A lot of buzz is circulating around the new Windows 11 platform launch. With full release planned for the 2021 holiday season, the beta launch last week has created many questions for anxious users.

It has been six years since the initial release of Windows 10, allowing plenty of time for Microsoft to create and cleaner interface that has tons of new features and a Mac-like feel.

Microsoft says it is “redesigned for productivity, creativity, and ease.”

Before you rush to install the free Windows 11 upgrade, know that there are fundamental hardware compatibility issues that will prevent you from using some of the features or maybe even installing it at all.  For example, when it comes to security, there are issues with the following three items if your computer is more than a couple of years old: 1) Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0,  2) HardwareSecure Boot, and 3) VBS and HVCI Security.

Windows 11 Minimum System Requirements

Processor          1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC), *NIETO RECOMMENDS  2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with four or more cores.

Memory             4 GB RAM, *NIETO RECOMMENDS 8 GB RAM

Storage               64 GB or larger storage device

Firmware           UEFI, Secure Boot capable

TPM                    Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0

Graphics card   DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x

Display               >9” with HD Resolution (720p)

Internet              Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11

Certain features require specific hardware. See detailed system requirements.

Nieto Technology Partners Best Practices
Before rushing to upgrade, we encourage our clients to wait until it is time for their hardware to be cycled up – approximately every 3-4 years.  End-user components are typically designed with a maximum lifespan, so it often makes sense to perform a hardware upgrade.  Not only will your new computer be optimized for Windows 11, but it will come pre-loaded with the OS, saving you the headache of installing and configuring on your own.

Want to Learn More About Windows 11?
If you are still considering an upgrade to the Windows 11 operating system or just want to know more about it, you can visit the Microsoft information page for a complete features list along with detailed requirements and frequently asked questions.

To help guide you through the decision process, or to help with installation on your computer or in your organization, call Nieto Technology Partners at 713-893-5667 or email info@nieto.com.