The Windows PC Health Check program for determining whether you can run the Windows 11 upgrade was probably somewhat literal. In response to a considerable criticism from users using five-year-old or older PCs, Microsoft admitted this error.
- Intel processors are 8th generation or later, including Atom, Celeron, Pentium, and Xeon. Everything is dependent on whether or not the processor supports Trusted Platform Module TPM 2.0.
- AMD returns to its Athlon 3 series, EPYC 7 series, Ryzen 3/5/7/9 series, and Threadripper.
- SD7c and later are supported by Qualcomm.
Microsoft did state that future support for older processors will be contingent on its capabilities, which include a current minimum of 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, UEFI bios, TPM 2.0, Direct X12, and 8-bit color.
We can only speculate, but that sounds suspiciously similar to Apple, which only supports macOS on three Macs. To be fair to Apple, it does provide more prolonged support in practice - it simply does not promise that older Macs will run subsequent versions.
Upgrading older Desktop or Laptops
Why is it so difficult for Microsoft to provide Windows 11 upgrade certainty to users of older PCs? Because it was being cautious, and PC Health Check was not particularly informative. As a result, it transmitted the wrong message.
WhyNotWin11 (WhyNotWin11 x86.exe) from GitHub can tell you if your PC/laptop satisfies Windows 11 criteria. Allow it if Windows Smart Screen or your antivirus program prevents it. Put it on a USB stick and try it on all of your PCs — it runs directly from the USB - no installation required.
If you receive TPM or Secure Boot errors, check your BIOS to ensure they are enabled. Other faults may necessitate new drivers or a component upgrade, but at least you'll know what they are.
In contrast to Windows 10, which continues to support pre-2015 PCs and laptops, Microsoft will depreciate or delete specific Windows 11 services as older hardware becomes incapable of running them. It may still run Windows 11, but the lack of a presence detector, for example, means it cannot wake on a person's approach or vice versa. Similarly, if there is no touch screen, there will be no tablet mode.
Your PC is old metal – what does that mean?
Don't worry if you're currently using Windows 10 and unable to upgrade your PC. It will be supported via security patches and, ideally, any Windows 11 features that do not require modern hardware until at least October 2025. Your PC will continue to function after 2025, but there will be no new security fixes to secure it. So, no, you won't have to throw it away, but future apps may require more than Windows 10.
Would Microsoft trick us to install the update to Windows 11?
Seasoned readers may remember Microsoft utilizing some dubious methods to encourage customers to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. The main reason was that previous versions of Windows were unable to withstand the dangers of online viruses and malware.
Microsoft has been a bit heavy to encourage users to upgrade freely.
This time, the compulsion is not so strong. If you're using Windows 10, your hardware is probably far out of date and you can't get a free update for nearly a further 5 years. If you have suitable hardware, you would be foolish not to hop onboard the Windows 11 bandwagon. Or are you going to?
Why upgrade to Windows 11?
Have a look here at the new features. Windows 11 is a free and continuous hardware license. Most of my contemporary computers are appropriate and I want additional security against 2021+ problems for an operating system.
It features a superior multi- and multi-task monitor, which is vital to me as a rabid multiplier, who can concurrently chew on gum, stroll and whistle. I'm using tablets too, and the Windows 11 tablet mode is the right tablet mode - not an unexpected Windows 10 mash up.
I adore the notion of Amazon App Store Android applications, albeit they are.
Windows 11 will allow me to take use of my Samsung Galaxy Book 2 built on ARM. Lot more quickly - Windows 10 is quite sluggish. Updates may be much quicker. And I've got some Wi-Fi 6E gadgets I'd want to be speedier. I'll upgrade it for one purpose to get rid of Cortana. I sincerely hope that Google Assistant appears on Windows 11, despite Microsoft first welcomes Amazon Alexa and its Android app store.
Why stay on Windows 10?
You can't create a local 'anonymous' account from what we can see. You must thus check in through the internet to a Microsoft account. You may then install a local account after setup. We understand. Paranoia is a major stimulus for Windows 11 avoidance. Although Microsoft smells nicest of all Big Tech. It appears to be the most open OS with Android compatibility and multiple processor classes. And their business strategy does not rely on your data to be sold.
The new appearance and feel may not be like you. The new menu system was one of the biggest outputs from Windows 7/8 to 10. This time, it's a major change. If you are a Skype, Paint 3D, and Timeline user, you are an MIA from Windows 11 (they are in the app store if needed). Don't try upgrading if you have just 64GB of storage. You can install smoothly, but you require enough of free upgrading space.
New Windows 11 PCs will appear - no choice will be great. So, maybe from a very excellent Windows 10 PC you would want to live as much. The whole of Windows11, the wild and lawless Internet, covers connection – Teams (Collaboration), One Drive (Cloud), distant computing (Security and VPN).
Clean install versus Upgrade?
99% of upgrades are due to hardware, software and app problems.
Since Windows is agnostic brand, model, and hardware, the upgrade cannot know all. For example, for a Beta user, a popular third-party codec pack has been found to include the upgrade.
In 2015, I supported the Windows 10 upgrading process with hundreds of PCs. Clean ISO installation and Windows Update can solve any problems without fail. Windows 11, I anticipate no less. Much of it will be available until Windows 11 releases are available in hardware, software and applications.