A new study has revealed that a large portion of Windows 10 users were unable to upgrade to Windows 11 and it could leave many facing a huge bill. IT asset management software provider Lansweeper says it analyzed more than 30 million Microsoft devices and found that 43 percent are unable to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
The main reason these devices aren’t eligible for a Windows 11 upgrade is that their CPU isn’t up to the task. These processors are what power the PC and anyone with an older desktop or laptop may find that the internal chip just can’t handle it. The latest requirements from Microsoft.
The second main reason why Windows 10 devices can’t run Windows 11 is that they don’t meet the TPM 2.0 requirement. TPM stands for Trusted Platform Module and is a security feature built into the hardware that you’ll find in newer devices. Again, many older PCs simply don’t have a TPM installed, and without it, there’s no way to upgrade.
Finally, the third biggest reason the Windows 10 devices we reviewed couldn’t upgrade to Windows 11 was that they didn’t have enough RAM. Microsoft says that PCs need at least 4GB of this memory to run the latest version of its software, and users will need at least 64GB of additional storage to install it.
When Windows 11 was first announced, there was a lot of controversy among some users about the minimum specifications that Microsoft was asking for.
The Redmond-based tech giant said these higher-than-expected specs were necessary for security reasons.
And while that may be the case, lansweeper data shows that there are many people who have been left without even having the option to upgrade to Windows 11 because their machines do not meet various minimum specifications.
The study claimed that at the current rate of adoption, it could be four years before people using outdated machines catch up and upgrade to PCs that can run Windows 11.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will no longer release updates to its Windows 10 operating system starting in 2025 and that means those with an incompatible laptop will have to splash out and buy something new if they want the latest Windows 11 features and security updates.
HERE ARE THE FULL SPECS TO RUN WINDOWS 11
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores in a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC).
RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or more.
Storage: 64 GB or more of available storage is required to install Windows 11.
Graphic card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later, with a WDDM 2.0 driver.
TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0.
Speaking of the statistics, Roel Decneut, chief strategy officer at Lansweeper, said: “We know that those who can’t upgrade to Windows 11, which is the majority of commercial devices right now, will continue to use Windows 10. But even if organizations were prepared to upgrade their PCs to meet Windows 11 requirements, there are broader issues affecting adoption that are beyond Microsoft’s control.The global supply chain disruption has created shortages of chips and processors, while many they choose to stick with the hardware they have at the moment due to global financial uncertainty.”
The research also found that, of all machines tested, end-of-life versions of the operating system are used more often than Windows 11.
According to Lansweeper, 4.82% of devices that were scanned are no longer fully compliant, compared to 2.61% of devices scanned with Windows 11 and 81.87% with Windows 10.