Windows 11 and what you need to know

May 6, 2022

windows-11.jpgBack in October 2021 Microsoft started the roll out of its new Windows 11 operating system. With a new look and the promise of an OS that would load games faster, have tighter security, and give users an overall simplified and more refined experience it sounds positive.

As with previous Windows OS releases there were a myriad of issues discovered by early adopters, however Microsoft has been working hard to address the flaws and Windows 11 now seems to be stable. So should you upgrade?

Should I upgrade to Windows 11?

From a technical standpoint Windows 11 is now stable enough that you should feel safe to upgrade your PC. However, Windows 10 is still being supported by Microsoft until 2025 with continued critical updates and security patches. There is an argument that the longer you wait, the more stable Windows 11 will become so you should hold off on upgrading.

There is also the matter of hardware. Does your PC have enough juice to support the new Windows 11 system requirements? One particularly specific requirement which may affect many users' ability to upgrade is the requirement of TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 to be installed. Most desktops and laptops purchased in the last few years would have this enabled, however many older PCs would need to be updated.

Other technical requirements for your PC include:

  • CPU: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB of larger
  • 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
  • Internet: Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to complete device setup on first use

So what's new about Windows 11?

Windows 11 has a number of fairly significant changes, especially to its visual interface. And although the interface has changed fairly significantly it’s quite intuitive and doesn’t take long to get used to the new look and feel. The taskbar icons are now centred and smaller (similar to Apple’s Mac OS) and the design overall is cleaner with rounded corners and pastel colours.

Other new features include integration of Android apps, a new widget system, updated default app, and snap layouts which enable users to better organise their apps and window for better use of screen real estate. Finally, Windows 11 uses an all new suite of audio, from startup, warnings, notifications, everything has been updated to more softer, shorter sounds. The objective being to make for a more pleasant user experience.

Should our business upgrade all our PC’s to Windows 11?

As an individual with a personal device the decision to upgrade is fairly simple to make. However as a business it could have significant logistical challenges. If you're not sure how to tackle your IT infrastructure and need some support our expert team is here to help. Just give us a call and we can help make your business’s transition to Windows 11 a simple and painless experience.

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