With Windows 11 coming out, it is important to start planning what the future of your workstations may be. According to Microsoft, Windows 11 will not support most processors older than an 8th generation Intel, or 2nd generation Ryzen processor. This means if your processor is older than August of 2017, your computer will most likely need to be replaced. This is similar to when Microsoft introduced Windows Vista and it required new hardware and many had to get new workstations.
In addition to new processors, Windows 11 will require a Trusted Platform Module(TPM). This is included in modern PCs from the last 5 years according to Microsoft's documentation on How to Enable TPM 2.0 on Windows PCs. They are also built-in on modern CPUs and as it stands, the compatible list of processors for Windows 11 ensures that you will meet the requirements for TPM.
While there are workarounds for the TPM and CPU requirement, any circumvention of these system requirements will disable Microsoft's Windows 11 Feature updates, security updates, as well as driver updates. While these claims by Microsoft have yet to be realized, it remains to be seen if Microsoft will follow through with its word. For more information on Microsoft's Windows 11, check out this great article by The Verge:
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