Windows 11’s demanding hardware requirements could hurt its deployment in the enterprise. According to research from Lansweeper, more than half of workstations surveyed are not immediately capable of running Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.
The study, which included some 30 million devices in more than 60,000 companies, revealed that the requirements of Processor and Secure Platform Module (TPM) are the main culprits for Windows 11 not being able to run on a large number of computers currently running Windows 10 or earlier versions.
Details indicate that only the 44,4% of the workstations met the CPU requirements. In the TPM 2.0 tests, the picture is somewhat different. 52.55% had a Windows 11-compatible secure module; 28.19% had an unsupported or non-enabled model; and 19.25% failed the test.
The requirement that passed most of the computers is RAM. 91.05% of the workstations tested had the minimum (4 GB) or more of memory required by Windows 11. Only 8.95% were not able to run Microsoft’s new software.
Windows 11 and virtual machines
Lansweeper’s study revealed that the TPM 2.0 requirement is the most complicated for Windows 11 on virtual machines. Only 0.23% had this feature available. This might make some sense because while Microsoft had been recommending the use of the Secure Platform Module, it did not make it completely mandatory.
Some might think that since this is a virtual machine, TPM 2.0 could be emulated in order to circumvent that requirement. However, Microsoft made it clear in a blog post that. virtualized systems will have to meet the same requirements as physical computers..
TPM is basically a cryptographic chip designed to perform various physical security mechanisms to prevent malicious software from compromising the system. Microsoft’s new system requires version 2.0.
As for the processor, those in Redmond require it to be 64-bit and have a minimum of 1 GHz speed with two or more cores. And they ask that they be equal to or greater than 8th generation Intel or AMD Zen 2, with some exceptions. Details of the requirements can be found in this support document. More details are also available at the following link.
Windows 11 will be released to the public on October 5. It will be free for Windows 10 users and will be distributed based on a priority system based on hardware, reliability metrics and the age of the device.