As we get closer to the release of Windows 11, more and more details are starting to surface about the new operating system’s system requirements and limitations. How will your PC hold up? Will it be compatible with Windows 11 when it comes out later this year? Here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 11 system requirements, along with information on what Microsoft has in store for older devices that won’t be able to run it.
Is my PC compatible with Windows 11?
Not only is your hardware up to the task, but you’ll need at time to prepare in advance. You’ll need to be running on a PC with at least one GB of RAM and 16GB of free hard drive space. And your operating system can’t be any earlier than Vista or later than 10, plus it must have support for the coming Creators Update.
You also need a display capable of 1920×1080 (or 1080p) and DirectX 9 or later installed. These are just some of the basics that are going to ensure compatibility with Microsoft’s new offering. If you’ve met all these criteria, then congratulations – your computer should be compatible with Windows 11!
When is it available and how do I get it?
Windows 11 will be available on October 18th, 2019. This is the first time that Microsoft has gone with a two-step process for releasing a new OS (previously they were two years apart). The first step is to update your current version of Windows 10, with many of the major features found in Windows 11 already included.
It will become known as Windows 10 October 2019 Update. The second step is to upgrade from 10 to 11 and this will require installing the April 2020 Update found on your computer which includes many more features and patches. After these updates are done and installed, you’ll be running the new operating system!
Install updates at your own risk – be sure to back up important files before starting. Some users have reported difficulties after installing the April 2020 Update, so we recommend waiting until the majority of those issues have been fixed before updating. For any other questions or concerns about Windows 11 compatibility with your PC, feel free to contact us here or by phone at 800-555-1234.
Does this mean I need to buy a new computer now?
Windows 10 has been a nice update, but many people are hesitant to upgrade. As we inch closer to 2020, Microsoft has revealed the system requirements for their newest operating system Windows 11. This means that anyone with a computer from 1999 is going to need to upgrade or their computer will no longer be able to run the new operating system.
While this may be an annoyance for some of us, this is good news for the electronics industry which will have one more opportunity for a surge in sales just in time for Christmas! Plus, it’s not like this is going to cost any more than it would on Black Friday (which often includes deals!) so it should be worth your while! And if you’re worried about being able to afford a new computer now, don’t worry: there are always financing options available!
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Will my apps run on Windows 11?
For the most part, most apps are still compatible with Microsoft’s latest OS. However, some apps will be incompatible, but you can find new ones in the Windows Store. The app you want to install is not compatible with this version of the OS but I’ll continue to provide updates on this as more information becomes available. Microsoft has a compatibility app on their website that may help out as well.
The list of devices and hardware required for Windows 11: Intel 7th Generation Core Processor or AMD Ryzen 7 Processors; Memory: 8GB (8GB x 1) 2133MHz DDR4 SDRAM or higher; Hard Disk Space: 100GB for 64-bit systems, 20GB for 32-bit systems; Display Resolution: 1920×1080 minimum.
Can I upgrade from an older version of Windows?
To upgrade from an older version of Windows, you’ll need a PC that runs on one of the following operating systems: Windows 10 Home, Professional, Education, or Enterprise (versions 1507, 1511, 1607); a Macintosh running OS X 10.11 or later; a Microsoft Surface running the latest edition of its RTOS; or a Chromebook with built-in support for running Windows apps.
You’ll also need to back up your files and programs before upgrading so your work is not lost in the process. In addition, it’s important to note that if you’re still running Windows 7 SP1 or 8.1 Update 1, you will be eligible for the free upgrade offer until July 29th 2020. However, if you’re still using Windows XP SP3 or Vista SP2 then there’s no chance of upgrading as these versions are too old and no longer supported by Microsoft.
What features are new in this version of Windows, anyway?
Microsoft revealed its upcoming operating system, Windows 11, at a press event this week. If you’re wondering what new features are coming to the new OS, we’ve got you covered.
Starting with firstly, the user interface is being overhauled to make it more immersive and personalised. The updates also include inking features that make pen input more versatile and help users to get straight to the content they want to interact with – for example webpages can be annotated directly from an email notification or page.
Secondly, Microsoft showed off how games will be delivered through the Games tab – gamers will be able to easily download and launch games from a single place and share their progress automatically with friends in Xbox Live communities or games services like Steam on other devices.