Windows 11 is finally here.  The marketers at Microsoft would have you believe it has been designed to cut complexity and bring you simplicity and it is certainly packed full of new features, security tools and cloud power.  However, does it live up to the hype and how can your business exploit its benefits?

Head of Connected Client Services at Think Connect, Jay Williamson, has all we need to know.

So how does it run?

For me, it looks and runs “cleaner” with its simple and powerful user experience designed to keep people focused. The Microsoft Edge web browser, for example, was specially developed as the fastest in Windows 11 and can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft 365 applications.

Does it offer better security than Windows 10?

Windows 11 security is a hot topic as the revamped operating system comes with much tighter defences than Windows 10, but this will come with its own set of challenges. Microsoft has decided to enforce the requirements of new protection measures, including TPM (Trusted Platform Module), Secure Boot and VBS (Virtualization Based Security) to make systems more secure from hackers.

Can everyone upgrade to Windows 11?

Newer machines have TPM on board, it is simply not enabled, leading to a frustrating situation where the owner of a modern device can be told that it is not compatible with Windows 11, enabling TPM is not difficult to do for a reasonably tech-savvy person. it can be very intimidating for an inexperienced user.

A recent report from device audit company Lansweeper suggested that only 44.4% of workstations are eligible for automatic Windows 11 upgrade. And while Windows 11 can technically be deployed on incompatible computers, the installation process is manual (and therefore a big task for IT teams) and the devices are not regularly supported by Microsoft.

The picture is even bleaker when it comes to virtual machine workstations, of which only 0.23% have TPM 2.0 enabled. When it comes to the hypervisors themselves, only a select few can currently meet the necessary requirements for running Windows 11.

Do What You Can Now

At this point, it’s a good idea to take some definitive steps in the right direction. For instance, you can check your systems for a TPM 2.0. Here’s how:

1) Right-click the Windows start button

2) Select “Device Manager”

3) Click the little arrow next to “Security devices”

If it says, “Trusted Platform Module 2.0,” you’re good to go—on that requirement, at least.

Figuring out whether your systems have Secure Boot implemented is a bit more complicated, feel free to call us and we can check for you.