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Microsoft releasing Windows 11

On October the 5th, Microsoft will be releasing its next generation operating system, Windows 11.

Whilst it will feature a centralised tool bar and is said to be a lot faster than Windows 10, it comes with more stringent requirements, that may see people unable to use Windows 11 on their PCs.

So, what are the requirements?

  • Processor: 64-bit architecture at 1 GHz or faster; Intel: eight-generation or newer (details); AMD Ryzen 3 or better (details); Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c or higher (details)
  • RAM: 4 GB or higher
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • Graphics card: Direct X12 or later capable; WDDM 2.0 driver or newer
  • Display: High-def (720p) display, larger than 9” diagonal in size, 8 bits per colour channel (or better)
  • Internet connection/MSA: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account (MSA) to complete device setup on first use. Switching out of Windows 11 Home in S mode likewise requires internet connectivity. For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is needed for updates, and to download and use certain features.

One of the most important components your device needs to have is Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. To find out whether this exists on your device you'll need to right click on the start button and select 'device manager' (click ok when you get a notification about being logged in as a standard user). Then go to 'security devices'. You should then see the Trusted Platform Module 2.0. If it doesn't appear for you, please get in touch with our sales team on 0330 088 2565.

To check whether your current Windows 10 PC/laptop can meet the minimum spec, you can use two built in apps.

First open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool by typing ‘dxdiag’ into the Taskbar search box and pressing Enter. Once the tool is open you'll see your processor name, maximum RAM amount, and DirectX version listed on the System tab. Make sure the name of your processor is present on one of the three lists above. To check which WDDM version you've got, click on the Display tab and look in the Drivers section. 

The final hardware check is determining how much storage your drive has. To do so, open a File Explorer window and click on This PC in the left-hand menu. In the Devices and Drives section, you should see the boot drive listed—typically, it's named "Windows (C:)." The graphic below the name depicts how much of the drive space you've currently used and how much is remaining.

In addition to these basic hardware requirements, you’ll need an internet connection and a display at least 9 inches in size and capable of displaying 720p resolution or greater. To verify your display resolution, open Settings > System and see the Display tab. The drop-down menu under Display Resolution will show a recommended resolution; as long as it's 1,280 by 720 pixels or higher, you're ready for Windows 11.

What if your PC can’t run Windows 11?

If your PC doesn't meet one or more of the requirements above, it can't officially run Windows 11. If that's the case, you’ve got three main options.

  1. The easiest is to continue using Windows 10. Microsoft's current operating system is already excellent, and the company has committed to supporting it through at least 2025, which means your Windows 10 PC will continue to get security and feature updates for years to come.
  2. Your second option is to upgrade the component or components that Windows 11 doesn’t support which LMS Group can do for you.
  3. If all else fails, you can always buy a new PC that supports Windows 11 right out of the box. Most Windows 10 PCs on sale today will be able to upgrade to Windows 11, according to Microsoft. If you are looking to purchase a new laptop, speak to our sales team at sales@lms.group.

If you need any help identifying whether Windows 11 will run on your device, or want to know more about upgrading to the new operating system, please either email us at support@lms.group, or give us a ring on 0330 088 2565.

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