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Windows 11 May Require Me to Upgrade My Hardware

RT Cunningham | June 26, 2021 (UTC) | Computers, Linux, Windows

Windows 11Based on what I’ve read so far, I probably won’t be able to run Windows 11 on the laptop computer I’m using today. My laptop computer is only a little over three years old and despite the fact that Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for me, I most likely won’t be able to use it for anything.

It’s not that I really care. I’m just curious whether this upgrade will be any better than the upgrade to Windows 10 was supposed to be. Regardless, I’m not going to buy another computer, of any type, solely to upgrade to Windows 11.

Upgrade to Windows 11 or Something Else

I checked the minimum specifications as published by Microsoft. My processor is an AMD A6-9220, which isn’t an officially supported processor. I can try to run the ISO in a VirtualBox virtual machine like I did with Windows 10, but I’m sure it won’t be right away. It’ll be a miracle if it runs on my computer at all.

Some people are recommending that we switch to Linux because Linux runs on old machines. Well, I’ve been running Linux Mint as my main operating system far longer than this blog has existed, so I’m not worried about it. Windows 10 will still be supported until sometime in 2025. This computer will be over eight years old by then and probably replaced already.

I Still Use Windows 10, Sometimes

I have Windows 10 on a different drive from the one I run Linux Mint on. It’s called dual-booting. I bought the laptop in 2018, shortly after leaving the Philippines, with Windows 10 already installed. After shrinking the hard drive partition to about 100 gigabytes (of a 500 gigabyte HDD), I installed Linux Mint in the unused space beyond the Windows partition.

Later on, I bought a small solid-state drive and a hard drive caddy to replace the CD/DVD drive, and I replaced the four-gigabyte memory module with two eight-gigabyte modules. Even though I didn’t need to do so, I moved the Linux Mint installation to the SSD and the extra space on the HDD became a storage area. I eventually removed Windows 10 altogether and created a Windows 10 virtual machine.

When some relatives needed some assistance with Windows 10, I reinstalled it on the HDD, and that’s where it sits today. I haven’t used it for much of anything, other than a reference source, since applying all the updates. I now use the HDD for storing virtual machines more than anything else.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 11?

If your computer passes the health check, it’s entirely up to you if you want to attempt an upgrade. Even if you pass, the upgrade may still fail. If you have anything you can’t afford to lose, please make a backup before you begin. Even if Microsoft recommends you upgrade, you don’t have to upgrade. Windows 10 will still be good for around four more years.

If your computer is already older than five years, you shouldn’t upgrade. Either run Window 10 until it isn’t supported, or move onto something else. I’m not going to upgrade, on any machine, solely for the purpose of upgrading. It really isn’t worth my time.

Image Attribution: Microsoft

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