is currently running fine with Windows 10, then hold fire before upgrading to Windows 11.

 

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