Microsoft announced Windows 11 as the next operating system upgrade and has already released a preview version through the Insider program. The original plan of Microsoft’s is as follows;
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64 bits processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 4 gigabyte (GB)
Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: version 2.0
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel
The above TPM (Trusted Platform Modules) 2.0 requirement means that many PCs cannot upgrade to Windows 11.
The PC Health Check program released to ensure free upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 11 compatibility by Microsoft has already been deleted from the Microsoft page. It appears Microsoft is planning to support only Intel CPU 8th Generation onwards (in the case of AMD Ryzen 9 onwards). This announcement has spread chaos to many PC users who will miss out on the Windows 11 upgrade. If this is true, millions of PCs will not meet the minimum requirements for the Windows 11 release. If you take a look at the Windows 11 Intel CPU compatibility list by Microsoft (Listing Core i3, i5 and i7 only) as below, the entire Intel CPU will miss out on Windows 11 if it was released prior to 2018..
Windows 11 Intel CPU compatibility list by Microsoft (Only Core i3, i5 and i7 listed here)
I do not have any of the above CPUs installed on my PC. I tested the Insider edition of Windows 11 on my HP laptop which has TMP 2.0 but the CPU is Core i7 6th Generation (Skylake). Microsoft intentionally lowered the bar on CPU requirements for the Insider edition so that more geniea pig PC users can test the Windows 11. Interestingly, after installing the Windows 11 Insider edition, I can turn off Secure Boot and the PC still runs Windows 11.
My impression of Windows 11? It’s actually Windows 10 with some heavy cosmetic make up, that’s it. Start up failures for no obvious reason have never been fixed. Windows 11 digital licenses use the same generic key for Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. So disappointed.
At this point I start wondering why Microsoft changed their mind they once said Windows 10 is the Last OS.
I strongly suspect this is due to a race with Apple for a very clever marketing technique. Apple controls the hardware and software. Now, every year they release a new macOS that cuts out older generations of Mac computers a bit by forcing users to purchase a new Mac computer if they would like to run the new macOS. Very much like forcing users to upgrade their iPhones.
Which Macs can run macOS 12 ? (Monterey – due to be released in the latter part of 2021)
12-inch MacBook (early 2016 and later)
MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
iMac (late 2015 and later)
iMac Pro (2017 and later)
Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
Every time Apple releases a new macOS, the company usually cuts off one year of the build of the Mac computer to run the new MacOS. Mac users are unfortunately trained for this outcome and forced to purchase a new Mac computer if the user would like to run the new macOS (while a year old Mac computer from the list is perfectly capable of running the new macOS). But unlike Microsoft, Apple spells out quite clearly which of its Macs can run the new macOS. Apple is also very much security conscious and the introduction of the T1 and T2 chip enhanced the security of Mac computers in much the same way as the Apple Way.
So, what other testers say about coming Windows 11?
I agree with the author’s comments below:
“Microsoft is essentially creating additional demand for new PCs when supply is already short, which will likely drive prices up. That’s an additional burden for anyone trying to make a PC last as long as possible right now. The timing is completely wrong to force hardware purchases, and frankly, Microsoft should know better. If it can’t get the hardware together to manufacture enough Xboxes to keep them in stock, it shouldn’t expect Dell, HP, or any other company dependent on the same supply to fare better.”
Windows 11 is also a big headache for companies with a main server and client PC running under Windows 10. Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 support period ends on 14/10/25. As far as I can see, there is not much merit to investing in replacing clients’ PCs compliant with Windows 11. I would say it’s a big waste of money.
So, what happens with Windows 10?
Microsoft still releases Windows 10 updates by the looks of it.
Is your favorite PC capable of keepint up with Windows 10 updates?
There are many articles you can find on the net to say there is no problem installing the current Windows 10 21H1 update on old PCs (please refer to the following).
But there is a catch.
As far as I can tell, I tested the latest update the 21H1 version, and many old PCs will not be able to install this update for whatever reason. Windows update stops at 20H2 and when I was forced to update the version from 20H2 to 21H1 (using the DVD base Windows 10 21H1 full installation disk), it failed at the last moment and undoing the change made and reverted back to version 20H2. It just happened with many of my clients’ old PCs (either Desktop or Laptop). This most likely means Microsoft cutting off older Windows based PCs that are getting new feature updates.
Conclusion: I do not expect much out of Windows 11 as;
1. Start up failure leads to corruption of system files never been fixed.
2. You are just aksing for troubles if you enable Microsoft Account login + scure boot + TPM 2.0 encryption + bitlocker encryption on your PC (many PC users do not know what they are doing). It so happens when CRC error occurs on bitlocker encrypted drive, you cannot get into the drive to recover any file even if you supply correct bitlocker key. You cannot even format the drive as the drive is read only and protected. If your PC has onboard storage – your PC is totally gone.
3. I hate to say Microsoft Way is worse than Apple Way for forcing millions of users trapped in the coming chaos where there are so many variations of PCs floating around the market and what some users say “OK” may not apply to your favorite PC.
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