Will Windows 11 run on your current Windows 10 computer?
The situation regarding whether or not Windows 11 will run on a computer that currently runs Windows10 keeps changing. – Hardly surprising given Microsoft’s almost autistic nature. Unfortunately, that situation will keep changing right up to the official release date on October 5, 2021. New computers that run Win11 and the roll out as an upgrade will begin on that date and end by mid-2022.
Note that there is no hurry to upgrade because Microsoft support for Windows 10 only ends on October 14, 2025.
Microsoft says that Win11 will be faster running on the same hardware as Win10
Microsoft says that Win11 will be faster running on the same hardware as Win10. So what given that Win10 using an M.2 NVMe SSD and just 8GB of RAM is so fast on Win10 that it throttles itself back automatically so as not to be too fast for comfortable use?
There will be different ways of doing things and new features, but the learning curve is unlikely to be any steeper than the change from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was. With a bit of exploration, I was able to use Win 10 immediately without any problems. As you can see in the image above, the taskbar is now in the centre of the screen. The Notification Area remains on the bottom right corner.
After the upgrade, all your files and programs remain where they were in Win10. Moreover, the upgrade won’t take longer than a few minutes via a fairly fast broadband connection, such as one running 20 megabits per second (Mbps) that most UK users have over a landline connection.
Will Windows 11 run on my current PC? – The situation thus far…
It is free to upgrade from Win 10 to Win11. Earlier versions of Windows do not qualify for an upgrade of any kind..However, note that the basic system requirements apply to a new Windows 11 installation. Any modern 1GHz 64-bit dual-core processor qualifies.
The minimum system specifications required if Windows 11 will run on a Win10 PC
The minimum specifications are:
A modern 1GHz 64-bit dual-core CPU/processor.
Note: Microsoft has announced that the processor restrictions only apply to computers upgrading from Win10 to Win11. There are no processor restrictions for new Win11 systems. If the other system requirements are met, including a modern 1GHz 64-bit dual-core processor, any such processor qualifies.
Find out what the make/model of processor your PC runs
If you want to find out the make and model of the processor that Windows 10 is running on, enter system in the Search box and then click the link to the System Information app that appears above it. Look under the Processor heading.
Now you can look up your PC’s processor on the following list under Windows 11 to find out if it qualifies.
Windows Processor Requirements [All versions of Windows from Windows 7 to Windows 11] –
What Is a TPM, How to Check and Enable TPM 2.0 for Windows 11 [Full Guide] –
Will Windows 11 run on a Win10 PC – How to find out what the bit-version of Win10 is
Windows 11 is a purely 64-bit operating system. There is no 32-bit version as there is for Windows 7 through to Windows 10. Which means that you cannot upgrade a 32-bit version of Win10 to Windows 11. Fortunately, most current PCs that run Win10 also use a 64-bit version. Your PC requires a clean installation of Win11 if it is using a 32-bit version of Win10.
To find out your bit-version of Win10, enter System in the Search box and then click on the System – Control Panel link that appears above the Search box.- Under the Device specification heading look for System type. In my case it says: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor. – So far, so good in my case.
The upgrade process
The upgrade process will be similar to that of Windows 10 in 2015. Not every computer will be offered the upgrade via Windows Update at the same time and only the Win10 computers that pass the qualification criteria can go ahead with the upgrade. Windows Update messages users when Win11 is available for them to dowload and install.
As usual, you can only upgrade the version – Home or Pro – that you are already using. You cannot upgrade from Home to Pro or from Pro to the Home edition..
A new Microsoft Store for Win10/Win11
Microsoft is building a new Microsoft Store for Windows 10 and Windows 11.
How to Install New Microsoft Store for Windows 11 –
Android apps will be made available on Windows 10 and Windows 11
Both Win10 and Win11 users will have access to Android apps, apparently a partnership with Amazon, How this will happen has not been made clear yet. A move that will mean that an increased variety of apps becomes available on Windows. Android apps for Win10/11, won’t be available on the official release date of October 5, 2021, as Microsoft intends to make them available at some later unspecified date.