The first brand new version of Windows for six years will launch in the next few weeks – but a local IT expert is predicting many businesses round here will find it hugely confusing.

While Windows 11 is similar to the current Windows 10, it has strict hardware requirements.

And even newer computers won’t run it, unless they have a specific security feature switched on.

“One of the requirements of Windows 11 is that your computer has something called a Trusted Platform Model (TPM) chip,” explained IT expert Lee Hewson of Your IT Department.

“This is a special tamper-proof chip to generate, store and protect encryption keys. You’ll find one in most recent computers.

“But often it hasn’t been enabled by default. To switch it on, you have to dive deep into the security or boot sequence settings. In my experience, most people are very uncomfortable changing anything here, for fear of killing their computer.”

He added: “For businesses with lots of computers, checking which ones can be upgraded to Windows 11, and then checking the TPM chip in each is going to be a lot of work and hassle.

“Windows 11 looks beautiful and I’m sure it’s going to be a very popular operating system. I’m working closely with my clients now to help them prepare to upgrade, and I advise all local businesses to do the same”.

Windows 11 was announced by Microsoft back in June. It’s due to launch in October. Anyone currently using Windows 10 will be able to upgrade for free at some point over the next few months.

To work with Windows 11, PCs will need to have:

  • A 1GHz, 64-bit processor with two or more cores
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of hard drive storage
  • Plus the Trusted Platform Model (TPM) chip. TPM 2.0 is recommended, but not a necessity

For further information on Windows 11, including access to a list of approved processors please visit https://www.your-itdepartment.co.uk/knowledge-bank/windows-11-announced/