Windows 11 arrives on October 5, 2021. Unlike the big Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft isn’t encouraging everyone to upgrade this time. In fact, Microsoft is recommending many PC owners not upgrade. Here’s what you need to know.

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for PCs running Windows 10, just as Windows 10 was a free upgrade for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.

However, this time, Windows 11 isn’t designed for all those PCs. Windows 11 officially supports only very recent hardware: Windows 11 only supports certain relatively recent CPUs.  Specifically, PCs with Intel processors must have an Intel 8th generation or newer processor.  AMD PCs must be running at least AMD Zen 2.  To read more about the Windows 11 minimum requirements, click HERE.

Also, many specialized software packages may not run on Windows 11 which will definitely cause you a problem if you install it before you research those.  Many of my clients are receiving emails from the software vendors to let them know what their position is on Windows 11 and whether their software will work on that OS.

If you’d like to discuss this further, please let me know.  Windows 10 is working just fine & is supported until October of 2025 – there is no rush to upgrade quickly.  I would say waiting is a good plan.

Have a wonderful week.

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