Windows 11 Upgrade

Windows 11 is now with us, and if you are fortunate enough to have a fairly new machine, probably less than 5 years old. The chances are that Windows Update will install the new Win 11 O/S for you.

However, there are a few anomalies that can affect this. Firstly, the new Win 11 O/S is very security conscious and needs the latest TPM 2 security chip, though it will run on 1.2. And it is very finicky about the type of processor you have running your machine. A lot of low powered dual core processors don’t make the grade. It is also geared up to run on GPT drives rather than the old MBR.

So if you have checked on your Windows Update and it tells you that your computer will not run Win 11, That’s it. End of story. You gotta go out and buy a new laptop. Well, that’s what they want you to think.

There are ways around this issue, and it’s quite easy to install the new software. No changes are made to the device itself, just the software. Windows 11 is free and will be activated as a genuine product if your are already running a licenced version of Win 10

The whole process takes about 4 – 5 hours, allowing for the speed of the device and the amount of updates that will come with the new O/S.

It is recommended that an SSD or M2 type Hard drive is fitted to the device for faster boot times and general usage.

If you are interested in the upgrade, prices start at around £30 for the O/S install only. Your files and folders are unaffected.

If a new SSD is required, these vary in price depending on the capacity. i.e. A 120Gb drive can cost as little as £23, with a larger 480Gb closer to £50. This will require your old drive to be cloned to the new drive to preserve all you settings, Apps and data. Prices depend on these factors and the amount of data to transfer.

So don’t just think you need to buy a new machine, there’s probably still plenty of life left in the one you’ve got.

Give me a call if you want to discuss it further, or have more questions.