For any operating system, updates are a crucial feature that helps to keep your computer or device running smoothly and securely. When the operating system itself is upgraded, requirements to run it often change too.
Older hardware can struggle to run newer software, causing frustration, crashing and lockups. It’s for this reason that Microsoft, like many other software developers, issues a minimum set of system requirements – to ensure that everyone’s experience running the software meets a minimum standard.
Windows 11 is no exception. Microsoft has a tool called PC Health Check which not only gives you an overview of the age and status of your pc, but will also check to see if it can run Windows 11.
If you are looking to upgrade your own PC, you can download and run the tool yourself from the Microsoft website by clicking here. If you’re using a managed system, or want to check if your managed systems are ready to upgrade, you should contact your IT support provider and have them check – or get in touch with us!
While most of the requirements are typical for software (storage space, processing power, memory) a couple of the new requirements are rather strict – and it’s for security reasons. The major issue many people are facing is that Windows 11 requires a TPM chip (Also known as a TPM Module) with support for TPM 2.0.
You can easily be forgiven for not knowing what on earth a TPM is! TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module – in short, it is a self-contained secure processor with its own encryption key unique to it. The chip interacts with the hardware installed on your device to make sure it is secure, and only then will the computer start. Having one can help protect you from firmware and ransomware attacks. It can also help with things like Windows Hello secure logon and with BitLocker drive encryption.
Many newer and prebuilt systems will have a either a CPU with an inbuilt TPM module or a separate TPM module that supports TPM 2.0 – if not, they can be purchased and installed by a professional, and are relatively inexpensive. TPM 2.0 is a standard that was released in 2014, and supersedes the earlier TPM 1.2 (which is not supported by Windows 11.)
If your system is older, you may run into a few problems – many older processors (2014 and older) cannot “talk” to a TPM 2.0 module, as they do not have the instructions on how to do so.
This, in a roundabout way, means that those with some older processors are therefore excluded from upgrading to Windows 11.
If your system can’t be upgraded to Windows 11, there are some steps you can take to remedy this. If it is simply the lack of a TPM module, or it is disabled on your device, this can be fixed by adding or enabling it.
If your processor cannot support a TPM 2.0 module, then you will need to upgrade your system or purchase a new one before you can run Windows 11.
Microsoft are offering support for Windows 10 until 2025, so there isn’t any huge rush to upgrade if doing so would mean an unaffordable financial outlay for you or your organisation at present. However, we would recommend that you look into upgrading well before the support end date for Windows 10, to ensure that your systems can be transferred over completely and set up properly before official support for Windows 10 ends.
None of this make sense to you? Don’t worry! At Geek-Guru, we realise that not everyone is a Geek like us! If you need assistance or some advice, feel free to give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do to help you out – we can do all the technical checks and upgrades for you! That’s what we’re here for.
Even if you’re more technically-minded like us, if you need any support or assistance in purchasing or upgrading, or moving over to a new system, again, drop us a message and we’ll see what we can do to help you out.