Posted by Paul @ NeoComputers on 26th Jun 2021

It's Upgrade Time...Or is it?

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement it is likely that everyone who had been watching were all thinking the same thing...Will my PC support Windows 11!? We have seen multiple posts from users who are worried their new system will not support Windows 11, getting an error message in the Windows 11 checker tool that their system is not compatible. Well we are here to try and help ease some of the worries and frustrations felt around the globe yesterday as we walk you through the system requirements for Windows 11.

First off Windows 11 will be a free upgrade to anyone already running Windows 10, also don't forget Windows 10 is supported until at least 2025 so even if you can't upgrade to Windows 11 you can still use Windows 10 for now. As for minimum requirements to run Windows 11 this is where things may become a little bit more of an issue. Like Windows 10 the processor requirement isn't much of an issue for most people, it requires at least a dual core 64bit processor at 1GHz or higher which most computers and laptops made in the last 15 years will have. Next up system memory 4GB, which is pretty commonplace in most modern machines anyway although officially Windows 10 requirements were 2GB for a 64bit OS, I can see a small percentage of people having an issue here with older machines. Graphics now and as long as your graphics chip can support direct X 12 you will be fine again we can potentially see some older machines having an issue here, if you are running an older PC you may need an upgrade here. Storage I feel sorry for those people who have recently bough cheap laptops, notebooks or cloud books that have a 32GB eMMC storage chip unfortunately it seems that Windows 11 will require at least 64GB of space to install the OS and it can be expensive to upgrade the storage in these low end devices. Although I think the major requirement is what most people will have issue with for Windows 11, the new OS requires that your PC or Laptop is running on UEFI BIOS, has secure boot enabled AND has either a hardware or firmware Trusted Platform Module version 2.0.

This is going to rule out a lot of older systems due to the older Legacy BIOS and if this is the case generally speaking it is more cost effective to buy a whole new system rather than upgrade the old system, that is, if your old system can be upgraded. Some OEM machines like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc use proprietary hardware which cannot be swapped out for new hardware.

Let's get back to all of these modern machines that the Windows 11 checker tool claims are not compatible, unfortunately, the checker tool does not tell you why your system is incompatible but you can check for potential issues in the system information windows on your PC. Just click on your start icon and type system information and open the application, in here you can check for things such as BIOS version is it Legacy or UEFI? You can check the status of your Trusted Platform Module and your other hardware. We experienced this exact issue on one of our systems the checker reported that the PC, a relatively new system with about 1 year old hardware in most cases was not compatible. It turns out that all we needed to do was to enable our firmware level Trusted Platform Module in the BIOS.

To enable the firmware level TPM you need to first enter your UEFI BIOS, to do this whilst you are inside of windows hold the shift key and press restart from the start menu, you should have some troubleshooting options now, select restart to UEFI or Restart to adjust firmware settings. Once your system restarts you should now be in the BIOS program, depending on what processor you have will now dictate what option you are looking for here. For Intel you are looking for a setting called Intel PTT and for AMD this is called AMD fTPM this option is usually found in a Security option or tab.

Once this is enabled hit save and exit, this will restart the PC with the new options selected and once back into Windows as long as all of your other hardware meets the requirements you should now be Windows 11 Ready!

We have heard there may be some work arounds for this for some hardware that does not have a TPM version 2.0 but as for UEFI unfortunately there is no way to run this OS with a Legacy only BIOS.

Will you need to upgrade? Do you feel that Microsoft is forcing you to upgrade just to run their latest Operating System? Let us know your thoughts below.