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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Windows 11 Release Rumored for October

June 29, 2021

The rumors are flying around that we may see an official release of Windows 11 in October. The Verge has a post suggesting that Microsoft’s official marketing material indicates October 20, 2021 as the release date. Even though it looks like we will see Windows 11 this year, can you take advantage of the free upgrade? In other words, will your current computer run Windows 11?

Reports so far indicate that Windows 11 will only run on 8th Gen and newer Intel Core processors, alongside Apollo Lake and newer Pentium and Celeron processors. Another consideration is the requirement for a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip. Lifehacker has more details, but you probably don’t have a TPM if you are using a consumer grade computer. You may not even have a TPM if you use a business grade machine. TechRepublic published the minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device.
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
  • Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics/WDDM 2.x.
  • Display: Greater than 9 inches with HD Resolution (720p).
  • Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup of Windows 11 Home.

I would guess that many users will need to replace their computers in order to run Windows 11. Then again, Windows 10 will be supported for many years so there’s no rush to upgrade.

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