25/10/2021

Windows 11 is Here – What’s New and Should you Upgrade?

As of the 5th October 2021, the latest version of Microsoft’s iconic operating system is here – and the rendition named 11th in line is hoping to bring the operating system up to date with modern trends and new technologies. You’ll find you need higher specs in order to install at all, while emphasis has been put into the streamlining of the system to compete with the MacOS cleanliness and ease of use.

At Treken we know all too well about the teething problems that can come with new operating systems, as users get their heads around rearranged menus as well as brand new hardware and software features. That’s why we’ve decided to talk you through everything you could need to make the transition as smoothly as possible.

System Requirements

With improved integrated features comes the inevitable need for a more powerful computer, with the processing power to run on a truly modern operating system.

Microsoft have released an updated version of their PC Health Check alongside the release of Windows 11, meaning you can check to make sure that your computer is compatible before committing to it. Just in case, here are the requirements for your computer to run Windows 11:

  • 4GB+ RAM
  • 1Ghz+ with 2+ cores on a 64bit processor
  • 64GB+ Available Storage
  • UEFI + secure boot capable
  • TPM2.0 security chip
  • Minimum 720p resolution

New features

The new operating system comes with a host of new features that increase compatibility with an increasingly mobile world, while improving on the aesthetics for a more pleasant browsing experience. Here are some of the new features on offer:

  • MacOS-esque interface, with a pleasing contoured design, rounded fixtures and pastel colouring that serves as a relaxing and ergonomic home for your PC’s operations.
  • Android App Integration, allowing Windows 11 to download and install apps from the Amazon Appstore, which is a reconfigured Microsoft Store.
  • Personalised widgets and Microsoft Teams directly integrated with the task bar.
  • Tablets will be able to run the OS, although not using a specific tablet version – the full operating system has simply been modified to provide compatibility with mobile devices, including more intuitive touch controls.
  • Increased security, via system requirements that enable protection such as device encryption and virtualisation.
  • Cortana, the PC assistant, will be included in this version – but she won’t be activated by default.

Upgrade or not to upgrade

The decision on whether to upgrade to Windows 11 is an entirely personal one, as while it has new features that will certainly improve the user experience, it is not a revolutionary departure from the previous system in Windows 10.

The increased system requirements will likely render quite a few people unable to upgrade simply because their computer is no longer advanced enough – while others will find they have an attachment to 10 as it is where they have worked for a long time, and would rather keep their old, streamlined processes.

There are two things that should make the decision easier, regardless of which side you stand on. Windows 10 will be maintained until 2025, so you’ve got at least three years before it becomes necessary to switch – but, if you have Windows 10, Microsoft are offering a free upgrade to Windows 11.

If your computer is powerful enough then this makes it very easy to upgrade.

Treken for Windows 11 related issues

At Treken we know ourselves that getting used to a new operating system is a tricky task that only gets easier over time. If you have any general queries about the operating system, or your computer has suffered with issues due to upgrading, why not give us a call to have a chat and discuss your unique requirements. Speak to a member of our friendly team on 01202 612333.