Windows 11 was unveiled just a couple of days ago by Microsoft. The new operating system will be a free update for existing Windows 10 users and will come with a refreshed look, some cool new features, as well as security improvements. But your computer will probably not be able to run it.
There is still a lot of confusion regarding what kind of system requirements Windows 11 will have. But it seems clear now that Windows 11 will require a modern CPU and a security feature called TPM - the latter which at worst case isn't available on your computer, or simply isn't activated on most PC's (and requires you to go into your BIOS settings to activate it).
That means that most computers that are currently running Windows 10 on somewhat reasonable modern hardware, i.e. computers that are older than three years, will be unable to install Windows 11. Or they will be able to install an unsupported version of the new operating system. Again, it's all pretty confusing right now and Microsoft haven't given a proper explanation yet.
In fact, many of Microsoft's own computers in their Surface line of professional and premium computers won't be able to run Windows 11 because of these system requirements.
Right now it feels like Windows 11 will be much worse than Windows Vista. If you remember, Windows Vista failed because people didn't have proper hardware for it. But Windows 11 won't even run on proper hardware that's just a couple of years old. We're in the middle of a global chip shortage with increasing prices of computer parts and hardware. We also face an environmental crisis that is increasingly worsening that require us all to play an active part in reducing our consumption and resource usage. How can Microsoft then even consider implementing new requirements that will force people to replace their existing hardware that could have been working just fine for many more years?