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Windows 11 – Your questions answered

Microsoft’s latest operating system is here. But before upgrading your current systems, read this first.

After six years, Microsoft has released it’s new operating system, Windows 11. With technology playing an important role in our lives and businesses, Microsoft’s answer to this growing demand for better technology at home and in business is Windows 11.

We’ve compiled a list of five frequently asked questions about Windows 11 and set about answering them.

1. What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11?

Windows 11 gets a major boost in performance, functionality and style compared to previous versions of Windows.

  • A new makeover: If you’ve used macOS before, you may see some similarities between Windows 11 and macOS. The taskbar is now centered, tightly rounded corners and new icons just to name a few.
  • New Teams integration: With hybrid working becoming normal, Microsoft integrated Teams into the operating system, making it easier for you to communicate with family, friends and colleagues.
  • Android apps on your PC (coming soon):  Microsoft has announced native support for Android apps within Windows 11. However, this feature will not be available until 2022.

2. What are the system requirements to run Windows 11?

To run Windows 11, you need:

  • At least a 1GHZ dual-core processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • At least 64 GB of storage
  • A graphics card compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver
  • 720p display, at least 9” diagonal size, with 8 bits per colour channel
  • TPM version 2.0
  • UEFI, Secure Boot capable firmware

Your processor also needs to be on the supported hardware list, which can be found here.

3. Does it come with Microsoft Office?

No, you will need a valid Microsoft Office license.

But if you have an existing Microsoft 365 subscription, then you are ok. You just need to install Office after upgrading to Windows 11.

Side note: support for older versions of Office, such as Office 2010, ended last year. So if you are still using an older version of Office, we suggest you upgrade to Microsoft 365.

4. How can I upgrade to Windows 11?

If you want to upgrade to Windows 11, you have nothing to worry about. Simply go to Windows Update section within Settings and click check for updates. If your PC is compatible with Windows 11, it’ll be available in the upgrade section. Click ‘download and install’, and then sit back and wait.

5. Do I really need to switch to Windows 11?

If your PC or laptop isn’t compatible, then you don’t have to upgrade, Windows 10 will be supported by Microsoft until 2025.

If on the other hand, your PC is compatible with Windows 11, the choice is yours. Some people like change, while others hate it. We personally love Windows 11.

If you need help understanding the pros and cons of switching to Windows 11, give us a call on 01543 889 444 or contact us here