Microsoft released the replacement to Windows 10 back at the start of October, but do you need to be running it on your business machines yet?

Windows 11 has been designed to be much more secure than its predecessors and as such requires quite a high set of hardware requirements to run.  Where as its predecessor, Windows 10, would generally run on any computer that ran Windows 7 the same rule cannot be applied to Windows 11.

Generally speaking, unless you have a good rolling replacement programme within your business the hardware you are running will more than likely not support Windows 11.  That is unless it is three years old or newer, then you may find that it will be ok.

This is because Windows 11 needs something called a TPM (trusted platform module) version 2 chip to be running within your computer.  If you do not have this, or a processor (the brains of the computer) manufactured towards the end of 2018 or later then Windows 11 will be a non starter for you.

So it may sound like a lot of money will need to be invested to get Windows 11 running on your computers, so is it worth it?  Well that is quite a long and complex answer, but Windows 11 is much more secure than Windows 10, and will obviously be supported by Microsoft long after Windows 10 would have become “end of life”, currently set for 2025.

We generally recommend that adoption of new operating systems is stalled by businesses until Microsoft had released patches for all the bugs it finds after general release, this usually takes a few months.  You also need to consider the compatibility with any other software you may be running on your computers.  General software such as Office 365, Google Chrome etc. will run on Windows 11, but if you use any bespoke or industry software you mind find it takes longer for the software developers to get it to run smoothly on Windows 11, and you may even have to upgrade to a newer version.

One good point of note is that any new hardware you purchase to facilitate the upgrade to Windows 11 can be claimed under the Super Deduction Tax.

We have put together a brief guide to the new features of Windows 11 which can be found here: https://www.geekingitsimple.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/November-2021-A4-Guide.pdf