‘Windows 11’ – a lot more to discuss. I’m super excited to install it on my PC. Hope you too feel the same. And that’s why you are here to find the best features in Windows 11 along with the specification requirements.
Today I’m gonna walk you through all the required information about the latest Windows 11 Operating System.
- Why is Windows 11 called so?
- What’s new in Windows 11 than 10?
- Is your PC compatible with the new OS?
- What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 11? And more…
With the Windows 8 OS failure, Microsoft took very much care in the design and security enhancement in the next OS. And result in the immense success of the Windows 10 Operating System.
In fact, Windows beat the Mac OS security at some point. There is no wonder in it because Windows 10 has a highly efficient defender called Windows security. It is built-in software that has a lot of excellent features like Real-time protection, Account protection, firewall protection, etc.
The above-listed features are good, but among all these, ransomware protection is a great feature. Undoubtedly, I can say that because I know the value of my data and probably you too. The ransomware virus is a big threat to Windows computers. So the company (Microsoft) works on it and brings the solution with Windows 10 OS.
I just love this feature more than anything else in Windows 10. Just think for a while, when you press the power button of your PC and after a few seconds, you realize all your data is not yours anymore. That’s too horrible. Right?
Follow the step-by-step guide to activate ransomware protection on your Windows 10 PC.
Best features in Windows 11
Enough for Windows 10. Now you need to know the best features in Windows 11. I’m pretty sure Microsoft will give us the best user experience with the Windows 11 OS.
All your imaginations keep aside for some time. Just watch the interview with the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and what he thinks about Windows 11 / Source – Wall Street Journal.
Goodbye to the traditional menu
Windows’ traditional menu is so popular that everyone knows it. When you press the Windows button, the pop-up menu will appear at the bottom left of your monitor screen. It is the same for all OS versions up to now. But from now onwards, you’ll see the menu at the center of the screen.
It is a pleasant change. If you don’t want this new feature and want to use the traditional Windows menu, then it is completely possible in Windows 11. You can use the main menu either at the center or the corner. It is completely your wish.
In 11, the main menu is not customizable like in Windows 10. But you can pin your favorite apps or frequently used apps at the top of the menu.
All your customized menu settings in Windows 10 are not migrated to Windows 11 even if you upgrade your PC from 10 to 11. And the live tiles are not available on the menu.
Android Apps now on Windows
The interviewer asks, “How are your platform rules different from, say, Apple?” And the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella replies, “One simple thing, we have the ability to have multiple marketplaces that can thrive. We wanna have a great market place but we also welcome other marketplaces. We wanna have great tools like say Teams, but we also welcome Zoom or Slack or anything else to be also first class.“
He clearly says that Microsoft doesn’t find it difficult to work with the other good marketplaces.
As a part of that, Android apps are now ready to use on Windows. In Windows 10 or before versions, you need to use emulators like Bluestacks, Nox player, etc. But in OS 11, you don’t need to struggle that much.
Just like the Google play store on Android mobile, the Microsoft app store is a huge collection of Windows apps and Android apps as well. You just need a Microsoft account to access them. And Microsoft tie-up with Amazon as a part of business outreach.
Along with the design and the user experience, Microsoft focuses on the privacy and security of its users. I’m sure your Windows 10 PC will get cumulative updates every month. But why? It is because Microsoft enhances its security standards from time to time.
Now in Windows 11, Two-factor Authentication is one of the additional features. It helps you to unlock your PC when you forgot your password. But id doesn’t mean that everyone can access your PC without a password.
Before Windows unlocks the device, you need to prove your authentication by the code sent to your mobile or other compatible devices.
Don’t let the app occupy the complete screen
It is horrible to shift apps all the time when you are using them. Windows 11 makes it simple.
In Windows 10 or before versions, you need to resize the screen space to use multiple apps at a time.
When you click on the maximize button in Windows 10, it can occupy the complete screen, no problem with that. But when you click on restore down, by default it resizes the app screen in not any particular order. So you need to adjust the size to fit multiple apps on your screen. It is time-consuming and inefficient.
Microsoft brings a feature to solve this problem. In Windows 11, when you click on restore down, it again asks you to choose the size options. Based on the layout you choose, the app will fit in and the multiple slots you can use at a time.
Windows knew that the processor in a computer should be efficient to run this type of feature. And that’s why they set the process to have a minimum of 2 cores to run Windows 11 OS. It is just because the processor needs to do a ton of work by performing multiple apps at a time.
Windows removed these unwanted features
Along with the additional features, Windows removed some unwanted features in Windows 11. Not only Windows, but other companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, etc, remove the unwanted features to keep their interface fresh and up-to-date.
If users like you and me are not interested in using a feature, then the companies will decide to remove it. For example, I don’t use the Skype app, and many people like me don’t use Skype for video calling. So windows decided to remove Skype from its recommendations.
In Windows 11, Skype is not the recommended app you get from Windows. If you want it, you need to install it from the Microsoft App store.
But if you are a Skype user in Windows 10, and upgrade your PC from 10 to 11, then you’ll find the app in the Windows 11 home menu.
Let’s see what features Microsoft removed from Windows 10 to upgrade to 11…
- You won’t see Cortana when you are installing OS and on the taskbar
- App Internet Explorer is completely removed. And you’ll get Microsoft Edge in replacement.
- News & Interests moved from taskbar in Windows 10 to sidebar in Windows 11
- The snipping tool came with the previous interface of Snip & Sketch. [5 Smart ways to take a screenshot on your PC]
- Tablet mode is removed completely in Windows 11
- You won’t find a timeline when you upgrade your Windows 10 PC
- Paint 3D, Skype, 3D Viewer, and OneNote for Windows 10, are not the default apps anymore.
PC specification requirements for Windows 11
Well, now you know what Windows 11 will bring to you. But what are the PC requirements for Windows 11 Operating System?
These are the basic system requirements that every PC should have in this generation. Let’s see what they are …
- The processor must have a 64-bit architecture with 2 or more cores. And it must have at least a 1 GHz clock speed.
- Your PC must have 4 GB or more RAM to run Windows 11
- At least 64 GB of ROM must be on your PC
- Your motherboard must support the latest UEFI firmware. And the Secure Boot option must be enabled on your PC.
- Compatible with DirectX 12 or later Graphics cards
- Does the display support HD (720p) or higher resolution with a 9″ diagonal area (How to measure a monitor size?)
These are the basic system requirements of the Windows 11 Operating System. If your PC components match the requirements, then all you have to do is install and use Windows 11 on your PC.
How to check your PC and find whether it is compatible or not
If you don’t know much about this technical information, and just want to know whether your PC has the capability to run Windows 11, then the following two methods are useful to you.
Microsoft itself recommends these methods to check your PC. So you don’t need to worry about security issues while using them.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a hardware chip that a computer motherboard has in it. Its function is to read the hardware and security-related information in a system. You can get this information by using the term ‘tpm.msc‘ on the search bar.
To find more about TPM on your PC, click here.
Here on my PC, it is showing like this. According to Windows, your PC must support 2.0 TPM to run Windows11 in it. Here my PC is not showing the right digit but I just want to show you what the interface looks like.
I use this desktop PC for both personal and professional use. So all the changes on this PC are according to my requirements. I should go to BIOS and change the TPM settings to get the right value. But I don’t need it now.
PC health check
Another method to check the PC compatibility is by using an app called PC Health Check. Click on the link to install it on your PC. The app interface is like this.
Click on the ‘Check now‘ button here. Then the PC will analyze your hardware and display the result whether your PC supports it or not.
I got this on my PC. If your PC is showing just like mine, you need to enable the Secure Boot option in BIOS.
If everything is good, Windows displays that your PC is compatible with Windows 11. But, what happens if it is not compatible with Windows 11?
What to do if your PC is not compatible with Windows 11?
When Windows 11 is not compatible with your PC, you need to use the same Windows 10 OS in it. But don’t worry, Microsoft assured you to give security updates for your PC until 2025. In between these years, anytime you can happily upgrade your PC.
By default Windows 10 and 11 PCs install updates automatically. But if you pause the updates, your system has nothing to do. Just follow the instructions to check updates on your Windows 10 PC.
Press Start button >> Settings >> Updates & Security >> Check for updates
Hope you find all the required information about Windows 11 on this page. Among all the additional features, which one is your favorite? Comment down.
Remember, if you just install Windows 11 on your PC, the errors may or may not be shown on your PC. But don’t judge the complete Operating System with one or two bugs on your PC.
Give them (Microsoft engineers) some to analyze and fix the bugs. If you want, you can give feedback to them. It helps them to analyze the problem in-depth and fix it in the coming updates.