Question I have concerns about the strict requirements needed to run it ?

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May 7, 2021
So Windows 11 has some very strict system requirements, and we all know that - infact, most computers can't run it.

But there's an issue.

Whenever anything has a major successor, people are almost instant to jump on the train and then become one of the first, because they think it's cool and impressive, or they just really want it.

And this is proven - look at how much Hatchimals, PS5s, XBOX Series X's, RTX 3090s, and stuff like that have been flying around, getting dumped off the shelves and resold, and then they get a major recall.

But Windows 11 has some really unnecessary requirements.

A good amount of people are like me, using an old computer with stuff like a 3rd gen processor, and a weak GPU and PSU, since we don't do anything major with our computers, apart from maybe running light games like Roblox or Minecraft, or doing productive work.

But even more people have medium to low-end prebuilt computers that can usually be up to around 3 years old.

But the Windows 11 requirements are super strict, and as a result most computers, including these new ones, cannot run it.

Now, I think it's quite obvious what Microsoft's goal was - release an OS with very specific requirements, and then tell everyone who doesn't meet them to get a new computer. When someone buys a new computer that comes with Windows, which is almost any non-apple computer, and installation discs count too, Microsoft earns money.

They're quite evidently creating Windows 11 to earn a quick buck, but this actually has some very concerning issues.

When the PS5 and Xbox Series X were announced, they were so hoarded that there ended up being a semiconductor shortage.
When RTX 3090s were sold, they were so hoarded that they sold for more than $10000 dollars, and created a massive graphics shortage, causing even weak GPUs like mine to skyrocket.
With this in mind, Windows 11 has the potential to make TPM chips literally more valuable than their weight in gold. You could literally see thousand-dollar TPM chips flying around the market, but that's not all.

They require very new CPU technologies. Your CPU's generation is also limited by your motherboard. For example, my Z220 Workstation's motherboard can't support a 6th gen CPU, or anything after Ivy Bridge for that matter.

There's already a minor CPU storage, and this might also spark a motherboard shortage, while making new CPUs more valuable than their weight in gold.

Should I be worried about all of this?


Win 11 Master
heavily modified?

What is substantially different in win 11 apart from the UI? And I will go look at it, as apart from changes to what it looks like, its not that much different to win 10. I am on 22000.100 now so I can go look.

  • they changed order of pages on settings
  • the desktop (this includes taskbar & notifications)
  • Start menu
what else?

added widgets... if you never touch the button on taskbar you will never see them
Windows Terminal is pretty cool, CMD & Powershell in one app
I can't test if Auto HDR works as I don't have a HDR monitor.
Windows Tools - which just looks like a modern version of control panel and likely get everything they can't fit into settings

Win 11 isn't worth getting wrapped up about, its no different to 10 apart from changes so small I can overlook them and have to think about whats changed. Its not worth buying a new PC just to get, use win 10 for another 5 years and then think about it.

Most of its useful features will make it into 10.
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