Windows 11: Will your computer be able to run it? What to know
Windows 11: Will your computer be able to run it? What to know
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Windows 11: Will your computer be able to run it? What to know

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Speaker 1: Microsoft has been very firm on windows, elevens hardware requirements. Let's take a look at what laptops and desktops will be able to run it. It's time to get ready for windows 11. As Microsoft recently announced that the new OS will start rolling out on October 5th. I'm here to break down all of the recently revealed hardware require, which could keep users locked out from upgrading older machines. But don't worry. There may be a way to upgrade to windows 11, even if your device isn't compatible so enough chit chat, these [00:00:30] are the minimum requirements needed to run windows 11. According to Microsoft, a processor running at one gig Herz or faster with two or more cores, a 64 bit processor or certain Qualcomm snap systems on a chip four gigabytes of Ram and 64 gigabytes are larger when it comes to your internal storage. Now you may look at these hardware requirements and think, yeah, most modern machines should be able to meet these requirements. Speaker 1: Right? Well, do I have news for you? Microsoft is also requiring two security settings called secure boot and [00:01:00] TPM 2.0, if you don't have these two things, you're not installing windows 10 easily secure boo is a feature in your computer software that controls which operating systems are allowed to be active. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the one hand, it can prevent malware from taking over your machine. But on the other hand, it might stop you from installing a second operating system. Meanwhile, TPM or did platform modules are small devices known as secure crypto processors. They've been mandatory on windows machine since 2016, and they're [00:01:30] a bit controversial because while they can prevent cyber attacks, they can also potentially allow outside parties to see when you make certain changes to your computer or could restrict the kinds of software. You can run windows 11 wants you to have both of security settings in place. Speaker 1: The reason why, well to keep your device more secure, at least according to Microsoft, but to make things simpler. Microsoft is going to rerelease its PC health checker app. Soon. This can tell you if your computer can run windows 11. And if not, it'll give you the reason why. And some potential workarounds. [00:02:00] These hardware requirements are definitely more than they were for windows 10. The reason being both performance and security, Microsoft did some testing and they found that devices that did not meet the minimum requirements had way more freezes and also way more blue screen of death crashes than those that did. If you're wondering what laptop models will run windows 11, a few popular ones include the Dell XPS 13 or newer, the HP specter X 360 14 or newer Villa, Lenovo ThinkPad, and the Samsung galaxy book pro along [00:02:30] with a bunch of others. Speaker 1: So then what do you do if you get the bad news that your computer is not compatible with windows 11, don't worry. There is a workaround, but it's not for everyone. Microsoft says that even on older devices, you may be able to manually download windows 11 through either the windows insider program or through Microsoft's media creation tool, which a lot of people use to upgrade to windows 10 for free. But if you do this, be warned that Microsoft will not support this version of windows 11. That means you won't get updates. You won't get security patches, and that could leave your computer vulnerable [00:03:00] to cyber attacks. So proceed with caution or just stick with windows 10, which Microsoft will keep supporting through 2025 windows 11 will start rolling out as a free update on October 5th, but don't expect to get it right away. New devices will come first and the rest will depend on your hardware and the age of your device. Microsoft doesn't expect to finish upgrading all eligible devices until mid 2022. So it could be a while before the upgrade comes your way. There's a chance we're gonna get more windows 11 compatibility news. Soon since Microsoft is holding an event [00:03:30] on September 22nd, where we're expecting to see some new service devices. And of course there's gonna be a ton of news tips and tricks coming once windows 11 actually launches. So make sure you subscribe to follow all of our windows 11 coverage here on CNET.

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