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Windows 11 is an upcoming major version of the Windows operating system developed by Microsoft.

Windows 11 was announced on June 24, 2021, and the expected release will be late 2021.
Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10, which was originally released in 2015. The new OS will be available as a free upgrade for any compatible Windows 10 devices, using Windows Update.

The basic system requirements of Windows 11 will be very different from Windows 10.
Windows 11 will only support 64-bit systems, for example devices using an x86-64 or ARM64 processor.
IA-32 processors will no longer be supported. Minimum RAM and storage requirements were also increased.

Windows 11 requires at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Windows S mode will only be supported by the Home edition of Windows 11.

Currently, as of June 2021, the only Intel processors able to run windows 11 will be Core 8th generation (Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake) and later. For AMD processors, these will be AMD Zen+ (except Ryzen 1st Gen “AF” revision) and later.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and later processors are officially supported.

Microsoft have yet to decide on the final system requirements upon the final release. Kaby Lake and AMD Zen architectures are being considered for support.

Legacy BIOS will no longer be supported. A UEFI system with Secure Boot and a TPM 2.0 security coprocessor will be required. The TPM requirement has caused much confusion as a lot of motherboards do not have TPM support and will need an extra TPM part to be physically installed onto the motherboard, or have built-in TPM on the CPU firmware or hardware level that may be disabled by default. This will require changing settings in the computer’s UEFI to enable it. Original equipment manufacturers will still be able to produce computers without the TPM 2.0 coprocessor with Microsoft’s approval.

Pre-release versions of Windows 11 can be installed on old hardware systems with legacy BIOS and without Secure Boot/ TPM 2.0 if the installation media has been edited. Some see this as evidence that a lot of the new requirements are being implemented for business reasons and may not be completely genuine technical requirements of functionality.

There has been major criticism of the environmental impact of the potential disposal of millions of older computers when  Windows 10 is eventually phased out.