Can You Run Windows 11 and why would you want to?

We’ll start at the conclusion and then review the details.

Don’t buy a new PC for Windows 11 or the new Windows 11 operating system just yet.  We have a couple years before Microsoft will quit maintaining W10 so there is no rush.  As time passes and our needs grow into wants for specific W11 features and functions, we’d be happy to discuss the upgrade with you.  So far it is mostly W10 with a very different user interface but the same horsepower under the hood.

Windows 11 will be a free update for those running legitimate copies of Windows 10.  The “want to” will happen, Windows 11 will provide significant security features and enhancements.  Some characterize it as becoming more “Apple-like” in security capabilities.  And, you’ll be able to run (some) Android Apps in W11.

Microsoft is starting the roll-out with “nags” that show up during the update cycles for Window 10.  Please ignore/bypass them for now.

As far as which CPU chips can be expected to work, the street wisdom is that anything made before 2017 is probably out of luck.

Specific requirements that are already known and likely to stay are:

Secure Boot
At least 1 ghz CPU speed
64 bit capable CPU
TPM 2.0 is announced but TPM 1.2 may make the cut

Again, word on the street is that some requirements may be circumvented by editing the registry on less capable spec’d PCs but the spec’s may prevail in the actual launch version of Windows 11 or later updates so this is not recommended by ROC.