Many never thought there would be a Windows 11, after Microsoft announced in 2015 that Windows 10 would be the operating system’s last version number. New competition from Chrome OS likely made the case for a more significant interface update, and Windows 11 borrows heavily from Google’s lightweight desktop design.
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Despite its drastically new look, Windows 11 remains nearly functionally identical to Windows 10, with some new features and conveniences added in. After six years of ho-hum upgrades, a major overhaul to the world’s most popular desktop operating system is welcome news: Windows fans finally have something to get excited about.
Things we love about Windows 11
- Beautiful, more consistent new design
- Great window layout options
- Strong video gaming updates
- Performance-improving features
- Better multi-monitor functionality
- Planned support for Android apps
Things we don’t like about Windows 11
- Requires a recent CPU
- Some interface changes like the new Start menu and Taskbar may take getting used to
- Useful tools going away, like Timeline, tablet gestures, and Action Center
Important Requirements For Windows 11
Windows 11 launched on Oct. 5, 2021, as previously announced on the Windows Experience Blog. At first, the upgrade is coming to recent and new PCs, and then it will be offered free to Windows 10 systems on a rolling basis, based on validated hardware configurations. The rollout will be complete by mid-2022. Pricing hasn’t been announced for non-upgrades—that is, DIY PC builds, virtual machine installations, or non-Windows 10 computers.
I expect pricing for standalone licenses to remain as they were for Windows 10—$139.99 for Home and $199.99 for Pro editions—but there’s still no info from Microsoft on such an option, even after the Windows 11 launch.
Much has been made over the system requirements for Windows 11, but they’re very low—1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. A 64-bit processor will be required; there’s no longer a 32-bit version of the OS.
You’ll also need a computer with a TPM security chip and Secure Boot capability. Those are less of a problem than the internet is making them out to be, as they’ve been standard on most PCs for the last six or so years. The real limiter is the CPU model, which needs to be from about the last four years. Microsoft recently rereleased the tool that assesses your PC’s ability to run Windows 11, the PC Health Check app, and the company announced that more PCs will be able to upgrade to it.