Microsoft released Windows 11 on October 5, 2021. Visit Microsoft’s website to learn more about the latest version of Windows.
We typically recommend that users wait to upgrade to a new operating system version until Microsoft has released a first update to resolve any unexpected issues that did not get caught during the beta testing period. However, we understand that there are users who want to or may need to update their OS for personal or business reasons. In this case, we recommend taking precautions and following these guidelines below.
As always, to ensure you do not experience an interruption of service, please confirm that your files are backed up, and that your software and hardware are compatible with Windows 11 before upgrading. Microsoft provides a PC Health Check app to determine if your computer meets Windows 11 requirements.
If you use highly specialized academic software or have installed unique personal software, please verify with the vendor that it will be compatible with Windows 11 before upgrading, or contact LTS for assistance with this.
If you are running an earlier version of Windows 10 than v.2004, you will need to update to the latest version of Windows 10 via Windows Update before you can install Windows 11.
Before any upgrade, as always, we strongly recommend that you perform a backup of all your data.
Windows 11 requires a TPM 2.0 chip, found in most laptop models released since 2018. It also requires a recent processor model. Microsoft has a comprehensive list of hardware requirements available on their website.