There has been quite a buzz around Windows 11 since it hit the market. With its slick new look and new features, there is a lot to learn and explore if you decide to make the switch. But first, it is important to understand if your device has the required specs for the upgrade.
6 things you must know before upgrading to Windows 11
To upgrade to Windows 11, there are a few things your device must have. These include:
An 8th generation Intel or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor (at the very least). If your computer was manufactured before 2017, you likely cannot upgrade
8GB or more of memory (RAM)
At least a 500GB SSD instead of a mechanical hard drive
Secure boot settings must be enabled
Internet access and a Microsoft account (free)
Trusted Platform Module of version 2.0 or newer
What are some of the positive features of Windows 11?
Windows 11 is a free upgrade (at least for now) if you have Windows 10 that is upgradeable. That is a big plus as you do not have to invest any money into upgrading.
Visually, Windows 11 has a different look from Windows 10. The biggest differences are the Start Menu and the Taskbar. In Windows 11, they are both centered. The Start Menu is more simplistic, getting rid of the tiles look. A few applications have been removed such as 3D Viewer, OneNote, Paint 3D, and Skype. However, you can still find these apps in the store. Microsoft provides a full list if you are concerned and what to learn more.
What should I be aware of with Windows 11?
The main thing you should be careful and pay close attention is your software/program compatibility with Windows 11. Software providers must adapt their software to run with Windows 11 which can take time on their end. Before you decide to upgrade, check to make sure your software is compatible and save yourself a huge headache.
Should I upgrade to Windows 11?
We recommend waiting before you decide to upgrade to Windows 11. Give Microsoft more time to work out any issues and let software providers catch up and optimize their programs to run smoothly with Windows 11.
If you would like to learn more about Windows 11 in comparison to Windows 10, check out this comparison on Microsoft’s website (click Windows 10 vs. 11 tab): Windows 10 vs Windows 11.