Microsoft Windows 11

The latest generation of Windows from Microsoft, designed with you in mind

How to get Windows 11

Windows 11 is going to be rolling out around the world from now through 2022, but the big question, as ever with a software release is.

How do I get it?

First of all, you need to check that your machine is capable of running it. For this, we have made the Windows 11 Compatibility tool available and the Required Specification for Windows 11 is below.

Windows 11 Pro Features

Assigned Access

Windows 11 Pro devices run different applications depending on the user and keep individual identities separate and secured.

Dynamic Provisioning

Take a new PC out of the box, turn it on, and transform it into a productive organisation device, with minimal time and effort.

Enterprise State Roaming with Azure

Available to any organisation with an Azure AD Premium or Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) license, Enterprise State Roaming provides users with a unified experience across their Windows devices and reduces the time needed for configuring a new device.

Group Policy

Manage PCs, user accounts, and groups, and get easy access to files and printers when you pair Windows 11 Pro with Windows Server.

Kiosk mode setup

Configure a device locally on the device or remotely using Mobile Device Management.

Microsoft Store for Business

Your one place to find, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 11 devices in volume.

Mobile Device Management

Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides an alternative to traditional PC management processes so you can transition to cloud-based management at your own pace.

Bring your desktop to life

Support for Active Directory

Domain Join + Group Policy: IT staff can easily manage PCs, user accounts and groups, security policies, and can get easy access to files and printers when pairing Windows 11 Pro with Windows Server.

Support for Azure Active Directory

Employees can use a single login across Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and other Microsoft services, making logons and passwords easier to manage.

Windows Update for Business

Helps reduce management costs, provides control over update deployments, enables efficient delivery of updates, and provides access to the latest innovations.

*features may vary by availability and region

Machine Requirements

Processor1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM4 gigabyte (GB).
Storage64 GB or larger storage device Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more details.
System firmwareUEFI, Secure Boot capable. Check here for information on how your PC might be able to meet this requirement.
TPMTrusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC might be enabled to meet this requirement.
Graphics cardCompatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
DisplayHigh definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per colour channel.
Internet connection and Microsoft accountWindows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft account.
Switching a device out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity. Learn more about S mode here.
For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.
(not yet released)
Windows Subsystem for Android™
Apps available at Amazon Appstore. Additional requirements anticipated and will be communicated as the product is rolled out to select geographies.
5G supportrequires 5G capable modem where available.
Auto HDRrequires an HDR monitor.
BitLocker to Gorequires a USB flash drive (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
Client Hyper-Vrequires a processor with second level address translation (SLAT) capabilities (available in Windows Pro and above editions).
Cortanarequires a microphone and speaker and is currently available on Windows 11 for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.
DirectStoragerequires 1 TB or greater NVMe SSD to store and run games that use the “Standard NVM Express Controller” driver and a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU.
DirectX 12 Ultimateis available with supported games and graphics chips.
Presencerequires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device.
Intelligent Video Conferencingrequires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output).
Multiple Voice Assistant (MVA)requires a microphone and speaker.
Snapthree-column layouts requires a screen that is 1920 effective pixels or greater in width.
Mute/Unmute from Taskbarrequires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output). App must be compatible with feature to enable global mute/unmute.
Spatial Soundrequires supporting hardware and software.
Microsoft Teamsrequires video camera, microphone and speaker (audio output).
Touchrequires a screen or monitor that supports multi-touch.
Two-factor Authenticationrequires use of PIN, biometric (fingerprint reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities.
Voice Typingrequires a PC with a microphone.
Wake on Voicerequires Modern Standby power model and microphone.
WiFi 6Erequires new WLAN IHV hardware and driver and a WiFi 6E capable AP/router.
Windows Hellorequires a camera configured for near infrared (IR) imaging or fingerprint reader for biometric authentication. Devices without biometric sensors can use Windows Hello with a PIN or portable Microsoft compatible security key.
Windows Projectionrequires a display adapter which supports Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 and a WiFi adapter that supports WiFi Direct.
Xbox (app)requires an Xbox Live account, which is not available in all regions. See Xbox Live Countries and Regions for the most up-to-date information on availability. Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass subscription (sold separately). Learn more about the pass.
Cortanawill no longer be included in the first boot experience or pinned to the Taskbar.
Desktop wallpapercannot be roamed to or from device when signed in with a Microsoft account.
Internet Explorerdocumentation is disabled. Microsoft Edge browser is the recommended replacement and includes IE Mode, which may be useful in certain scenarios.
Management capabilitiesfor organizations to deliver customized Start and Taskbar experiences are limited:
  • Start supports the ability for organizations to override the Start layout, but does not support locking down the layout from user modification.
  • Taskbar pins and ordering can be controlled by organizations.
Maths Input Panelis removed. Math Recognizer will install on demand and includes the maths input control and recogniser. Maths inking in apps like OneNote are not impacted by this change.
Multi-App Kiosk Modeis not available. Windows 11 only supports the use of a single app in Kiosk Mode.
News & Interestshas evolved. New functionality has been added which can be found by clicking the Widgets icon on the Taskbar.
Quick Statusfrom the Lockscreen and associated settings are removed.
S Modeis only available now for Windows 11 Home edition.
Search Results from the InternetWindows 11 does not support disabling the return of internet Search results via Registry Key. The related Group Policy setting is not impacted by this change.
Snipping Tool and Snip and Sketchhave been merged into a single experience keeping the familiar Snipping Tool name.
Startis significantly changed in Windows 11 including the following key deprecations and removals:
  • Named groups and folders of apps are no longer supported and the layout is not currently resizeable.
  • Pinned apps and sites will not migrate when upgrading from Windows 10.
  • Live Tiles are no longer available. For at-a-glance, dynamic content, see the new Widgets feature.
Tablet Modeis removed and new functionality and capability is included for keyboard attach and detach postures.
Taskbaris changed including:
  • People is no longer present on the Taskbar.
  • Some icons may no longer appear in the System Tray (systray) for upgraded devices including previous customisations.
  • Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed.
  • Apps can no longer customise areas of the Taskbar.
Timelineis removed. Some similar functionality is available in Microsoft Edge.
Touch Keyboardwill no longer dock and undock keyboard layouts on screen sizes 18 inches and larger.
Walletis removed.
Windows Deployment Servicesis being partially deprecated. Please see this article for detailed information.
Windows Store for Business and Windows Store for Educationno longer include the Private Store tab. Please see this blog post for information on app deployment options.

Ensuring that your device is kept up-to-date is important for your device security and functionality. With an internet connection, Windows 11 will periodically check for updates so you don’t have to (ISP fees might apply). You can check to see if there are any pending or optional updates available for your device by going to Settings | Update & Security | Windows Update.

It is important to ensure you have enough free storage space to install updates and you may need to check to see if your hardware is still supported by your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Visit the Lifecycle FAQ for Windows products

More information on storage space requirements to keep Windows 11 up-to-date

The size of the Windows operating system that comes with your device and the amount of free storage space needed to download and install Windows updates are highly variable as they depend on a variety of factors. Visit here to learn why. The factors that impact the amount of free space needed to take an update include: the versions of Windows previously installed on the machine; the amount of free storage space available from Windows files to reuse, such as the virtual memory pagefile or hibernation file; which applications are installed on your device; and how those applications store data. When updating, Windows will attempt to free up enough space automatically and to guide you through freeing up even more if the automatic clean-up is not sufficient. You can also take steps on your own to free up space.

Windows 11 full localisation languages include:

  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
  • Bulgarian (Bulgaria)
  • Chinese (PRC)
  • Chinese (Taiwan)
  • Croatian (Croatia)
  • Czech (Czech Republic)
  • Danish (Denmark)
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)
  • Estonian (Estonia)
  • Finnish (Finland)
  • French (France)
  • French (Canada)
  • German (Germany)
  • Greek (Greece)
  • Hebrew (Israel)
  • Hungarian (Hungary)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Korean (Korea)
  • Latvian (Latvia)
  • Lithuanian (Lithuania)
  • Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway)
  • Polish (Poland)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian (Romania)
  • Russian (Russia)
  • Serbian (Latin, Serbia)
  • Slovak (Slovakia)
  • Slovenian (Slovenia)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Swedish (Sweden)
  • Thai (Thailand)
  • Turkish (Turkey)
  • Ukrainian (Ukraine)

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