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Normally this time of year, I hear from clients asking if they should upgrade their computers or purchase a new one.

This year with Windows 11 being released in October, there are some extra things to keep in mind. Due to the upgraded hardware security requirements by Windows 11, your current computer may not meet the minimum requirements necessary to run Windows 11.

The published minimum requirements for Windows 11 are: (These are physical things you have to upgrade inside your computer that you cannot upgrade with software.)


  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM: Minimum 8 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel

If your computer was made in the past 3 – 4 years, it may also be compatible to upgrade to Windows 11. The main thing is the motherboard needs to have a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) built in or able to be physically added.

Later generations of Intel and AMD processors are also supported.


If you are not sure about what you have in the way of hardware or software, give us a call at 615-443-4842 and we are happy to help you work through what you need to do.Microsoft Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025. Installing solid state drives, replacing swollen (old) batteries in laptops, cleaning up systems will all help keep your current systems operational.

Microsoft is changing their menu to look a little more like Apple. But if you prefer to keep the Windows 10 layout, you have the option of keeping it.

Both Apple and Microsoft are trying to make the screen on all their devices look the same. For example, Microsoft is trying to make their desktop look more like an Android device. Apple is trying to make their desktop look more like their iPhone and iPad device screens. Their goal is to give users a better and more familiar experience across all their devices whether on their desktop, smartphone or tablet.

All the best and stay well,

Jim Nay
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