Getting to the right place for this next OS from Microsoft has some updated hardware requirements. We’re sharing a brief overview of what you need to know about Windows 11.
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC). Those running 32-bit systems would have to stick with Windows 10 as Windows 11 will drop 32-bit support.
- 64 GB or larger storage device
- High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9 inches.
- A 2-GHz core CPU and 1-GHz speed CPU.
- The Graphics Card of the system needs to be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
The good news is most computers sold in the past 3-4 years will meet the above requirements.
Another big change is that with Windows 11, there will only be one feature update per year. Windows 10, as you may know, had two. Patches and fixes will continue with regular cumulative updates that are reported with Windows utilities throughout the year, as will feature updates.
You will also require a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. This is a technology which provides hardware-based security-related functions. It is basically a chip to secure crypto-processor designed to carry out cryptographic operations. Put in other words, it controls privileges as to who can control which type of cryptographic operations.
Generally, Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned look. Along with that it has new tools and apps. If you are buying new PCs look for a reference to “Free upgrade to Windows 11” somewhere in specifications or literature. This is slated to be rolled out yearend during the holiday season which means home users can upgrade to Windows 11 without issue.
For the enterprise, it is our belief that Windows 11 will be the next logical step for user endpoints. With the design and engineering Microsoft has put into the process it will be a seamless upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, and one we expect many clients to make over the next 12-24 months.