For the past few years, Microsoft led customers to believe that they would be building on Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. Of course, in tech, nothing ever stays static and they have now released Windows 11 for PC. For the business, it starts a clock that can get quite uncomfortable if not planned for. This week, we thought we’d take a look at the system specifications for Windows 11, and what you need to know for when you decide it’s time to upgrade.
Before we get into the specifications, we’d just like to say that there is no rush to move your business’ workstation OSs to Windows 11; if, like many businesses, you’ve moved to Windows 10. For businesses still using Windows 8.1, however, it is definitely time to consider an across-the-board upgrade. Microsoft has announced they will be completely retiring that OS on January 23, 2023, so you have just under a year to make your move before you lose Microsoft’s comprehensive software support.
The Windows 11 operating system requires a 1GHz multicore processor, which by today’s standards is a pretty low bar. As for memory, Windows 11 requires at least 4 GB of RAM, as well as 64 GB of onboard storage. The display requirements are higher as well, needing at least 720p to run.
For more on the specific requirements of Windows 11, Microsoft has provided all the specifications here.
For context, most modern PCs will have very little trouble running Windows 11. In fact, the only problem users may run into is that your processor doesn’t meet the TPM or Secure Boot requirements. You’ll want to download Microsoft’s PC Health Check app, and it will tell you if your PC is compatible, and if not, why. A workstation from 4 or 5 years ago might not be readily compatible.
For the individual user or remote worker, even if your PC has no problems, we don’t recommend making the jump to Windows 11 without speaking to your IT administrator. They may have certain issues that demand that you are running a certain operating system.
Support for Windows 10 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so there is no real rush, but there are some things that you need to prepare for if your organization is thinking about upgrading to Windows 11. The IT professionals at Out of the Box Solutions are here to help your business upgrade any of your technology. Give us a call at 800-750-4OBS (4627) to learn more.