On October 5, 2021, the new Microsoft operating system was launched on Windows devices: the update to Windows 11. Its official version is now available and completely free of charge.
This news is well received, as long as installing Windows improves our device. Before that, we must consider if we meet the required requirements.
In the following article, from wpkraken we will show you the steps and requirements necessary to run Windows 11 successfully.
Do you want to find out? Keep reading!
What are the minimum requirements needed?
Before deciding whether or not to update to this new version of Windows, we must know the requirements that we need to proceed.
Of course, you must have a Microsoft account since, in this new version, it is no longer allowed to have a local account, like its little brother.
Regardless, the most important thing is that your computer meets the minimum required technical requirements. Some specifications have changed concerning Windows 10; between them:
- Your screen must be a minimum of 9 inches with 8 bits per colour channel and 720p high definition.
- Have a processor with two or more cores of 1 GHz or more—a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).
- Minimum of 4 GB of RAM.
- Your graphics card must support DirectX 12 or higher.
- Minimum of 64 GB of hard drive space.
- It would help if you had a computer with UEFI that supports Secure Boot—not supported by BIOS.
- Must be TPM 2.0 compliant. It is the most demanding requirement to achieve.
If you meet all this, go ahead! Let’s update our computers!
What’s new in Windows 11?
Once we know that we comply with what Windows asks us to update, we must understand what will change in our computer.
We will detect many modifications from the aesthetic point of view, but we also benefit from many new features in its background. Next, we briefly summarize what functionalities this update incorporates.
- Windows explorer will change its aesthetic to cleaner and less dense.
- The design, in general, will be more consistent, favouring the system’s performance.
- The start menu is now in the centre of the taskbar. It also changes the start menu with a cleaner design.
- The application store, Microsoft Store, will be improved, and Android Apps will soon be part of this market. More powerful Apps have been added, thanks partly to the fact that from now on, it will not charge developers commissions for bringing their applications to the store. We must remember that some classic Apps will not be installed by default.
- Virtual desktops will allow for more customization. For example, manually switching applications from one to another, putting a different wallpaper on each one, etc.
- More options are added to the split screen, such as dividing it into three or four parts.
Icons are renewed, the edges become rounded, and we find new default fonts.
- In addition, we highlight the reduction of video game load times with Direct Storage and the improvement of HDR with Auto HDR.
Concentration sessions can be configured in the Alarms application, where warnings or notifications will not be issued to avoid distractions.
What should I do before installing Windows 11?
Ok, you have already been convinced by the new version, and now you want to install it, but is there anything I need to do before proceeding? The answer is: it depends. You may or may not want to rescue files, although we always recommend you make backup copies.
If you want to keep your photos, videos, music, documents and other important files, you can transfer them to an external hard drive or flash drive or upload them to the cloud either on Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive…
We must also have Windows 10 installed with an original license and the latest version.