Don’t Rush To Windows 11…

Before you read: If you’re considering moving to Windows 11 but want a second opinion, get in touch with the Network Security Associates team.

by | Nov 8, 2021 | Tech Insights

Don’t Rush To Windows 11…

Before you read: If you’re considering moving to Windows 11 but want a second opinion, get in touch with the Network Security Associates team. We can help you assess your technology and determine whether it’s the right move for your business.

3 Big Reasons To Wait Before You Move To Windows 11

Discover why migrating to Windows 11 may not be the right move for your business right now.

Microsoft is taking a big step forward with Windows 11—so big that it may not be a viable option for many businesses. Depending on the specifics of your business processes and the state of your current hardware, it may do more harm than good.

Why You Need To Wait Before Migrating To Windows 11

Windows 10 was a generally accessible option to many users, which is why Microsoft pushed migration so hard. It’s not the same with Windows 11, however.

The specific hardware requirements and narrow integration options make it far less viable an option for business today. Here are three reasons to wait before you migrate:

Your Hardware May Not Be Powerful Enough

Although there are plenty of exciting new features that make the switch so attractive, it is important to note there are certain hardware requirements that need to be met in order to run Windows 11. Do your devices meet these requirements?

  • Modern CPUs: 2-core (2018 or newer)
    • Intel 8th Generation Core
    • AMD Ryzen Gen 2 (Zen+)
    • Qualcomm 7c, 8c, 8cx
  • 4GB Memory
  • 64GB Storage
  • TPM 1.2 or greater / UEFI Secured Boot
  • 64-bit OS only
  • >9” with HD Resolution (1280 x 720 (720P) equivalent)
  • DirectX 12 API compatible graphics / WDDM 2.0
  • Internet connectivity

Microsoft recently expanded the options for compatible 64-bit processors that you can use with Windows 11. Their criteria for minimum system requirements are based on a benchmark for reliability, security, and compatibility.

In addition to the previously listed options, Windows 11 minimum requirements now include:

  • Intel® Core™ X-series, Xeon® W-series
  • Intel® Core™ 7820HQ

If you’re not sure how to parse the minimum requirements and cross-reference with your current system, you can use the PC Health Check App. Available to Microsoft Insider members, this app evaluates your system automatically and lets you know whether Windows 11 will run properly.

If your hardware does not meet the strict requirements of the new operating system (OS), you may encounter serious issues, such as performance lag, data loss, and ongoing downtime.

Windows 11 May Not Support Your Most Important Software

There’s no guarantee that your current line of business apps will run properly on Windows 11. That means that if you migrate, you may also have to upgrade your key business software as well.

Moving to Windows 11 will be time-consuming enough on its own. The last thing you want is to have to upgrade to a new software platform and go through that onboarding process as well.

New Operating Systems Can be Buggy

No matter how well-tested a new OS is, there’s always a bug or two when it launches.

As a rule of thumb, you should never rush to upgrade to the next version of a software solution without letting it hit the market first. Delaying your move ensures you don’t have to deal with any day-one bugs.

Rushing Your Migration Will Damage Your Business In One Way Or Another

The key takeaway is that even if you can migrate, you shouldn’t do so without considering it carefully. Only under very specific circumstances would it be the right move for your business.

If you have any questions about migration, preparing your team for a Windows 11 rollout, or anything else Windows 11-related, get in touch with the Network Security Associates team.