Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Microsoft has recently announced the soon-to-be-released Windows 11 operating system, and undoubtedly, history will repeat itself.

Over the past several years I’ve seen countless, old, PCs that were upgraded to a new and improved Windows OS. Unfortunately, many, if not most, of those PCs were unable to handle the upgrades. Understand this: your laptop or desktop was manufactured and sold with the hardware requirements necessary to run the installed operating system. Your old PC may have the necessary specs to run Windows 7, Vista, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

Explanation of terms: Memory, commonly referred to as RAM, is what makes your system work at a certain speed. The more memory installed, the easier it is for your system to run multiple programs in addition to the Windows operating system. RAM is also a significant cost factor for computers. The higher the installed memory goes, so goes the price of the computer.

Storage Space. Over the years I’ve found that many people confuse memory with storage space, The size of your hard drive denotes the amount of data you can store. Many older machines were sold with 250 GB of storage space. Now, it isn’t uncommon to buy PCs with anywhere from 500 GB up to 2 TB. As a point of reference, 1 TB gives you the option of storing roughly: 250,000 photos, 250 movies or 500 hours of HD video. Storage space can also increase your cost, but not to the extent of RAM, and experience shows that most people will never come close to 500 GB of data on their system.

For previous operating systems, Microsoft has recommended a minimum of 2 GB of memory (RAM), in order to run Windows. Many of those older machines were sold with 4 GB of memory, and cannot accept additional RAM. That leaves the consumer with a paltry 2 GB of memory to run their individual programs and web browsers. The result being a slow, plodding computer. And now, for the first time, Microsoft has upped it’s requirements for Windows 11. The new upgrade reportedly need a minimum of 4 GB of RAM. Again, understand that Microsoft only designates RAM amount as the minimum required for their version of Windows. The aren’t at all concerned with your individual programs or speed of use.

Windows 11 is due to roll out as a free upgrade at the end of 2021 and through 2022. (Remember that free isn’t always good!)

I’ve included a link to a small Microsoft program which will tell you if the upgrade will work on your current PC. But keep in mind, the program only cares about their minimum requirements. Use the below link, download, install and run.

Click here for Program~~~~>  PC Health Check app

If you’re not comfortable with the program or have questions, please call me.

Otherwise, history will again repeat itself.

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