Windows 11 release date is almost here, with Microsoft getting ready to launch its biggest PC update in years. In just a few days time Windows 11 will finally be available. Microsoft has said Windows 11 will provide the basis for the iconic OS for the next decade, and brings with it a number of exciting features.
Windows 11 boasts a sleek new look across all apps and UI elements based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design language, features a redesigned Start Menu, improved update process and much more.
There’s plenty to get excited about Windows 11, and if you’re itching to try the software out then Express.co.uk is here to help.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Windows 11 release date, what laptops will be able to run the OS and also what the minimum specs are for the software.
WINDOWS 11 – WHAT LAPTOPS CAN RUN WINDOWS 11?
Windows 11 is a feature-rich update that brings with it plenty of exciting improvements and tools.
But there could be plenty of existing Windows 10 users that will miss out on the Windows 11 update, due to the minimum specs.
Previously Microsoft said Windows 11 would require at least an 8th gen Intel chip or an AMD Ryzen 2000.
Chips or motherboards also needed to support TPM 2.0.
TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) provides improved security for hardware, and has been included on many devices released in the past few years.
These high minimum specs meant plenty of Windows 10 users could miss out on the Windows 11 update, however over the summer Microsoft announced they wouldn’t block the update from most older PCs.
To double check if your current device can run Windows 11, you can download Microsoft’s PC Health Check App – which will let you know if your device can install and run the OS update.
Alternatively, if you’re thinking of getting a new laptop then you have plenty of options.
Online retailers such as John Lewis, Amazon and Argos all have dedicated sections where they list Windows 11 ready laptops.
While manufacturers like Dell also have sections on their websites for Windows 11 Ready laptops.
You can also find below a list of laptops that should be able to run Windows 11, according to a post by Tom’s Guide.
However, be sure to double check the official Windows 11 minimum specs with those of your potential purchase before finalising your order.
Dell: Dell XPS 17, Dell XPS 15, Dell XPS 13, Dell G15, Dell Inspiron 14, Dell Inspiron 15, Dell Inspiron 16, Dell Inspiron 17.
HP: HP Omen, HP Pavilion, HP Pavilion x360, HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop, HP ProBook, HP ProBook x360, HP Victus.
Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex, Samsung Galaxy Book Go, Samsung Galaxy Book Ion, Samsung Galaxy Book S, Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360.
Asus: Asus Zenbook Pro 14, Asus Zenbook Pro 15, Asus Zenbook 15, Asus Vivobook Pro 15, Asus Vivobook S13, Asus Vivobook S14, Asus Vivobook S15, Asus Vivobook Flip 12, Asus Vivobook Flip 14, Asus Vivobook Flip 15, Asus Vivobook 14, Asus Vivobook 15, Asus Vivobook 17, Asus Zenbook Flip 13, Asus Zenbook Flip 14, Asus Zenbook Flip 15 and Flip 15 OLED.
Acer: Acer Nitro 5, Acer Spin 1, Acer Spin 3, Acer Spin 5, Acer Swift 3, Acer Swift 3X, Acer Swift 5, Acer Predator Helios 300, Acer Predator Helios 700, Acer Predator Triton 300, Acer Predator Triton 500.