Can You Update to Windows 11? Learn The Windows 11 Requirements

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, our system hardware is often left behind in the dust. New apps and new operating systems are not always compatible with older machines. Such is the case with the next version of Windows.

If you have purchased a computer over the past few years or plan to buy one soon, it will likely be compatible with the Windows 11 OS. However, for older CPUs, the requirements to upgrade are a little tricky. To make matters worse, Microsoft released a compatibility checking tool that didn’t function properly, and the company withdrew it shortly after the Windows 11 release. There are tools available for checking your system’s compatibility, but right now, the only way to be sure is to manually check the specs of your current PC to see if they match up with the lists of requirements published by Microsoft.

Windows 11 Requirements

Anytime we install software, the big question is whether your PC has sufficient resources to support running it. The basic resource requirements usually relate to RAM, the main processor, storage space and the graphics processor. For Windows 11, the shortlist of requirements is:

Two built-in apps can help you check your PC to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements for upgrading to Windows 11. Here’s how to use them:

In addition to the above basic hardware requirements, you'll need an internet connection and a display screen of at least nine inches (diagonally). The display resolution must be 720p or greater. To check yours:

Finally, check to see if your CPU has a security feature called a cryptographic key. A cryptographic key is a unique code generated by a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). When you boot up your computer, if everything is secure, the key is not engaged. However, if a hacker has breached your device and attempted to compromise your encrypted drive, the cryptographic key will lock your drive from booting up. A newer device probably has already been armed with a TPM. To check:

Unfortunately, most small to midsized businesses have neither the time nor the expertise to analyze system requirements on their own. Tasks such as upgrading to a new operating system can be daunting. However, enlisting professional IT Consulting services will help you determine your system upgrade requirements. The IT experts can also install the new OS while ensuring you are maintaining compatibility, security protections and protocols to safeguard your hard-earned data systemwide.

IT Maintenance

IT Maintenance has become a 24/7 operation for many small to midsized businesses. Computers and all your devices must be regularly monitored and maintained. Established security protocols and defenses must also be in place.

With the expanded use of remote and work-from-home employees, having a team of IT experts to support your systems is essential for the smooth operation of your business. An IT support team can train your staff, update your software, inspect and monitor your hardware and provide iron-clad cyber security for all your devices and networks. GEEK-AID® Computer and Network Support specializes in customized Managed IT Services for small to midsized businesses. GEEK-AID®'s team of experts is comprised of top specialists in different areas of IT services, serving clients onsite and remotely for Macs, PCs and all your connected devices. When your system is down, they will perform onsite computer repairs. And the GEEK-AID® team doesn't clock out at five o'clock on Friday. They are available to you 24/7, remotely or in-person, to ensure your computers, network and data stay healthy and secure. As your business grows, expands its network and adds more devices such as smart controls, smart devices, wireless access and remote access, your network's cybercrime vulnerability and need for cyber security will grow, too. In addition to maintaining the hardware, software and security, employee training and regular IT support must be ongoing. New users and new devices will require additional training to use those devices efficiently. Hardware and software installation and maintenance, repair, cyber security and network protection are all related and must be consistent and proactive.

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