Windows 11 Requirements Are Too Hard To Meet

Windows 11 Requirements Are Too Hard To Meet

According to a new survey, businesses wishing to update to Windows 11 may face challenges since more than a third of work PCs do not match the minimal requirements to run Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Riverbed discovered that 34% of machines now in use are not capable of running Windows 11 in its latest State of the Corporate study, which examined enterprise Windows 11 readiness. To run Windows 11, Microsoft requires 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, UEFI secure boot, a DirectX compliant graphics card with a WDDM 2.0 driver, and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0.

While RAM, HDDs, and SSDs can be easily updated on most corporate PCs, Riverbed claims that the lack of TPM 2.0 is the primary reason enterprise equipment will need to be replaced:

“The requirement of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 is the leading driver of device replacement. With 10% of devices needing to be replaced due to a lack of TPM 2.0, another 11% will need to be upgraded to run TPM 2.0 before transitioning to Windows 11.”

Replacing, Upgrading, or Migrating to The Cloud

Regarding hardware upgrades, Riverbed discovered that 19.45 percent of devices would require a storage update, 11% would require TPM 2.0, and 8% would require UEFI. However, the research also discovered that 13% of work PCs would need to be replaced entirely.

Fortunately, things have improved slightly regarding corporate preparedness with Windows 11. Lansweeper’s study from September last year discovered that 44.4 percent of workstations were ineligible for the automated upgrade from Windows 10.

According to Riverbed’s analysis, Windows 11 utilization is still relatively low among commercial firms, with just 50k hours from June of last year to January of 2022. However, across all Windows versions, organizations utilized Microsoft’s operating system for 150m to 200m hours every month.

Businesses that do not want to replace their existing hardware have another option: they may migrate all of their workloads to the cloud while using Microsoft’s software and operating system via the Windows 365 Cloud PC service. Organizations still have time to update because Windows 10’s End of Life date is planned for October 14, 2025.

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