- Now that Windows 11 is here, there are a few other factors to keep an eye out for.
- Microsoft is making some laptop features mandatory for users, in the near future.
- Laptops that run Windows 11 will need to support Bluetooth and Precision Touchpad.
- This new OS comes with even more software and hardware requirements than thought.
As you already know, the big wait is finally over and the new OS that everyone has been continuously talking about has finally become reality.
Microsoft has also released the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, list which includes Secure Boot and TPM 2.0, among other things, but the latter can be bypassed for now.
Laptops that run Windows 11 need to have certain specs
Besides the minimum hardware requirements, Windows 11 laptops will also require support for certain features in the near future.
Judging from the available Microsoft documentation, the laptops used to run this OS will need to come with Bluetooth 4.0 or above and support Precision Touchpad.
These requirements actually apply to laptops, tablets and other handheld devices. Microsoft is also making it mandatory for Windows 11 devices to include either WiFi or Ethernet for internet connectivity.
Also, the company recommends users to install Windows 11 on non-rotational storage, such SSDs, for optimal performance.
Microsoft clearly notes that Windows 11 devices need to have at least one USB port.
If device manufacturers plan to go with USB-C PD, then they need to implement 1.1 of the USB Type-C spec or higher and revision 2.0 v1.1 and optionally support revision 3.0 v1.0 or higher of the PD spec and must be certified according to the USB-IF’s USB-C product testing matrix.
Another aspect worth taking into consideration is the fact that Windows 11 devices external PCIe capable ports must support Memory Access Protection, or Kernel DMA Protection and have it enabled by default.
So you better keep this in mind when purchasing a device that you want to run Windows 11 on.