Windows 11 will be available as a free upgrade, but not everyone will be able to enjoy it. Unlike the switch to Windows 10 in 2015, the compatibility conditions are stricter this time.
To be able to take advantage of Windwos 11, you will need a PC including a 64-bit processor of 1 GHz or more with at least 2 cores, associated with at least 4 GB of RAM. It will also take a minimum storage space of 64 GB, a graphics card compatible with DirectX 12. But where it gets complicated is that it will also need an advanced secure platform module (TPM), version 2.0, present mainly on recent machines, marketed since 2016.
Software to check compatibility
To find out if your computer is compatible with the upgrade to Windows 11, simply go to the Windows 11 page of the Microsoft site and download the Windows PC Integrity Check application (“PC Health Check ”).
If the members of the Windows Insider program can benefit from a preview (not necessarily stable) since the beginning of the summer, the general public will have to be patient. The deployment of Windows 11 will indeed be gradual and should last until spring 2022. From October, new PCs running directly under Windows 11 will be marketed.
As a reminder, the main new features of Windows 11 are obvious since they are at the level of the interface, completely revised and more refined than ever. Microsoft is thus optimizing the “fluent design” on which the company has been working for years, notably with a brand new “Start” menu. Multitasking will also be encouraged, with the possibility of arranging the various applications on the screen according to several predefined layouts.
Basically, the main overhaul concerns the Windows Store. It now opens to Android applications that can run directly under Windows.