Coming soon, in the fall, maybe. Free update from Win 10. The fancy website is here:
Some things of note:
The hardware list is surprisingly cautious when it comes to older hardware. About 3 years or so is the cut-off, and in some case you can buy a new Surface Laptop today from Microsoft that doesn’t meet the new hardware criteria (nice going guys). Remains to be seen if they stick with these requirements though, my guess is they’ll fold later on. The two main ones are:
1 - TPM. As of today you’ll need TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) which is a hardware cryptography security key. Some motherboards will have a TPM module built in, or you can enabled it in your CPU firmware. It’s called fTPM for AMD and PTT for Intel.
2 - Secure Boot. If you’ve migrated from an older Windows 7, then you’ll need UEFI or ‘Secure Boot’ enabled. If you have an older Master Boot Record (MBR) type start-up then you’ll need to convert using MBR2GTP to get that converted over. It’s 109F here so hit The Google for explanations of all that as I’m too hot. A lot of reasons are covered here:
The quickest way to tell if you can upgrade on your hardware is to download the compatibility checker here - Upgrade to the New Windows 11 OS | Microsoft
Windows 10 will be supported till October 2025 so if all this sounds awful it’s ok to ignore it.
A couple of things of note for gaming are the NVMe DirectStorage system (for GPU/Storage quick transfer) and the ongoing WDDM new GPU drivers for DX12U. Pretty niche stuff so far though.