It's that time
again... Microsoft have created another version of Windows and
people are asking what to do... Here is the general advice from Brian here
at BMH Computers:
Windows 10 'End of
Microsoft will continue supporting Windows 10 (i.e. releasing
updates for it) until October 2025, therefore there is no
urgency to do anything with your existing Windows 10 system.
Previous versions of Windows (7 and 8.1) could be upgraded to
Windows 10. Generally I have recommended that such systems have a
minimum of 4GB of RAM and ideally an SSD, however in addition to
these Windows 11 requires 'TPM 2.0'. Sadly this will mean that
many computers will not be compatible with Windows 11; you may
have already seen a Windows Update notice informing you that your
computer doesn't meet the requirements for Windows 11 and the lack
of TPM is usually why.
TPM - is a
security module built into a computer.
- Perhaps your
computer supports TPM 2.0 but this is disabled or not present.
- Buy a computer that will be compatible with Windows 11 [see
Desktops]. All new
computers now supplied by BMH Computers will be compatible
with Windows 11.
- Switch to Linux.
to e-Waste or switch to Linux?
Microsoft have decided that TPM is necessary for
computers running Windows 11 but this will mean that
many (millions?) of computers that are still functioning
fine physically will be sent to e-waste prematurely.
This is clearly not a very green thing to happen. As
said, you can keep using your existing Windows 10 system
while it is being supported. After that, you could have
your system converted to run Linux instead of Windows.
There are many versions of Linux available that are free
to download and use and this is something BMH Computers
can assist with if you are a local customer.
If your computer is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade and you
want to proceed with it, it is highly recommended that you backup
your files first in case anything goes wrong.
is able to assist with all of these things if you are a local
Windows 11 eligibility
with an upgrade
- Backing up
Windows with Linux
- Supplying new
and refurbished computers