Windows 11 is now being rolled out in phases and can be officially installed on supported hardware. Windows 11 is available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 devices, but devices that are not supported may not be eligible for future cumulative updates, according to a Microsoft statement.
Still, it's clear that most Windows 10 devices will meet the performance requirements to run Windows 11, because Windows 11 is essentially built on Top of Windows 10 and is basically all about design improvements. However, Microsoft is enforcing strict hardware requirements to provide the absolute best security experience.
In a new video, Microsoft stresses the importance of the security features required for Windows 11. Windows 11 is designed with a strong focus on security, according to Microsoft. Windows 11 requires trusted platform modules (TPM 2.0), secure startup, Virtuality-based Security (VBS), etc. These security features are often included in newer devices and also raise the bar for upgrading.
Microsoft further explained that they wanted to set a standard for PC security with Windows 11 and that older devices were not supported because they lacked all of these security features.
It's worth noting that TPM or Secure boot was also available on Windows 10, but they are now mandatory to ensure a secure experience for Windows 11 users. A TPM is a physical or virtual chip used to protect encryption keys, user credentials, and other sensitive data.
Microsoft said: 'With Windows 11, we require new installations to use TPM 2.0 by default, which is supported by most computers built over the past five years.'
"If a machine gets hacked, we can help you minimize the damage. Windows 11 will block these types of attacks because we're using secure boot and trusted boot, and it uses both the REQUIRED UEFI and TPM hardware." "Secure and trusted startup blocks RootKits or bootKits that try to modify your early startup files," Microsoft adds.
Before setting strict requirements, Microsoft tested older hardware to determine compatibility with security features like TPM. Based on this, Microsoft has concluded that it is important to run Windows 11 on new or supported devices.
IT Home has learned that Microsoft also ran a series of tests on older hardware to determine performance issues when running Windows 11 with older processors. Microsoft's analysis shows that older devices experience performance issues, and users may experience frequent app crashes. Unsupported PCS may have up to 52% more blue screens than compliant PCS. On newer devices, blue screen errors have been reduced using modern driver update management and modern drivers released by Oems, which were not present on older devices.