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On June 24th, Microsoft announced Windows 11, it’s evolution of the Microsoft Windows operating system. While hard to believe, Windows 10 was released almost 6 years ago, on July 29th, 2015. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a release date, other than stating it will be “coming later this year”. 

A new version of Windows?! What does this mean for me? 

Windows 11 comes with a new design, new features, and new capabilities described on Microsoft’s website here

But, if you’re happy with Windows 10, or your system does not meet the expected requirements to upgrade (which we’ll get into below), that’s fine for now: although subject to change, Microsoft has stated they will continue supporting Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025. 

If you’d like to upgrade when Windows 11 becomes available, read on: 

Alright, what are the requirements? 

Microsoft has stated that this will be a free upgrade for all users running Windows 10, and the free upgrade will upgrade them to same edition of Windows 11.  Most PC’s purchased in the last 18-24 months will be compatible with Windows 11. 

Microsoft has said that Windows 11 will support computers containing the following

  • A supported 64-bit processor:
    • Most Intel Core i-series processors 8th Generation or newer (along with some Atom, Celeron, Pentium, and Xeon processors), 
    • Most AMD Ryzen processors 3rd Generation or newer (along with some EPYC and Athlon processors), 
    • Some Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. 
    • Click these links for the full list of supported IntelAMD, and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. 
  • At least 4GB of RAM 
  • At least 64GB of local available storage, with more required over time for updates and enabling certain features. 
  • A graphics system that supports DirectX 12 or later with a WDDM 2.0 driver, and a display capable of at least 720p, 9” or greater. 
  • The computer must support UEFI, Secure Boot, and have a Trusted Platform Module enabled and capable of supporting TPM 2.0. 
  • The computer must have internet connectivity to receive updates and enable certain features.
    In the case of Windows 11 Home, Internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account will be required to set up the device. 

Whoa, hold on…all those requirements are a bit complicated for me to understand, is there an easier way to check? 

Keep an eye out at the bottom of this page from Microsoft’s website, specifically in the “Check for compatibility” section, as we expect a tool to be released there when it’s ready. We’ll also update this article with information when it becomes available. 

NOTE: For SpireTech VIPSupport customers: Previous versions of the Microsoft PC Health Check app were reporting “Your organization manages updates on this PC / For info about getting Windows 11, contact your IT admin”. It is unclear whether a new tool released by Microsoft will display a similar message. If you have any questions, please contact us at (503) 222-3086, or via your other support channels. 

What is SpireTech going to do to help us upgrade? 

Generally, updates are included in our VIPSupport agreements, while upgrades are not.  Windows 11 is a version upgrade, and planning for and deploying these upgrades will likely be a billable project, along with mitigating any problems that occur as a result.   

Microsoft has not yet released specifics on the upgrade path, and while we’ll probably jump on this ourselves to learn the quirks and issues, we’ll be recommending that clients hold off for a while until the issues are known.  Usually drivers and software incompatibilities crop up.  We’ll need to know more before we can say for sure what the upgrade path looks like for our VIPSupport clients. 

Okay…I have questions. 

Contact us at (503) 222-3086, and we can help!