Expert Answers to Windows 11 Frequently Asked Questions
Since Microsoft announced the release of Windows 11, people have had questions about it. The new OS is nearly here, and before it arrives, our team at Parkway tech would like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What is Windows 11?
Windows 11 is a new OS developed from the latest edition of Microsoft Windows. It is an upgrade of Windows 10, and its release comes six years later after the release of Windows 10. Microsoft had not released another version because it constantly updated the previous version.
Wasn’t Windows 10 the last edition of Windows?
Technically, many people thought Windows 10 to be the last major version of the Windows OS. However, this has different interpretations in different quarters. Although Windows 10 has some characteristics that make it the “Perfect 10,” a lot has changed over the years.
Windows engineering and leadership have changed, and so has the market. For example, when the pandemic came, many organizations needed the capabilities of an OS that would help them collaborate, given the remote nature of work that followed.
Besides, they also needed a platform that would ease communication, workflow management, pleasure, and education, all while reminding them of the relevance of their popular desktop operating system.
Microsoft’s motivation to create the next version of Windows was to create a familiar PC where users can connect in all-new ways while accomplishing many business-related tasks.
What is new in Windows 11?
While the platform comes with a few notable changes in the interface and menu, there is no massive change compared to the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8. We feel that the new interface will reasonably be friendly and intuitive for most users to pick up.
Another new feature is the added integration with Microsoft 365 products like Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. The manufacturer also added some new enhancements to the way laptops handle monitor configurations and docking, which are all welcome developments.
Windows 11 also has more power and security features than Windows 10, and they come with a refreshed and redesigned look. You will enjoy using new tools, apps, and sounds, which have been installed with a lot of consideration to the details. Microsoft promises to roll out several additional features in the coming months.
Can I upgrade to Windows 11 for free?
Yes, upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be free. However, ISP fees may apply for downloads that happen over metered connections due to the download size.
What are the requirements for upgrading to Windows 11?
Microsoft outlines the essential requirement to run Windows 11 as:
- 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage space
- 64-bit processor
- UEFI secure boot
- TPM 2.0
Why is TPM 2.0 required for Windows 11?
TPM refers to Trusted Platform Module and is a hardware encryption chip that plays a critical role in protecting your private credentials, passwords, sensitive information, and encryption keys.
Microsoft is committed to safeguarding your essentials and private keys from hackers, given the increased risk of attacks on PC motherboards. A TPM is built-in into the motherhood or added manually to the CPU.
If I buy a new computer now, will it be possible to install Windows 11 later?
Most of the PCs currently on the market will be easy to upgrade to Windows 11. In addition, computers that are three years old or less should support Windows 11. However, for this to happen, the PC must meet the hardware requirements and specifications. Microsoft is still finalizing the rollout plan, but the scheduled period is from late 2021 to 2022.
Will there be different versions of Windows 11?
Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro come across as different editions of Windows 10. There is a high likelihood that we will see different versions of Windows 11 like Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro. The company will also release a version of Windows 11 as Windows 10 S, which will be known as Windows 11 Home in S Mode.
Will Upgrading to Windows 11 delete previous data
No, upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will not make you lose any data. All in-app activities, files, and activation keys will remain intact. Installing Windows 11 is closely similar to installing an update, and it ensures your data remains safe. However, it would help if you were on the lookout for unexpected behavior, since the OS is still in beta and undergoing testing. Therefore, ensure you create a backup before upgrading to Windows 11.
Can I go back to Windows 10 if I don’t like Windows 11?
Yes. Microsoft makes it possible for users to revert to Windows 10 if Windows 11 does not meet their expectations. You can move back with all your programs and files. However, the catch is that you must make the change with ten days of installing Windows 11.
After ten days, you will have to use the manual process to reinstall Windows 10. You will also have to back up your data manually because a manual installation deletes everything from your PC.
Can I continue using Windows 10?
Microsoft will continue providing support for Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, so yes, you can keep using it.
How can I check if my computer is compatible with Windows 11?
- Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/windows-11
- Scroll down to “Check for Compatibility”
- Click on “Download App”
- This will download the “Windows PC Health Check” software
- Click on the setup that downloads on your screen to start the installation
- Follow the instructions that follow to finish the installation
- Click on “Open Windows PC Health Check”
- Click “Finish”
- Click “Check Now,” which appears under the Windows 11 banner
- This prompts a scan of your hardware to determine if your machine is compatible with Windows 11.
At Parkway Tech, clients ask us questions about Windows 11 because they trust us as their go-to business IT partner and expert. If you have more questions, we are here to help. We know that all this can be too much for you to process all at once. Besides, we provide the support you need in upgrading your machines from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
We will help you perform a health check to ascertain that your machines are ready for the move and help you with the migration. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for this and all your Microsoft business needs.
Written by Chris Michalec posted on October 24, 2021
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