The what, why, when, and how of Windows 11 – Updated 2022

Microsoft Windows 10 brief history

Over six years ago, Microsoft released Windows 10, bringing a major redesign. Increased security, a built-in digital assistant, and a universal platform made it easier to run apps on phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs on the same platform.

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 was the last version of Windows and is updated every six months (along with monthly bug fixes) with updated features. Windows 10 has seen 11 “feature upgrades” since then, which have incrementally improved and introduced bugs.

The most recent version of Windows is called Windows 11.

Microsoft announced Windows 11 on June 24th 2021, then released Microsoft Windows 11 on 5 October 2021 in an unexpected move (if I said this in person, it would be dripping with sarcasm).

Minimum requirements:

In comparison with Windows 10, the new PC requirements include the addition of a TPM 2.0 module and a relatively new processor (mid-2017).

Introducing new security baselines for any machine is a requirement of Windows 11. In the tech community, this has caused an uproar due to the unexpected new costs and labour.

What has changed?

  • Windows 10 brings together its older parts with a new, sleeker, rounded interface
  • Integrates with Android apps
  • Widgets
  • Better integration with Microsoft Teams
  • Improved virtual desktops
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Does my PC need to be replaced?

Currently, it’s difficult to tell whether you will need a replacement or new PC (or some of your old PC replaced with newer parts) to upgrade to Windows 11. 

Despite reversing somewhat on their initial stance, Microsoft now allows beta-testers to use older hardware on desktop computers to test Windows 11, but warns that these systems will not qualify when the product is released. 

Consequently, it’s uncertain whether Microsoft will relax any of these requirements further, or perhaps even change them from “requirements” to “suggestions”.

We anticipate that most of our customers will need to bring their devices into our stores in order to upgrade to Windows 11. 

This is nothing new, and was the same process we used to upgrade customers’ devices to Windows 10. 

There may be times when some of our customers need to have their computer parts updated, and in some cases these parts must be completely replaced. 

If you bought a recently-purchased device from us in the last two years, it is likely to be eligible for an upgrade without physical intervention. However, we may have to examine it.

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