Windows 11 launches 5th October 2021

Windows 11 launches…

The launch date is 5th October 2021 and is a free update for computers running Windows 10

The question for many is can my computer run Windows 11?

The official minimum spec required for Windows 11 is as follows:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with at least two cores on a compatible 64-bit processor
  • RAM: 4GB (although it will run this will not make a for a particularly fast computer – we recommend 8Gb)
  • Storage: 64GB
  • System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (see notes)
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver

The big one here is TPM (Trusted Platform Module) which is an essential requirement for Windows 11.

Microsoft has released a health check app which will tell you if you can run Windows 11. You can download it HERE

What is TPM?

TPM is a hardware chip in your computer which is a secure crypto-processor that is responsible for generating, storing, and limiting the use of cryptographic keys. But not all computers have this chip.

How can I check if my computer has TPM?

If you currently have windows 10, click on the start menu, type tpm.msc and click open..

Once the TMP Management opens up, you will see if the TPM is present on your device or not.

These are the specifications that you should look out for and MUST be present to enable device encryption:

If the TPM is not found or disabled in the BIOS or UEFI, you will see this under Status: Compatible TPM cannot be found. In this case it’s possible that the TPM chip has been disabled in the BIOS and could be enabled, providing it exists.

If you don’t have a TPM chip on your motherboard it is still possible that your motherboard has a socket for one, in which case it can be added. Otherwise you will not be able to run Windows 11. Call 9775905 if you would like any help with this.

Don’t panic if you can’t run Windows 11 on your computer (or just don’t want to), Microsoft have stated that End Of Life for Windows 10 is not until 2025.

What are the new features? (taken from Microsoft website)

    1. The new design and sounds are modern, fresh, clean and beautiful, bringing you a sense of calm and ease.
    2. With Start, we’ve put you and your content at the center. Start utilizes the power of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to show you your recent files no matter what device you were viewing them on.
    3. Snap Layouts, Snap Groups and Desktops provide an even more powerful way to multitask and optimize your screen real estate.
    4. Chat from Microsoft Teams integrated into the taskbar provides a faster way to connect to the people you care about.
    5. Widgets, a new personalized feed powered by AI, provides a faster way to access the information you care about, and with Microsoft Edge’s world class performance, speed and productivity features you can get more done on the web.
    6. Windows 11 delivers the best Windows ever for gaming and unlocks the full potential of your system’s hardware with technology like DirectX12 Ultimate, DirectStorage and Auto HDR. With Xbox Game Pass for PC or Ultimate you get access to over 100 high-quality PC games to play on Windows 11 for one low monthly price. (Xbox Game Pass sold separately.)
    7. Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. 
    8. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.
    9. Windows 11 is the most inclusively designed version of Windows with new accessibility improvements that were built for and by people with disabilities. 
    10. Windows 11 unlocks new opportunities for developers and creators. We are opening the Store to allow more developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring their apps to the Store, improving native and web app development with new developer tools, and making it easier for you to refresh the look and feel across all our app designs and experiences.
    11. Windows 11 is optimized for speed, efficiency and improved experiences with touch, digital pen and voice input.
    12. Windows 11 is the operating system for hybrid work, delivering new experiences that work how you work, are secure by design, and easy and familiar for IT to deploy and manage. Businesses can also test Windows 11 in preview today in Azure Virtual Desktop, or at general availability by experiencing Windows 11 in the new Windows 365.

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