Windows 11 will start arriving on devices in the coming months, but it seems that some Windows 10 users will face high costs if they want to upgrade it.
This is because this new software requires something called a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip. This piece of hardware increases the security of the device, so it seems that Microsoft wants Windows 11 to be safer to use. TPMs work by offering an extra level of protection on the computer itself and, with the rise of cyber attacks, it makes sense for Microsoft to step up protection for its billions of users.
Clearly, most people would agree that this is a good move by an American technology company, but it may mean that some users will have to upgrade their computer before they can install Windows 11. Any computer that has a processor older than the eighth generation Intel Core and AMD Rizen 2000 will not work. This means that switching to the current operating system will cost you dearly because you will practically have to buy a new computer.
To help customers know if they need a new computer, Microsoft has launched a website where it is possible to check if the current device is compatible.
Even if your computer supports Windows 11, you may have to wait before you get it
Microsoft has said it hopes to release this new operating system later this year, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to upgrade it. It looks like a bunch of brand new computers will be unveiled soon, with Windows 11 pre-installed, but if you want to keep the current machine, the release will be phased out. This means that some current Windows 10 users will not see the new features coming to their devices until 2022.