Notice: Windows 11 Advisory (Oct 1 10:25 am)
This is an update to the original Windows 11 advisory sent on October 1, 2021:
ITS had previously recommended against upgrading to Windows 11 while compatibility with ITS supported software and applications could be tested. ITS has since tested Windows 11 with ITS supported software (https://www.hawaii.edu/askus/575) and has found no problems as long as the latest versions of the software are being used. ITS has also tested Windows 11 with ITS supported web applications (https://www.hawaii.edu/itsdocs/717/browser.php?type=win) and has encountered no problems so far. As a result, ITS has now adopted support for Windows 11.
If you decide to upgrade to Windows 11, please make sure that your computer has the latest versions of any software such as Microsoft Office. If you depend on any software that is not listed on the ITS supported software page, please check with the software's vendor to make sure it is compatible with Windows 11 before updating. You should also check the ITS supported web applications and make sure the web applications you use have been tested as working with Windows 11. You should also review Microsoft’s Windows 11 feature deprecation and removals section at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications?r=1#table3 before upgrading, as some features have been deprecated or removed in Windows 11.
Microsoft’s minimum system requirements to upgrade to Windows 11 can be found here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications?r=1. However, should you decide to upgrade to Windows 11, ITS recommends that your PC have 16GB of RAM or more and at least 128GB of available hard drive space. A more recent (2016 or newer) computer with an i5 or better processor is also recommended. Also note that Windows 11 has the following hardware requirements which are new to Windows:
- UEFI, Secure Boot capable. Check here for information on how your PC might be able to meet this requirement.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC might be enabled to meet this requirement.
Microsoft is expected to release Windows 11 in early October. At this time, ITS recommends against upgrading to Windows 11.
Windows 11 is a major update taking it from version 10 to version 11. As has been experienced with previous major updates, there is a possibility that applications, especially older applications, may not be immediately compatible upon release of Windows 11.
Until Windows 11 is released, ITS will not be able to fully test to see which supported applications are not compatible. Windows 10 will continue to be fully supported by Microsoft and ITS following Windows 11’s release. This notice will be updated as more information becomes available.
In general, ITS recommends against immediately upgrading to the latest version of any operating system when it is first released due to the possible compatibility issues.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk.