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Windows 11

Microsoft’s newest version of Windows is coming soon. – don’t panic, Windows 10 is still good.
Windows 11 boats better security, resources for games, multitasking and productivity. It is expected to be heavily interlinked with online services such as Office365/Microsoft365 and their applications.

What we know about Windows 11:

It’s a free upgrade from Windows 10 (as long as you’ve been up to date with it, Version 2004 at least), and should work on most hardware that Windows 10 shipped on over the past 5-6 years.

There is a tool to check compatibility (not yet released!)

System Requirements:

Processor1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Memory4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB or larger storage device
System firmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capable. Check here for information on how your PC might be able to meet this requirement.
TPM
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC might be enabled to meet this requirement.
Graphics cardCompatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
DisplayHigh definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel.
Internet connectionMicrosoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for Windows 11 Home

What is a TPM?

A Trusted Platform Module is a special chip that has a Security ID/Certificate built-in and creates its own identifiers from that to help other secure protocols stay secure.

Most Motherboards from last few years should now have them built on, or removable module. A removable module is preferred as you can swap it out when a new standard comes along and recreate the keys from a backup. There are issues where if you run a RAID setup with a TPM active, it generates keys to use for this and removing it will prevent access to the drives. You will also need to move the module to a new board to access drives if your board fails, as the keys will be on the module.

AMD Ryzen generation 2’s have fTPM which is also supported, this may need a BIOS option to be enabled to use TPM functions. Again, same issue as modules, if you didn’t reset keys prior to swapping out CPU, then you can’t access your data.

While its a big requirement, I doubt most users will bother to set Windows 11 up to use TPM functions.

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