Windows 11 – News So Far

Windows 11 – News So Far

A few bits of news scoured from around the web about Windows 11 – News So Far. This follows on from my original article about Windows 11

Well, there used to be a download from Microsoft, called the Windows 11 compatibility tool. Microsoft launched the tool to help see if your PC was compatible with Windows 11 but they have since pulled it from use after complaints that it was inaccurate. They are promising a new tool and it should be available here when it comes.

Windows 11 and TPM

Some older PCs will not be able to run windows 11. This one I’m typing on will not be able to run it due to not having a TPM chip (Trusted Platform Module 2.0). Yeah, what’s that? I didn’t know either so I looked it up. The TPM chip, it turns out, is a good thing to have! It stores login information that is, allegedly, impossible to hack. Checking to see if you have this is not straightforward.

Press the Windows and R keys together

This brings up this box below,

Type in the box tpm.msc

tpm check -Windows 11 - News So Far
TPM check

Then press ok.

Another box will appear

tpm check 2 Windows 11 - News So Far
tpm check 2

TPM is not found?

This is the box you will get if you have no TPM chip or the TPM is not found. Confusingly, this is also the box you will get if you have the TPM turned off in the BIOS. To check this you need to restart your PC and get into the UEFI BIOS settings. This process is different on every PC so refer to your documentation or the manufacturer’s website.. Common ways to get into it are pressing F2 or Del key when the computer starts up. Look through all the settings in the bios to see whether there is a reference to TPM or Trusted Platform Support and enable it.

There, told you it wasn’t straightforward.

If you do have one, you’ll get this box;

TPM OK Windows 11 - News So Far
TPM OK

If you get this box it is one of the signs that Windows 11 can run on your PC but until Microsoft release their tool again, you won’t know if you can run the rest. Keep Checking the Windows 11 website for when it is released again. You can click on the picture below which will take you to the website.

compatibility
Compatibility Checker

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Windows 11 ???

Windows 11 (and what is known so far)

Windows 11 (and what we know so far) is of course, subject to change, but this is what Microsoft has said so far. It will available around Christmas 2021. You will be able to upgrade for free, from Windows 10.

 

Windows 11 Home screen
Windows 11 home screen

 

The full-page where these pictures are from can be found at the Microsoft site, here   New Windows 11 OS | Microsoft. Of course, Microsoft are telling you on this page how wonderful it is. Of course, they are the ones trying to hawk it! But the free upgrade may appeal to some. I have heard that Windows 10 will no longer be supported from 2025 which fits in line with other operating system timelines.

Personally, I am a little disappointed Microsoft were not able to hold to the detail they mentioned when Windows 10 came out – they said it would be the last operating system they release and they would just release updates for it.

How good will Windows 11 be?

Only time will tell. Microsoft in the past have tended to release a good operating system, then a duff one in my opinion. Windows 98, good, Windows 2000? A bit of a duffer. The Same with Windows XP, good, then they followed it up with Vista. The same with Windows 7! Good, and then Windows 8 was released…  Will Windows 11 follow the same pattern?

Should I change?

The industry tends to wait a year before even considering an upgrade. I’ll have it from the word go but I’ll still be running windows 10 on my workshop computers as it’s proved itself to be reliable. As human beings, the older we get the less we like change. Many people will be resistant to it because it is different

Windows 11 logo
Windows 11 logo

System requirements

The minimum system requirements are below, but if you only just meet the requirements, consider upgrading your hardware as it will probably run like a dog on some older machines out there. I consider an I3 or equivalent, 8GB RAM and an SSD to be minimum requirements for windows 10, so we can probably think along those lines.

Windows 11 requirements
Windows 11 requirements

 

Of course, everything I’ve said above can be taken with a pinch of salt. Until it is released, we won’t know what we are getting!

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