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Microsoft Windows 11 is finally here

Microsoft Windows 11

Microsoft finally made it official

Windows 11 is finally here. That being said it may not be until mid to late 2022 until everyone gets the new operation system installed on their computers.

The new operating system will be offered to “new eligible devices” first, according to the latest press release. Although Microsoft did not specify how new the computer must be to be able to receive the operating system. It is very likely that we will see OEM PCs preinstalled with Windows 11 available for sale in stores this October. However the older Windows 10 will probably still be an option at the time of purchase just like Windows 7 was, when windows 10 became available in 2015.

Next in line to get the New Windows 11, will be the devices currently in-use. Over the last decades the tech Giant has developed updates and upgrades for millions of systems. The prediction mechanism used by Microsoft will most likely favor the newer devices over older ones. Devices with newer component like CPU’s and Graphics processor will probably be chosen for the upgrade over older systems.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 64-bit Processor, 1GHz or faster with 2 cores
  • 4 gigabits of Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 64 GB or larger storage capacity
  • UEFI, secure boot capable
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here to enable it on your system if possible.
  • Compatible graphics card with DirectX 12 or later with WDDW 2.0 driver
  • High Definition (720p) display lager then 9 inch diagonally with at least 8bit per color Channel.
  • Windows 11 home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account to take full advantage of the newest features and security updates.

But what if you don’t like Windows 11?

If you choose to install it as soon as it is available, you can try it and them go back if you are not happy with it.  Microsoft gives you 10 days before making a final decision, just like when Microsoft launched Windows 10 a few years back. You can revert the upgrade by going to the “setting App” then click on “Update and Security” and select the appropriate option. Unfortunately after the 10 day trial, it will be more complicated to restore your Windows 10.

Things to consider before the upgrade

Microsoft recommend to use the Media creation tool to download and reinstall your previous operating system. Of course before attempting to upgrade or restore your computer, a full system backup should be performed in case something goes wrong with the upgrade. As an alternative solution, you can also use Windows 10 system image to create a snapshot of your current configuration, in case you need to restore it in the future.

If you are not experienced with the media creation tool and reinstalling windows, there is a good chance you will lose all your files in the process. Having a current backup of your files is absolutely essential, before attempting to do anything. Since there is no set end date for the free upgrade to Windows 11, my advice would be to wait a few month. During that time most bugs will be resolved before attempting the upgrade.

One thing to keep in mind

after October 14 2025, Windows 10 will not be supported anymore. After that date, Microsoft won’t release any more fixes and security patches for this operating system. Even thou your computer will still run on Windows 10, you will become more vulnerable to viruses and cyber-attacks.
At this time you might not be forced to upgrade, but at some point you probably should.

 

 

 

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