Windows 11 Is Coming

By Martin Jansen, Owner of Jansen-PCINFO

Maybe to a computer near you.  I write maybe, because as I have written before, Windows 11 has certain hardware requirements before the operating system can be run.  The complete list of requirements are listed by Microsoft here.  To meet these requirements one must have a modern computer at least in the 8th generation of Intel processors which came out around 2017.  7th generation computers or earlier will likely not be able to run Windows 11 and maybe stuck at Windows 10.  That is, until Microsoft decides to not support Windows 10, which they have done in the past with previous OS versions.

The marketplace will decide whether Windows 11 is a success or not.  If adoption is slow enough, Microsoft may decide to drop some of these requirements, especially TPM 2.0, which many older computers do not have.  We’ll see.

As for me and my family, we are quite happy with the alternatives to Windows.  Linux Mint and Ubuntu based OSes have been joys to work with over the past 5 years.  Android on tablet and phones. ChromeOS is also a viable alternative to the Windows weary.  And, of course, Apple has their own line of computers and tablets that are great if you have enough money.  Among these alternatives, only Linux will not force you to upgrade.