Microsoft Windows 11 releases today as an upgrade and as pre-installed OS on new devices: But every other corporate PC is still not ‘compatible’ with the update

Windows 11 Upgrade From Windows 10 Incompatible Business PCs Computers
Business PCs will have to live in harmony with Windows 10 and Windows 11. Pic credit: K. Latham/Flickr

The big day for Microsoft is almost here. The company promised to release Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. While the OS will be available as an “easy upgrade”, a report claims nearly 50 percent of PCs that businesses use, still remain incompatible.

The corporate world is inevitably headed towards fragmentation. On one hand, there will be PCs running the shiny new Windows 11; while on the other hand, there will be an almost equal number of PCs running Windows 10.

The Windows OS ecosystem and the world of businesses will witness bipartisan fragmentation?

Microsoft promised to release Windows 11 on October 5, and the day is here. The company will release the OS as an “opt-in” update to Windows 10. This simply means anyone interested in leaving behind Windows 10 will have to search for Windows 11 upgrade and accept the same.

Even some PCs running Windows 7 can upgrade directly to Windows 11. Such generosity from Microsoft seems to paint a world where nearly every computer will run Windows 11. However, the reality couldn’t be further away.

Microsoft has been far stricter with the System Requirements for Windows 11. Aspects such as Secure Boot and TPM 2.0 were recently joined by Virtualization-Based Security (VBS). Together, the trio could act as a huge spoilsport at the upgrade party.

Such conditions have automatically ensured that a large number of capable computers will be incompatible with Windows 11. Incidentally, these PCs are reliably running Windows 10, and even Windows 7.

In the world of business, Windows 11 could be a much bigger disappointment. While individual consumers readily and frequently upgrade their hardware, the corporate world tends to drag its feet.

Businesses that need computers for non-complex office work are quite reluctant about upgrading software, let alone hardware. Incidentally, there are thousands of older PCs that are currently running Windows 10. But these computers will most likely fail the updated PC Health Check app.

A new report suggests that just 44.4 percent of business computers meet CPU requirements, while only 52.55 percent have an activated TPM 2.0 chip. In simple words, nearly half of the computers that businesses offer their employees, are incompatible with Windows 11, at least on the launch day of the OS.

Computers running Windows 10 and Windows 11 will have to work side-by-side:

The report, compiled by Lansweeper, analyzed 30 million Windows computers in more than 60,000 companies and organizations. Hence it is quite comprehensive.

Still, there are several computers that may have the TPM 2.0 chip which currently lies deactivated. System Administrators do have a lot of work cut out for them. Many would soon be going desk to desk to enter the BIOS or UEFI and activate the Secure Boot as well as TPM module.

Despite this, there will still be thousands of PCs that will have to run Windows 10. Microsoft has indicated that it will support the OS till 2025. Simply put, PCs running Windows 11 could run alongside computers running Windows 10 for the next few years at least.

Microsoft has promised to offer two Cumulative Feature Updates for Windows 10, while Windows 11 gets one such update every year. It would certainly be interesting to see the distribution of features and functions between them.

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