Windows 11 is coming out later this year! Is your PC ready? If you bought it prior to October 2014, you're out of luck.
Below are the minimum requirements for Windows 11:
• Processor: 1 GHz or faster with two or more cores. (No problem)
• RAM: at least 4 GB (Already there)
• Storage: at least 64 GB of available storage (Easy)
• Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver (Upgradeable if needed)
• Display: High definition (720p) display, 9" or greater monitor, 8 bits per color channel (Small monitors need not apply)
• Security: TPM Version 2.0, UEFI firmware, Secure Boot capable (Ouch!)
If you already run Windows 10, your local computer tech can probably upgrade or create a work around if needed with one exception: TPM Version 2.0.
TPM or Trusted Platform Module is a security feature that is on either the motherboard or embedded in the processor. It protects you from malware during the boot process. Problem is that it wasn’t released until October 2014 and is rarely possible to upgrade. Any PC built prior to that will not Windows 11.
Furthermore, even if your PC was manufactured after October 2014, there is a chance that TPM is available but inactive. The setting is in the BIOS and changing it differs from PC to PC. You can get in trouble changing settings in the BIOS, so if you don’t know how, it’s best to leave it to your local computer guy.
Here’s how to check on your TPM version. Press the Windows key and the R key simultaneously. This will pop up the Run window. Next to the word “open” there is a place to type. Clear anything in that box and type “tpm.msc”. This will pop up a window with the information you need.
If you’re compatible, the Status section of the middle column will read “The TPM is ready for use”. After that check the section below it. Under the TPM Manufacturer Information section. Look for “Specification Version: 2.0”.
If that checks out, you are good to go. If it says anything else and it is newer than October 2014, call your local computer guy. Otherwise, enjoy Windows 10. It will be supported until at least 2025.
Feel free to post any questions below.