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Windows 11 - what you need to know
Dolphin September 17, 2021 0 Comments

Release Date – October 5th 2021

Free Upgrade – for eligible Win 10 PCs

Pre-Installed – on new computers

Windows 11 available on October 5th 2021

From the 5th October you will be able to download Windows 11, as long as your computer meets the required specifications. Currently, this is a free upgrade for all eligible Windows 10 PCs, so it is worth considering it if your PC alerts you to the Windows 11 update.

As with any/all changes that you make on your computer, we would always advise ensuring that all of your data is backed up before-hand.

New machines, pre-built PCs, laptops, notebooks and tablets, will now become available with Windows 11 installed. This is worth bearing in mind if you are offered what appears to be a very good deal on a new computer – check that it comes with Windows 11.

From October 5th, you will also be able to purchase Windows 11.

Can I upgrade my computer to Windows 11?

That depends largely upon the age of your computer. The majority of PCs and laptops produced in the last 3 years should support Windows 11. But it is not just age dependent. Below is a list of the requirements your device will need to meet to be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

Processor:        this needs to be a minimum of 1GHz with 2 or more codes and must be compatible with Windows 11

Memory:          you need a minimum 4GB RAM capacity, but the advice is that 8GB or more is preferable to avoid stuttering and lag.

Hard Drive:      a minimum of 64GB

Graphics:          must be compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM2.0 driver installed.

Motherboard: your firmware needs to be UEFI and Secure Boot capable

TPM 2.0             TPM = Trusted Platform Module, and TPM 2.0 must be installed.

  1. If your CPU does not feature TPM 2.0 you will need to buy this module and install it on your motherboard.
  2. If your PC is less than 3 years old you should be able to upgrade, but you may still need to enable the TPM setting in your motherboard BIOS.

UEFI BIOS          you must have had your current Windows 10 operating system installed via UEFI. If you installed via legacy BIOS, Windows 11 may not install successfully.

If you are upgrading to Windows 11 we suggest you allow yourself a good space of time with no pressing work or other necessities looming. And, as above, ensure everything is backed up before making any changes. As keen as you may be to get Windows 11, a Tuesday may not be the best day to add a new OS, even if it is Microsoft’s preferred choice.