How to prepare your business for Windows 11

Windows 11 is the newest Windows version following on from Windows 10 which was released in 2015.  Most industry experts were of the opinion that Windows 10 would be the last Windows version. However, Microsoft has upgraded its most popular operating system.

The user interface is different, with windows having more rounded edges and the start bar now central to the screen. The user interface is very similar to the Chrome OS. Some users may not like the new interface, but we all know that we will need to move on at some point. The general user feel is not ‘alien-like’ as was the case with Windows 8, so user adaptation should be easier.

The new design is fresher and keeps the Microsoft platform current and up to date. ‘Under the hood’ the Microsoft team has worked to ensure compatibility with Windows 10 applications and users should not have any issues with compatibility.

The upgrade is free. So, should you upgrade right now? We suggest proactive planning.

System Requirements

Microsoft has released system requirements for computers to enable the upgrade to Windows 11. Some older machines will not be able to upgrade. However, the operating system will only be released in a 64bit version.

Machines will need a TPM 2.0 chip, and Secure Boot enabled. Most modern PCs will already have this.

Minimum memory requirements are 4GB, but we recommend a minimum of 8GB.

The processor requirements is where most will fall short. Although Microsoft has specified a minimum of 1GHz processor, they also have a list of supported processors.

Microsoft has released a tool called the PC Health Check Application, and it is available to download here! This makes it easier for everyone to assess whether their computer can operate the new Windows version. In most cases, computers that fail are probably older and should be replaced eventually.

Application Compatibility

As previously referenced, most applications will work. Before you roll out Windows 11, it is prudent to test to ensure compatibility. We recommend upgrading a small group of devices and testing the applications before deploying it to all users.

User Training

The user interface is intuitive, and as such, users do not require too much training, but there are some areas to discuss. The main one is the start menu; it is now central to the bottom of the screen, and pinned applications are 18 at a time with the ability to scroll top more. You still have the option for All Apps and to search.

It is wise to let users know that Windows 11 has a new interface in advance, so they expect the changes. The upgrade will be pushed as a Windows update, so you can either prepare and deploy or let users upgrade and deal with the questions.

Microsoft has released a personal version of Teams, just as they have a personal version of OneNote and OneDrive. I anticipate users becoming confused between the two applications. You may choose to either train users, so they know not to use it or restrict access to the application completely.

But wait, I’m not too fond of it…

You still have the option to roll back to Windows 10 if you are not happy Windows 11, and Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will be supported until 2025 if the feature release is kept up to date.

If you need any further advice, please get in touch as helping businesses with IT is what we live for.

Martin Bannister, Founder & MD, Kogo Limited

Tel: 01342 333000

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