When Windows 11 comes out next week, IT teams at large companies will face an almost herculean challenge when it comes to upgrading their device fleets to the latest version of the Microsoft operating system.
Although Microsoft has gone the other way and will now allow anyone to manually install Windows 11 regardless of their CPU, an automatic upgrade is only possible if a device’s CPU, RAM, and TPM meet the necessary requirements to perform the upgrade. Unfortunately, most business computers and workstations are unlikely to be eligible for an automatic upgrade new research by Lansweeper.
When the IT asset management software company analyzed an estimated 30 million Windows devices from 60,000 companies, it found that, on average, only 44.4 percent of workstations are eligible for automatic upgrade, while the rest are ineligible.
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This means IT teams have to manually upgrade hundreds, if not thousands, of devices to Windows 11. To make matters worse, future Windows 11 updates cannot be guaranteed if these devices do not meet Microsoft’s system requirements.
According to Lansweeper, only about half of the Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) in workstations met Microsoft Windows 11 requirements, while over 19 percent failed and 28 percent were not TPM compatible or not activated.
Workstations with virtual machines are even less suitable, as only 66.4 percent have enough RAM (4 GB) and only 0.23 percent have activated TPM 2.0. This makes sense because TPM has never been required for Windows and although TPM passthrough (vTPM) exists to give virtual machines a TPM, it is rarely used.
For TPMs on servers, only 1.49 percent passed the test, which means that about 98 percent will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11 if Microsoft builds a server operating system with similar requirements in the future.
Although Microsoft provides some tips for a smooth Windows 11 migration, as well as a PC health check tool to evaluate PC compatibility with Windows 11, many large companies do not have complete visibility into all of their devices. This means IT teams have to manually scan computers one at a time to see if they meet Microsoft’s Windows 11 requirements.
With Windows 10 slated for end of life in 2025, organizations must find a way to upgrade to Windows 11 if they want to continue receiving security updates. However, by using Lansweeper, organizations can easily identify all of their connected Windows computers to determine whether or not they can be upgraded to the next version of Windows.
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